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Resources to use with Shakespeare Saved my Life (Engl 101 - Zandarski): Home


Search Terms

Depending on what issue you have decided to research, the following terms may be useful to you.  

  • juvenile justice
  • juvenile detention
  • solitary confinement
  • life imprisonment
  • mandatory sentencing
  • prison reform
  • phobias

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. 

Finding Books in the MJC Catalog

How do I search for books?

Use WorldCat to search for books, articles, media and more that we have at MJC. WorldCat will also show you other materials that MJC does not own but that you can get from other libraries.

What if MJC doesn't have what I need?

If you find materials in WorldCat that you need but MJC does not own them, click on the Request Item button in WorldCat to have them sent to you here at MJC. Depending on the item, this can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Ask a librarian for help!

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.

About Shakespeare Saved My Life


The above video is a TED Talk by Laura Bates that includes footage from the prisoners' production of "Tybalt Must Die."


About Prison Culture

About Life Imprisonment


The video below, created by The Atlantic, discusses prisoners with life sentences at a state penitentiary in Louisiana. More resources from this investigation are available at

Books in the MJC Library

Articles from the MJC Library databases

About Juvenile Justice

Articles from the MJC databases

Recent newspaper articles

About Solitary Confinement

Articles from MJC Library databases

Books in the MJC Library

Your librarian

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Susan Cassidy
Research Librarian
Modesto Junior College

East Campus Library & Learning Center
435 College Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350

(209) 575-6807

Spring 2019 Research Help Desk hours-East Campus only
Mondays 12-1
Tuesdays 11-1
Wednesdays 1-3
Thursdays 11-12

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