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Afghanistan and Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner: Article and Image Databases

A research guide designed for Elena Cole's English 104 class reading of Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner.

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If you are using any of the library's online databases from off-campus, you will need to log in.

Username: Your W Number*

Password: First 2 letters of first name, first 2 letters of last name, and last 4 digits of W# (i.e. jado6789)

* Don't know your W#, look it up in Class-Web.

Library Research Databases

To find articles published in journals, magazines, newspapers or other periodicals, you will need to use the library's online databases. 

In the following databases, you are likely to find relevant information on topics related to Afghanistan and Afghan culture:

General Reference Information:

Academic Search Complete

Films on Demand Streaming Videos

(Click on Collections, then "Area Studies.")

History Databases:

America: History & Life with Full Text

American History in Video

History Reference Center (EBSCO)

Military & Government Collection

Biographies (information about author, important people, etc.):

Biography in Context

Controversial Issues (Contemporary issues concerning Afghanistan and Afghans):

CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints

Country Studies:


News and Culture:

Newspaper Source Plus

Ethnic NewsWatch

Literary Criticism:

Literature Resource Center 

Image Databases: 

Academic Search Premier Image Database


*Additional databases can be found on the LPC Library website:

Databases Listed by Subject

Databases Listed - A to Z

Sample Search Terms

Sample Search Terms:

  • "Nadir Shah"
  • "Sunni"
  • "pashtun"
  • "hazara"

Please note that there might be alternative spellings (for example, "koran" or "quran"; "Share-e Nau" or "Shahr i-Naw"; "Nadir" or "Nader").
Ask a librarian if you need help developing your search terms.

Searching Tips:

*Use quotation marks around phrases:

example: "Northern Alliance"

*Use connecting (boolean) words such as "and", "or" to connect multiple terms or phrases:

example #1: afghanistan AND "soviet union"

example #2: afghan AND ("social life" OR customs)

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