Media Center Aide - Charlene Wolter-Harris
Media Center Aide - Erika Boman
Online Databases & Search Tools
- EBSCO Publishing Service Selection Page
- FirstSearch Statewide Illinois Library Catalog
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Allerton Public Library District - Teen Reads
- The News-Gazette - Your Source for News and Advertising in East Central Illinois
- Journal-Republican - Your source for news and advertising in East Central Illinois
- Herald and Review - The No. 1 source for local news, photo, blogs and video from Decatur, Macon County and Central Illinois.
- Illinois Homepage - Central Illinois' News Leader
General Search Engines
- Google - Simple, powerful and straightforward, Google provides relevant hits. Easy to use buttons allow you to search for images, newsgroups, or to use Google as a directory!
- Ask - Ask lets you search the web by typing a simple question in plain English
- Yahoo! - Entries are selected by people and arranged by subjects. It is a good place to start a search.
- Yippy! - Brainstorm topic ideas using result clusters. Uncover buried sites by choosing a related cluster. Drill down into a cluster of results.
- Dogpile - Dogpile allows you to see each search engine's results separately in a useful list for comparison. Click the search engine icons by "Best of Breed."
- Surfwax - For SERIOUS deep digging.
The lists in these tables are by no means exhaustive. They do represent a general consensus on what the helpful sh4earch tools are. If you are interested in finding out more about Internet search tools, check out the following links:
- UC Berkeley Library's Top Recommended Search Tools (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of its page for links to their tables of recommended engines and directories),
- The Internet Public Library's Web Searching Page
Recommended Internet Reference Sites
Sometimes you need a map, a biography, a definition or a quick fact on a particular topic. You can begin your search by trying any one of these recommended reference sites.
- Purdue University Library Reference Page
- Internet Public Library Ready Reference
- High School Ace (scroll down the page for its "Reference Resources & Tools")
- Virtual Reference Desk
- University of Illinois Library Online Reference Page
Want more? Click on this link to the Librarian's Index to the Internet page on reference resources for a descriptive listing of other great sites.
- 100-Philosophy & Psychology
- The Unbound Bible - Various online versions of the Bible.
- 300-Social Sciences
- 500-Natural Sciences & Math
- 600-Technology (Applied Sciences)
- 700-The Arts--Fine & Decorative
- 800-Literature & Rhetoric
- 900-Geography and History