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This guide supports study of the novel, In the Lake of the Woods.


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Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods is an important evocation of the consequences of the Vietnam War.  The novel can be examined with literary, psychological, or historical frameworks.  This guide leads you to sources on any or all of these approaches.

We also include material on MLA citation style, avoiding plagiarism, and the writing/research process to help you get used to academic writing for your advanced classes in other subjects.


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Roberta Tipton

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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