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1) Find a book in Cooke Library's collection about the 1920s or the Jazz Age. Write down the title, author, and call number. Then find the book on the shelf and write the titles of the book on either side of the book you chose.

Cooke Library Catalog


  • Use only keywords (i.e. "Jazz Age" America NOT Jazz Age in America). Words like in, and, throw off the search.
  • Once you find a book that fits what you are looking for, click on the title, and then look at the subject headings (i.e. America in the 1920s - United States - History - 1919-1933.) Clicking on the subject heading will give you more books on that topic.

2) Find a book in Hamilton Library about The Great Gatsby and movies based on the book. Write down the title, author, and call number that you would need at the Manoa campus.

University of Hawaii Library

Hint: University of Hawaii uses a different location code than Cooke Library.

3) Find a book in ebrary about F. Scott Fitzgerald. Add it to your bookshelf.


Hints: Login with your PunApps username (without the and password to save to your bookshelf.

Journal articles

4) Find an article in JSTOR about one of the characters in The Great Gatsby. Write down the title and author of the article. Read the first paragraph and write down a salient point about the article.



  • Start by going to Advanced Search.
  • Type in the character's name in the first box (i.e. Daisy Buchanan) and then type Great Gatsby in the second box.
  • Click box for Article
  • Limit to Language and Literature collection

6) Find an article in EBSCO's Academic Search Complete about a theme in The Great Gatsby. For instance: Great Gatsby and American Dream, Great Gatsby and love. Write down the title and author of the article. Read the first paragraph and write down a salient point about the article.

Academic Search Complete


  • Use quotes around phrases (i.e. "Great Gatsby").
  • Look for a way to limit your source to only those that are peer reviewed.


What does it mean when an article is peer reviewed?

Name a database. Name a search engine. What is one difference between the two?

What do you look for when determining if a source is credible?

What are the titles of Mr. Ball's two books and what subjects do they cover?

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