As the thrilling conclusion to my student resources series, here is the one that everyone really needs when writing papers at the last minute. I covered writing and citation apps and resources in a previous post. Here is the ultimate list of academic resources and how to find the things to cite.
Start with Wikipedia and search engines
Begin with Wikipedia and other search engines. “But my professors hate Wikipedia!” you say. Yes, but the great thing about Wikipedia is that all articles require some kind of citations, so get the basics in the article itself and then pull your real sources from the references at the bottom of the page. Easy peasy!
- Wikipedia’s list of Academic Databases and Search Engines
- Google Scholar
- Online Books Library Archive
- Web Lens list of scholarly search engines
Scholarly Databases and Resources
This is by no means a complete list but they’re some of the most referenced links in academic masterposts.
Your school or public library probably has access to most (if not all) of these–which means they probably have one search tool that covers them all. But if not, here are more research journal searching resources than any one person really needs.
- College Open Textbooks
- College and Research Libraries
- Digital Public Library of America
- Directory of Open Access Books
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Elsevier Open Access
- The Free Library
- Free Newspaper Archives
- Library of Congress
- Library of Congress Digital Collections
- LSE Digital Library
- Open Library
- Oxford Open
- Project Gutenberg
- Public Library of Science
- Ubiquity Press
- US National Library of Medicine
- Web of Knowledge
- Wiley Open Access
How to use this stuff
Here is a detailed infographic on how to effectively use Google to search for and cite articles.
In addition to the links I included here, my resources and writing tags on Tumblr have even more posts to help you get started on writing papers. From finding sources to figuring out how to use them–even word banks, phrase banks, and transitions so you can sound smart–the OSG Tumblr has all kinds of extra goodies.