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Afghanistan and Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner: Web Resources

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

Search Engines

Google Advanced Search - Information on educational and governmental websites tend to have more reliable information.  In the advance search, along with your search terms, enter .edu or .gov in the box labeled "Search within a site or domain:".

Evaluating Websites

The quality of the information you find on the Web varies tremendously so it is always a good idea to check the information against another source. As with all information resources, whether in print or on the Internet, you evaluate its quality based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy (Is it free from mistakes and errors?)
  • Authority (What are the qualifications of the author?)
  • Objectivity (Is there any strong bias?)
  • Currency (Is the information up to date?)
  • Coverage (To what extent is the topic explored?)

That's just the basics.  Learn more!

Tutorials on Evaluation Criteria

Afghanistan Websites

A list of select Afghanistan-related websites. 

More websites may be located using a Google Advanced search, limiting to .gov, .edu, or .org domains.

Afghanistan Digital Library

Center for Afghan Studies - University of Nebraska

Country Studies: Afghanistan - Library of Congress

New York Times Topics - Afghanistan

New York Times Topics - Taliban

Background Note: Afghanistan - U.S. State Department

Online Maps (Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas Libraries)

Afghanistan (Kabul, major cities, ethnolinguistic groups)

Middle East


Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online

LIFE Photo Archive Hosted by Google

Digital Image Collections (as compiled by University of Delaware Library)

FlickrCC  Site singles out the photos licensed with a Creative Commons license, which means you can use the photo as long as you give credit to photographer.

Khaled Hosseini Websites

A list of select websites related to Khaled Hosseini. 

More websites may be located using a Google Advanced search, limiting to .gov, .edu or .org domains.

Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini - New York Times Topics

Khaled Hosseini - NPR Interview (2003)