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Sources to use with The Bluest Eye (Engl 101--Miranda): Home

Use this guide to find academic sources to support your points in Essay #2

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Search Terms

In the Gale Virtual Reference Library, use broad terms:  

  • Fathers
  • Whiteness
  • Beauty standards
  • 1940s

In the larger databases (WorldCat, Gale, EBSCO, Literary Reference Center Plus), try more specific terms:

  • Fatherlessness
  • Black is beautiful 

Streaming films

Locate interviews with Toni Morrison and films about her work by searching Toni Morrison in the search box of each of our streaming films databases:

Use the CRAAP Test for Credibility

Finding information today is easy; it's all around you. Making sure the information you find is reliable can be a challenge.

When you use Google or any social media to get your information how do you know it can be trusted? How do you know it's not biased?

You can feel pretty confident that books you get from the library and articles you find in the library's databases are reliable because someone or some group has checked all the facts and arguments the author made before publishing them. You still have to think about whether or not the book or article is current and suitable for your project but you can feel confident that it is a trustworthy source.

Make sure each and every source you plan on using in your paper or research assignment passes the CRAAP test.

 

Evaluate your sources: The CRAAP Test

Watch the brief video below to see how this works.

Read background information

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a great source for background information. Use broad search terms like those listed in the box to the left.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

eBooks at the MJC Library

Below is a sampling of some of the eBooks available to MJC students 24/7 from anywhere.

For more titles search the library's catalog, WorldCat.

  • If you find materials in WorldCat that you need, but MJC does not own them, you can simply click the Request Item button in WorldCat to have that item sent to you here at MJC.

 

Find focused information in library databases

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.

Search using the Search Terms at the top of this guide, or use words more specific to your topic.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date. 

Your librarian

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Contact:
Research Librarian
Modesto Junior College

Office:
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(209) 575-6807
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Research 101: Need More Research Help?

If you'd like much more in-depth instruction about the process of conducting research, please check out our guides:

Citation Styles

Your instructor should tell you which citation style he or she wants you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.