GENERAL AND REFERENCE

Other Online Resources


Biography

Biography Reference Center EBSCOhost

NCLIVE
This database offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases. In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 30 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and many others.

Who's Alive and Who's Dead
Provides information on selected famous (mainly American) people about their status (living or dead), including birth (and where appropriate, death) dates and ages. Searching is available by category and by individual name.

Citing Resources

APA Style: APAStyle.org
This frequently-asked-questions page is not intended to replace the Publications Manual (not available online but available on reserve at Hackney Library's circulation desk), which contains in-depth style guidelines published by the American Psychological Association (APA). But it does offer answers to some common questions regarding use of the APA style. For guidelines on how to cite an NCLIVE article in APA style, see our Citing NCLIVE Articles page.

APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th ed.
This Style Guide is an update to the official APA Publication Manual, 6th ed., and it contains many more examples of how to cite electronic resources in APA style. (Note: You must have access to Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view this publication, which is restricted to Barton college faculty, staff, and students. Barton login is required for access from off campus.) Due to APA restrictions, users may print copies for their personal use only.

Frequently Asked Questions About MLA Style
Although MLA does not publish its complete documentation guidelines on the web, this frequently-asked-questions page helps out with specific questions regarding MLA style. (The complete MLA Handbook is available on reserve at Hackney Library's circulation desk.) For guidelines on how to cite an NCLIVE article in MLA style, see our Citing NCLIVE Articles page.

Citation Tips and Tools
Provides links to tips for citing NCLIVE electronic articles and e-books, as well as to online citation builders for creating citations for all kinds of resources, plus other online citation helps.

Citing Sources, Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper
This resource from Duke Libraries provides a quick comparison of works-cited formats for APA, Chicago, MLA and Turabian styles for a number of different types of resources, both print and online. Please note that for citing articles obtained from NCLIVE, you should follow the format outlined on our Citing NCLIVE Articles page.

Class Syllabi and Assignments

The World Lecture Hall
Provides links to faculty-produced pages worldwide who are using the web to deliver course materials in any language. Some links are to courses provided entirely online, others to courses for students in residence.

Copyright Information

Resources and Tutorials (Copyright Use)
Hosted by the Office of the Provost of North Carolina State University, this site contains primary copyright resources and recommended copyright web sites.

The TEACH Act Toolkit
This site provides a wealth of information about the new TEACH Act (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act), which governs how to comply with copyright restrictions regarding the transmissions of performances and display of copyrighted materials, especially in online distance courses. It was developed by the Scholarly Communication Center (SCC) of the North Carolina State University Libraries but is now hosted on the web page for the NC State Office of the Provost.

When Works Pass Into the Public Domain
Provides information about the duration of copyright protection based on works' creation/publication date.

Current Events

Pandia Newsfinder
Provides access to headlines, summaries, and links to the current day's news from such sites as the BBC, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and more.

News and Newspapers Online: Provides an extensive list of newspaper web sites from around the world that include current daily headlines and stories.

Dictionaries

Online Etymology Dictionary
Although put together by amateur Douglas Harper, this site, divided up in alphabetically- arranged sections, provides etymologies for thousands of words. While it is not a substitute for the multivolume Oxford English Dictionary (OED) or other high-quality published etymological dictionaries, it is a good supplement.

Discussion Lists

Topica (formerly Liszt)
A list of e-Mail discussion groups organized by topic.

Tile.Net/Lists
Internet discussion and information lists searchable by name, description, and domain.

Dissertations

Dissertations OCLC FirstSearch

Password Required
Indexes dissertations and theses from institutions in North America and Europe.

Genealogy

ArchiveGrid OCLC FirstSearch

NCLIVE
ArchiveGrid is a searchable catalog of archival materials (including historical documents, personal papers, and family histories) held by public and private libraries, museums, and archives. Thousands of institutions have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.

HeritageQuest Online ProQuest

NCLIVE
This genealogy and history resource combines a collection of page images of over 25,000 family and local histories from ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Online database with HeritageQuest's complete U.S. Federal Census records from 1790-1930; access to PERSI, a subject index to genealogy and local history periodicals in US and Canada since 1800; Revolutionary War records; Freedman's Savings & Trust Bank Records from 1865-1874, etc.

Grants

The Foundation Center
Provides links to a variety of tools to help with planning and writing funding proposals, finding sources of funding research, and more.

GrantsNet
This searchable, continuously updated database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education provides information on the latest trends in research and education funding, tips on how to write successful grant applications, links to grant-related articles, and more.

Index to Sample [Grant] Proposals (SchoolGrants)
Links to successful grant proposals for use as guidelines are available as well as other grant-writing tips (although some are geared specifically to education-related topics).

The Library Grants Center
Salem Press has compiled this web site that lists library grants and awards available both by state and nationally, including hundreds of grants that are available to libraries of all types from local foundations, family trusts, small and large corporations, professional organizations, and the publishing community. Listings are divided into three categories: 1) National Library Grants; 2) State Library Grants; and 3) Library Grants: How-To.

SERA Learning: Funding
In addition to general tips and information on funding agencies and opportunities, the templates for sample letters of inquiry, proposal cover letters, proposals, and budgets (provided by clicking on the "templates" link) are especially helpful.

SSRC: The Art of Writing Proposals
Provides suggestions on proposal writing to applicants seeking research funding from the Social Science for Research Council (SSRC). Many of these suggestions are applicable to any grant proposal, regardless of the funding body.

Health

AllRefer.com:health
Offers information about more than 1,600 medical conditions and many symptoms, treatments, tests, alternative therapies, diets, injuries, and poisons, plus a medical encyclopedia covering over 4,000 topics. The site also summarizes interesting research and health care stories in the news.

MedHist
This British site is a gateway to evaluated, high quality Internet resources and websites relating to the history of medicine and allied sciences, covering all aspects of the history of health and development of medical knowledge.

statehealthfacts.org
Provided free by the Kaiser Family Foundation, this web site provides current state-level data on demographics, health, health policy, financing, health coverage, access and state legislation. Its sources include not only U.S. Census data, but full-text access to some 40 Kaiser Foundation reports on health care and policy as well. In addition to profiles of the 50 U.S. states and comparisons among them, it also provides comparisons of states to U.S. national figures. Topics covered include immunizations, teen births, abortion rates, mammogram rates, insurance for contraceptives, cigarette smoking and tobacco settlement funds, nurses per population, prescription drugs, and more.

Higher Education

Campus-ADR.org (Campus Conflict Resolution)
Created by the Conflict Resolution Resource Center at Wayne State University (MI), this site is a clearinghouse for conflict resolution resources specifically designed for use in a higher-education setting. Resources include links to articles, search engines, online databases, and more relating to conflict management. Access to some pages requires free registration.

CollegeNET
One-stop shopping for online college admissions applications, information on colleges, financial aid, etc.

Financial Aid Information: fastWEB
Find college financial aid and scholarship information and application forms for over 500 colleges at this site.

NCLOR (North Carolina Learning Object Repository)
The North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NCLOR) collects documents, audio/video clips, simulations, learning modules, assessments, NCLIVE PBS streaming videos, and more--virtually any type of learning resource that can be digitized and processed. K-20 teachers from around the state can sign up for an NCLOR username/password and then search the LOR, find materials appropriate to the classes they are teaching, use them as is or modify them to suit their needs, plus contribute new material for use by all. These materials can also be embedded within Learning Management Systems (such as Blackboard, Moodle, etc.), so that students may also have access without the need for passwords.

The North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NLCOR) is a collaborative effort between the Community Colleges, UNC system, DPI, NC Virtual Public School, and Independent Colleges and Universities. When you enter the site, choose which type of educator you are (K-12, NC University [state or independent colleges and universities], etc.).

Peterson's (Thomson Learning)
Provides information on scholarships; on undergraduate and graduate programs, both public and private; on career guidance, and more.

Legal Information

FindLaw
Provides links to legal news, code and case law, and web sites containing law-related information.

General Statutes for North Carolina
This is an online version of the general statutes, or laws, for North Carolina. It does not include annotations.

Guide to Law Online
Produced by the Law Library of Congress and the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), this site provides links to reliable free, publicly-accessible legal and governmental information covering both the U.S. and foreign countries.

LII: Legal Information Institute
Provides overviews of federal and state law on currently popular topics of interest, includes texts of relevant portions of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Code, links to key web sites, and more.

Legal Information Reference Center (Current) EBSCOHost

NCLIVE
Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues.

NC Supreme Court and NC Court of Appeals recent slip opinions
Includes Supreme Court opinions back to 1997, and Court of Appeals opinions back to 1996.

Supreme Court Decisions
Search or browse U.S. Supreme Court Opinions back to 1893.

THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
This site, maintained by the Library of Congress, also provides access to databases of bills, laws, the Congressional Record, etc. It has a nice, easy-to-use interface. Just keep in mind that it is not the "official site".

Zimmerman's Research Guide
This online encyclopedia for legal researchers, developed and maintained by a research analyst at a Baltimore law firm, provides links to several hundred sites (and also mentions helpful print resources) covering areas of law, organizations, companies, states, and countries. It is posted on the Lexis-Nexis InfoPro site.

Librarians' Resources

LibrarySpot
This site combines the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorials in one user-friendly spot. Sites featured on LibrarySpot.com are hand-selected and reviewed by its editorial team for their exceptional quality, content and utility.

Multicultural Resources

Black History Gale Cengage Learning
Thomson Gale has assembled a free collection of information and resources concerning Black History Month. Links to classroom activities, biographies of famous or influential African-Americans, other web pages concerning Black History, the synopses of selected literary works by African-Americans, a quiz, and a timeline of events in African-American history are all found in the sidebar under "Black History" on the lower left of each page.

Hispanic Heritage Gale Cengage Learning
Thomson Gale has assembled a free collection of information and resources concerning topics related to Hispanic heritage. Links to classroom activities, biographies of famous or influential Hispanics, other web pages concerning Hispanics, resources on popular Hispanic music genres, a quiz, and a timeline of events in Hispanic-American history are all found in the sidebar under "Hispanic Heritage" on the lower left of each page.

Women's History Gale Cengage Learning
Gale Cengage Learning has assembled a free collection of information and resources concerning Women's History Month (March). Links to classroom activities, biographies of famous or influential women throughout history, other web pages concerning women's history, a quiz, a timeline of events in women's history, and a section on Women's Rights On Trial (featuring 12 landmark precedent-setting cases involving women from the book by the same name) are all found in the sidebar under "Women's History" on the lower left of each page.

Papers and Proceedings

PapersFirst (1993-) OCLC FirstSearch

Password Required
An index of papers presented at conferences. It includes only those papers received by the British Library Document Supply Center so will have a British slant.

Proceedings (1993-) OCLC FirstSearch

Password Required
Each record in this database provides an overview of an event (worldwide meeting, conference, exposition, workshop, congress, or symposia) by listing the papers presented. It covers published information received by the British Library Document Supply Center so will have a British slant.

Phone Directories

AnyWho
Provides personal and business listings by name and category, as well as reverse look-up by phone number.

Switchboard.com
Search for a personal or business address and phone number by name or do a reverse look-up by phone number. Also includes maps, directions, and city guides.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism
This site (by Sharon Stoerger of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) provides everything you ever wanted to know about plagiarism, including links to full-text articles, case studies, plagiarism prevention and detection tools for instructors, guidelines for students in how to avoid plagiarism, and more.

Readers' Advisory

NoveList Plus (Current) EBSCOHost

NCLIVE
This database is an online readers' advisory tool that helps readers--adults, young adults, and children--find new books based on books they've read or topics in which they are interested. NoveList Plus is similar to the NoveList product, but it includes an expanded collection, as well as access to reviews and information on non-fiction as well as fiction reading materials. Books are searchable by author, title, series name, Lexile level (reading level for K-8 books), and plot (including character, topic, time period, and setting) to retrieve descriptions, reviews, discussion guides, and feature articles related to books of interest.

Read North Carolina Novels
This site, maintained by the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a reader's advisory site featuring recent works of fiction set in North Carolina. The titles are drawn from the North Carolina Collection's extensive collection of North Caorlina literature. Users may browse by author or view lists of novels by the region or county in which they are set. New novels will be added as they become available, and a section on classic North Carolina novels is also planned.

What's Next
A local Michigan library's reader's advisory aid that enables you to determine the order of adult fiction books in a series. Searchable by author name, book title, or series title.

Ready Reference

Bartleby.com: Great Books Online
Not only does this site feature the full-text of classics of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reference free of charge, but they're searchable by author, title, subject, and keyword.

Infoplease
This site offers standard online reference tools, such as a searchable almanac, atlas, encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, and white pages. Its feature sections include world and news, history and government, sports, arts and entertainment, business, society and culture, health and science, references for children, and searchable biographies. It also provides topical stories, a daily almanac, time lines, quizzes, and more.

KnowPlay?
Uncluttered by advertising, this site provides access to dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, atlases, etc. on its reference page. (Other pages provide a broader range of services.)

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection Oxford University Press
The Premium Collection offers over 175 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series, plus the Visual English Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and new heavily illustrated natural history titles such as the Encyclopedia of Mammals. The titles also include full-color maps and illustrations, timelines, weblinks, and bibliographies. (Note: Barton log in is required to access this resource from off campus.)

Virtual Reference Shelf
Compiled by the Library of Congress, the links on this site come from the Internet Public Library Reference Service, Librarian's Index to the Internet, and Refdesk, and are grouped by broad subjects areas.

Scholarly Resources

INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
This virtual library links to useful Internet resources relevant to the academic community, including databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information. Put together by a number of university librarians across the country and hosted by University of California at Riverside, this site is easily navigable either by using its "search" feature or by browsing through links grouped under broad subject headings. Most resources are free, and all listings provide an abstract, indication of intended audience, and a recommendation.

Serials Lists

MLA Directory of Periodicals EBSCOhost
The MLA Directory of Periodicals offers detailed information on over 5,500 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the International Bibliography. The detailed entries include editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.

Serials Directory (Current) EBSCOHost

NCLIVE
Provides up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials. Contains listings for over 150,000 U.S. and international titles, including 8,000 newspapers.

Statistics

North Carolina Statistics:

County Salaries in North Carolina
Information on salaries and benefits for county government positions from 2001 through the current year is provided by the MAPS group of the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. The data appears in descending order by year, beginning with the most current year.

LINC (Log Into North Carolina)
This NC State Data Center database provides North Carolina demographic and statistical data ranging from the latest census data to projected county populations and more, available in customized and pre-formatted reports.

North Carolina Census Data: 1960-1980
This digital project from the State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Data Center makes North Carolina census data from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s full-text searchable online for the first time. The collection, housed in file folders at the State Data Center since it was created from federal census data decades ago, contains invaluable county- and state-level demographics information (including labor, population, housing, and economic conditions) and enumeration district maps from 80 of North Carolina's 100 counties. The majority of the data dates from the 1980 Census, however, the maps, as well as counts of population and housing data are available from the 1960 Census, and "Selected Characteristics" for 99 of 100 counties are available from the 1970 Census.

North Carolina Statistics
A list of sites, organized by subject, that provide statistical information about North Carolina.

United States Statistics:

American FactFinder
This site is the major access point to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2000 data, statistics from the 1990 decennial census, 2004 population estimates, and more. The "Fact Sheet" link retrieves data by geographic area; the three main topical categories are "People," "Housing," and "Business and Government." The "Maps and Geography" section enables creation of maps showing census geography, cities, congressional districts, etc.

FedStats
Provides access to official statistics published by over 70 Federal agencies. Searchable by topic, by subject area, and by agency.

Population Reference Bureau
This site provides facts, figures, and analysis of key overall demographic trends affecting U.S. population (it includes national data only, not state or local). Most data is taken from the U.S. Census Bureau, and links to more detailed Census data are included. (Formerly called "AmeriStat.")

State & County QuickFacts
Provides comparative census data for each U.S. state and county/parish concerning people, business, and geography. Links to more detailed census information are available.

International Statistics:

United Nations Statistics Division--Social Indicators
Provides links to international statistics of social indicators such as population, literacy, education, child-bearing, water supply, housing, employment, etc.

Eurostat
Includes daily updated statistical information on countries in the European Union (EU) and the "euro-zone."

NationMaster.com
This site includes over 5,700 statistics on countries around the world, which have been culled from reliable sources such as the CIA World Factbook, UN, World Health Organization, World Bank, UNCESCO, and more. The two primary ways to search the site are via the "Statistics" or "Countries A to Z" links at the top of the page. Statistics are grouped into some 30 major categories, including agriculture, economy, education, health, labor, lifestyle, military, religion, and sports. Country information includes overviews for each country, with information on government, economy, religion, flags, etc. The site also includes some 7,000 historical and current maps of the world that can either be printed or imported into documents.

Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web
Compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site includes links to U.S. federal and international statistical agencies.

Television

UNC-TV What's On
Provides a schedule of public programming on PBS via UNC-TV that is searchable by day, by month, and by program.

Tests

ETS Test Collection--Test Link
The Test Link database provides descriptions of the ETS Test Collection, which is a library of more than 25,000 tests and other measurement devices that makes information on standardized tests and research instruments available to researchers, graduate students, and teachers. Collected from the early 1900s to the present, the Test Collection at ETS is the largest such compilation in the world. Click on the "Find a Test" link to search the database. Many of the tests may be purchased online.

LearningExpress Library LearningExpress

NCLIVE
LearningExpress Library provides interactive online learning practice tests and tutorial course series designed to provide practice for academic or licensing tests, including the PRAXIS 1 and graduate exams such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and more. Users receive immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of results. Scroll down to find the link by category to the practice test you want to take. Please Note: You must create your own username and password in order to access this resource; this allows you to access your individual test data and return to complete unfinished tests.

Study Guide Zone
This free site gives an overview of what to expect on a variety of licensing and other standardized tests, including the GRE, GMAT, NCLEX-RN and -PN, PRAXIS, and more. In addition, the site provides links to sample questions and answers for each of the tests. Although one link for Practice Questions for each of the tests takes you to a commercial site for a fee-based prep course, the other links provide free information and sample questions and answers.

Travel Information

Expedia
A full-service travel site, providing reservations and information on flights, hotels, cars, cruises, and more.

MapQuest
Provides maps, driving directions, road-trip planners, yellow pages, and other travel-related links.

Travelocity
Provides secure online reservations for air and car travel, hotels, and vacations, plus destination and other travel information.

Weather

UM Weather
Sponsored the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor's Weather Underground, provides thousands of forecasts, images, and weather links.

Web Page Design

HTML Code Tutorial
Provides links to specific tutorials on the use of HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language) to create web pages, as well as a help forum section for tips from other webmasters.

HTML Primer
Provides step-by-step instruction on how to create web pages using HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language)

HTML Tutorial
Provides a tutorial in the creation of web pages using basic HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language).

Tim Berners-Lee's Style Guide for Online Hypertext
Despite its disclaimer that it has not been updated to include recent HTML developments, this classic HTML style guide still offers useful information on the conventions of basic web page design.

Webmonkey: The Web Developer's Resource
Wired magazine launched this site in 1996; it contains Web development tutorials, articles, and advice for all levels of web developers, as well as a blog. The site is divided into two primary parts: the How-To Library, which includes free online tutorials from HTML basics to XML, design, multimedia, e-business, programming, databases, among other things; and Quick Reference, including guides to style sheets, color codes, special characters, and more.

The XML Tool
This Web site, produced by Center for Technology in Government, offers a library of resources to assist in managing a Web site using XML (Extensible Markup Language). The site is divided into the following sections: Getting Started, Environment, Code Samples, Tools, Tips, Guides and Reports, and Inside this Site (which shows how XML, XSL, and coding scripts work to produce the site itself).

Yale C/AIM Web Style Guide
Offers practical instruction on how to set up and maintain a web page, including information on interface, site, and page design; web graphics; web animation; and web multimedia.

Zip Code Lookup

Zip+4 Code Lookup
This zip code directory, provided by the U.S. Postal Service, allows you to type in an address within the 50 U.S. states and get its zip code plus the 4-digit extension. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a link to look up the location of a particular zip code.

Last updated February 1, 2013