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Research Guide to the Cather novel for English 102


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About This Guide

Welcome to this library guide for O Pioneers, by Nebraska-born author Willa Cather.

This guide will help you with researching the historical, social, scientific, and literary background for the novel.  Information about evaluating credible sources and using MLA style for your papers is also included.


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Roberta Tipton

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Mission and Goals for English 102

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.


Outcome Goals

After this class, you will be able to:

  1. Locate resources in the Rutgers University Libraries system.

  2. Evaluate information resources.

  3. Obtain books in the Rutgers system.

  4. Obtain scholarly articles and other credible sources

  5. Prepare a quick bibliography in MLA style.


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 at ](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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