Start by going to the library catalog
Select Northwest High School.
Log on by entering your student ID# for the user name and password.
From here you can search for books available in the library as well as trusted online resources.
You can also create a list of resources that will be available each time you log on.

Library Catalog Screencast will show you the step by step process.

If you don't receive any results try thinking of synonyms for your topic or click the link to see call numbers for common persuasive topics.


If you are accessing these resources from home, you will need to get a user name and password from Ms. Miller (
POV Reference Center - This database is designed for students doing research on contemporary issues.
Enter keywords below

POV Reference Center - see the process step by step.

INFOhio ISearch - Searches most INFOhio resources. Results will primarily include magazine, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles.

INFOhio ISearch Screencast - see the process step by step.

Opposing Viewpoints - Explore both sides of a wide range of important social issues, such as euthanasia, censorship, gun control, and narcotics. Includes topic overviews, statistics, tables, images, biographies, websites, and articles from periodicals and newspapers. Available via the Cincinnati Public Library and requires card and pin number. If you do not have either of those, see Ms. Miller for logon info.

Opposing Viewpoints Screencast - See the process step by step.

Resist the urge to use Google for your research...try SmartSearch - every web site has been evaluated by research experts!

Times Topics from the NY Times - Each topic page collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on topics ranging from Madonna to Myanmar. This treasure trove is available without charge on articles going back to 1981.

Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take positions on policy issues.
Unlike regular news services, AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant.

Research Aggregators - These sites pull together pieces of information from many different sources on a given topic. They are convenient, but are best used as a starting place. The linked numbers next to the information will take you to a footnote that links ot the original source. Whenever possible you should consult and cite the original source. promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship and presents controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.

Staying Organized

How to Use Google Drive to Organize Your Research

Evaluating and Documenting Sources
Web Site Evaluation
When do I have to cite a source?
Top ten reasons students should not cite or rely on Wikipedia
PaperRater - Free online grammar checker, proofreader and more
Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources

Questions? Feel free to email me!