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Online Research Tools

Sehome Library Catalog

Bellingham Public Library




Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Global Issues in Context Database

Science in Context

Using the Research Databases at Home


The World Factbook

World Book

Science in Context

Gale Virtual Reference Books

Google Scholar

Research Assistance 

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The “OWL” is an excellent resource filled with detailed tips on beginning research, writing research papers, understanding grammar, creating citations, plus other simple and useful tips.

Research & Documentation Online

A great place to start your research, with many subject specific references, or to find out how to correctly cite sources you are using.

MLA Sample Research Paper

Plagiarism: Rules and Consequences

Website Evaluation

Evaluation Rubric

How does your information source score against seven critical standards?

Electronic Note-Taking

Diigo – This free research tool makes it easy to highlight and annotate text on the web. You can access everything you save from your phone or another PC.

Citation Assistance

KnightCite – KnightCite is an easy to use citation generator.

MLA Works Cited Page – OWL guide to formating a “Works Cited” page, with links to how to cite various kinds of sources.

OttoBib – Enter an ISBN and OttoBib will automatically create a bibliography in MLA, APA, or Chicago format.