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This page contains online databases and newspaper resources. Please note that specific research tips for these sources can be found on the topic-specific tabs for each group. If you're interested in acquiring books, there are links to the catalog on the right; however, there are books detailed later on in this guide that will be available on the reserve cart. If you would like to request your own books, it would be wise to do this as one of your first steps as some books might take a few days to arrive (and books are not required for this project).
[Reminder: Library Catalog is for local UIUC resources and I-Share is a state-wide system and is used if UIUC resources don't have what you need.]
Updated weekly. Explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology. Every report is written by an experienced journalist and features comments from experts, lawmakers and citizens on all sides of every issue with numerous charts, graphs and sidebar articles.
Provides access to a collection of aggregated and integrated reference books from high-quality publishers.
MAS Ultra - School Edition
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines. It also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 453,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.
Gale eBooks, formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library, offers a collection of premier reference and handbooks that you can view and search online, covering a variety of subject areas.
SocINDEX with Full Text
SocINDEX with Full Text offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. These include abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions, violence and many others.--About the database.
Full text of legal periodicals-- collates government documents too, and also more popularly accessible legal journals. a good place to find both the full text of government resolutions, and also ethical opinions about your research topics.
Features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790. Includes current news, business information, company directories, federal and state laws, regulations, legal cases, and more.
Access World News
Access World News from NewsBank provides full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. Date coverage varies with individual newspaper
The Learning Network (from the New York Times)
New York Times website for students and teachers with student-friendly resources and student opinions. Helpful to use in searching for more complicated issues. STARTING HINT: Use this to find information on your topic that is accessible and geared toward a high school audience. If you want to search for your topic here, do NOT use the search at the top left-hand corner as that will search the whole NYTimes; scroll down to the middle of the page and use the search window next to where it says "LATEST" and select articles that say THE LEARNING NETWORK above the article title.
Finding Books Online
Library Catalog (Primo)
Searches in our local (University of Illinois) catalog. START HERE to find books!
I-Share includes the resources of 86 Illinois libraries belonging to CARLI. GO HERE if the U of I catalog doesn't yield what you need!