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Subject Guides for Websites

A guide to websites that provide authoritative information about 21 subject categories including government & law, history, English, science, facts & statistics, writing & grammar, etc.

What is this?

This resource provides links to - and brief descriptions of - electronic resources available FREE through the Internet.  These include Websites, digital library collections, digitized images, journal articles, etc.  You may browse by topic using the side-bar menu tabs on the left of the page.

Evaluating Websites

Many excellent guides and tutorials about how to evaluate websites are available from university libraries and other educational sources.  We especially recommend this checklist developed by the University of Maryland, University Libraries:

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Google Scholar

Google Web Search

Google Scholar is a variation of Google.  It is designed specifically for scholarly literature searches.

Advantages

  • It’s free to use.
  • It has a simple, familiar interface that works much like regular Google.
  • It finds scholarly books, articles, and conference papers from a wide range of disciplines.

Disadvantages

  • Coverage is not comprehensive. It is a good first place to start researching a paper, but not comprehensive enough to be the only place you look.
  • Criteria used for selecting “scholarly” materials is not given. Search results can be a mixture of articles and books as well as unpublished manuscripts, course syllabi, and high school term papers, so you must critically evaluate what you find.
  • Results are not always full-text or free like regular Google. Often the link for an article will take you to the publishers website where the full article is available only if you buy it.