Poets Powerpoint Project
Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks
START HERE: These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how
- Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus reliable websites.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library An online subscription database containing hundreds of reference ebooks all together or one at a time.
- Great lives from history (online in Salem History)
- The 19th century, 1801-1900. Ref CT 119 .G69 2007 2 vols (also an online ebook)
- The 20th century, 1901-2000. Ref CT 120 .G687 2008 10 vols (also an online ebook)
- The 21st century, 2001-2017. Ref CT 121 .A121 2017 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- African Americans. Ref E 185.96 .G736 2011 5 vols (also an online ebook)
- American women. Ref CT 3260 .A44 2016 3 vols (also an online ebook)
- Poets: American and British. 1998 3 vols (an online ebook)
- Additionally, a number of other databases contain reference articles (see Taft Online Subscription Databases below)
- RhinoCat Search Tips:
Taft Online Subscription Databases
- Biography in Context Biographies of more than 650,000 individuals throughout history.
- Britannica Academic Online The complete Encyclopedia Britannica, plus recommended web links.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library A database containing hundreds of reference ebooks you can search all together or one at a time.
- Salem History Includes the complete content of several print reference sets, including Great Lives from History.
- Images Database
- Britannica Image Quest Access millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.
- Video Database
- Classroom Video On Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and video clips.
Wikipedia's general disclaimer: "Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields."
- 9 Powerpoint Presentation Tips for Students (from Lifewire, a leading technology information site)
- Poetry Foundation: Poets (find your poet's page on this site from The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.)
To find reliable websites:
- Sweetsearch, a Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts.
- Britannica Academic Online includes links to recommended websites.
- Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu : .gov for U.S. government agencies and .edu for educational institutions in the U.S.
In addition to the database Britannica ImageQuest, you can use these sites to find images:
- Wikimedia Commons (a collection of over 53 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute)
- Google Images (click on Tools -- Choose Usage Rights -- Choose Labelled for noncommercial reuse)
Google Advanced Image Search (Choose Usage Rights: Labelled for noncommercial reuse)
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You can use Bibme, an electronic citation generator, to create your MLA citations. 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 a book, click on Book and choose Manual entry mode.
- To cite a website (for example, Poetry Foundation), click on Website and choose Manual entry mode to get started.
- To cite a source found in a Taft Online Subscription Database (Biography in Context, for example): choose Other and Online database. From the drop-down list next to Source Type, select the type of source you wish to cite (for example, newspaper article).
- For source types other than Journal, Website, Book, and Video, choose Other.