SHS Library Research Databases:

click here for ProQuest

ProQuest: Access all your of your databases above, like Research Library, Historical Newspapers, and more.

Also INCLUDED in the ProQuest databases:
eLibrary Curriculum Edition- Our newest education solution meets a growing range of research and curricular deans. Students need to find the answers they need from more than 2,000 full-text and multimedia sources.

History study Center - offers invaluable historical reference material that covers 14 centuries of history, from ancient to modern, old world to new world. Features full-text historical documents, maps, images, and journal articles.

ProQuest Learning: Literature -  A comprehensive resource including 3,000+ author biographies; 40 searchable full-text literature journals; full-text literary works; and other key criticism and reference sources.

SIRS Discoverer - General reference resource for young researchers that makes learning fun and intuitive. Helps students in grades 1-9 develop their research, writing, language, and computer skills.

Culture Grams - Links students to country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a- kind perspective on daily life and culture. In-depth reports covering 200+ countries, the United States, and Canada. 

Pros and Cons  - Pros and cons of controversial issues. Great for debates!

Citing sources?

Don’t forget to use the correct format! Whether it be MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian or another, you can get free help online to ensure it’s done correctly.

Here are some links below to help you cite sources in the correct format.

Citing Sources (links): 

A Quick Guide from Sno-Isle Libraries


The Free Automatic Bibliography 

and Citation Maker 


Magazine Article

Journal Arcticle




Citation Machine

Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources.

Knight Cite

Citing a Basic Book in MLA Format

Writing a paper in MLA format video tutorial

Citing your sources in MLA video tutorial

MLA Sample paper

   - Sample Paper

   - Sample Paper

How to format a paper in MLA format

MLA Guidelines

What is Plagiarism?

If you:

  • Copy, quote, paraphrase or summarize any source without adequate documentation.
  • Purchase a paper by mail or email.
  • Allow another person to write a paper for you.
  • Submit another person's unpublished work in your name. 
      (from Duke University Libraries)

How Can Students Avoid Plagiarism

(click link to see examples)

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use

  • another person’s idea, opinion, or theory;
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge;
  • quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or
  • paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.  (Indiana University Bloomington) 

Learn more about Plagiarism.

APA Sample Paper

Learn about Copyright


Copyright Basics

Search for books and resources above

RESEARCH TOOLS & Citation Information
-Click above for quick overview

Want to improve your study skills?

Need some reliable sources for a research paper?
Below are some great resources in an easy-to-follow format with easy-to-read information:


Search Engines:

How Credible is that Website?
  A general guideline from EasyBib

Locating information, whether in traditional print format or in electronic format, is only the first step in doing research. The next step is to evaluate the quality and the usefulness of what you find.

When using electronic documents found on the World Wide Web, the evaluation process is more important than ever since anyone who has an account on a computer linked to the Internet can put up a home page or a World Wide Web document. They don't have to be intelligent or knowledgeable, scholarly or authoritative, and in many cases, the "information" they put on these pages does not have to pass any kind of scrutiny or editing process by their Internet service provider.


Many institutional or organizational Web sites include statements about the type and source of information which is provided on their home pages, as well as the purpose of the organization itself. If this information is not offered, be especially careful about evaluating the data you find there. 


When evaluating printed texts or electronic documents, consider the following criteria: source, authority, purpose, objectivity, currency,  completeness and relevance.


General guidelines to evaluate website credibility.

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Works Cited:

Jennings, Mary. Sno-Isle Library System Information. 2013. MS. Sno-Isle Libraries, Camano Island.