Global Leadership Institute: Research Project

General Help with the Research Process

1. Steps to Writing a Research Paper

2. Writing an Effective Thesis Statement

3. Citing Sources

4. Primary Sources

5. Websites

For Questions:

Mrs. Serafine:
Ms. Taylor:


The Library's RhinoCAT is an automated catalog of books, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCAT is available from any browser at It is also accessible from your TaftNet homepage. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits.

Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

Search large collections of ebooks simultaneously in these databases: Gale Virtual Reference Library, Infobase ebooks, and Salem Online

Also: Encyclopedia Britannica Online, the complete EB, plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) Full text access to thousands of journals in all disciplines
  • Academic Video Online: Premium A large and comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers over 45,000 video titles.
  • Access World News News articles from 5227 sources and 160 countries covering 1978 to the present
  • Classroom Video on Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips on core-curriculum topics
  • Global Issues in Context News, perspectives, video, reference, country information, primary source documents, and statistics on issues of global importance (can search both Global Issues in Context and Opposing Viewpoints in Context)
  • GreenFILE EBSCO's database dedicated to the human impact on the environment, containing content from journals, books, reports, and government documents
  • Issues & Controversies Provides exclusive, extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics, with unbiased analysis and rich related resources.
  • New York Times 1980-current (ProQuest) Traditional interface and full-text coverage (FT coverage of NYT Magazine and Book Review begins 1997)
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Viewpoint articles, reference content, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, statistics, and links to web sites (can search both Global Issues in Context and Opposing Viewpoints in Context)
  • Sirs Knowledge Source General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles and other resources, including U. S. government documents. Also includes a pro/con issues database.
  • Teen Health and Wellness: Real Life Real Answers Specifically designed for teenagers on issues relating to health, fitness, alcohol, drugs, mental health, family life, and much more.
  • Today's Science Designed to connect the classroom to real world discoveries, explaining important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology


Finding and Evaluating Websites 2017

General Websites

  • Amnesty International (AI is the world's largest human rights organization: "We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny." AI issues annual human rights reports which can be accessed on the site)
  • Amnesty International USA (AI's branch emphasizing U.S. human rights issues)
  • CIA World Factbook (information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities; from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
  • Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 1999 - 2015 (These reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states are submitted annually to Congress by the U. S. State Department)
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW defends the rights of people in 90 countries worldwide, spotlighting abuses and bringing perpetrators to justice. Annual reports available 1990-2017)
  • (from U.S. Department of State: a portal for international human rights related information from the United States Government)
  • Our World in Data (Our World in Data (OWID) is an online publication that shows how living conditions are changing. The aim is to give a global overview and to show changes over the very long run, so that we can see where we are coming from and where we are today. From University of Oxford, UK)
  • State of the World's Children 2016: A fair chance for every child (from UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund whose mandate is to to address the needs of children in the developing world)
  • United Nations Human Rights (As the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all, OHCHR leads global human rights efforts [and] speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide.)
  • U. S. Census Bureau (The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. )
  • World Bank (The World Bank Group offers loans, advice, and an array of customized resources to more than 100 developing countries and countries)
  • WorldWatch Institute (WI works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute's top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing. Library has last 10 years of annual reports)

Updated 11/2017