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Check It Out: Tips to Start the School Year Right

September 18, 2010|By Kelly Atherton

It's that time of the year, once again, to get off the beach and back into the classroom. Getting settled into the school year routine means having to get used to late-night studying, homework assignments and making grades. So, before you are assigned that first big project of the year, make sure to get familiar with the resources available to you from the Newport Beach Public Library.

Not only can you find an excellent collection of books available at the library, but by also visiting the library's website you can get the information you need right at your fingertips. Visit http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org to find a collection of electronic databases available for your research needs.

The following electronic resources can be accessed from the comfort of your own home for free, just be sure to have your library card handy.

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Need some factual information about any topic? "The World Book Encyclopedia" is the place to go. The 20-plus volume set of encyclopedias that you would find in the reference collection at the library is also available online. Search any topic, find relevant information to write a report, and print out articles from home to take to school. Librarian Tip No. 1: There is a citation at the end of each article available for you to use in your works cited page, and it's already in MLA format. Nice, huh?

Another invaluable research tool is Proquest Magazine & Newspapers. This database is a quick and simple search that will give you access to a huge collection of magazine and newspaper articles. Need current information on a topic? Proquest is sure to have it. Need to do research on an event in the past? Proquest will surely have that, too. Librarian Tip No. 2: When doing a search in Proquest, be sure to click the check box for full text articles. This will help narrow down your results to the most relevant and useful information.

Need to prepare for a debate on a topic, or write a report where you take a strong stance on an important social issue? The Opposing Viewpoints database outlines important issues and gives arguments for each side. This invaluable resource is a great tool when looking for up- to-date information on topics like global warming, human rights, and stem cell research. Librarian Tip No. 3: Can't decide on a topic for a research paper? Browse this database to get ideas and brainstorm your viewpoint.

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