FINDING INFORMATIONThe Key to Good Research is finding RELIABLE information
COMPARING DATA:
Find the Data is a very cool site that takes two sets of information and sets them side by side so you can compare the information- such as "Salaries by the Job", "Apartment Costs", etc. and there are subject headings from which to choose a multitude of comparisons. This is a MUST-See!

BIOGRAPHIES
  • Access Biography Reference Bank at school and at home. All Ohio K-12 students and their parents, as well as K-12 educators, can use the state-funded INFOhio Electronic Resources free-of-charge. Home access requires a username and password available from your school's library media center
  • SweetSearch Biographies, an indexed database of 1000+ bios that can be sorted by profession/gender/race or origin- Click on SweetSearch Biographies
  • Another good site that includes contemporary Biographies is Biography.com - there are some ads but there are also some great videos.
  • Infoplease - Search 30,000+ Biographies
  • Jock Bio- biographies of famous athletes--also includes quotes
  • Literature Network - Author biographies

DATABASES

**********InfOhio Resources**********

  • For home access to InfOhio, you may need a username and/or password. Just contact me if you do not know what these are. (pam.hopkins@southwestschools.org)
  • Here, through EBSCO HOST, you can find Magazine articles, Journal articles, Newspaper Articles, Book Articles--all updated DAILY! There are databases on Animals, Art, Biographies, Foreign Language Encyclopedias, Government, Health, Literature, Ohio, Science, Videos, and more. For EASY searches, go to the Student Research Center in EBSCO Host.
  • Under OTHER RESOURCES, you will find links to sources that give you information on ALL HEALTH, GOVERNMENT, HISTORY and HOMEWORK HELP ONLINE.

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County - Research Databases- Use this collection of databases to locate information on a broad range of subjects from magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and books. In order to use these databases, you will need a valid Hamilton County library card and PIN which can be obtained at the Harrison Branch library. (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County)


Directories- A site that sends you to other sites based on a certain field of interest such as "Reference", "News","Health", "Games", "Art", etc.
Beaucoup is another great directory--links to all kinds of sources on EVERY topic you can imagine!
DMOZ is a great example of this.
Digital Public Library of America - The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff.
Librarian's Internet Index-a resource for reliable research information--includes articles from magazines and newspapers, as well as reliable websites.
Library Spot This is the one-stop site for general reference. It would be a great site to bookmark. Includes
Award winners, Dictionaries, Maps, Encyclopedias, Statistics, Calendars, Calculators, Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Poetry, Speeches, etc.)
Refdesk: A site that provides reviews and a search feature for free reference materials online.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS
Encyclopedia.com has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.

MAGAZINE and NEWSPAPER articles
First choice is to go to our Infohio Pageand click on the grade of your choice. (INFOHIO RESOURCE - You may need a username and password for home usage- please ask you teacher or contact the Media Center at the high school for a card with the info)
Then, click on either the EBSCOhost icon. Articles from more than 6,000 magazines and newspapers are indexed, most in full text, from children's magazines to professional research.
Or, try the NEWSBANK icon to search national news magazines and Ohio newspapers.
To access these from home, you will need the Username and Password provided by emailing me.

Another fantastic resource:
E-newspapers in education is provided through the Cincinnati Enquirer and is completely FREE! See below for special features of this resource.
-Daily access to over 40 newspapers in cities across the United States! Your students can compare news stories with the Arizona Republic and Florida Today or the Green Bay Press-Gazette!!
-View any article in 12 different languages! You can print the article in English and German, put them side by side and learn a new language!
-Keyword searches allow students to research any topic, person or event instantly.
-The “e-Notify” feature is a convenient way to be alerted to content of your specific interest that you may be planning to use in a current or upcoming lesson plan.
-View all text, photos, and advertisements exactly as they are printed in the daily paper using the computer.
-Save, print, and send articles with a click of a button.
-Read and research the paper any time - at school or at home!
-Access the past seven days of your local paper.
-Smoothly incorporate the state and federal technology standards into your everyday lesson plans.

Other Choices (for magazines)
MagBot is a full-text magazine reference and research resource offering access to free hot-topic magazine and journal articles for students and teachers. This is worth a look, especially if your students get overwhelmed with EBSCO. It is quicker and easier to navigate. It cites reputable journals including US News and World Report, Forbes, etc.
A free on-line magazine service available through the Hamilton County Public Library is called Zinio. Use Zinio to read digital copies of over 250 magazines on your tablet, computer or mobile device. Download as many magazines as you'd like. Click the link to learn how to set up an account.

Other Choices: (for newspapers)
Kidon Media Link is a great site for connecting to newspapers around the world
Newsdex - An easy to use index of local newspaper articles. (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County)
Newspaper Archives Explore millions of free articles collected by surname, category, and event. You will be able to read millions of articles covering over 400 years of history, every state, and more than 10 countries. Explore free newspaper archives about everything from your favorite actor to interesting articles on politics and science. There is a world of history waiting to be discovered. Free.
New York Times- from 1851-1922 (FREE), from 1923-1980 ($3.95 each article)
Paperboy is a site that connects you to many newspapers around the world!
50 States- a link to newspapers in each of the 50 states of our nation.

Looking for PRIMARY Sources?

In the study of history, a primary source is an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source of information that was created at the time under study. It serves as an original source of information about the topic.

(Look under Primary Resources on the Just Social Studies page)


PRO and CON Resources:

(Look under Pro/Con on the Debate Resources page)


QUOTATIONS:

Creative Quotations
The Dog Hause- contains quotes, idioms and proverbs related to pets--also clip art, fonts, etc.
Literature Network- has Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - A Collection of over 8000 Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs and quotes Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature.
Just Quotations- over 20,000 entries in 30 collections. You can search by author, topic, or other access points.
Quoteland- Quotations by topic, Humorous quotations, TV and movie transcripts, TV commercials, historical speeches and more!
Scientific Quotations-from Archimedes to Woolley.
Spanish Proverbs and Sayings with their English equivalents

SEARCH ENGINES

Go to Search Engines page for recommended search engines and how to use them.

Looking for STATISTICS?
  • Try this one first - General Statistics can be found at the Library Spot.
  • FedStats, another good place to start, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information--you can even search state-by-state.

Bureau of Labor and Statistics is the home site for many statistical links including time use, employment and prices.
Census Bureau has statistics on population, age, race, fertility, education, marriage rates, poverty rates and more!
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Health statistics and data including diseases, disorders, injuries, deaths and much more.
Crime, Crime Victims, Criminal Offenders statistics can be found at this government site.
Digest of Education Statistics covers statistics in the field of American education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school.
The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It is published by the United Nations Statistics Division.
USA Right NowProvides real time statistics on US population, economy, health issues, society and more. Worldometers is very similar, but has statistics for the world.
Worldwide Statistical Sources (OECD)- great site for statistics around the world, with an emphasis on statistics from members of the OECD--there is a wealth of information available here.
World Data Atlas: Great source of world statistics on every country. Includes data on more than 2500 indicators. Topics cover Economics, Demographics, Health, Education, Energy and other socioeconomic information. Includes interactive visualizations like rankings, graphs and maps.
World Data Bank- is a FABULOUS site for statistics on all aspects of issues in the entire world. Search by topic or by country or even by specific data.


SURVEYS are great for finding answers in research. Try one like Survey Monkey. For more, see Quiz and Survey Generators page.


ORGANIZING INFORMATION

iCyte offers students and teachers the ability to save and organize 'Cytes' (text, pictures, articles - even entire web pages) with the click of a button. Users can highlight the information he or she would like to save and click the iCyte icon on the browser toolbar. Then, the data can be categorized into different projects designated by the user. Tags and notes can be added for further categorization, creating a searchable database.

iCyte is useful for middle and high school students; they can use it to store important research material for assignments, along with their own personal projects. Teachers can invite colleagues and friends to join their projects, discover new research, and share information.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.
  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you're reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online

Scrible is a free service that offers a nice set of tools for highlighting, annotating, and bookmarking webpages. When you annotate and bookmark a page in Scrible it is saved as it appeared to you when you were done altering it. And as you would expect from a web-based bookmarking tool, you can share your bookmarked pages with others. Students can get a free Scrible account that has double the storage capacity of the standard free account.

Zoterois an add-on in Firefox. It collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes. Once you install this free download, there will be a link at the bottom of the page for saving bookmarks and making notes or bibliography references.