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Books in the Library

Books in the Library Media Center:  Look for Alexandria in the Chrome browser bar and enter your subject in the search box to find books on your topic. 

Google Books: The book that you search may be full-text or a limited preview; however, you may still find the information that you need. Looking at the tables of content will often help direct your search. Google Books, usingWorldCat, will also indicate the nearest library that has a copy of the book.

Organizations That Support/Oppose Your Topic

Find a national or international organization that supports the position that you are taking. Although obviously biased, the information is credible and will be useful in supporting your point of view.

National Right to Life vs. Planned Parenthood

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) vs. the DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency)


Just a thought...


How to Use SIRS Issues Researcher


Before You Begin Your Internet Search...

  • Use a general encyclopedia (Wikipedia or World Book Online) to find key words to use in your search. General encyclopedias (including Wikipedia) are only a starting point - NEVER an academic source. General encyclopedias should not appear in your footnotes or bibliography.
  • Vary the way that you phrase your search. (BBC)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the first page of hits. Google will suggest additional search terms and provide direct links to those results.

Timely Tips from Mrs. O

✔Use EasyBib to generate your MLA citations. Find the program under More in your NSA email.

✔Using the free app EasyBib on your iPhone or Android, you can create the citations for books by either scanning the bar code or by typing in the title of the book. Citations can be emailed.

✔Note about downloading documents:
Be careful when you are downloading and/or printing from the Internet; note whether the prinout is a .doc or pdf file. These documents generally do not contain the information you need to fully cite the original source. Check to see if the document gives the web site, web address, date of printing, etc. If not you will need to add these to your printout before you exit the web site. It is often difficult to link back to the original work.

✔Have you encountered the DREADED DEAD LINK while you're searching the Internet? Does the link lead you to a web page that is no longer on the WWW? Try the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine


Portal is a term, generally synonymous withgateway, for a web site that is a major starting point for users that are searching for on the Internet.

New Sources

  • AllSides
    AllSides provides a breadth of perspectives on today's news, issues and opinions - so you can decide.
  • iCurrent
    A personalized news and information service

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