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The Key to Good Research is finding RELIABLE information. Remember, anyone can post anything on the internet. It doesn't have to be true. Below, you will find recommended websites for reliable research information.
A database is simply a collection of data. Many of the resources listed on this page are some sort of database. The resources listed in this section are general research databases.
Our school recommends using the research databases found at
For home access to INFOhio, you may need a username and/or password. Just contact me if you do not know what these are.
The easiest way to search the INFOhio databases is to use
. Find reliable information for your research projects with just one search. Use the tabs to find encyclopedia, newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, primary source documents, videos, and ebooks at your reading level.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is another great place to find
- 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)
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.
RUSA (Reference and User Services Association)
features a list of the best free reference resources.
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
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
- an indexed database of 1000+ bios that can be sorted by profession/gender/race or origin.
Another good site that includes contemporary Biographies is
- there are some ads but there are also some great
Search 30,000+ Biographies
- biographies of famous athletes--also includes quotes
- Author biographies
- A site that sends you to other
sites based on a certain field of interest
such as "
","Health", "Games", "Art", etc.
is a great directory--links to all kinds of sources on EVERY topic you can imagine!
is another example.
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.)
has World Book Encyclopedias for all ages (Preschool - High School) - also in Spanish!
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
or historic newspapers, see the
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.
(Go to the
PRO and CON Resources:
(Look under Pro/Con on the
- 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.
- over 20,000 entries in 30 collections. You can search by author, topic, or other access points.
- Quotations by topic,
, TV and movie transcripts, TV commercials, historical speeches and more!
page for recommended search engines and how to use them.
Looking for STATISTICS?
Try this one first - General Statistics
can be found at the
, 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 capabilities 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.
has statistics on
population, age, race, fertility, education, marriage rates, poverty rates
Centers for Disease Control (CDC
statistics and data including diseases, disorders, injuries, deaths and much more.
, Crime Victims, Criminal Offenders
statistics can be found at this government site.
Digest of Education Statistics
covers statistics in the field of American
from pre-kindergarten through graduate school.
The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online
economic and social
statistics for more than 200
countries and territories of the world
. It is published by the United Nations Statistics Division.
State of Working America
This is an extremely well-designed and accessible website with a wealth of valuable information about US workers and the economy. It includes data on family incomes, wages, jobs, unemployment, wealth, and poverty - charts, graphs, and data sets...
USA Live Stats
statistics on US population, economy, health issues, society and more.
is very similar, but has statistics for the world.
Worldwide Statistical Sources
(OECD)- great site for statistics around the
, 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
site for statistics on all aspects of issues in the entire
. Search by topic or by country or even by specific data.
are great for finding answers in research. Try one like
Monkey. For more, see
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As you begin to find information for your research, you need a way to organize it. Below, you will find some resources that will help you do this.
offers students and teachers the ability to save and organize 'Cytes' (text, pictures, articles - even entire web pages).
Users can highlight the information they 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.
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
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. Additionally, 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.
(Project management) provides project boards with built-in streams called, To-do, Doing and Done, which help students visualize their project from planning to completion. Trello contains a variety of organization features, such as color coding tasks, scheduling completion dates and a simple field for adding team members for collaboration. One of Trello's most helpful features is attachments and web links, making access to project information a click away.
is 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.
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