Top Reference Sites for Creating a Research Paper

As far as finding reputable sources of information is concerned, creating a research paper has never been easier. Read on for some of the internet's top reference sites.

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Top Reference Sites for Researching

It's time to start that big term paper - do you have all the resources you need? Don't miss these top reference sites that offer free, credible information for compiling a research paper.

The OWL at Purdue

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers tons of free tips for research papers, including how to document sources and conduct interviews and the basics of research writing mechanics and style.

Westfield State University Ely Library

Need help with a specific citation style? The Ely Library at Westfield State University offers a set of free, comprehensive online resources that cover such popular styles as MLA, APA and Chicago. The site also offer tips on how to cite properly, build a bibliography and avoid plagiarism.

Encyclopedia Britannica

The online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica is fully searchable and offers three different ways to find exactly what you are looking for. The site includes articles, images, videos, a fully updated atlas, a dictionary, a thesaurus and much more. Some items can only be accessed with a premium membership, but there is a 7-day free trial that you can take advantage of at any time, and your college or university may offer full access to students on campus.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the world's largest supplier of free digital books. It offers more than 50,000 books in its online archive, all of which are available in the public domain. Find everything from classic literature to modern treatises.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has been collecting information on American history and culture for decades and provides an incredible wealth of data online. You can find original documents, photographs and other memorabilia, as well as online exhibitions and an 'ask the librarian' resource center.

U.S. Census Bureau

Looking for more recent American data? Get statistics on the economy and detailed demographics of the U.S. on the Census Bureau's user-friendly website. Tools include the fact finder, maps, inflation calculators and many searchable databases.

Hosted by the CBS Interactive Business Network, offers free access to hundreds of print periodicals, with archives going back to 1998. If you're looking for an article from a specific magazine or newspaper, this is a great place to start.

BioMed Central

Looking for information on chemistry, biology or medical science? BioMed Central is an open-access archive of over 290 science journals, all of which are peer reviewed and appropriate for citing in research papers.

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