Research: Resources

Don’t just Google it! Your teacher is requiring authoritative, expert resources for your paper. While you might find resources that qualify for your paper on Google, you will have to do all of the work on your own to determine if they meet the standards for your paper. Save yourself the bother and use one of the sites below to locate the resources you need for your research paper.

NCWiseOwl: This large collection of quality materials is provided online and completely free to all students in North Carolina. Be sure to stop by the SMHS Library for the password, but once you have that, you can access all NCWiseOwl databases from any computer with Internet access. Using it at school does not require a password, but you will need the pasword to access content at home. NCWiseOwl collections include hundreds of thousands of articles from quality print sources, as well as an extensive collection of eBooks and other resources.

SMHS Library Catalog: Did you know the SMHS Library has an up-to-date and varied collection of books chosen specifically for the research papers you will be required to write in high school? Take a look at our collection from any Internet-based computer by selecting Smoky Mountain High School and the Catalog tab at the link above. Make yourself a list of the titles you need, bring that list to the library, and we’ll even find them for you!

Fontana Library StudentAccess Program: The Fontana Regional Library makes all of its online and print materials available to all students in the Jackson County Public Schools. You need to use only your name and your student ID number (the same number you use for PowerSchool) to access all of the public library’s online databases. In addition, you can borrow up to 10 print or audio books when you visit the Jackson County Public Library. You do not need to visit the library to access the online resources. The student account is free. There are no overdue fines for students accounts, although you are responsible for lost or damaged books, as you would be from any library. See the next entry for a complete catalog of the Jackson County Public Library collection.

Jackson County Public Library Catalog: Our local public library is part of a regional group of libraries. This means that you have access to even more resources than those located in one building. On top of that, from the convenience of your own home, you can access eBooks and other electronic resources with your student ID number (see the link in the previous entry for details).

The Library of Congress Digital Collection: Our national library, the Library of Congress, has more than 162 million materials in a collection that spans national and world history and geography. While most of these items are only accessible at the library itself, thousands of public domain items are available online in a digital collection. These primary and secondary sources include journals, photographs, sheet music, newspaper articles, legal documents, and much more. It is a complicated collection and worth a browse. Not everything contained in it is a primary source, but it is a rich resource for such items.