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ENGL 101 and 103 - Anders - A Map of Home: Home

Use this guide to get started on your outside research on an issue related to A Map of Home


Search Terms

Depending on which aspect of A Map of Home you have decided to research, the following terms may be useful to you.  

In Gale eBooks and the library catalog, use broad terms such as:

  • Gulf War
  • Kuwait
  • Palestine
  • Immigrant children
  • Parenting styles
  • Child abuse
  • Islamic marriage
  • Superstition
  • Dissociative disorder

In the larger databases (Gale and EBSCO) and Google / Google Scholar, try combining terms or using more specific terms:

  • Effects of war on children
  • Corporal punishment of children
  • "Household chaos" and children
  • Hostile parenting

Read Background Information

Gale eBooks is a great source for background information. 

Click on one of the specific articles below, or try your own search terms in the link to the Gale eBooks at the bottom of the box.

If you're working from off campus, you may need to sign in with your MJC sign in credentials (the same as what you use for Canvas and email).

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,  and you're asked to sign in, just use the same sign in you use for email and Canvas.

Finding Information on the Web

Here is a sampling of substantive and scholarly articles found on the Web. Some of these were chosen because they cover the time period of the novel.

Remember that you must evaluate all sources you find on the Web for credibility.

Use Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar to find scholarly information on the Web.

Google Scholar Search

Evaluate the Credibility of Your Sources

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eBooks @ MJC Library

Books are an excellent resource for in-depth information. Click on the titles of the books below to read them in your browser.

Get Help from a Librarian

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Citation Styles

Your instructor should tell you which citation style they want 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.