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Research Tips for Writers

Online Research Sources for Writers  


For Creating a Bibliography: KnightCite Citation Service at Calvin College 


For Finding Comps:  World Cat

                             AR Book Finder 


Name Index: Popular Baby Names


For Comparing Prices Over Time: Inflation Calculator


Food Prices Over Time: The Food Timeline



Comparison of Prices Over 70 Years


1. Project Gutenberg

2. HathiTrust Digital Library 

3. Library of Congress American Memory Collection           

4. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers      

5. U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Abstracts


Consider also: state historical societies, museums (like Colonial Williamsburg) or national parks.


Secondary documents: search the periodicals databases at your state library.  Consider the following:

     Academic OneFile      

     Biography in Context

     Expanded Academic ASAP


     New York State Newspapers

     US History in Context         

     World History in Context


Photo Research


Library of Congress Prints and Photographs 

Mary Evans Picture Library 

Granger Collection 

North Wind Picture Archive

Science and Society Picture Library  



AP Images 

Super Stock