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Online Research Tools

Sehome Library Catalog

Bellingham Public Library


ProQuest Products: includes ProQuest, eLibrary, CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, History Study Center, and ProQuest Literature

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Global Issues in Context Database

Science in Context


Using the Research Databases at Home


The World Factbook

World Book

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.

MLA Sample Research Paper

Plagiarism: Rules and Consequences

Website Evaluation

Evaluation Rubric

How does your information source score against seven critical standards?


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.