Information Sources
Research and Writing Help
Research Tools


Saddlebrook's Library Collection
Destiny Quest online catalog
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Library of Congress
The official library for the United States Congress, begun with Thomas Jefferson's library collection.
Florida Electronic Library
The state of Florida offers great online resources to all residents of Florida.

Other Libraries
The Pasco County public library and the University of South Florida library have many resources that all residents of Florida may use. With a public library card, students may borrow books in print, electronic, or recorded formats, as well as DVDs and music. The library card number will also allow usage of online databases. The university library resources may be accessed in person but not online, unless you are a student.
Research Models
Follow a research plan.
Interactive Research Process Guide

Research Skillbuilders

Cooperative Library Instruction Project
ipl2 Research and Writing for High School and College

Search Engines

Google Galore

Google Scholar

Google Book Search

Search Toolbox

Search Engines for Kids


Databases are searchable collections of information in electronic form. They form a large part of the Invisible Web and cannot be discovered by using a search engine for the Web. Many are sold as subscriptions to institutions, but some are free.
Infotrac / Student Resources in Context

This database is where you should begin online research. All information here is authoritative, meaning you do not have to spend time qualifying the source or corroborating it. Find reference articles, primary sources, news and magazine articles,academic journal articles, images, creative works, critical essays, case overviews, plot summaries, websites, videos and audios.
Our login ID is WESL38374, and our password is sbpreader.
Infotrac Training Videos:Navigating the Home Page
Topic Pages and Documents
Your Library v Open Web
Web 2.0 Basics

Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center Search over 7.99 million catalog records with 819,838 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries.

INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals

Free access to full-text online journals. Search by title or by subject to perform research or just explore a topic.

A bibliographic database. It allows users to locate books in catalogs from more than 10,000 libraries around the world. With bibliographic information for thousands of items, users can also read reviews and summaries.
U.S. Census Bureau

Statistics from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and other organizations. You'll find stats on a variety of things such as income level and household pet ownership.
The CIA World Factbook

Select a country or location and then presents that country’s flag, places it on a map and provides a thorough overview. Learn about a country's people, geography, economy, military, transportation, communications and more.
Internet Detective
Research Skills Tutorials
Information Literacy Module
University of Idaho Tutorials

The Road to Research - UCLA's research tutorial

Tech Tools for Students

Outlining Tools

Technology Tips


The Internet Archives

A Web Archive called The Wayback Machine, as well as a music archive, moving pictures archive, audio archive, and text archive of websites that no longer are active.

National Archives and State Archives

Archives are institutions that hold historically significant documents. The United States repository of official records and documents is an excellent source for primary documents, as are state archives.
Searching the Internet

Browse Effectively

Internet Smarts

Search Challenges

10 Steps to Better Web Research

Understanding URL

Build a Query

Understanding Truncation

findingDulcineaGuide to Web Search

findingDulcineaWeb Guide

Directories & Indexes

Directories of online resources categorized by subject area and vast collections of recommended websites indexed by librarians are definitely helpful alternatives to search engines for the entire web.
Hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science, this index of scholarly websites is searchable by subject, newspapers and magazines, and special collections. There are also searches customized for kids and teens.
Open Directory Project
The premier open subject index on the net claims to be ".the largest human-edited directory on the web." Major search engines like Google, Teoma, HotBot, and Lycos, contract with the Open Directory Project to provide directory services.
The Librarians' Index to the Internet
This site, subtitled Information You Can Trust, is a program of the State Library of California. It is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 11,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians. Every site entered in the database is reviewed at least twice--sometimes three or four times--before it goes "live."
Yahoo! Subject Directory
This was one of the first and most popular subject indexes. Yahoo's subject index is divided into 14 main categories. Each of these categories is further divided into subcategories. As the information grows, so do the categories. Paid Yahoo editors search out appropriate information, categorize it and publish it for general use. In Yahoo's directories, the "@" sign next to a category indicates a cross reference. Expert guides develop and moderate information and interaction in 23 'channels'. It claims to have human edited information on more than ". 50,000 subjects with over 1 million links to the best resources on the Net and the fastest-growing archive of high quality original content." One drawback is the number of advertisements.
Picking a Topic

Selecting Sources of Information

Evaluating Information
Recognize Bias

Recognizing Authority

Fact Checking

Recognize Red Flag

Using the Link Command

Internet Detective
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Evaluating Website

Link Collections

Great Websites for Kids

The American Library Association

Voice of the ShuttleA database of links to online resources for researchers in the humanities, maintained by the University of California, Santa Barbara.
findingDulcinea Web Guides

Searchable guides to subjects and topics for students with incredibly valuable links to information about them on the web . There is also a guide to searching the Internet.

Librarians all over the country have assembled lists of qualified sources of information and share them on this website.
Western Oregon Univ. Research Guide

Research Guide

Writing a Research Paper

How to Write a Research Paper

Organizing Research

EasyBib's Research Guide

Social Bookmarking & Curation

Don't reinvent the wheel. See what others have bookmarked as their favorites and share on social bookmarking websites. Search all of them at once by their "tags," the descriptive keywords used to label their favorite websites.


Bookmark, annotate, organize your online research. Search the bookmarks of others.

Collect bookmarks of your favorite websites and search those of other users.


A free service to help you to store, organize and share the scholarly papers you are reading. Click one button and have it added to your personal library. It automatically extracts the citation details, too. Search for scholarly articles that other people have found helpful.

People collect favorite things from the web and save there collections here. Others can search collections to find what others have considered especially interesting or useful.


Again, people collect their favorite web sites and pages from the Web and share them with others.


Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

Research and Documentation
sample papers


Pathfinders are the electronic form of bibliographies, lists of online resources recommended for a particular topic or subject.


Wall Street Journal

TIME for Kids

Tampa Bay Times Online

findingDulcinea's Beyond the News

A 360-degree view of topics in the news by cohesively weaving together information from multiple sources, and offering opposing viewpoints on controversial topics.
Newspapers & Online Newspapers

If you're looking for current news or historical newspaper articles, try these two sources.

Reference Sources

Find factual information from authoritative sources like encyclopedias, almanacs, etc. online.

Encyclopedia Britannica
The basic version is free; pay for the full version.

This is a good place to start when you know very little about a topic. Although you should not cite it as a source of information, you will find search terms that you can use to verify information from more credible sources, as well as the references to sources used in writing the article.

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