English 70 - Resources for The Kite Runner

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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.

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

Reference Books are a good place to begin your research. You can take notes or pages can be photocopied at ten cents a page. Examples of reference books related to this debate topic are listed below.

These resources 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
  • CultureGrams R 909 C968w v. 4
  • 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

Reference Sources - Electronic

These resources are available online and may require your Pipeline account information. Reference Librarians are available to assist you with your searches.

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

Journals and magazines usually provide the most current information on a topic. Journal articles are more scholarly or professional while magazine articles tend to be shorter and more general. Newspaper articles, while not usually scholarly or professional can give you the most current news and some additional facts on your topic.

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.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Interlibrary loan is a free service for students. Interlibrary loan makes it possible for students to request copies of articles or borrow books from another library. Students are advised to request loans early in the research process as loans can take three to ten days.

Interlibrary Loan


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


Wikipedia Warning: Use 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:

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