Research Tools

Journals

Journal articles are written by scholars in an academic or professional field. These articles may cover very specific topics or narrow fields of research. An editorial board may review journal articles to decide whether they should be published. Journals with articles that go through this process are called peer reviewed or refereed journals. Since journals are published at periodic intervals, they are grouped in the category called periodicals. Journals are usually published only a few times a year, such as bimonthly or quarterly. They may be in print format or on the Web as electronic journals.Use a Journal...-when doing scholarly research to find out what has been studied on your topic.-to find bibliographies that point to other relevant research.
If you are still unsure about the difference between magazines and journals, click here for a WSU Libraries handout that compares the two.Source: http://library.wichita.edu/empower/module1/journalsPopup.htm

SEARCH our Article Database.

Username and password are posted in the school library

FIND Items in Libraries Nearby

SEARCH our Subscription Databases.

Username and password are posted in the school library.

SEARCH for Full-Text Articles

FirstSearch includes the following databases:WorldCat – a comprehensive worldwide catalog that identifies over 60 million books and other library materials. GPO – Identifies over 500,000 U.S. government documents, providing links to those available online.ERIC – an educational research database that identifies over a million education-related journal articles and research materialsWorld Almanac – Full text access to Funk & Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia and The World Almanac

Newspapers

Newspapers include articles about current events and are a good source for local information. They can be found on newsstands, bookstores, and, of course, in the Library. Newspapers, like journals and magazines, are called periodicals because they are published regularly, or periodically. Most newspapers are published daily.
Use a Newspaper...-to find current information about international, national and local events.-to find editorials, commentaries, expert or popular opinions.

Magazines

Magazines publish articles on topics of popular interest and current events. The articles are written by journalists and are for the general public. Advertisements usually help keep the cost reasonable for the average consumer. Magazines, like journals and newspapers, are called periodicals because they are published at regular intervals throughout the year. Most are published bi-weekly or monthly.Some magazines are written for practitioners or professionals of an applied field and are called trade magazines. Although trade magazines may be specialized, they do not usually include theoretical concepts or reports of original research, and therefore are not considered scholarly journals.
Use a Magazine...-to find information or opinions about popular culture.-to find up-to-date information about current events.-to find general articles written for people who are not necessarily specialists, theorists, or researchers in the topic area.
If you are still unsure about the difference between magazines and journals, click here for a WSU Libraries handout that compares the two.Source: http://library.wichita.edu/empower/module1/magazinesPopup.htm

The Atwood-Hammond Public Library offers access to the world's largest newsstand. A valid library card is required.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia articles contain factual articles on many subjects. Although encyclopedia articles may have been a major source for research in high school, in college you'll use sources that contain more depth. Use encyclopedias only for background information or an overview of your topic. There are two types of encyclopedias--general and subject. General encyclopedias provide overviews on a wide variety of topics. Subject encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study.Use an Encyclopedia...-when looking for background information on a topic.-when trying to find key ideas, important dates or concepts.

Almanacs/Manuals/Handbooks and Yearbooks

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Nation′s premier source for career information!

Guiness World Records

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement.

Infoplease Almanac

Browse the Almanac by section, or use the Alphabetical Index.

Physician's Desk Reference

The most trusted and commonly used drug information reference.

Statesman's Yearbook

The Statesman's Yearbook includes reliable information on all 194 countries in the world plus states and dependencies, covering key historical events, population, economics and more.

US Government Manual

As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Old Farmer's Almanac

Since 1792, The Old Farmer's Almanac has spoken to all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near the ocean; sunrise and planting charts for those who live on the farm; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; and forecasts for those who don't like the question of weather left up in the air.

Atlases/Geographical Sources

The National Atlas of the United States contains many maps, including maps of climate patterns, U.S. federal lands and Indian reservations, U.S. Presidential elections, satellite views, time zones, and U.S. territorial acquisitions,

The State and Local Government Internet directory provides convenient one-stop access to the websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments.

PERRY-The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Room, located at the University of Texas at Austin, houses a collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. This collection consists of atlases, travel guides, gazetteers and many types of maps, including United States Geological Survey (USGS), navigational charts, International (World) maps, travel maps and items included in the U.S. Depository Library program. More than 46,000 map images from our collection are also available online.

World Atlas with links to regional, country, and state maps.

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Timeline of Top Stories linked to news articles.

Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world.

Rand McNally is an American publisher of maps, atlases, textbooks, and globes for travel, reference, commercial, and educational uses.

Use MapQuest for driving directions and maps. See local traffic and road conditions, find nearby businesses and restaurants.

Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.


Biographical Sources

Learn more about the unexpected relationships between your favorite stars, famous figures, and notorious personalities when you explore the groups and profiles on BIO.

Tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. The NNDB Mapper is a visual tool for exploring the connections between people in NNDB, linking them together through family relations, corporate boards, movies and TV, political alliances, and shadowy conspiracy groups. Maps can be saved and shared for others to explore.

The Dead People Server is a database of interesting celebrities who are long dead or newly dead.

A searchable database of more than 100 million data items including more than 2 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and more than 4 million cast and crew members.


Medical Sources

Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language onMedlinePlus, the up-to-date, trusted health information site from ...

Medical references published by the American pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. (known as MSD outside the United States), that cover a wide range of medical topics, including disorders, tests, diagnoses, and drugs.

The Bartleby.com edition of Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings—many in color—from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn

INFORMATION SOURCES

Journals

Newspapers

Magazines

Books

Encyclopedias

Almanacs/Manuals/Handbooks and Yearbooks

Dictionaries

Atlases/Geographical Sources

Biographical Sources

Medical Sources

General Reference

Websites

CITATION SOURCES

SEARCH Engines

How Google Search Works

School Library Resources



Magazines



Magazines publish articles on topics of popular interest and current events. The articles are written by journalists and are for the general public. Advertisements usually help keep the cost reasonable for the average consumer.


Magazines, like journals and newspapers, are called periodicals because they are published at regular intervals throughout the year. Most are published bi-weekly or monthly.Some magazines are written for practitioners or professionals of an applied field and are called trade magazines. Although trade magazines may be specialized, they do not usually include theoretical concepts or reports of original research, and therefore are not considered scholarly journals.


Use a Magazine...

  • to find information or opinions about popular culture.
  • to find up-to-date information about current events.
  • to find general articles written for people who are not necessarily specialists, theorists, or researchers in the topic area.

Examples of Magazines:

  • Ebony
  • PC World (trade magazine)
  • Popular Mechanics (trade magazine)
  • Rolling Stone
  • U.S. News and World Report

If you are still unsure about the difference between magazines and journals, click here for a WSU Libraries handout that compares the two.


Source: http://library.wichita.edu/empower/module1/magazinesPopup.htm



IPL2 (Internet Public Library)

Magazines


EBSCO

Article Database.

Username and password are posted in the school library.

Search for full-text articles from over 3,000 journals and magazines found in the Journal Directory.


ZINIO

The Atwood-Hammond Public Library offers access to the world's largest newsstand. A valid library card is required.

Books



Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. Books that synthesize all the information on one topic may be the most useful for your research. However, you may also use books in which only one or two chapters address your topic.


Libraries organize and store their book collections on shelves called stacks. Many books are now available electronically on the Web (e-books) and are purchased by your library.


Use a Book...* when looking for an extensive amount of information on a topic.

  • to put your topic in context with other important issues.
  • to find historical information.
  • to find summaries of research to support an argument.
  • to find bibliographies that point to other relevant research.

Examples of Books:* Barbara A. Chernow. Beyond the Internet: Successful Research Strategies, 2007.

  • Theodore Kornweibel, Jr. Railroads in the African American Experience: a Photographic Journey, 2010.
  • Daragh O'Reilly and Finola Kerrigan, editors. Marketing the Arts: a Fresh Approach, 2010.
  • Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper : a novel, 2005.


Source http://library.wichita.edu/empower/module1/booksPopup.htm



OPAC

SEARCH for books in an Online Card Catalog.

Items are available by request from the Illinois Heartland Library System.


GOOGLE BOOKS

Read full text or excerpts from books online


Encyclopedias



Encyclopedia articles contain factual articles on many subjects. Although encyclopedia articles may have been a major source for research in high school, in college you'll use sources that contain more depth. Use encyclopedias only for background information or an overview of your topic


There are two types of encyclopedias--general and subject.

General encyclopedias provide overviews on a wide variety of topics.

Subject encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study.


At University Libraries, encyclopedias are available in print or electronic format.


Use an Encyclopedia...* when looking for background information on a topic.

  • when trying to find key ideas, important dates or concepts.

Examples of Encyclopedias (click the hotlink for more information about each title):

* * Encyclopedia Americana (general encyclopedia)


ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA

Username and Password posted in the school library.

WIKIPEDIA - The Free EncyclopediaBe cautious when evaluating the information in Wikipedia. It's content is edited by anyone and everyone. A great source for initial research and additional sources.

FACT MONSTER

Almanacs/Manuals/Handbooks and Yearbooks



Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Nation′s premier source for career information!


Guiness World Records

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement.


Infoplease Almanac

Browse the Almanac by section, or use the Alphabetical Index.


Physician's Desk Reference

The most trusted and commonly used drug information reference.


Fact Monster Almanac


Statesman's Yearbook

The Statesman's Yearbook includes reliable information on all 194 countries in the world plus states and dependencies, covering key historical events, population, economics and more.


US Government Manual

As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.


Old Farmer's Almanac

Since 1792, The Old Farmer's Almanac has spoken to all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near the ocean; sunrise and planting charts for those who live on the farm; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; and forecasts for those who don't like the question of weather left up in the air.


Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids

Dictionaries


Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Dictionary - Thesaurus - Spanish-English - Medical

Dictionary.com

Translates in over 50 languages. Provides pronounciation and word origin.

Britannica Digital Learning Unabridged Database

Visuwords Visual Dictionary


Fact Monster Dictionary

Specialty Dictionaries

One Look Meta Dictionary

Wordnik

Urban Dictionary

Rymezone - Rhyming Dictionary

Bartleby

Wordle - Word Clouds



Atlases/Geographical Sources



NATIONAL ATLAS OF THE US

The National Atlas of the United States contains many maps, including maps of climate patterns, U.S. federal lands and Indian reservations, U.S. Presidential elections, satellite views, time zones, and U.S. territorial acquisitions,


STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON THE NET

The State and Local Government Internet directory provides convenient one-stop access to the websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments.


PERRY-CASTAñEDA LIBRARY MAP COLLECTION

PERRY-The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Room, located at the University of Texas at Austin, houses a collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. This collection consists of atlases, travel guides, gazetteers and many types of maps, including United States Geological Survey (USGS), navigational charts, International (World) maps, travel maps and items included in the U.S. Depository Library program. More than 46,000 map images from our collection are also available online.


FACT MONSTER ATLAS

World Atlas with links to regional, country, and state maps.


CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.


WORLD NEWS ATLAS

Timeline of Top Stories linked to news articles.


LONELY PLANET

Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world.


RAND MCNALLY

Rand McNally is an American publisher of maps, atlases, textbooks, and globes for travel, reference, commercial, and educational uses.


MAPQUEST

Use MapQuest for driving directions and maps. See local traffic and road conditions, find nearby businesses and restaurants.


GOOGLE MAPS

Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.


Biographical Sources



Biography.com

Learn more about the unexpected relationships between your favorite stars, famous figures, and notorious personalities when you explore the groups and profiles on BIO.





Notable Names Database

Tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead.

The NNDB Mapper is a visual tool for exploring the connections between people in NNDB, linking them together through family relations, corporate boards, movies and TV, political alliances, and shadowy conspiracy groups. Maps can be saved and shared for others to explore.


Dead People Server

The Dead People Server is a database of interesting celebrities who are long dead or newly dead.


InfoPlease


Internet Movie Database

A searchable database of more than 100 million data items including more than 2 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and more than 4 million cast and crew members.


Medical Sources



Medline Plus


Merck Manual


General Reference


Qwiki

Research Project Calculator

Research Project Calculator

Whois.Net - Domain Research Tools

Domain-Based Research Services

Domain Registrars

Internet Archive

Reference Desk

Internet Public Library

Internet Public Library

Country Studies



Digital Images

Gathering Digital Images





CITATION SOURCES

EasyBib: the bibliography maker.





MLA Style Guide


http://valenciacollege.edu/library/doc_mla_electronic.cfm

SEARCH Engines

Meta Search Engine

Topic Index

Data & Statistics

Visual Search Engine





What is a Web Browser




School Library Resources

Card Catalog (Rolling Prairie Library System)

Magazine and Journal Database (See library for Username and Password)

AR Bookfinder

Renassaince Place



Career Information for Kids


Science Fair Projects

http://www.ipl.org/kidspace/browse/mas6000



Search Engines

Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine



Search Engine

Kids Search

Ask Jeeves

Directory

Ask for Kids

Altavista

Search Engine

Family Filter

Google

Search Engine

Google Kids

Lycos

Search Engine

SearchGuard

Yahoo Directory

Yahoo! Kids

Kids Search Tools

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