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WR122 English Composition II - Underwood

In addition to resources useful for WR122 research papers, this guide includes specific additional resources for the class topic, Half the Sky.

Source and Background Materials

Half the Sky - The official website of the book: "Half the Sky lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute."

Related Resources - Here are some of the groups that specialize in supporting women in the developing countries. It's a starting point for your own research.

The Women's Crusade - Published in the New York Times, this essay written by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn is a brief adaptation of the book.

CQ Researcher

To find in-depth reports on related topics try:

Browse by topic, such as:

Keyword search for terms such as honor killing, forced prostitution, maternal mortality, etc.

Selected books from RCC/JCLS libraries

Clicking on the book title will take you to the library cataloging record.

  • Click on the Where is it to see which library branch has the book and whether it is checked out or available.
  • Click on the Full Display button to see more information.
  • Click on Place Request if the book is at another branch or checked out and you would like it sent to your preferred library branch. You do need a library card to request items.

Tips for Narrowing your topic choice

Using the Library Catalog to look at subject headings:

  • In library catalog, select the search option Browse.
    Then choose search by Subject
    Search on Human Trafficking
  • Notice that some of the subject headings are specific to countries, or some aspect of human trafficking
  • Search on women-violence against

Using the Gale Virtual Reference Library for encyclopedia entries on the above topics; includes an encyclopedia title Human Trafficking.