English 70 – Vlcek-Scamahorn

book cover: Riding in Cars With Boys

About this guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on topics related to Riding in Cars with Boys, by Beverly D’Onofrio.

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Your Assignment

A research project on the social times represented in Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly D’Onofrio: find, read, and summarize three sources; then create and present a Prezi presentation about what you learned.

Social issues related to the time period of the book (early 1960s through 1980s) may include:

    Women’s rights
    Hippie/drug culture
    Vietnam War
    Issues facing young teenage moms

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Sometimes the words you use to describe a topic are different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search. Or, try some of the search words listed below.

    Feminism – United States – History
    Hippies – United States – History
    Substance abuse – United States – History
    Teenage mothers
    Teenage pregnancy
    Vietnam War
    Women’s rights – United States – History

Print Reference Sources

Reference Books are a good place to begin your research. These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section. You can’t check them out, but you can take notes, or photocopy pages for ten cents a page.

  • The World Book Encyclopedia — R 031 W927b 2001

Online Reference Sources

The library also subscribes to some online reference sources. To access these resources from off campus, you will need to log in with your Pipeline account information:


Search the library catalog for print books and ebooks on your topic. See the Keywords tab above for some words to try in your search.


Use one of the following databases to find articles from periodicals (newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals) about your topic. To access databases from off campus, you will need to log in with your Pipeline username and password.

  • Academic Search Premier For articles from periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals) in all subject areas.
  • History Reference Center Provides full text of books and periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals) about all time periods of U.S. and World History.

Evaluating Websites

Figuring out whether the information you find online is credible enough for college research can be challenging. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Test for Evaluating Sources to determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: The reason the information exists. Is the purpose to sell, to entertain, to inform, to teach, or to persuade? Do the authors and publishers/sponsors make their purposes clear? Is this source designed for general readers or academic readers?
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. Does it relate to your topic? Does it meet the requirements of your assignment? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness of the information. Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong or emotional language, or leave out important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The truthfulness and accuracy of the information. Where does the information come from? Can you verify it in other sources? Are there citations or links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic?
  • Expertise: The source of the information. Who are the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the information? Are they experts, or has the information been reviewed by experts? Is it posted on a personal website or blog?
  • Newness: The timeliness of the information. When was the information published or posted? Is it up to date? Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as technology or current events), or will older sources work as well?

How to Cite

When you use ideas or information that came from someone else, it is important to cite your source. Use these resources as guidelines for creating citations: