Most Excellent Free Resources and Link Pages for Research:
Finding a Topic:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service -- topics with beginning research links
100 Research Topics: Topics with questions that could be turned into a working thesis.
Santa Monica College: Click on a topic and you will get search terms, websites and ideas for databases to use.
Topic-O-Rama -- create a list to investigate. Once you've decided, go back to the site and try the Thesis Builder.
Helpful Study Links:
Study Guides and Strategies -- Just what it says, a variety of tips and strategies for success in school
ACT Prep -- a variety of free links to help you do your best on the ACT, another list of links can be found here
Free Rice -- for each answer you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme
Today's Front Pages -- 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form.
Social Explorer: provides quick and easy access to historical
census data and demographic information. It creates fast, intuitive, and
appealing maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand
demography and social change throughout history
Documentary and NonFiction Video Resources -- streaming video resources
Primary Resources -- links to a variety of primary source documents
Library of Congress -- LOC resources broken into a variety of pages
Avatar Sources (try the comic book hero) -- this one is just for fun
WITCC's Resource Links -- links to highly credible sources divided up by disciplines
Voice of the Shuttle -- humanities resources (literature, history, art, dance)
Grammar Bytes -- online, self-paced grammar instruction
Purdue OWL online -- great resource for all things writing-related
Shmoop -- great literature and history information (by author, piece of lit or by time period)
Political Cartoons -- both current and historical political cartoon links
Art Links -- links to varied art sites
Ask an Expert -- this site provides links to experts in a variety of fields; click on a discipline and email an expert (not all areas are covered, but it's definitely worth a try!)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute -- nonprofit medical research organization that plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education
CIA World Factbook -- profiles of countries and territories around the world. Information on geography, people, government, transportation, economy, communications
iTunes U -- listen to (and sometimes view) content from universities and teachers around the world
Zamzar -- download videos from YouTube; make sure to attribute the source, though!
What Search Engine Should I Use? (or try this one) -- both give you options for starting your research other than Google
Spezify -- returns tweets, images, video and other media
Yippy -- clustered searches, great for narrowing a topic
SweetSearch -- General Info--moderated sites
FindingDulcinea -- not really a search engine, could be a jumping off point
The NHS Learning Commons Online Catalog -- books in the collection AND websites for your topic; how to use the catalog video tutorial on the how-to page
Wolfram Alfa -- part database, part search engine; great for science and math
Boolify -- visual search engine using puzzle pieces to create searches
Zuula -- searches Google, Yahoo, Bing, and a host of others at one time--separated by tabs
Google Quick Search -- mini search engines for specific topic areas
Ask.com -- general info using questions (used to be AskJeeves)
About.com -- original consumer information and advice; overseen by a team of editors, who assess materials for relevance and accuracy.