This guide will help you develop research skills you need to succeed in your research projects throughout high school.
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017
- Develop a keyword search
The University of Texas has made this step-by-step interactive guide to creating keyword searches available. This is a great place to start honing your skills at creating effective database search terms. Good search skills will help you excel in high school and will be a skill you continue to use throughout college.
- Evaluating your sources
This is a document you can download, fill out, and print. It guides you through an in-depth evaluation of a single source. It is important to note that as you gain experience in evaluating sources, many of these aspects of evaluation will come naturally and you will not have to focus so much on each individual aspect of each source.
The databases are listed alphabetically on the left-hand side of our library's main research page. Databases followed by an asterix (*) require a password for access. See the librarian for this information.
There are also subject-specific Wikis listed on this page which offer suggestions about which databases will serve your specific research project.
- The SHS Library Catalog
This is the place you would go to search for physical books that are located in the SHS library. In addition to books, your searches may yield magazines and multimedia resources such as DVDs and CDs.
- The Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA provides access to a wealth of information through cooperation of many American libraries, archives, and museums. This resource may yield search results of many types: maps, photographs, interviews, news reels, manuscripts, etc.