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Getting Started

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Don't know where to begin? Here are the basic sources needed to tackle your homework assignments.
Start by getting acquainted with your topic through overviews in encyclopedias and other reference sources. Then, find a variety of sources for your project both online and in print.
  1. Encyclopedias & reference resources (Learn more...)
  2. Books (Library catalog)
  3. Academic journal articles (See databases below)
  4. Magazine & Newspaper articles (See databases below)
  5. Trusted websites (See online resources below)

 

Find Books
Dewey Decimal

Find books by searching our catalog by keyword, subject, author, or title. You can ask a librarian for help at either the Answers Desk or the Youth Library desk on the Lower Level. 

Here are just a few of the subject areas you can use to browse for juvenile non-fiction books:

Need to find a fiction book?

Databases

 

Academic OneFile

 Academic OneFile (Gale)

 Multidisciplinary
High School & College

  • Includes free access to:
    • Multidisciplinary, academic subjects
    • Free full-text access to Academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; reference book chapters; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; and images 
  • Audience:
    • High School & College Students; Researchers
  • Perfect For:
    • School essays, reports, and research papers
  • Features:
    • Topic Finder - Visual map of related topics to help students choose topics for research papers and reports
    • Readspeaker Technology - listen to articles!
    • Citation Tools - Automatically generate and export APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations
  • Video Tutorials
   
Biography In Context

 Biography in Context

 Biographies
Middle/High School & College

  • Includes free access to:
    • Wikipedia style overview; primary sources; academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book & encyclopedia chapters; and images
  • Audience:
    • Older Elementary Students, Middle & High School Students, High School & College Students
  • Perfect for:
    • Biographical essays & reports
  • Features:
    • Search for subjects by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates, and more
    • Readspeaker Technology - listen to articles!
    • Citation Tools - Automatically generate and export APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations
  • Video Tutorials
   
Books & Authors

 Books & Authors

 Literature & Book Reports
High School & College
 Book Recommendations
  • Includes free access to:
    • Book reviews, plot summaries, Read-alike recommendations, and author biographies
  • Audience:
    • Book lovers of all ages, Middle & High School Students; College Students
  • Perfect for:
    • Finding book recommendations based upon authors & titles you’ve loved
    • Book reports & literature essays
    • Book club research
  • Features:
    • Award information for over 500 literary awards
    • Book lists by topic
  • Video Tutorials
   
Expanded Academic ASAP

 Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale)

 Multidisciplinary
High School & College

Hundreds of scholarly journal subscriptions for all your research needs.

  • Access to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • Downloadable full-text articles; many with images
  • Multidisciplinary content from arts and humanities, to science and technology
  • Video Tutorials
   
General OneFile

 General OneFile (Gale)

 Multidisciplinary
High School & College

General interest newspaper and magazine database.

  • A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics
  • Over 13,000 periodical titles
  • Home to Consumer Reports January 1, 1999 - June 1, 2009
  • Includes travel guides, National Public Radio transcripts, and over 5,000 news videos
  • Millions of full-text articles; many with images
  • Video Tutorials
   
Global Issues in Context

 Global Issues in Context (Gale)

 Social Studies
Middle/High School & College

Broad spectrum database of global issues and current events. Perfect for country reports and social studies related coursework.

  • Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events
  • Multi-media content including podcasts, videos, and interactive graphs
  • Browse by country, topic or issue
  • Video Tutorials
   
   
Health Reference Center Academic

 Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)

 Health & Sciences
 High School & College

Discover periodicals and reference book content supporting research in health studies. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

  • Up-to-date coverage on a wide range of health and medicine related subjects
  • Find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.
  • Videos of medical procedures
  • Includes multimedia, such as images and podcasts
   
¡Informe!

 Informe Académico (Gale)

 Multidisciplinario
Escuela primaria

Descubra una amplia colección de publicaciones que abarcan las disciplinas más estudiadas en américa latina.

  • Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos
  • Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias
  • A collection of Hispanic journals with full texts; covers business, health, technology, culture, current affairs and other matters
   
Kids InfoBits

 Kids InfoBits (Gale)

 Multidisciplinary
Elementary school

Magazine and news articles for Kindergarten – Grade 5.

  • Features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more
  • Designed to help young users become comfortable with database searching
  • Video Tutorials
   
Literature Resource Center

 Literature Resource Center (Gale)

 Literature
High School & College

Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres.

  • Biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world
  • Search across several major Literature databases to find full text of literary works
  • Video Tutorials
   
Litfinder

 LitFinder (Gale)

 Literature
High School & College

Discover literary works and authors throughout history.

  • Provides access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes more than 150,000 full-text poems
  • 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays
  • Also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more
  • Video Tutorial
   
National Geographic Virtual Library

 National Geographic Virtual Library (Gale)

 Social Studies
Middle/High School & College

Complete archive of National Geographic Magazine, 1888 - Present.

  • Cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos
  • Explore topic guides to learn more about an
  • Help Page
   
Novelist Plus

 NoveList Plus (EBSCOhost)

 Book Recommendations
 English Literature
 All ages

  • Includes free access to:
    • Wikipedia style overview, book reviews, Read-alike recommendations, book discussion guides, and articles
  • Audience:
    • Book lovers of all ages, Middle & High School Students, High School & College Students
  • Perfect for:
    • Finding book recommendations based upon authors & titles you’ve loved
    • Book reports & literature essays
    • Book club research
  • Features:
    • Browse & search by audience, time period, author nationality/culture/gender, tone, atmosphere, grade/lexile level, and more
  • Video Tutorials
   
Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

 Multidisciplinary
 Middle/High School & College

  • Includes free access to:
    • Multidisciplinary academic subjects
    • Over 425 topic pages which feature Wikipedia-style overviews; pro/con viewpoints; academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; images; and more
  • Audience:
    • Middle & High School Students, High School & College Students
  • Perfect for:
    • Pro/con & argumentative essays and reports
  • Features:
    • One stop shop topic pages provide all media types on one page - making finding all your required sources a snap
    • Citation Tools - Automatically generate and export APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations
  • Video Tutorials
   
Gale Power Search

 PowerSearch (Gale)

 Multidisciplinary
 High School & College

  • Includes free access to:
    • Multidisciplinary, academic subjects
    • Academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; and images
  • Audience:
    • High School & College Students; Researchers
  • Perfect for:
    • School essays, reports, & research papers
  • Features:
    • One stop searching - cross searchers across all our Gale database subscriptions
  • Video Tutorials
   
School Center

 School Center (Learning Express Library)

 Multidisciplinary
 All ages

  • Includes free access to:
    • Tutorials, practice drills, and eBooks in Math, Science, English, Science, and Social Studies
  • Audience:
    • Elementary, Middle, & High School Students
  • Perfect for:
    • Self-paced study and exam preparation
  • Features:
    • Content aligns with CCSS (Common Core State Standards)
  • Video Tutorials
   
Science in Context

 Science in Context (Gale)

 Science
 Middle/High School & College

  • Includes free access to:
    • Topic pages on all major physical sciences, medicine, and technology
    • Academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; sample science experiments & projects, statistics, and images
    • More than 200 experiments and projects from U*X*L Experiment Central 
  • Audience:
    • Middle & High School Students; College Students
  • Perfect for:
    • Science experiments, school essays, reports, & research papers
  • Features:
    • Citation Tools - Automatically generate and export APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations
  • Video Tutorials
   
Student Resources in Context

 Student Resources in Context (Gale)

 Students & Researchers
 Homework Help

  • Includes free access to:
    • Topic pages cover several academic disciplines including humanities & social sciences, journalism, U.S. history, and world history
    • Academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; statistics; and images
  • Audience:
    • Elementary, Middle, & High School Students
  • Perfect for:
    • School essays, reports, & research papers
  • Features:
    • Citation Tools - Automatically generate and export APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations
    • Access to The Economist, The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Science, Smithsonian, BBC, NPR, and more.
  • Video Tutorials
   
U.S. History in Context

 U.S. History in Context (Gale)

 U.S. History
Middle/High School & College

  • Includes free access to:
    • Wikipedia-style overviews; primary documents; academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; images; and more
  • Audience:
    • Middle & High School Students; College Students
  • Perfect for:
    • School essays, reports, & research papers
  • Features:
    • Citation Tools - Automatically generate and export APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations
  • Video Tutorial
   
worldbook_web

 World Book Encyclopedia

 Reference
Students & Researchers
Homework Help

  • Includes free access to:
    • Digital version of the the World Book Encyclopedia
  • Audience:
    • Includes the following modules to suit user age & research needs:
    • World Book Kids (elementary school users)
    • World Book Student (upper-elementary and middle-grade users)
    • World Book Advanced (high school and pre-college users)
    • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos ( Estudiantes de primaria)
    • World Book Timelines (all ages)
    • World Book Discover (resources specifically developed for students reading below grade level due to language or learning difficulties)
  • Perfect for:
    • School essays, reports, & research papers
    • Trustworthy reference information - no Wikipedia required!
  • Video Tutorials
World History in Context

 World History in Context (Gale)

 World History
Middle/High School & College

  • Includes free access to:
    • Wikipedia-style overviews; primary documents; academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; images; and more
  • Audience:
    • Middle, High School, & College Students
  • Perfect for:
    • School essays, reports, & research papers
  • Features:
    • Citation Tools - Automatically generate and export APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations
  • Video Tutorial

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Online Resources
Student Laptop
All ages:
  • Animal Diversity Web
    Online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.

  • Arizona History
    A collection of resources and web links compiled by the Arizona State government.

  • Centers for Disease Control - Kids & Teens
    CDC and other federal government health websites especially for kids and teens. Find more health & science resources here.

  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Known for their math tutorials, Khan Academy guides learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology.

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. View their Student Activities section for educational resources for a variety of ages.

Elementary:

  • Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
    Benjamin Franklin is your guide to the U.S. Government. Learn more about our nation, its branches of government, how laws are made and more. Published by the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

  • Kids.Gov
    Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. It links to over 2,000 web pages from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.

  • Great Websites for Kids
    Lists of links to exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Created by the American Library Association.

Middle/High School:

  • American Fact Finder
    American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys. Great for research projects that require statistical data.

  • Eureka Alert! Science News
    An online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society. Features science related news from universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, and corporations.

  • Library of Congress Country Studies
    Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division.

  • MET Museum Timeline of Art History
    The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection.

  • NASA - Grades 9-12
    Features A to Z list of resources For students.

  • National Science Digital Library
    Provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

  • Shmoop
    Hundreds of free learning guides in english literature, math, science, social studies, and the arts.

  • Science.Gov
    Searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.

  • Spark Notes
    More than 500 guides for English literature and Shakespeare, and a vast number of guides for history, math, biology, and other subjects.