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Library Resources for Studying Forensic Science

Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in these databases: Gale Virtual Reference Library and Salem Science. Also: Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Britannica Image Quest Access millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use for Powerpoint or Google Slide presentations
  • Classroom Video On Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips on core-curriculum topics
  • Issues & Controversies Provides exclusive, extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics, with unbiased analysis and rich related resources.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Viewpoint articles, reference content, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, statistics, and links to web sites
  • Science in Context Topic overviews, experiments, biographies, and links to quality websites, as well as coverage of the latest scientific developments in over 200 magazines and academic journals.
  • Science Reference Center Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other reliable sources. Also includes the Science Image Collection, a database of more than 270,000 high-quality science images.
  • Today's Science Designed to connect the classroom to real world discoveries, explaining important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology


In addition to the database Britannica ImageQuest, look at these sites for images:

Creating Your Bibliography / Works Cited Page

A statement from MIT Libraries on why we cite our sources: To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information. To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas. To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors. To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list.

You can use Bibme, an electronic citation generator, to create your citations. Choose the citation style your teacher prefers on the homepage (APA, MLA, or Chicago-Turabian). Note: Most of our Online Subscription Databases provide a citation you can copy and paste into your bibliography if your teacher says you may do this.

  • To cite encyclopedia and reference source articles: under Other choose Encyclopedia article and Manual entry mode. Choose In print or Online database.
  • To cite journal articles found in a Taft online subscription database: choose Journal and Manual entry mode and Online database.
  • To cite a website (Famous Scientists, for example), click on Website and choose Manual entry mode to get started.
  • For source types other than Journal, Website, Book, and Video, choose Other.

Tip: Create your citations and save them in a Word document or a Google Doc. You can add more sources to your bibliography by copying and pasting the new citations into your existing bibliography.

Updated 7/2018