English 103 - The Kite Runner

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Learning More About The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Students will find print and electronic resources on the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini listed in this guide. Your search for information can include books, periodical articles, online databases, and credible Internet resources. The following sources are selected and recommended resources for student research.

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Reference Librarians are available to help you with your research projects. Students can come to the reference desk with their questions or use e-mail, phone, or text.

Reference Sources - Print and Online

Reference sources cover large topics briefly, ans are a good place to begin your research.


These books are available in the Luria Library Reference section.

Country & People of Afghanistan

  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life R 305.8 G162w v.3
  • Ethnic Groups Worldwide R 305.8 L665eg
  • Statesman's Year-Book R 310 S797
  • Europa World Yearbook R 341.184 E89ew
  • Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan R 958.1 A197h 2003

Khaled Hosseini & The Kite Runner

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism. R 809.04 C761 v.254
  • Magill's Literary Annual. R 808.8 M194l 2004

These resources are available online and require your Pipeline account information when you access them off-campus:

  • CountryWatch: select AFGHANISTAN to learn about every aspect of Afghanistan.
  • Literary Criticism: Search for the title or author, to find out what people have written about the book.

Finding Books

Search the library Catalog for books relevant to your topic such as the examples shown below:

Search the catalog for books by Khaled Hosseini

Search the catalog for books about Khaled Hosseini Khaled Hosseini

Search the catalog for a book about the Hazaras

Search the catalog for books about the Taliban

Finding Articles

To find articles on your topic, use one of the databases listed below. These databases usually provide full-text articles on almost every topic. Conduct your search in these databases by using subject headings and keywords similar to the ones you used to locate books.

Useful Internet Sites

The Internet can be valuable source for supplementing the information you have gathered from books and periodicals. It is important that you evaluate the information you get from the Internet to determine if it is reliable and useful to your research.

Afghanistan: the Country & People

Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner

Caution about Using Wikipedia for College Research:

Wikipedia Use Wikipedia for Background Only. Wikipedia should never be included as a resource on a Works Cited page. See the Student-Wikipedia-Use Policy listed at the end of the this Internet Section.

Two useful sites for evaluating information found on the Internet are listed below:

Ask for Help

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