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Guide to accompany English 102 on the Newark Campus


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The Bread Givers, a novel by Anzia Yezierska first published in 1925, concerns Jewish immigrant life in New York City.  The main struggle in the book is between an immigrant father who refuses to change and his daughter who is growing up in America. 

This guide will help you with researching the historical and literary background for The Bread Givers.  Information about using MLA style is also included.


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Krista White

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Learning Objectives for English 102

After this class, you will be able to:

  1. Find periodical articles, including scholarly articles, on the Rutgers University Libraries site.

  2. Document what you find as you go and prepare a preliminary bibliography in MLA format from database output.

  3. Find books in the Rutgers system.

Applicable standards:

  1. Association of College and Research Libraries.  Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
    • Standard Two:  The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
      • Performance indicators 2.1-2.5
  2. Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Requirements of Affiliation and Standards for Accreditation, [Online Version updated March 2009 (p. 42).  The document states that "information literacy is an essential component of any educational program at the graduate or undergraduate levels."  Applicable skills on the Middle States list include the ability to:
    • access information effectively and efficiently;
    • evaluate critically the sources and content of information.
  3. Support of University mission:
    • providing for the instructional needs of New Jersey’s citizens through its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs

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