Useful Links

News Sites - Custom Search

Use this custom search engine to locate news articles for your reading reports:
This search engine will locate current news stories about your topic from a variety of trustworthy news sources, like Newsweek, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NPR, etc. 

Resources Discussed in Class

Local Sources:

Howard County Public Library

http://www.hclibrary.org

The HC Library also has great online resources and databases that can be accessed here: http://www.hclibrary.org/index.php?page=74

You will need the bar code from your library card to search the databases.

Maryland’s Public Information Network

http://www.sailor.lib.md.us/

Online databases and access to libraries across the state.

Mount Hebron High School Media Center

http://sites.google.com/site/mthlibrary/homepage

To search for books and videos in our school and all HCPSS schools:

Go to the Mt. Hebron Media page and click the link for “MHHS PAC” or follow this link:

http://pac.hcpss.org:8080/?config=mhhs#bookriver

To search the online databases for articles, etc.:

Go to the Mt. Hebron Media page and click the link for Encyclopedias and Databases or follow this link:

http://sites.google.com/site/mthlibrary/encyclopedias-databases         

To use the databases from outside of school, you need a username and password.  These are listed in your agenda book.

Don’t forget – REFERENCE BOOKS!

The Mt. Hebron media center has a Reference Section that does not show up when you search the PAC – walk around that section and find items related to your topic.

Also, on the Gale search link, you can search the e-books, which are also reference books!

Certainly also check the local library for books and reference materials.

Web-based Sources:

Directory of Open Access Journals

http://www.doaj.org

Over 300,000 articles from scholarly journals, searchable by title or subject.

Online Courses, Lectures, Etc.

MIT Open Courseware

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Free courses on a variety of subjects.

Academic Earth

http://academicearth.org

Browse lectures at schools such as Harvard, Stanford, and Yale; post questions/comments.

Open Culture

http://www.openculture.com

Free audiobooks, language lessons, academic podcasts, classes, and videos.

Scholarly Search Engines

http://www.refseek.com

http://www.virtuallrc.com

http://www.sweetsearch.com

Google Books

http://books.google.com

Find full books, or link to local libraries that have the books available.  If you have a current HoCo library card, you can ask them to order you books that are at other county libraries.

Google Scholar

http://scholar.google.com

Find abstracts and the occasional full article on your topic.

Wikipedia

http://www.wikipedia.com

Use it as a starting point to find information and then follow the links to the original sources.  Do not cite directly from Wikipedia, as it is socially edited.

Futurity

http://futurity.org

An online news source featuring the latest discoveries from North America's leading research universities.  Scholarly articles on earth and the environment, health and medicine, science and design, and society and culture.

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Free resources in all subject areas.  Videos and other materials.  Also links to outside content from partners like MIT.

Medical Sources:

Perio

http://www.perio.org

A site devoted to periodontal and dental issues.

Pubmed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

If you visit http://pubmed.gov you can search for journal article citations and abstracts related to medical topics.  There are some articles with links to full-text articles available at no charge. Type AND free full text[sb] at the end of your search to limit to free full-text articles.

Science/Technology Sources:

Cogito

http://www.cogito.org/default.aspx

“On Cogito, you can learn about amazing scientists your own age, what they're doing and how they managed to do it. You can read news and features on topics ranging from global warming to bioethics to nanotechnology. You can explore the intersection of science and the arts, from computer animation to science fiction. You can find great resources including recommended web sites and webcasts, and searchable listings of summer and distance-education programs, internships, and academic competitions. And if you are a member, you can participate in online interviews with experts in various fields and in discussion forums with other members like you.”

SCIRUS

http://www.scirus.com/

Elsevier's Science Direct

http://sciencedirect.com

Government Science Publications

http://ntrs.nasa.gov

http://www.osti.gov/bridge

http://www.dtic.mil

Other Important Sources:

 Multimedia Sources

Be sure to look for scholarly videos.  You can use United Streaming, described above.  Google Video will search a variety of video sites, including YouTube.  Most will need to be viewed from home. Many news websites also have videos.

            YouTube EDU: youtube.com/education – academic videos from over 300 colleges and universities

TED Talks: http://www.ted.com/ - Talks on a variety of topics from professionals around the world.

PBS LearningMedia: pbslearningmedia.org/toolsandresources

iTunes U Podcasts – access through the iTunes Store

Free podcasts on a huge assortment of subjects provided by leading universities, including Cornell, Duke, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, & Yale.

 Human Sources

See the handout for locating human sources.  Interviews, emails, and other forms of personal communication that yield information which aides your research are all sources.

Online Tools to Assist with Research and Collaboration:

Google Docs

https://hcpss.me

Compose word processing and spreadsheet documents online; invite others to join you in a collaborative edit of what you’re writing. (You must have a Gmail account to use this)

A handy tool in Google Documents…

            If you are scouting for sources, you can use Google Docs to help.  Open a document.  Go to Tools and Research.  You can search the web for information and drag it into the document, where it will save it and create a citation for you.

Online Tools to Assist with Citing Sources:

Noodle Tools

Creates citations for you in MLA or APA.  You can log in from school through the Databases or from home using the login information in your agenda book.

Purdue University:

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/and click “Research and Citation”

Duke University:

http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/

Bookmarking and Saving Research

Zotero

http://zotero.com

Diigo

http://www.diigo.com

X-Marks

http://www.xmarks.com

URL Shortening Tools

Tiny URL

http://www.tiny.cc/

Bitly

https://bitly.com/

Google

https://goo.gl/

Internet Tools to Assist with your Project/Product/Presentation

Creating Websites:

Google Sites - http://sites.google.com/

Weebly - http://www.weebly.com

Wix - http://www.wix.com

Calendar

http://calendar.google.com

Record events, assignments, etc.  The calendar on my web page is a Google calendar!

Translate

http://translate.google.com/

Translate pages into other languages.

Forms

http://docs.google.com – Choose “Create New” and “Form”

Want to make a survey that people can complete online?  How about adding an evaluation page to your website?  Use Google Forms.

Survey Monkey

http://www.surveymonkey.com

Create surveys (free version limited).

Doodle

http://doodle.com

Poll groups of people for meeting times.

Other Sources

University of Maryland Baltimore County Library

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL)

University of Maryland at Baltimore- Health Sciences Library/Law Library

Morgan University Library

Coppin State University Library

Towson University Library

 

Online Encyclopedia, Dictionary, and Reference Materials

Internet Public Library

Dictionary

Uncle Sam's Reference Shelf

Library of Congress


Social and Current Issues

The Washington Post

The Baltimore Sun

Social Issues (I)

High School Debate Topics

Issues and Causes

http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Issues_and_Causes/

Social Issues (II)