Be sure to properly credit the ideas referenced in your academic work; clear citations also mean that your reader can locate the books, articles, and other sources you used. Don't leave your bibliography until the very end: collect, manage, and format information about what you find as soon as you start your research.
Zotero is a free plug-in for Firefox that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus, and you can download it on your own computer for free. Tutorials and documentation are also available.
Writer's Handbook from the University of Wisconsin/Madison: How to cite sources; sample documents and forms; advice on grammar, etc.
Avoiding Plagiarism from the Dean of Students Office provides strategies for ensuring proper attribution of sources.
MLA, Chicago, and APA formatting and style guidelines, from the OWL at Purdue
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide online, from the full Chicago Manual of Style
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation 2014 edition
Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA
Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style online version from the University of Wisconsin.
American Chemical Society's ACS Style Guide
BibTex is a format commonly used in Computer Science and Math
YourDictionary is a dictionary you can understand with lots of tools to help you choose your words precisely, understand a word, avoid usage pitfalls and be confident in your use of words.
Cambridge Dictionaries online
Searches Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge International Dictionary of English, Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs or Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms.
Lexical FreeNet Connected Thesaurus
Includes unusual language resources such as a "Rhyme Coercion" thesaurus and a "Related Word" thesaurus.
David Rumsey Map Collection
Thousands of historic and rare maps in high resolution
Old Maps Online
Search or browse across multiple historical collections by geography and date
Alexandria Digital Library (UCSB)
Includes link to international as well as U.S. data sources.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
University of Texas at Austin's large collection of digital maps from around the world
Ancient World Mapping Center
Cartography and GIS within the field of ancient studies
Introduction to GIS (Amherst College)
Includes how to get the software, manuals, tutorials; from Amherst IT.
National Map (USGS)
Public access to high quality geospatial data from consortium of federal, state, and local partner
National Geologic Map Database
Print and digital U.S. geologic maps, many with downloadable data.
EROS (Earth Resource Observation Systems), from USGS
Data management, systems development, and research field center for USGS National Mapping Division
Book reviews are critical articles or essays in which reviewers evaluate recently published books. Unlike other kinds of critical studies of books and authors, book reviews generally appear within a year or two of a book's publication. To locate a review of a particular book, you will need to know the book's title, author, and approximate year of publication. This information may be available from the Five College Library Catalogs . For assistance finding additional information on a book or author, consult the Library's Finding Journal Articles page.
Book Review Digest (1908 to present)
TLS (Times Literary Supplement)
Guardian Unlimited Books
London Review of Books
New York Review of Books and Archive (1963 to present)
New York Times Book Review
Washington Post Book Reviews
Academic Search Premier Search for the name of the book in default fields, and add book review as "Document Type".
Academic OneFile Search for the title of the book
All Africa: Books and Book Reviews
Lexis-Nexis Academic: Book Reviews
Ethnic News Watch In "Type of Article" select BOOK REVIEW
Gender Watch In "Type of Article" select BOOK REVIEW
ProQuest Newspapers Includes Boston Globe.
America: History & Life or Historical Abstracts In "Document Type" select Book Reviews
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select "Title Search" and search for title keywords
Econlit with full-text Run a preliminary search for title keywords than limit "Publication Types" to Book Reviews
Literature Resource Center Search by "Name of Work" and/or "Person-By or About" and limit "Document Type" to Book Review
New York Review of Books Online Archive (1963-- )
E-STREAMS Electronic Reviews of Science & Technology References covering Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine and Sciences
BOOKNews New books in Science, Technology and Medicine
PsycInfo Limit "Document Type" to Review-Book
ScienceDirect Limit by document type Book Reviews
For reviews of older books, you may need to use the following -- including paper resources in the Reference Area:
American Periodicals Series (1740-1940) Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.
Book Review Index : a Master Cumulation, 1965-1992 AC/Reference Z1035.A1 B62 1985
Book Review Digest (1905-1999) AC/Reference Z1219 .C95 ; online: Book Review Digest (1908 to present)
Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals, 1886-1974 AC/Reference Z1035.A1 C64
Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974 AC/Reference Z6265 .C65 1982
Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (1960-1990) AC/Reference Z1035.A1 I6
New York Review of Books Online Archive (1963 --)
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.
Reviews of popular and academic books can also be found at the following websites:
Contact Us for assistance finding more book reviews.
See the Theater and Dance Research Guide for more information
Performance reviews are critical articles or essays in which reviewers evaluate performances of a play or dance. Unlike other kinds of critical studies of drama or dance, the performance reviews usually appear within weeks of the performance and often appear in newspapers or magazines where the performance took place. Some things to keep in mind when looking for reviews of performances:
The following indexes and full-text databases are important for finding reviews of performances for both theater and dance.
LexisNexis Academic Reviews
Full-text newspapers and some magazines from across the U.S. and some foreign countries. Covers book, movie, music, play, and video reviews
General Reference Center Gold
Index and some full-text to popular arts titles such as Variety, Backstage, and Time Out.
Full text ethnic newspapers and magazines in the U.S.
Play Reviews from LexisNexis Academic
Search a large database of newspaper and magazine articles with a focus on plays; some articles are not strictly reviews.
New York Times Directory of the Theater, 1920-1970. Some full-text theater reviews and an index to theater reviews in the NY Times. Ref PN 1707 .S34 1973
A Guide to Critical Reviews
Part I: American Drama, 1909-1982
Part III: Foreign Drama, 1909-1977
Ref PN 1707 .S34
For more titles like these, look in the online catalog for "Theater--reviews" as a keyword or subject search.
World Shakespeare Bibliography Online
Lists some performance reviews for international Shakespeare productions.
oobr: Off-Off-Broadway Review
Online only reviews of theater performances off Broadway (current listings and reviews).
An Internet theater magazine of reviews, features and annotated listings (current listings and reviews).
The Dance in Mind, 1976-1983 / Deborah Jowitt : Some full-text reviews of dance performaces, dancers, and choreographers. GV 1599 J66 1984.
For more titles like this, look in the online catalog for "Dance--reviews" as a keyword or subject search.
Contact Us for assistance in finding more reviews of performances.
Population, housing, economic, and geographic information from the U.S. Census
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on social, political, and economic conditions from a wide range of agencies and sources, back to 1878.
Selected Historical Census Data
From the U.S. Census Bureau
Easy access to demographic data and mapping, some data back to 1940.
Indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups in all U.S. metro areas
Abstracts and data sets in the world's largest archive of computerized social science data.
CIS Statistical Universe
Index to over 100,000 U.S., International, and Intergovernmental statistical publications. Some are also available fulltext.
Statistics from more than 100 agencies in the United States Federal Government.
Infomine: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Another good interdisciplinary tool for finding data.
State & Local Sourcebook
Includes statistics from state and local governments in the areas of education, finance, technology and more.
National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2000.
National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership Great clearinghouse of local level data -- collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners
Association of Religion Data Archives : ARDA collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups in the U.S. to the state, county, and metropolitan area level. Increasingly it has data for other countries as well.
International historical statistics: Europe, 1750-2000, Ref HA1107 .M5 2003
International historical statistics: Americas, 1750-2000, Ref HA175 .M55 2003
International historical statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, Ref 1750-2000 HA4675 .M552 2003
Database of World Development Indicators providing international social and economic indicators and statistics (1960-- ) from the World Bank (AC). For other World Bank sources, see Data and Research.
GenderStats -- include themes that range from health and education to political participation and poverty from World Bank, United Nations, and national statistics.
United Nations Data
More than 450 statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics (AC)
United Nations Statistical Division: International Agencies
Good entry to the wide range of agencies.
Demographic and Health Surveys
Data on population, health, HIV, female circumcision (FGM), etc. from over 75 countries.
International Data Base (IDB)
Demographic and socio-economic statistics for 227 countries and areas of the world. Created bythe Census Bureau's International Programs Center.
OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the WWW
OFFSTATS lists web sites organized by country name, offering free and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official or similar "quotable" sources, especially those that provide both current data and time series.
Great source for official government data from around the world.
POPLINE®(POPulation information onLINE) Reproductive health, fertility, demographics, environmental health, women in development, and HIV/AIDS. Abstracts are included, and many include free fulltext articles.
International Financial Statistics (IMF)
CD ROM at the reference desk (Ref desk HG 2002.I627) Contains time series which summarize balance of payments: trade and reserves, and data on monetary expansion and contraction, government surpluses and deficits, production, prices and interest rates. Most data goes back to 1948 and is updated monthly.
Current Social Science Research Reports
Research and data in economics, sociology and health.
CIA World Factbook
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the countries of the world.
Davidson Data Center & Network (DDCN)
Integrated, fully searchable database on transition and emerging markets. DDCN archives and provides free access to socio-economic micro and macro data on transition economies.
United Nations Common Database (UNCDB) More than 450 statistical time series for countries from around the world covering a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics
IAU: Higher Education Systems 180 countries and territories worldwide.