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English 263 - In the Time of the Butterflies/Dictator Research: GBS Databases & e-books

A guide for researching biographical, political, and country information related to 20th and 21st century dictatorships and the historical and political aspects of the novel "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez.

Reference & Subject Databases

Research Tips:

1) Remember that some dictators' names may be spelled multiple ways (e.g., al-Gaddafi, al-Qaddafi, Khadafi, etc.). This is especially true of names of people whose languages are not traditionally written in the Latin alphabet.

2) Be sure to note the names of political parties and other terms that are associated with the dictator and/or his opposition to guide further research (Examples: Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, Robert Mugabe and ZANU, later ZANU-PF). 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

The largest e-book collection at GBS. Search over 500 resources in all subject areas.

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General Magazines, Newspapers, & Journals

by Rodrigo Galindez. Used under creative commons license.

Mao Zedong

"Mao Zedong (1893-1976)." Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 13 Jan. 2011.

Home Access to Databases

All GBS Library databases and e-books are accessible from home with your GBS Username & Password. 

If you see the screen shown below, use your GBS username and password (the same ones you use to login to the GBS computers & Power School) to log in:

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