Useful Websites

The following useful websites have been tested for information quality and reliability.

Writing and Citing:

  • Purdue Owl Writing Guide:  Great for general writing help.
  • Purdue Owl Citations:  Best places to go for citation help online.
    • MLA (Modern Language Association) Guidelines; most commonly used by students.
    • APA (American Psychological association) Guidelines.
    • Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines; most widely used for publications.
  • MU Libraries’ Basic English 1000 LibGuide: Covers many basic researching skills


Primary Sources:



  • Europeana: European Union venture to digitize all cultural and historical records throughout Europe.  Features content from most European libraries and museums.
  • BBC Archive: Historical records and material from BBC.
  • Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership: Formerly a paid database, EEBO-TCP is now freely available through several means.  This links out to the page that discusses the access methods.


Secondary Sources:


  • Oxford Index: Indexes a variety  of titles produced by The University of Oxford Press and its affiliates on historic people, events, ideas, and places.


  • Internet Movie Database: Information on movies, television shows, and actors/actresses.
  • MetPublications:  Over 400 art books have been made freely available for download by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City.



  • BBC Science and Nature: Learn about the world around you.
  • MedlinePlus:  Medical information for the public provided by the United States National Library of Medicine.
  • PBS Science: Historical articles, videos, guides, and tutorials.
  • WebMD: Medical information for the public provided by independent medical researchers and physicians.


General Reference:

  • RefDesk:  While a bit clunky, RefDesk features “one stop shopping” for multiple news and reference sites, plus offers search boxes for all major search engines.


  • BBC World News: Best newsource!  It reports everything in great detail.
  • CNN: American national newsource.

Have another useful website for research or educational purposes?  Please let me know!


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