Bill Walker

Office: 242 Columbia
Ph: 364-6115

AEIS 112

Course Requirements

The Bedford Handbook

Web sites for AEIS 112 students

Choosing a Topic

American Civil Liberties Union: The Issues

Brookings Institution Policy Briefs

Current Topics for Research (Kingwood College)

Documents in the News (University of Michigan)

Global Ideas Bank

Hot Paper Topics (St. Ambrose College)

Online Backgrounders (PBS)

Research Questions: Persuasion (Valencia Community College)

Subject Pathfinders (Valencia Community College)

Survey Research Web Site (Herb Abelson)

The above list was created by Nora Rackley, Reference/Instruction Librarian, Leesburg Campus.

Finding Articles

Find Free search of archive of published articles, from more than 300 magazines and journals.

Controversial Topics ideas for topics with links to web sites.

Creating a Research Paper and Citing Sources

Model Library Research Essay

Topics for Research Papers

Rules for Writers This is the companion web site for the handbook, Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker.

Writing Resources for English Language Learners: Resources, tips, organization, style, mechanics, topics, research, and more ...

University of Illinois at Urbana: MLA and APA styles and links to writing resources; has grammar links.

Ohio University: Writing resouces for English Language Learners

Capital Community College: A Guide for Writing Research Papers based on Modern Language Association

Purdue University Online Writing Lab: Resources for Documenting Electronic Sources

Bedford's/St. Martins: Citation Styles On-Line. A detailed guide to citing on-line sources.

Columbia Guide to Online Style: The Elements of Citation; Documenting Sources in the Text; Preparing the Bibliographic Material

Reference Sites

Knight Library

O'Keefe Library St. Ambrose University: "Best information on the Net" Lists of controversial topics with links to sources of information.

XRefer: Cross references to a variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.

Grammar and Style Guide


Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it

Plagiarism and the Web

Choosing the Right Words


Literature concordance program for Works of Literature

General texts concordance program for searching general texts (newspapers, magazines, etc.)

The Web as a Corpus. Use this concordance program to search the entire Web!

Cobuild: "Bank of English," plus dictionary and vocabulary activities

The Compleat Lexical Tutor. Search texts, find collocations and link to an on-line dictionary.


One Look: search for definitions and other information from many dictionaries at once

Wordsmyth: electronic dictionary with thesaurus

Cambridge Dictionary: most words have one or more example sentences definitions; fund and games; translator and more

Merriam-Webster: definitions, sentences, and listen to the word

Bartleby: search for words as they occur in various texts search, translate, and listen

Wordnet: words, definitions, sentences and most frequent synonyms

Word Profiler: paste in a text and find out how frequently the words are used

The Compleate Lexical Tutor (MacIntosh version) You can find examples of a word in many contexts and get dictionary information.


Guide to Grammar and Writing: An excellent and very easy to use web site devloped by Professor Charles Darling of Capital Community College.

Monash University: Tutorial for Using articles

More Grammar Links

Search Engines

Vivisimo -- puts results into categories

AltaVista-- very sophisticated searches

Google-- fast and comprehensive

Northern Lights--hits are clustered into search folders.

Yahoo -- for "popular" topics. It's not especially good for academic searches.

Lycos -- Lycos has a good search engine and is easy to use.

Infoseek -- Infoseek is excellent for finding useful information.

English American English Institute

University of Oregon


Last updated: January 2004