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Academic Research Resources


Before beginning a research project, review these suggestions so that your internet searches will be more organized, efficient, and productive.
These are links to valuable search engines and sites containing reliable and authentic information.
Here you will find sites and guides for accurate source citation.
Guide to Grammar and Writing:  From Capital Community College, Connecticutt, help for composition, paragraph construction, and research papers (interactive)
Writer's Web:  From Writing Center, Univ. of Richmond, help getting started, focusing, editing first drafts.
Owl: OnLine Writing Lab:  From Purdue University, with lots of great information about writing, creating a thesis statement, creating citations, etc.

access to other libraries

Alameda Free Library Access the library's catalog, databases, expansive TEEN SERVICES section, and

Alameda County Library Everyone who lives in Alameda County - THAT'S YOU! - can obtain an Alameda County Library e-card and use the large selection of databases and other links.

College of Alameda Excellent Research Guides, Information Literacy Tutorials, links to subjects, and federal and state government information and documents

Oakland Public Library Access to online databases, guides to authentic and reliable subject links, and super TEEN information links and book lists

UC Berkeley Library Access to academic journals and articles, as well as online and email research assistancep

Internet Public Library One-stop shopping for extensive links to endless subject areas - AMAZING! Includes a terrific TEEN section that includes lots of help for research and writing.

Library of Congress Includes valuable links to subject area encyclopedias, information on U.S. History and U.S. government and legislation, access to the World Digital Library, and resources for students like Portals to the World

other research resources

reading resources

Click the book icon below to go to Teaching Books, "an engaging collection of resources that brings books to life." 

research databases

The "Gale in Context" Database below is highly recommended.  Use the password "jets."

If you've already tried GALE IN CONTEXT, start most other research here. If you click on ProQuest directly below, you will find direct links to databases AT SCHOOL.  


If you are OFF CAMPUS, use the username and password Ausd-2020 to access the databases below:

online encyclopedias

For access from home:

Username: alameda

Password: ausd

book lists

Teens review books on Voicethread

ALA Young Adult Reading Lists
Several different book lists, from Reading for the College Bound and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, to lists of prize winning teen literature.

Reading Rants
The original web site has been transformed into an interactive blog. Check out the titles; respond to the reviews or write your own.

Favorite Teenage Angst Books
Unusual book lists and reviews, plus links to CoolBits, author web sites, and much more. Post your own response or reviews in the Interact section. Check for your favorite author web sites in the Links section.

Book reviews, author talks, polls, award winners, and more -- this web site has it all. Participate in the monthly poll, or check out the potcasts and videos.

Historical and multicultural YA books

This site offers a wealth of links to multicultural and historical books, organized by culture, theme, and author