Research and Writing Resources
Google. For most of us this is the default, and perhaps only search engine we use. However, it is worth trying in the same search
in several different search engines, especially given the nature of Google searches. Compare results.Google Scholar - less obviously.
AltaVista. Perhaps better for academic searches?
Since all search engines are not created equal, this
metacrawler allows you to search several different search engines at one
Zotero - a powerful organizational tool, this allows you to organize and annotate your sources in addition to generating citations and bibliographies in a wide range of formats. It grabs bibliographic information from webpages for you, and formats both in-text and end of text citations.
Zotero is more flexible that some other tools like it. It's also free.
BibUp - If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, this is a fantastic app which allows you to either enter the ISBN number of a book or scan its barcode and then upload your citations to Zotero. At present, it only works with Firefox.
Refworks - like Zotero, Refworks allows you to organize and annotate sources. It also grabs bibliographic information from webpages and formats both in-text and end of text citations.
It is available to GW Students through the Gelman Library homepage.
del.ici.ous - use this to organize your online research. It allows you to bookmark and arrange websites into folders for easy retrival.
Babelfish Translator - translate from and to English from a number of languages.
Prezi - not a bibliographic tool, but useful for presentations; more flexible and dynamic than Powerpoint.
Jing - a wonderful tool for screenshots and screencasts.
Omeka - "Omeka.net is web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions. No technical skills or special server requirements are necessary."
The New York Times
New York Times Archive - Articles from 1851-1980 in PDF format. Before 1922 the articles are free.
Washington Post Archives - Articles from 1977 to the present.
The Los AngelesTimes
- This one has (thru 1987) and provides pdf of how it looked in the paper. Also, one-click access gives you the whole issue of that paper.
Proquest Historical Newspapers - Includes New York Times, Post and others, and (for most titles) has pdfs of pages, and if you click "Page-view clickable" it gives you access to pdfs of the whole issue of the paper, where it is available.
Link to most of the newspapers of Great Britain, including the Times of
London and The Guardian
The Onion - a
different kind of news source.
REFERENCE - BASIC AND OTHERWISE
Direct link to Gelman and Aladin.
Searches over one hundred general and special subject dictionaries.
Dictionary.com. One stop shopping for dictionaries and on-line
grammars for just about any language you can think of.
An On-line Thesaurus and another and for comparison's sake another from 1911.
on-line translator in case the information you need is in a language you
The Literary Encyclopedia.
Still under construction, but this is a scholarly, vetted, and thorough
undertaking. Well worth a look.
Voice of the
Shuttle. I cannot say enough good things about this site. It
spans the length and breadth of Humanities. If you are doing research
you cannot afford not to check out this site.
The Internet Archive. Moving images, texts, audio and webpages - this a an amazing storehouse of information.
Digital Archive of Letters, Manuscripts, and Ephemera. This
collection spans five centures and can be searched either by the usual
author/keyword route or by category (among them: arts, daily life,
science, travel, war and politics). Great place if you are looking for
primary source material.
The Bible Gateway. In
case you need citation information, a searchable version.
The Koran. Again, a
The Works of
the Bard. Complete works and a full text search engine.
Quotations. An on-line searchable version of the old standard.
SOURCES FOR IMAGES AND FILM CLIPS
Internet Archive/Moving Images - Thousands of free films and videos broken down by genre.
The Prelinger Archive - A subsection of the Internet Archive. Both are searchable by keyword and time period.
The Wayback Machine - Archive of webpages from 1996-present.
Vanderbilt Television News Archive - "[T]he world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. We have been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968. "
Life/Time - A full archive of their photos.
Life/Time - Another way to access the archive of photos from Life magazine.
AP Images - these are not always free to download, but they can be viewed at no cost. AP also maintains an audio archive as well.
The FILM Archives - Good site for film clips. Again, not free to download, but clips are viewable.
Another part of the Internet Archive - strictly publicly available film clips.
An ever expanding storehouse of on-line texts. Need a copy of the
Declaration of Independence or The Constitution? This is the place.
Bartleby Project. Need a quick reference at 3:00 AM?? Gelman shut
Never fear. Between Bartleby and Gutenberg you might well find it.
of Virginia's Electronic Text Center and much much more!!
An Online Library of
Literature. Redundant title, but it fills in gaps in the previous
And if it's French literature
you want, c'est un bon lieu pour vous! The University of Chicago's ARTFL
FORMAT, USAGE, AND GRAMMAR SITES
If you are using one of the bibliographic tools above, you should not need these resources, but just in case:
An excellent source on how to format your paper in accordance with
Additional resource for citing social media in MLA.
A site to help you with APA format.
Additional resource for citing social media in APA.
Quick Guide to Chicago Style - please note, there are two different options here (Notes and Bibliography and Author/Date). Please make sure you consult the appropriate style.
Harvard Citation Style is often used in publications originating in the UK.
In addition to the resources available to you in your handbook, you might also find these sources useful.
English Grammar - good source for basic grammar information
A list of Grammar Sites from
Yahoo to get started.
Errors in English. A straightforward, alphabetized list of do's and
Grammar and Style Notes put together by Jack Lynch at Rutgers.
This guy is great!
Grammar Bytes. This one is
Twenty-Five Common Writing Errors. The title is self explanatory.
On-line, full-text version of
Strunk and White's still handy little volume.
The Writing Center at GW.
In addition to information about the center itself, the Resources section
includes information and help with key aspects of pre-writing and writing.