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Junior Research: Finding Sources

     Where to Search

Source Review

The most helpful sources for your research paper will be those sources that are provided by Ashley High Media Center.

These will include:

It is very important to login with the appropriate passwords to these sites to get the best results. Make sure you have the necessary passwords from the librarian or your teacher.

Choosing Sources for Research

While it is not advised to use a single source for a research paper, it is extremely important to use multiple sources for your argumentative papers.  This approach will not only give you a fuller understanding of the different points of view but will allow you to make a stronger argument as to why your stance is the better option.

Texas State Technical College

Online Research : Tips for Effective Search Strategies

Use Boolean Operators to help expand or narrow your searches. (3:04 min) Make sure you are logged into your Google account to watch video.

Print Book Series for Issues Topics

Look for the following series in Destiny Catalog, they present expert opinions and views on current topics for information for your Argumentative paper.

At Issue, Current Controversies, Analyzing the Issues, Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints,Opposing Viewpoints and Global Viewpoints.

Follett Destiny Library Catalog

Search Our Catalog for Books. Use your Powerschool login. 


Search Webpath Express for Academic Websites. You need to login before you have access. Use your Powerschool login.

GVRL : Gale Virtual Reference Library


Search GVRL for ebooks on your topic.

Literature Resources

Social Science Resources

Gale Series Titles for Literary Criticism

    Located In the Reference Section - Call numbers REF 800

It is helpful to know your author's writing time period, nationality, and death date before you start searching

CLC - Contemporary Literary Criticism : authors of various nationalities who have died after 1960 or are still living.
CMLC - Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism :
authors from classical antiquity through 14th century
LC - Literary Criticism :
death dates between 1400 - 1800, all nationalities. Excludes William Shakespeare.
NCLC - Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism :
authors of all nationalities who died between 1800-1899.

TCLC - Twentieth Century Literary Criticism : authors of various nationalities who died between 1900-1959.                          

DLB - Dictionary of Literary Biography : biographical and critical information, each volume covers specific topic or time period.
PC - Poetry Criticism :
authors of various nationalities, biographical and critical information.
SSC - Short Story Criticism :
critiques authors of all nationalities and time periods.

Other series: 

Black Literature Criticism

Critical Survey of Long Fiction

Drama for Students

Epics for Students

Literary Movements for Students

Novels for Students

Poetry for Students
Short Stories for Students

World Authors series

Print Sources for Literary Criticism

Check Destiny for Literary Criticism Series

Bloom's Literary Themes

Modern Critical Interpretations

The Greenhaven Press Literary Companion

Bloom's Major Novelists

Bloom's Major Poets

Gale Study Guides to Great Literature

Twayne's Masterworks

Twayne's English Authors

Twayne's United States Authors

Twayne's World Authors

Social Issues in Literature

Understanding Great Literature


Suggested Databases for Argumentative & Analytical

  Scholarly articles across all academic disciplines.

  Peer-reviewed, full-text journals.

  Presents multiple sides of an issue

  Current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics.

 Regional, national, and world newspapers. Current information.

  Full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. Current information.

 Articles on popular culture analysis and more.

  Full-text database, relevant information on authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

  Reliable full-text author biographies.

All Ashley Databases posted here.

New Hanover County Public Library Databases     Use your School ID number to login.

Credo Reference - background information on your topic.

CQ Researcher -  in-depth, unbiased coverage.

SIRS Issues Researcher -  Analysis and opinions, covers the pros & cons.

Gale Literary Resourcescritical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.

Literature Resource Center : Artemiscritical, biographical and contextual content.

Proquest Learning : Literature - Full-text works, author biographies, literary criticisms, essays.

Scribner Writers Online - biographical and critical essays in ebook format.

Twayne's Authors Online - in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, influence of literary movements, and the development of literary genres.    "THE LEADING SOURCE FOR PROS & CONS OF CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES"


"AllSides provides multiple perspectives on news, issues, and topics - and the people behind the ideas".

Find Data and Statistics by Subject

Use Statistics to back up your argument. Here are some top sites for statistics.

Statistics Writing Guide ( UNC-Chapel Hill) Important information about how to use statistics effectively.

United States

General Social Survey