These tips are specific for our general Mardigian Search, however, you can apply these same keyword search strategies to anywhere you're doing research.
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Besides searching for materials on Arab American identities, cultures, and experiences you may also be interested in looking for books, articles, films and other kinds of resources related to some of the major themes the authors in Hadha Baladuna touched on. In a teaching workshop on this year's Community Read, Dr. Wessam Elmeligi grouped the various chapters of the collection under these main themes:
Family Origins and Migration
Bringing Home Here
Search & Journey
Your librarians are here to help! Contact Anne Dempsey, Student Engagement Librarian, or your subject librarian with help navigating the libraries resources or finding more books, article, films, etc that could be paired with Hadha Baladuna.
TRAAP is a simple acronym that can be used as a tool for evaluating information and determining if you're heading toward a research trap. Each letter in TRAAP represents a criteria by which to measure the reliability and appropriateness of sources.
Timeliness: The currency of the information
Relevance: The information meets your assignment needs
Authority: The source of the information
Accuracy: The reliability and correctness of the information
Purpose: The reason the information exists