Welcome to the MESA Online Databases
Use the following sites for ALL your research projects.
No matter what you're researching, the Internet can be a valuable tool in getting you started on the right track. Use these sites wisely and you'll find a wealth of information at your fingertips and maybe even that A on your paper or presentation.
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The first one we will look at is called WorldBookOnline. Click on the World Book logo above.
Now type in the log on information. This site offers many resources for your report. All you have to do is just type in the name of your topic and press Enter. It also gives you additional web pages for extra research (No need to Google) and gives you an example of what the bibliographic citation should look like. Test it out.
New and Improved!
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Britannica Online School Edition recently received the 2005, 2006 – 2009 Codie Award as “Best Online Reference Service” from the Software & Information Industry.
Ø Learning Materials - Resources 6-12
Ø Activities, exercises and study guides
Ø Curriculum coverage in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies
Ø Atlases, Video and Media, Timelines, Pop-up Student Dictionary and Thesaurus
Ø Organized and age appropriate Weblinks and full-text periodicals
Ø New! Britannica’s Animal Kingdom
Ø New! Read Aloud
Ø New! Geography
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Nations Online - Most of the sites listed in this index originated in their respective countries. These hand-picked and carefully selected links are intended to give you a first impression of a nation and its people. This site is unique because all the information is provided by satellite and is the most current information you can gather about a nation. It is the only like it on the web.
CIA World Factbook - provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.
Artcyclopedia - If you're looking for information on artists or art movements, Artcyclopedia is a great place to begin. The site provides links to museums worldwide where works by over 8,200 artists can be viewed. While most of the artists listed are painters and sculptors, you can also find photographers, decorative artists, and architects. Any art or art history research can benefit from this site, at least as a starting point.
BioMedCentral - BioMedCentral is an archive of over 170 biology, chemistry and medical journals. The articles published on BioMedCentral are all peer-reviewed to ensure that they are accurate and appropriate for use as reference materials. A majority of the materials linked to on the site are free, but a few journals do require a subscription service to access.
Digital History - A valuable resource for those who seek information on U.S. history, Digital History offers an up-to-date textbook, as well as essays on film, private life, and science and technology, and visual histories about Lincoln's America and America's Reconstruction. The site also makes use of primary sources such as gravestones, historical advertising, and letters to give a more vivid picture of American History. The site also includes numerous reference materials including an extensive audio-visual archive. And if you have a question you and you can't find the answer, there is a feature that allows you to pose questions to professional historians. The site might just turn your research into leisure time.
FindArticles.com - has the text of articles from about 500 print periodicals with coverage back to 1998, and usage is completely free of charge. While some of the more popular magazines aren't included on FindArticles, the collection is broad enough to be useful for many topics. It can be a great resource for simple article searching.
INFOMINE - INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources. It contains useful tools such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, and directories of researchers. It functions similarly to a search engine except that the results are limited to academic sites and resources. Be advised that not all resources it supplies are free of charge, but many that are fee-related can be found at your local library or university.
Internet Public Library - The Internet Public Library is the first public library of and for the internet community. The library is a collection of online resources that are organized by subject, everything from accounting to social sciences. This Web-based library features standard library services such as reference, cataloging, educational outreach, exhibits, government documents, special collections and archives, serials, and online-only services such as a list of blogs. It can be a great place to start your research as the librarians who created it have spent a great deal of time organizing and finding the best internet resources for your use.
Library of Congress - Most people have heard of the Library of Congress, but few realize the amount of information it offers online. The American Memory Collection contains a wealth of materials on American history including thousands of photos, maps, documents, and even sheet music. In addition, the site offers online exhibits, and if you can't find what you're looking for there is online resource to ask a librarian. For anyone interested in American history, the Library of Congress is an invaluable resource that can provide you with a wealth of information not available anywhere else.
Perseus Digital Library - This digital library provides information on the ancient world, including archaeology, atlas, texts and translations as well as English Renaissance and the American Civil War. Not all the resources are in English, in fact a majority of the ancient texts remain in their original language.
Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg, aptly named after the inventor of the movable type printer, provides web access to over 20,000 books. It is the largest collection of free books on the internet. Works include everything from "The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci" to A History of China by Wolfram Eberhard. If you still can't seem to find a text, the site links up with other free online providers, giving you access to over 100,000 books in total.
U.S. Government Manual - If you're looking for any information about the finer points of U.S. Government, your best bet for research is the U.S. Government Manual. It provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches as well as semi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees. It also includes the basics of U.S. governmental documents: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Internet History Sourcebooks - This Website offers a collection of public domain and copy permitted historical texts. Topics include ancient, medieval, modern, women's, and Islamic history among others. So whether you're looking for ancient Greek texts or information on everyday life in 17th century France, these sourcebooks can provide a valuable and timesaving resource.