Recommended Research Starter Links
Useful Links - Library Book Information
Online access to the Mesa Verde HS Library database. This database allows searches for books and reference materials in the library.
Click on "My Account":
>>> Username sj# (example): sj123456
>>> Password 4 digit birth year (example): 2004
The main page for the Sacramento Public Library system. In addition to searching for books, you can also sign up to use the online database programs, with access to newspaper and magazine articles.
A "one stop shopping" site for links to libraries and library related information.
Useful Links - How To Get Started With Research
Warning: if you are going to argue a point about politics, medicine, animal care, or gun control, then you had better take the time to make your argument legit. You can't copy-paste Wikipedia links or spend ten seconds with Google and think you have a winning argument. If you are a student, or if you are seeking serious medical, professional, or historical information, definitely heed these 8 suggested steps to researching online.
You can do BIG things with Big6 Skills! Big6 is a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information. Some call it information literacy, information communication, or ICT skills, or a process, but we call it the Big6.
Useful Links - Research Information
A free online encyclopedia containing over two-million articles. A excellent starting point to get background information and links to related topics and keywords.
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
Refdesk is a free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources. It is highly recommended to take the Tour of RefDesk by selecting the About RefDesk link in the left-side column.
Pro/Con.org is a website that collects controversial topics and presents the pros and cons of both sides of the argument. Resources include short, easy to understand explanations of issues, pre-screened and researched articles, video clips, and pictures, and citations for the site. Topics include: illegal immigration, drug awareness, cell phones, gay marriage, abortion, and much more.
Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. The Google Scholar index includes
most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference-papers, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, including court opinions and patents.
The Library of Congress (LOC) is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States. It is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum,education, and research complex. We are a community of learning and the opener of doors. Join us on a voyage of discovery in person or learn and explore online.
Useful Links - Citation and Writing Information
The Citation Machine automatically generates citation in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and thousands more.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material. Users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
Five Bad Online Sources
Blogs- Anyone can create a blog, just like anyone can have a Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat account. There is no way to evaluate the authors reliability or expertise on a subject
Personal Web pages- Just like blogs, personal web sites are difficult to evaluate. Avoid them!
Wiki sites, including Wikipedia - Wiki sites allow groups of people to add and edit information on individual pages. Wikipedia is a good place to start if you know absolutely nothing about a topic, but use the links on the bottom of the Wikipedia reference to go to more reliable sources.
Video Games, Movies, and YouTube - the latest Call of Duty game might have information you "think" is accurate, the cool horror movie is "based on a true story" or the newest Youtube video might "look" real. Just remember that both movies and video games were created for entertainment not for accuracy
Historical Novels- Novels are fiction, even if they are set in a real historical setting.