Useful Links

Local Library Sources

Mount Hebron High School Media Center 

Search for books - click on PAC

Search the databases - click on MackinVia

Howard County Public Library

Search for books -

Research tools and Database -  

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

Online databases and access to libraries across the state.

Peer-Reviewed Journals and Scholarly Search Engines

Scholarly Journals - 

Google Scholar -

Find abstracts and the occasional full article on your topic.

Directory of Open Access Journals -

Over 300,000 articles from scholarly journals.


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

ResearchGate - 

Shared research publication site.

Social Science Research Network

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a collection of papers from the social sciences community. It is a highly interdisciplinary platform used to search for scholarly articles related to 67 social science topics. SSRN has a variety of research networks for the various topics available through the free scholarly database.

The site offers more than 700,000 abstracts and more than 600,000 full-text papers. There is not yet a specific option to search for only full-text articles, but, because most of the papers on the site are free access, it's not often that you encounter a paywall. There is currently no option to search for only peer-reviewed articles.

Scholarly Search Engines 

Clinical Medicine Publications

Pubmed and PubHealth

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.


A site devoted to periodontal and dental issues. 

STEM and Government Publications


arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for nearly 2.4 million scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Materials on this site are not peer-reviewed by arXiv.

Science Open

ScienceOpen provides researchers with a wide range of tools to support their research – all for free. Here is a short checklist to make sure you are getting the most of the technological infrastructure and content. What can a researcher do on ScienceOpen?


Elsevier's Science Direct

WorldWide Science

Government Science Publications

Online Courses, Lectures, Etc.

MIT Open Courseware

Free courses on a variety of subjects.

Academic Earth

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

Open Culture

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

HC Online Classes

lynda – tutorials on software, coding, etc.

Test Prep – AP, SATs, etc.

Khan Academy

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


Type in a question and it will provide expert-level answers.

General Useful Sites

Google Books

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.


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.


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 - – academic videos from over 300 colleges and universities

TED Talks: - Talks on a variety of topics from professionals around the world.

PBS LearningMedia:


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– 

A search of major news sites can yield excellent articles.  


A search engine that pulls from reliable news sources on a variety of topics.


A news site clearinghouse devoted to neutral reporting.

Other Digital Tools

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: and click “Research and Citation”

Duke University:

Bookmarking and Saving Research


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

Tiny URL



Creating Websites:

Google Sites -

Weebly -

Forms – 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.

University Websites

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 Links

The Washington Post -

The Baltimore Sun -

Social Issues (I) -

High School Debate Topics -

Issues and Causes -

Social Issues (II) -