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Sources to use with They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky (Engl 101--Miranda): Home

Use this guide to find academic sources for Essay #1


Search Terms

In the Gale Virtual Reference Library, use broad terms:  

  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan Wars

In the larger databases (WorldCat, Global Issues in Context, Gale, EBSCO, Access World News), try more specific terms:

  • Lost boys of Sudan
  • Sudanese refugees
  • Sudanese Americans

Streaming films

Locate relevant films by entering your search terms in the search box of each film database: 

Use the CRAAP Test for Credibility

As you begin to explore your topic and seek answers to your research questions, you need to be sure that you're using the best possible sources of information. You'll most likely find a variety of sources during your research including books, articles, Web documents, interviews, DVDs, and more.

You can feel pretty confident that books you get from the library and articles you find in the library's databases are reliable and credible because you know those have gone through a traditional editorial process; someone or some group has checked all the facts and arguments the author made and then deemed them suitable for publishing. 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 credible, reliable source.

For each and every source you use you want to make sure it passed the CRAAP test.

Perkins, Kendra. “The CRAAP Test: An Easy & Fun Way to Evaluate Research Sources.” RefME, 19 Apr. 2016,


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 and More 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. 

Find current information on Sudan

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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.