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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

 

Primary documents:

 

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

     JSTOR         

     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  

 

Getty  

AP Images 

Super Stock