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Welcome to this library guide for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, a novel by Czech writer Milan Kundera chock-full of philosophical and psychological references.
This guide will help you with researching the historical, social, philosophical, and literary background for the novel. Information about evaluating credible sources and using MLA style for your papers is also included.
Course Mission Statement
In the transition from high school/general reading and writing to scholarly/academic reading and writing, undergraduate students require a basic knowledge of scholarly sources for secondary research. The library sessions in English 102 provide you with an introduction to the resources of the Rutgers University Libraries as well as to methods of searching, evaluation of information sources, and MLA citation style. For many undergraduates this is the only formal introduction to scholarly research you will receive at Rutgers-Newark, and you can use what you learn here in many of your other classes as well.
After this class, you will be able to:
Locate resources in the Rutgers University Libraries system.
Evaluate information resources.
Obtain books in the Rutgers system.
Obtain scholarly articles and other credible sources
Prepare a quick bibliography in MLA style.