Useful Links

Sources for Research


Local Sources

Mount Hebron High School Media Center

https://hcpss.me/

Search for books - click on PAC

Search the databases - click on MackinVia


Howard County Public Library

Search for books - http://www.hclibrary.org

Research tools and Database - http://hclibrary.org/new-a-main/a-student-middle-high-school/

The HC Library also has great online resources and databases that can be accessed using the bar code from your library card to search the databases. The online tools link will take you to their online databases.


Maryland’s Public Information Network

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

Online databases and access to libraries across the state.


Scholarly Sources/Peer-Reviewed Journals

Google Scholar

http://scholar.google.com

Find abstracts and the occasional full article on your topic.


Scholarly Search Engines

http://www.virtuallrc.com


Directory of Open Access Journals

http://www.doaj.org

Over 300,000 articles from scholarly journals.


JSTOR

https://www.jstor.org/

One of the largest databases for scholarly journals; students can create an account and access up to 100 articles for free!


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.


HC Online Classes

http://hclibrary.org/research/online-classes/

lynda – tutorials on software, coding, etc.

Test Prep – AP, SATs, etc.


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.


Other Digital Resources

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.


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 Do not cite directly from Wikipedia, as it is socially edited.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.


Multimedia Sources

Be sure to look for scholarly videos. Google Video will search a variety of video sites, including YouTube. Documentaries, high-level series on streaming sources, TedTalks - all are good Multimedia options to explore!

YouTube EDU - https://www.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


Podcasts

Look for podcasts on any subject from reputable sources.


Human Sources

See the handout for locating human sources (2nd quarter). Interviews, emails, and other forms of personal communication that yield information which aides your research are all sources.

News Sites (Google Custom Search) –

https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=000684568398379081761:otjrs4adx1g

A search of major news sites can yield excellent articles.


ProPublica

https://www.propublica.org/

A news site clearinghouse devoted to neutral reporting.


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

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


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 (available in MackinVia)

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


URL Shortening Tools (to assist with shortening long URLs for citations)

Tiny URL

http://www.tiny.cc/

Bitly

https://bitly.com/

Google

https://goo.gl/


Creating Websites:

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

Weebly - http://www.weebly.com


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.

Other Sources

University of Maryland Baltimore County Library - http://www.umbc.edu/aok/main/

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL) - http://lib2.jhuapl.edu

University of Maryland at Baltimore- Health Sciences Library/Law Library - http://www.umaryland.edu/library

Morgan University Library - http://library.morgan.edu

Coppin State University Library - http://www.coppin.edu/library

Towson University Library - http://cooklibrary.towson.edu

Online Encyclopedia, Dictionary, and Reference Materials

Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/aplus/

Dictionary - http://www.dictionary.com

Uncle Sam's Reference Shelf - http://www.census.gov/stat_abstract/

Library of Congress - http://www.loc.gov/index.html

Social and Current Issues

The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com

The Baltimore Sun - http://www.baltimoresun.com/

Social Issues (I) - http://www.multcolib.org/homework/sochc.html

High School Debate Topics - http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/hsdebate.html

Issues and Causes - http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Issues_and_Causes/

Social Issues (II) - http://www.multcolib.org/homework/sochc.html