21st Century Research


Destiny at Randolph Library is our new cataloging system.
World Cat will help you locate books in academic and public libraries.
Google Books' previews can be useful in determining which resources will help you advance your research.
Project Gutenberg is an online database of books in public domain that you can read online for free.

Articles (and some books!)

Alabama Virtual Library

Bring Research to You with RSS

Google ReaderTo begin create a Gmail account. Once you enroll, click the Reader button at the top.
Now you can begin to have research come to you through RSS feeds. The RSS symbol looks like this:
Open Gale Power Search from the AVL authentication page.
Conduct a search on a topic of interest. Then look for the orange icon next to "Create a Search Alert".

For more information on what RSS is and how to use it, check out RSS in the Web Tools section of the wiki.


Scout Report Archives from the University of Wisconsin Madison can help you keep evaluated websites at your fingertips.
Librarian Intenet Index is a database of websites evaluated by librarians.
Google can be a great starting place, especially if you know how to search. Try using the Advanced search section to refine your search or Google Scholar for academic sites and Google U.S. Government for .gov sites. To brush up on searching strategies, check out the online tutorial from the National Cathedral School Library.
Delicious is a website tagging site where you can bookmark places for your research and see what websites others are using.


White pages can be a lifesaver when addressing holiday cards or looking up reverse phone numbers.


Nings are online social communities with similar interests. Joining Nings can help you expand you professional community.


Citation Machine can help you cite your sources in no time!
Zotero is a Firefox Extension that is great for writing substantial academic papers.

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