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Suggested Starting Places for Your Research

Best Choice Overall
Best for Communism
Best for Literary Criticism
Research databases
Gale Virtual Reference Center
ABC-CLIO World at War
EBSCO Literary Reference Center



Other Choices for History Research:



Login using the username and password on the back of your ID card.



Covers ancient history to present, includes primary sources, multimedia, journals and reference materials.  International in scope.


20th century. U.S. oriented.  Fulltext coverage of New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Daily Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Coverage from 1851-2001.

MLA citation example for reference book in Study Unit on Communism:

Carafano, James Jay. "West Point at War: Officer Attitudes and the Vietnam War 1966-72." Journal of Popular Culture 21.4 (7 June 1996): 25. History Study Center. Web. 25 Jan. 2010. <http://www.historystudycenter.com>.

Citation example:

Stoddard, Lothrop. "Should the Negro Be Encouraged to Cultural Equality?" Forum Oct. 1927: 510-519. Sirs Decades. Web. 10 May 2009. <http://decades.sirs.com>.

Citation example:

Crounse, L. L. "The Great Battle of Sunday." New York Times 5 May 1863: 8. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Web. 1 Dec. 2008. <http://hn.bigchalk.com>.




Powersearch across multiple databases. Narrow down your results by looking at the Subject headings or doing an Advanced Search with boolean logic.  MLA citation information at bottom of each source.




Powersearch in EBSCO. Login with username and password on your ID card. To see MLA citation information, email,  save or print.



Salem History

Salem Press, a book publisher has made much of it's reference books available online. Once you are at the site, click on the Remote Login tab and enter the PHS database password.  MLA citation information available.  You will need to register to send or save articles but this is a quick and easy process. 


World Book

Our online encyclopedia is a good place for authoritative introductory information.  Also contains primary source information for topics, see the right sidebar after your search.  MLA citation information at the bottom of the article.



Other Choices for Literary Criticism:


Gale Index to Literary Criticism  This is an index by author and title to reference material.  Some we have some we do not, but can borrow.  Search for your author and then check the catalog to see if we have the book the index refers to. Most will be located in the reference room.  If we do not own a title you would like an article from, copy down the title, volume and page numbers and give it to Ms. Powell or email her, kpowell@powayusd.com with the information. We will try to provide the information or find a local college/public library you can visit to copy it.



San Diego City Libraries database  (closest is Rancho Bernardo or Carmel Mountain, 01336 barcode).  Use your library card and pin to login or have Ms. Powell log you in.

Literature Resource Center


George Orwell - Literary History.com provides "a selective list of online literary criticism for George Orwell, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars, articles published in reviewed sources, and web sites that adhere to the MLA Guidelines for Web Sites".


George Orwell Archives - BBC site with primary source material from George Orwell.




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