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Oak Park and River Forest High School Library: How to Research

Off-campus Access to Database Passwords

General Subject Databases (Need off-campus passwords: see above)

articles from more than 250 magazine/journals in the arts, dance, theatre, music, film, and more

current news on social, political, and environmental global events, such as war, terrorism, and global warming

literary criticism, author overviews, and work overviews from the Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism series

 

 

viewpoint essays, magazine and newspaper articles, websites, statistics, and primary source documents on current and often controversial social subjects

article from nearly 250 magazine/journals that both analyze and contribute to popular culture in such areas as the social sciences, history, music, and art

 

topic overviews and articles from reference books and journals on biology, chemistry, earth sciences, health and medicine, math, and physics

general topic pages on history, literature, science, and social issues; coverage from hundreds of magazines and newspapers updated daily

topics in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present; includes reference articles, primary source documents, journal and magazine articles, and more

topics in World History from antiquity to the present; includes reference articles, journal articles, and primary source documents

reference eBooks published by Gale that can be searched individually, by subject grouping, or as a complete collection

Gale Databases Power Search

search all 10 Gales databases using PowerSearch; also use Topic Finder to narrow your search or develop a topic for your research papers

Example of of Topic Finder in PowerSearch for "Cold War"

This tool takes the titles, subjects, and approximately the first 100 words from a subset of your top results and feeds them into an algorithm. Keywords shown in the graphics are those found most often in the text with your search term.

Scholarly Databases (Need off-campus passwords: see above)

 

peer-reviewed articles from more than 2,400 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences; no current articles

full-text articles from more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 are available for over 100 journals

current peer-reviewed humanities and social sciences articles from over 500 scholarly journals

peer-reviewed articles covering psychiatry, medical ethics, mental processes, and child and adolescent psychology; (click on “full-text” for best results)

Historical and Current Newspaper

First-time user's Account Creation (Use your OPRFHS email.)

complete archive from 1851 to the present -- more than 13 million articles (From 1923 to 1980, 100 archived articles every four weeks; Pre-1923 and post-1980, unlimited.)

TimesMachine has facsimiles of the newspaper from 1851 to 2002.

Reports from CQ Researcher

lengthy (~24 pages) single-topic reports published 44 times per year on contemporary political and social issues in the U.S.  (Select the PDF version for printing.)

Oxford English Dictionary

definitive record of the English language since 1150 providing detailed etymological analysis of over 600,00 words and traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations 

Off-Campus Access to Library Databases

Databases vs. Websites

Databases and eBooks: Authoritative Content from Respected Sources

  • Paid for by the library. (Think of them as premium cable channels.)
  • Cannot be easily searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by editors and publishers.
  • There are no distracting ads. (Excepting New York Times that does have a top banner ad.)

Websites : Onus* Is on You to Verify the Content  

  • Access is free. No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website. The information included is often not verified by anyone.
  • Must examine with a critical eye. You need to spend time determining if content is correct.

What about this one?

Onus means responsibility. It's your responsibility to be sure the content is correct. It's a better use of your time to use the library databases, when possible.

Open Access Journals (no passwords needed)


PubMed Central: full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine. Over 4 million articles are archived here.


 

Listing of open access journals (Wikipedia)