academic research sources

DATABASES & ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS from NOVELNY –

Free for all NY state residents

from home, click Use my Location to access. Email lissa@cityas.org with any issues:

  • Opposing Viewpoints – database of articles about issues like gun control and capital punishment. What is your viewpoint? NEVERTHELESS, remember that sometimes there are not two sides to an issues, but many, or maybe just one. For example, asbestos is bad.
  • Criminal Justice Collection – database of articles on the criminal justice system including the courts and laws.
  • General Science Collection – database of articles about science issues of today like global warming and alternative energy sources.
  • Health Reference Center – database of articles about your health and coping with diseases.
  • Grolier Encyclopedia – Online encyclopedia (username: novel79 password: novel)
  • List of all Gale Databases –  Since these are state-funded resources, to access them at home, you may have to use the password empirelink

Google Scholar & Open Access Journals

Using Google Scholar – Don’t buy articles. Use the power of your local library!!

By searching Google Scholar, you sometimes have to pay for an article you want. Why? It is searching across databases that are available only by a subscription. This tutorial shows you a way to get those articles for free with your public library card!

DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals, the first of these three to form as way to give free access to peer-reviewed scholarly articles.

Paperity – Open access journals and papers in every subject.

Jurn – Open access journal articles in Arts, Nature, Humanities, Medical, Law, Business and Science.

ALWAYS: If you see some outlandish claims, make sure you fact check. There are some  academic journals that are also fake. Remain skeptical and check your facts and the source of your info–who is behind the info.


Science websites

Teen Health – Government site with a lot of easy-to-digest articles about teen health issues and diseases

Science Blogs – Interesting and timely topics

Science Daily – Science news site

Science Buddies – Ideas and graphic organizers for doing science research projects

English websites

CUNY Write Site – Lots of tutorials, guides on essay writing and grammar

Literary essay – List of comparison essay topics comparing two works of literature

What makes a good literature paper? – Good advice from Purdue University Writing Center

My Shakespeare – Jump into interactive, audio versions of his most famous plays

SmartWords – Very helpful lists to use during the revision process

Math websites

Math in Daily Life – Use interactives for your Math portfolio piece and learn how math is embedded in everyday life

Math.com: The World of Online Math – Covers all high school mathematics topics

Social Studies websites

Pew Research Center – a nonpartisan fact tank that conducts polls, demographic research, media analysis and other research about the issues and ideas facing the United States

Procon.org – An educational site that examines both sides of controversial issues

Primary Sources – The Digital Public Library has created easy-to-use sets of primary sources organized by major groups, time periods, events in history, and historical novels.

Museum of the World – Interactive, multimedia timeline of world history — explore artifacts across every continent from Paleolithic to contemporary times.

Statistics on Every Issue

Pew Research Center – a nonpartisan fact tank that conducts polls, demographic research, media analysis and other research about the issues and ideas facing the United States

American Fact Finder – Find frequently requested facts about your community.

Polling Reports – A nonpartisan, independent resource reporting trends in public opinion.

Tools for Learning English or other Languages

Unite for Literacy – Simple texts that you can read in English while listening to the audio in your native language or in your target language

Duolingo