We have plenty of print materials to use for research in the library, but you may need to do work at home as well. We have two online databases available for school and home use:
This database is actually five databases available on one site!
You have access to:
- eLibrary Curriculum Edition
- History Study Center
- SIRS Discoverer
- SIRS Issues Researcher
- ProQuest Learning Literature
This is an online encyclopedia, so you will get basic information. Be sure to use the Advanced option, as it is the high school version.
Are the databases not enough for what you need? Try these:
Encyclopedia Britannica: Another encyclopedia to look in for basic overview information.
Advanced Google Search: This will allow you to filter the types of sources you get, so you can get better results from your search.
Google Scholar: This search will give you more scholarly results, meaning you will find more academic resources and resources from universities, which will be more reliable than a general search.
Library of Congress Research and Reference: This gives you access to the nation’s largest library, as well as additional databases and amazing historical resources.
Library of Congress Digital Collections: This site has collections of various historical documents, such as music, baseball cards, and Abraham Lincoln’s papers.
Need to evaluate sources? Use the CRAAP test!
Currency: Was the source published in the last 3-5 years? When was the website last updated?
Relevance: Does it help answer your research question? Does it give you enough information for what you are working on?
Authority: Does the author of the source have the knowledge and credentials to present the information?
Accuracy: Are the facts, data, statistics accurate? Can they be verified through another source?
Purpose: What is the purpose of the resource? If it is simply to sell you something seems to be propaganda, it probably won’t be a good source.
Here are some good videos about doing research from JSTOR. Good information here to help you refine searches and more!
Don’t forget about our TVHS Library Catalog!
**And once you have done your research, you need to cite your sources!
Whenever you borrow an idea, thought, image, word, song, or anything else not yours from a source you are using for research, you must give credit to the source from which you borrowed the information.
You can use the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) to learn more about citing sources.
Did you borrow an image? Check out this resource for citing your images: Image Citations for Class Projects
And here is some additional information and an example for your Bibliography, AKA, Works Cited Page.