SLN Research Resources
Updated Mar 17, 2014, 8:52 AM
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SLN Research Resources

This page gives you ideas to gather research on topics that interest you from valid and varied sources.
Using valid and varied sources, including undigitized material, is a skill you will need to use in college and the workplace.
GET GOOD AT IT!
As you find useful sources, link them on your SLN Project Page: SLN Online Research Method 
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Other SLN style Resource sites
Michigan Ele
ctronic Library (MEL) access with a MI Driver License number
Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) access with a patron account UN & PW
 ipl2  (from University of Michigan Libraries) 

PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS 

photo by timtom.ch "raining books"

Definitions of types of Sources:primary, secondary, tertiary, comparison across discipline

Definition Primary Source 

Repositories of Primary Sources 5000+ by location

Using Primary Sources: “How to” and links to sources

California State University San Marcos: Primary documents online links for sources worldwide

The National Archives: America’s historical documents

Library of Congress : the depository of everything published - some digital, some analog

WWW Virtual Library : Many countries, many languages

Digital Public Library of America - Brings together collections in all forms from all archives and libraries.  

BLOGS:  RSS Feeds

Technorati: a blog search engine. Search by tags, people, subject, etc.

Google Blog Search: By name of blogger or title of blog or topics

Anand Patel: Tools to Help You Find Blogs that Matter

ASK.com: on Blogging. Some ads, but some lists by subject

Ask yourself - “what makes this blogger an expert or these ideas worth considering?”



APPS
iTunes Store  search apps
iTunes Charts  what's new this week, free & paid apps
Appitic Apps for education
Quixey  search engine for apps
Yahoo  apps search
gooru collections app  study help for iPad/iPhone users
Digital Public Library of America - Brings together collections in all forms from all archives and libraries. 

PHOTOS 
Flickr social networking & photo posting - share images with experts and discuss expert contributions
Digital Public Library of America - Brings together collections in all forms from all archives and libraries.  
Life Magazine Photo Library  millions of photos by decade

SOCIAL MEDIA
diigo   bookmarking


eBOOKS
Online Books Page from University of Pennsylvania Libraries - fiction and non-fiction over 1 million free reads.
eBook Collection via MEL, non-fiction, over 20,000 on all topics
Bartleby great books online 
Baen Free Library  Science Fiction eBooks
Project Gutenberg 40,000 free downloadable eBooks


AUDIO eBooks 
eJunto great works in audio, public domain
ThoughtAudio wide range of audiobooks
Lit2Go collection of stories and poems in MP3
LibriVox public domain books


AUDIO Sound/Visual Libraries 
Macaulay Library - World's largest natural sounds library (birds & animals, etc.) with video


Info from Orgs I'm Interested in


Non traditional organizations 
Fuel Your Writing - 46 fanfiction sites
squidoo - fanfiction sites
NOTE TAKING TOOLS 
Evernote Capture anything. Access anywhere. Find it fast.


THE RESEARCH PROCESS 
Link directly to a page with a detailed explanation of the Research Process

SUBJECT AREA SPECIFIC


NON-DIGITAL
There are important pieces of information that are not digitized. Interviews, older reports, ephemera, photographs, etc.

American Memory:  An American TIme Capsule

The Bentley Library:  Historical materials

The Clements Library: Look at “Subject Strengths”

Search: "ephemera collections" add your location "University of Michigan"  and/or your topic. You’ll be amazed at what’s available not digitized. 



LIBRARIES
Skyline High School 21st Century Library - books for your curriculum, use your personal account, it's immediate. How to use the eCatalog.
Ann Arbor District Library - serves the larger public, broad range of books, audio, DVD, online services, databases, many branches.
Mirlyn, University of Michigan Libraries - a research library, material that won't be online, comprehensive databases, you have to got there to use it.
ipl2 - Internet Public Library 2, from the University of Michigan, search resources by subject, special collections created by ipl2.
VLibrary.  Based in Geneva, Switzerland -  international focus - search by topics such as Law, Arts, Math & Science, Business and Economics – chose to read in various languages.
Library of Congress - Virtual Library of American Topics
Digital Public Library of America - Brings together collections in all forms from all archives and libraries. 


OPEN COURSEWORK: EXPERTS
Listen to lectures on your topic

iTunesU free educational videos & audios
Academic Earth thousands of lectures from world's top scholars - by subject
big think Interviews with thought leaders in a range of fields
Internet Archive 200,000 free historical videos 
MIT OPEN COURSEWARE lectures & course materials  
MIT VIDEO - 11,000+ videos & lectures
Open Michigan - find course, share content, connect with others
P2PU - a university for the web, built by an open community
TED presentations by the world's leading thinkers and doers
Coursera  College level courses online for free
edX courses from major universities
Udacity  higher education for free


ARTIFACTS & MAPS

Smithsonian  Artifacts Collection
search "artifact collections" and your topic or time period
American Centuries online artifacts collection

Maps as History animated historical maps
Talessman's Atlas  Historical Maps with sources
History Link 101  Historical Maps  (Eurocentric)
Mapping History America, Europe, Latin America, Africa
Target Map Maps made by others, or make your own
Digital Public Library of America - Brings together collections in all forms from all archives and libraries. 


VIDEO SOURCES 
PBS free videos 
SnagFilms  full length documentaries
TeacherTube  online aggregator of educational videos
TEDEd  Watch, Think, Dig Deeper
Google Video educational videos on wide range of topics
Jing Project  snap a photo of your desktop, make recording, IM or share results
refseek 25 best online resources for educational video
Digital Public Library of America - Brings together collections in all forms from all archives and libraries. 


INFOGRAPHICS & DATA VISUALIZATION

easel.ly   - info graphic made ease (beta)
visual.ly    explore & create infographics and venn diagrams
infogr.am create interactive infographics
Piktochart  create graphics
Target Map Made by others or create your own
Google Fusion Tables Data visualization
Google Public Data Explorer Large data sets made easy
Many Eyes  Create your own visualization


GENERAL
Links to various types of resources in one place. Sometimes these are more complex to use because you have to then go out and find the locations of sources mentioned.

JSTOR available for you to use at UoM, academics use this comprehensive source for books, journals, primary sources
Research & Documentation based on MLA Style
Digital Public Library of America - Brings together collections in all forms from all archives and libraries. 



REFERENCE BOOKS

Internet Public Library (IPL) By Subject

RefDesk .com you have to look around this complex site to find the type of reference books you need.

Infoplease : Atlas, Encyc. Dictionary, Almanacs, Homework help, Thesaurus, etc. (ads)

Ann Arbor District Library: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries, including the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary (you will need your UN/PW)

Encyclopedia BritannicaAAPS encyclopedia subscription: to use from home get UN & PW from your school

GRVL Gale Virtual Reference Library, encyclopedias and reference sources, via MEL

Wikipedia - overview of topic and references to other material



NEWSPAPERS*JOURNALS*MAGAZINES

University of Michigan Libraries browse by subject  online. Identify what may be useful, then go to UoM Library and sign in as a guest to use the resources.

InfoTrac Newsstand via MEL Newspaper database

General Reference Center Gold via MEL database of magazines 

New York Times via AADL, current & historical 1851-2007

RefDesk.com  USA newspapers & Worldwide

Detroit Free Press newspaper

ipl2 Newspapers & Magazines at Internet Public Library2

International Newspapers by country

International Magazines by category



DATABASES

Ann Arbor District Library search for a database by subject (you will need your UN/PW)

Michigan Electronic Library search by subject (you will need a Michigan Driver's License number)

University of Michigan Libraries  browse by subject (identify what may be useful, then go to UoM Library and sign in as a guest to use the resources)

Library of Congress  search by subject. 

Library of Congress Digital Collections various LOC resources pulled together by subject

If you are not from Michigan...What databases are available at your local library? Provided by your state government? Available at a nearby university?

Digital Public Library of America - Brings together collections in all forms from all archives and libraries. 

World Digital Library



WWWEB SITES 
BE SELECTIVE. 
Reject the junk, 
Select the Good, 
Use the Best of the Good

Boolean Searching : Fewer hits = Quality hits

When you add a web site URL to this section of your SLN, annotate  why it is valid and legitimate. 

Watch this video for a quick, clear overview

Test your knowledge


SOURCES REJECTED
We recommend that you get in the habit of scooping sources that you have rejected and holding them in one section of your SLN Project page.  Annotate them - "I didn't use this site because......"

WHY?
1. Next time you come across it you won't have to review it again.
2. Whoever assesses your research will know that you were thorough and thinking critically about the sources you find. (Your teacher, professor, boss will love this! They may require it.  It gives them confidence in your research abilities)



CONTACT the Library
with sites we should include on this page.

http://www.lacoe.edu/CurriculumInstruction/DigitalResources.aspx