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NES 1969 FWS: Rebellious Words – Arab Women's Writing - Starr

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Notability and Sources in Wikipedia

The goal for our first session is to find at least two sources of information to support your contribution to Wikipedia on your assigned author.  In order to establish the author as a notable topic for an article, we need to identify at least two independent secondary sources that provide significant coverage of the author.

Note-taking template using the Wikipedia info box for writers

Find Background Information

Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999. Cairo ; New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2008. Print.  Olin Library Reference  PJ7525.2 .D4313 2008 and Online

Arab Women Writers: Use the search function in the top right to identify information on your author.

Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arabic Literature: A literary magazine publishing contemporary authors in English translation. Lacking a search function - use this handy Google search trick instead:

"your author's name"

ex: "Alia Mamdouh"

Arabic Literature (in English): Search function somewhat hidden in the top right corner.

Find Books

Search the Catalog to find books available at Cornell and libraries worldwide.  Use the Request function to have books delivered to campus for you from our Borrow Direct library partners in 3-5 days or from other libraries in 2-14 days.

Search Tips!

Want to limit your results to English? Use the Language limiter to the left of your results.


Go deeper in your search of books by starting with a Google Books search for your author and using the Find in a library link to locate items available at Cornell.  If the Find in a Library link isn't available, search for the title of the book in the Catalog.

Find Articles and Book Reviews

Search a number of databases at one time using Summon, or go into individual databases for your searches.

Summon / Search for Articles

Summon (Articles & Full Text) searches articles, ebooks, audio files, and video files. It does not search the library catalog (print books and other physical items).

Use the Library Catalog for print books. Also, Summon doesn't search all library resources. Use subject-specific databases (link to the right of Articles & Full Text) for comprehensive or focused searching.

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