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Academic Resources

Writing Guidelines 
Style Sheet 
Correction Terms  

General Sources

  • Your local library allows you to use their databases for magazines, etc., online. For student research you can find many of these databases on our own website.
  • The Internet Public Library links to many collections of source materials.

Thomson Gale - Virtual Library

Click here to access the database. Enter password empirelink on the log-in page.      

Access to the Thomson Gale databases is provided by NOVEL, a statewide virtual library provided free to the public by the New York State Library. It is currently a project funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Available resources include:
  • Custom Newspapers
  • New York State Newspapers
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module
  • Business and Company Resource Center
  • Junior Edition - K12
  • Health Reference Center Academic
  • The Twayne Authors Series - Twayne World, English, and US Authors
  • Informe
  • National Newspaper Index
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Business and Company ASAP


EBSCO Host Research Databases

Click here to access the database. Enter user ID and password gmwaldorf on the log-in page.  

Access to the EBSCO Host Research Databases is provided by NOVEL, a statewide virtual library provided free to the public by the New York State Library. It is currently a project funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Available resources include:
  •  MasterFile Select
  •  Searchasaurus (Primary Search)
  • Primary Search (Without the Searchasaurus Interface)
  • Topic Search
  • Animals
  • General Science Collection
  • Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia
  • Kids' Search Interface

How to Research Using the Internet

  • Great new idea: go to Google Labs and try out one of their experimental search approaches. The top one allows you to search for something in such a way that it appears either as a timeline or a map. Very useful!
  • Most important is to plan how you are going to save what you find. One good way is to open a Word document and then copy into it those articles you plan to use. But make sure that you include all the information: url (web address), date accessed, date of issue of a magazine article, etc. Another way is to copy and paste the url's into an email to yourself. If you do this, make sure to check it to see that the address actually works for you.
  • Remember to use the "Advanced Search" function of the popular search engines (Google, Altavista, Ask, Yahoo, MSN, etc.) You sometimes have to begin a search before the "Advanced Search" option shows up. "Advanced Search" helps you do what you could otherwise do by using Boolean operators, which you can learn about here.
  • And excellent guide to the use of Google's search tools is found here.
  • Some quick tips: 1. Remember, if you are searching for a whole phrase, to put it within quotation marks. 2. An ~ tells Google to look for synonyms, as in: ~magazines China. 3. If you don't know one word in a phrase, use an asterisk, as in: William * Harrison. 4. Use OR in capitals if you want to allow for more than one possibility, as in: Car OR auto rentals. 5. Find a quick definition like this, define:synapsis . 6. Get a range of numbers with two periods, 234..238. (..25 would mean numbers less than 25.)
  • Try "Clustering." Meta-search engines, such as Dogpile are useful not only because they draw from a variety of other search engines, but also because they give you a list of possible related topics with which to continue your search (the search engine Ask also does this.) You should also try Copernic, which requires a free downland, and Surfwax, both of which will give you quite a different kind of results from the others.
  • You should also consult subject directories to help you zoom in on important aspects of your topic. This site from UC Berkeley can point you to some other good ones.
  • Using Wikipedia. Yes, this is a remarkable compendium of knowledge put together by thousands of well meaning people. And, yes, the information may change frequently and may be simply incorrect. If you use it, you must back up the information from another source. Frequently you can find it by clicking on the reference provided. If not, don't use it or do your own search to find corroboration. How do you best use Wikipedia? 1. Look at the list of references and the list of external links at the bottom. 2. Click on the Discussion tab to see what people are saying. Often the discussion--and arguments--can be as illuminating as the article itself.
  • You can get a fine tutorial on using the Internet from a site offered by UC Berkeley. They even offer handouts and Powerpoint presentations to make things clearer to you.
  • It is essential that you demonstrate to the best of your ability just how credible your source is. Your paper will be seriously weakened if there is not a good indication that each source comes from a reliable place. It may come from an advocacy group of some kind. That is fine, but you need to make this clear in the footnote. How do you determine if it is a reliable source? Here is a page that can help you learn how to do this. We will go over this in class together, using some good examples, but it will be important for you to refer to this webpage from time to time. And remember, just using Wikipedia without corroborating the information is a sure way to bring down your paper's evaluation.
  • And, finally, when you get stuck and need help, you can always email your teacher.

United States History

Sources for Latin America and Africa:

Some other people and organizations of interest:

For your study of Latin America and Africa there are many development organizations and NGOs which can provide you with information on the people and culture of your countries. Among them are the following:

Main Lesson Support

Sources for Ancient China and the East

China the Beautiful
About China
China: An Inner Realm
Chinese Medicine

Chinese Culture

Chinese Music
Chinese Gardens
Asian Architecture


It is essential that you footnote often and accurately; this includes not only quotations but all other information you have found.  Each time you get to the end of the quotation you will place a number, writing it slightly above the line. (Word processors will do this for you automatically.) You can either put the sources at the bottom of the page or at the end of the paper.

Every fact that is not "common knowledge" must be footnoted. If you use a phrase or portion of a sentence, it must stand within quotation marks. Be careful that you do not take a passage and simply change a few of the words. To protect yourself from inadvertent plagiarism you should put aside your source and write it totally in your own colorful style.

Finally, it is essential that you footnote often. If a page goes by without a footnote, it implies either that you have discovered every fact and idea on your own or that you have constructed the entire page from one source, which is not very creative. Lengthy gaps between footnotes are not acceptable.

For tenth through twelfth grades the following format is used for footnotes: you should give the author's name (first, last) followed by the page number, if there is one. If there is no author, give the title of the article or the page.


  • Willa Cather, pp. 2-4.
  • "Gun Control: The Forgotten Issue," p. 13.
  • Interview with Frank Backly.
  • "Guatemala Culture"
  • David Lippman.
  • Mark Jackson, p. 89.


The bibliography follows alphabetical order, with last name first. Pay careful attention to the examples, since the include the types of information which you must show with every source, along with the formatting which you must use. Use a separate page for your bibliography.

Remember the following:

  • Do not number entries in your bibliography
  • Alphabetize them according to the first letter of the entry.
  • Underline each book or magazine but use quotation marks for the title of an article.
  • For webpages, make sure you describe the website as fully as you can to show that it is a good, credible source.
  • If you find a magazine or newspaper article online, don't show the website but just give the date and magazine in which the article is found.

Additional information on bibliography:

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