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The Sherborn Library has lots of resources to help get your homework done (and done well). Librarians are ready to help you with any homework question. You can call (508-653-0770) or visit the Library. Here you’ll find several scholarly search engines, databases and a list of helpful websites for all of your homework needs. You’ll also discover a few additional resources listed here.
Scholarly Search Engines
Here you'll find several search engines especially designed for academic research that will help you get your hands on relevant information.
- Google Scholar - Broadly search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.
- Googlebooks - Browse an index of thousands of books, look through the pages and learn where you can get a hard copy.
- Microsoft Academic - A reliable, comprehensive research tool that you can use to search by topic or field of study.
- Educational Resources Information Center - Populated by the U.S. Department of Education, you can search here for education-related literature.
If you’re doing research on your own, the Library offersdatabases where you can find information on a variety of topics. You might find some of these databases -- roughly divided by subject -- helpful:
- Britannica Online Public Library Edition - Britannica Online Public Library Edition includes 4 full encyclopedias, full-text magazine articles, verified web sites, homework help, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri, a Spanish-English dictionary and video and audio content.
- GALE Academic OneFile - Academic OneFile is a comprehensive collection of periodicals and scholarly journals, on a wide range of topics.
- GALE General OneFile - General OneFile offers millions of articles covering a full range of academic and general-interest topics.
- GALE Student Edition - Offers periodicals and reference book content supporting high school student research.
- GALE The New York Times - This database includes full-text of the New York Times from January 1, 1985 to the present.
- GALE Global Issues in Context - Analyzes social, political, economic and other issues from a non-US perspective.
- GALE U. S. History in Context - Provides information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History.
- GALE World History in Context - Offers contextual content on significant people, events and topics in world history.
- GALE Biography in Context - References and multimedia delivery history-spanning coverage of people from around the world, and all throughout history.
- GALE U.S. History Collection - Robust coverage for both novice historians and advanced researchers.
- Sherborn’s History Book Collection - Review historically significant, digitized books from and about Sherborn’s past, contributed to the Internet Archive and administered by the Boston Public Library.
- Mango Language Learning - Learn everyday conversations in multiple world languages! The Boston Public Library offers Mango Language Learning to all Massachusetts residents.To use Mango, you’ll need a Boston Public Library card.If you have one, great! If not, it's easy to get an electronic card online, by clicking here and completing the electronic form---no visit to Boston required.
- Word Reference - Word Reference is an online bilingual dictionary from/to English and many other languages.
- GALE Literature Resource Center - Biography, criticism and overviews on 130,000 writers in all disciplines.
Science and Technology
Beyond these databases, you might try these websites for additional homework help:
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab - Learn how to write and cite in MLA and APA styles, write a basic business letter and develop a resume.
- Khan Academy - Offers short instructional lectures on a variety of science, math and language topics, all in the form of YouTube videos.
- Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online - Find just the right word – along with an image and definition – with this online dictionary.
- No Fear Shakespeare - Puts the bard’s language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English – the kind of English people actually speak today.
Beyond the databases and websites, you may find these additional resources useful:
You may wonder: what’s the difference between a Library database and a website?
|Library databases get their information from professionals or experts in the field.||Websites can be written by anyone regardless of expertise.|
|Library databases contain published works where facts are checked.||Website content is not necessarily checked by an expert.|
|Library databases are easy to cite in a bibliography and may create the citation for you.||Websites often don’t provide the information necessary to create a complete citation.|
|Library databases can help you narrow your topic or suggest related subjects.||Websites often are not organized to support student research needs.|
|Library databases are updated frequently and include the date of publication.||Websites may not indicate when a page is updated.|