The Bedford Handbook
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.
Find Articles.com Free search of archive of published articles, from more than 300 magazines and journals.
Controversial Topics ideas for topics with links to web sites.
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
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
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
Dictionary.com: 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
Allwords.com: 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
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.
University of Oregon
Last updated: January 2004