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Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry: Historical and Cultural Background: Web Resources

This guide supports study of the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.

Searching and Evaluating the Web

Internet Searching Strategies (Rice University)
Information about search engines, Web page evaluation, and citation of electronic resources.
Evaluation of Internet Resources (Ka-Neng Au, Rutgers University)
Clear and to the point, with great links to other evaluation pages. Emphasizes the evaluation of the whole web site, not just an individual page.
Evaluate Web Pages (Widener University)
Tate and Alexander, librarians at Widener University, were pioneers in the art of formal Web page evaluation. They advocated five basic criteria (accuracy, authority, objectivity, coverage, currency) with variations in approach for different types of Web pages. This is an updated version of their work.
Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources (Esther Grassian, UCLA College Library)
Presents an excellent checklist of criteria and questions relevant to Web page evaluation.

Specific Web sites

"Racial Restrictive Covenants on Chicago's South Side in 1947", Encyclopedia of Chicago, from the Chicago Historical Society
A map of Chicago neighborhoods in 1947. Check out the additional links for this encyclopedia.
Black American Feminisms
An extensive bibliography on black feminism from UC Santa Barbara.
Racial and Religious Restrictive Covenants by Dr. Wendy Plotkin, Arizona State University
A scholarly website covering material on restrictive covenants related to the author's Ph.D. dissertation; includes items concerning the Hansberry v. Lee case.

Academic Website Search Engines


Built by U.S. academic librarians for an academic audience, Infomine features a wealth of material, much of it free, that has been vetted for quality. Includes an online reference section as well as the search capability.



"Intute is a free online service providing access to the very best web resources for education and research. All material is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists to create the Intute database"--from the site. Based in the UK.

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