General Online Research & Resources
Listed below are databases and resources in order of librarian popularity. Use these sites to find academic papers, articles and journals for your research, as well as guides and formats for citations, notations, and style guides.
- Not all databases are alike. Make sure to review any advanced search criteria, FAQs and about pages so you can do thorough research.
NOTE: Some databases require you to login using the noted passwords to access their content.
The DPLA is a discovery tool (union catalog) for public domain and openly licensed content held by the United States' archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Easy and quick to use.
Internet Public Library 2 is a non-profit, largely student-run website managed by a consortium, headed by Drexel University. It is a database catalog, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites.
Although the consortium stopped updating ipl2 in 2015, the website is still active and is valued for its easy of use and for its over 40,000 searchable resources.
World Book Online Encyclopedia integrates primary and secondary source databases plus e-books in a single search of their encyclopedia. You can narrow your search by subject area and their historical timelines area great source of information.
OSLIS provides access to Gale Databases, an in-depth, up-to-date information you need to conduct research across the full range of scholarly, academic, business and general interest topics.
To access Gale from home:
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Opposing Viewpoints seeks to explore the varying opinions in a balanced pros/cons debate. The series attempts to encourage critical thinking and issue awareness by providing opposing views on contentious issues.
Other Source Materials
Catalogs and Research Formats
The online version of the venerable Portland, Oregon newspaper.
Cleveland High School's online library catalog.
Multnomah County's (Portland) online library catalog.
The New York Times archived newspaper organized by topic. Useful format when deciding on a research topic.
Enter your bibliographic info and a footnote and/or bibliography is created. Can be printed or downloaded into your Drive or Word doc.
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan research institute based in Washington, D.C. that conducts demographic research, public opinion polling and other forms of social science research.
Purdue University's online MLA style guide for MLA formatting.
> Rubric (pdf)