A Note about Encyclopedias

These resources give you context for your topic and they are not resources suitable for AP or IB research papers. Encyclopedias are not consider substantive enough to use for an academic research paper. Please check with your teacher if you have questions about your assignment. For research papers go here.

Finding Print and e-Books in Destiny

To search just the library catalogue and e-books, choose Books & eBooks from our drop down menu next to the search box. When you find your book, write down its call number. If the book is in the bookroom, follow the instructions for requesting an item from the bookroom. If you are in the library, you may request the item and then let the staff know in case there is time to get the book while you are still in the library. Your search word, will be highlighted. You can click on the subject to find similar books.

Subject Encyclopedias

Arts
Oxford Art Online (Grove Art Online)
Visual arts, aesthetics, architecture plus dictionaries of art terms and artists.

English
Bloom's Literature Online
Reference essays and scholarly criticism examining authors and their works with videos famous productions of plays.

MagillOnLiterature Plus
Analyses, character studies, author biographies and plot summaries of the most studied literary works.

Geography
World Geography Online
Biographies, history, culture, politics, and economy as well as a tool to compare features of countries.

History
Cambridge Ancient History
From prehistory to late antiquity.

Modern World History Online
Biographical information, encyclopedia articles, videos, maps and timelines from the mid-15th century to the present.

U.S. History In Context
Biographies, events and topics in U.S. History plus 1000s of primary source documents from slave journals to presidential papers. 

World History: The Modern Era
Covers world history from 1500 to the present with articles, speeches, photographs, historical maps, videos, book articles, and interviews. 

Music
Oxford Music Online (Grove Music Online) 
Thousands of scholarly & biographical articles, audio & visual examples, and images.

Social Sciences
Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas
U.S. history through the study of popular culture. Includes speeches, biographies, photos, videos, and articles.

Science
Science Reference Center
Hundreds of science magazines, scholarly journals, reference books, experiments, images and videos. 

General Reference: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

Britannica Online
This general encyclopedia is a go to resource for basic information most subjects.

Oxford Quick Reference (Oxford University)
More than a million entries on historical figures, countries, movements on a vast range of topics including gender studies, history, music, and more. 

Source Reference (Infobase)
Background information to start your research from more than 2 million articles.

World Book Online 
Like Britannica, this is a helpful starter tool for context and basic information about your topic, and gives very basic background info on historical events, persons, countries, etc.

Dictionaries

OED - Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
More than just a dictionary, the OED is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words.

What is a reference work?  

A reference work contains collections of factual information and includes dictionaries as well as general and subject encyclopedias. Reference sources bring together material from different experts about the topics in the source. Reference items cannot be checked out from the library and, when you find a reference book in our collection online, it will have Sublocation: USIC - Reference under the title.

Multidisciplinary Reference Sources

MAS Ultra - School Edition (Ebsco) 
High-school level magazines, full-text biographies, primary source documents, reference books plus millions of photos and maps.

Middle Search Plus (Ebsco) 
Popular middle school magazines, reference e-books, and thousands of primary source documents and videos. 

Oxford Quick Reference (Oxford University) 
More than 600 reference works and topic overviews on a wide range of topics.

Source Reference (Infobase)
Starting point for almost any topic with 450 reference titles and 1000s of articles.

Newspaper Sources

Newsbank's Access World Newsbank 
A comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

Middle Search Plus (Ebsco)
Magazines, reference e-books, and thousands of primary source documents and videos helpful.

Trouble Narrowing Your Topic?

Check out this helpful 3 minute video. Remember that if you are struggling with a topic, doing some initial research to see how others have researched your topic will show you how others have approached it. And don't forget you can make an appointment with one of the librarians under services!

Multidisciplinary: Search across Subjects

These sources contain scholarly sources for almost all topics. 

Academic Search Complete
1000s of academic journals, reports, and conference proceedings from most disciplines including science, math, and humanities.

Advanced Placement Source
Full-text articles from 1000s of magazines and journals. Content chosen for AP and IB programs.

JSTOR
Scholarly full-text journal articles, e-books, and primary sources/historical texts, from the 16th century to 2019 in most subjects. Note: Select Content I Can Access (it will NOT be underlined if selected). 

Project Muse (Johns Hopkins)
100s of journals in the humanities and social sciences. Note: Limit to full text by clicking the button next to Only content I have access to after your search. 

WOS - Web of Science
Find the most prominent researcher/authors or articles in your area of research as well as some complete academic articles. Includes humanities as well as science.

Subject Specific

Note: Some items are not full-text. Remember, if you find the perfect article, and we do not have it, request it under our Services tab.

Arts
Art & Architecture Complete
Full-text of 100s of journals and 1000s of images from visual arts, film, urban studies, archeology, etc.

History

Cambridge Ancient History
From prehistory to late antiquity.

Cambridge World History
Scholarly essays, photos, illustrations, diagrams and maps. Covers paleolithic to modern times.

News
Newspaper Source
Searchable text of full text for hundreds of national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers. Also has television and radio news transcripts from major networks. many newspapers. Coverage dates vary.

Access World News (Newsbank)
Searchable database of more than 11,000 newspapers browsable language, title, type and individual titles by calendar date. Some newspapers in Spanish, French, Dutch and Afrikaans. Some titles in full color.

Political Science and Law
Criminal Justice
Search writing from law legal studies, and criminal justice journals.

Nexis Uni
News, business, and legal sources—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covers current social issues.

World Politics Review Articles on foreign policy, international politics and foreign affairs.

Psychology/Behavioral Science
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Psychology & Full-text database with 100s of psychology journals.

Science
Biological Sciences Review Register
Visit to view magazine: Biological Sciences Review - Hodder Education

Science Reference Center
Hundreds of science magazines, journals, reference books, experiments, and videos.

WOS - Web of Science (Clarivate)
An amazing database of scientific research articles.  Includes links to free full-text articles (i.e. not just descriptions of the article). If we don't have an article that you need, request it under our Services tab!

Statistics
Statista
Current trends from more than 170 markets and industries. Useful for business, market and other consumer trend related research.

Finding and Recognizing Academic Sources

Have you found an academic source?

Find out by following a few simple steps. But first, ask yourself if the source is even relevant to your topic.

Our USIC Search is a great place to start looking!

Check out our guides on how to use the USIC Search as well as Google Scholar. (Google Scholar will also find resources at our library as it has been connected to our search).  Make an appointment with us if you need help under Services!!

Taiwan Specific Resources

Find Taiwanese resources for local collections and online theses, etc.

Primary Sources on the Internet

There are 1,000,000s of primary sources online. Below is a selection of recommended primary source sites that include documents, videos, maps, photos and other digitized materials.

Columbia University - Asia for Educators

United States Holocaust Museum

The Library of Congress, LOC (USA) -  sources from the United States. LOC is the largest library in the world.

The National Archives (UK) -   sources from UK Government, England and Wales. Check out their research guide.

The National Archives (USA) - materials online dating back to 1775. Good for US materials.

University of Cambridge Digital Library - six centuries of primary sources from many countries.

Oxford University Digital Library - like Cambridge, Oxford has been collecting for centuries from all over the world.

The Smithsonian -"from ancient Chinese bronzes to the Star-Spangled Banner; from a 3.5 billion-year-old fossil to the Apollo lunar landing module; from the ruby slippers featured in The Wizard of Oz to presidential memorabilia." 

Internet History Sourcebooks - historical texts including American, Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, Indian, East Asian, and African history. You will also find many documents especially relevant to women's history and LGBT studies.

Boston University - links to digitized sources on a variety of topics including World War I, Victorian Women Writers, European History to Einstein

SweetSearch History - try searching keywords about your topic and primary source - or think about what you might find on your topic and use more specific keywords like letters, diaries, laws, legislation, etc.

YouTube - for film footage from the time period you're studying, if available, including footage from the scene or interviews with eyewitnesses can be primary sources.

Googling or searching SweetSearch History for a type of resource you want, e.g. drawings Franco-Prussian War, can sometimes bring you to the appropriate archive, government, museum, library, or university collection. IF you Google something and it brings you to a paper, find the original location of the document instead. 

Cite your source! See our Citations Guide Chicago  for instructions on how to cite primary sources.

What is a Primary Source?

This video was made by the Minnesota Historical society. If you need to ask a librarian, don't ask them! Ask us @ usic@tas.edu.tw

What Is the Difference Between Types of Sources?

Watch this video to understand how to match they type of source with the information you need. 

"Primary sources are materials originating during the period you are studying. They include sources such as journal entries, artwork, newspaper articles, photos, and other items that reflect a firsthand experience or insights from a particular event or era." 

"Secondary sources are created by analysts, commentators, and reporters who evaluate primary sources to help other people better understand why a primary account is important." Academic journal articles and books (not autobiographies) are also usually secondary sources.

Check out Identifying primary, secondary, and tertiary sources from Learning Tools - Credo Reference

e-Resources with Primary Sources

MAS Ultra - School Edition 
Multidisciplinary. Primary source documents including millions of photos.

Middle Search Plus 
Multidisciplinary. 1000s of primary sources on many topics.

Modern World History Online 
Search a topic and limit to Primary Sources below the search box.

U.S. History In Context 
More than 5,000 primary source documents that range from slave journals to presidential papers. 

World Religions 
Search a topic and limit to Primary Sources below the search box.

Full Color or Web Editions of Newspapers and Magazines

Popular News Titles

The Diplomat Analysis and commentary on events occurring in Asia and around the world. To use off-campus, login with email usicpublic@tas.tw and password usicpublic2022.

The Economist Content from magazine - 1997 to the present. Register with your tas email account. Use the same login to access the fantastic Economist app after registering via our website! Choose the login link underneath the registration form when you have already created an account.

Financial Times Register with your tas email account. Use the same login to access the app after registering via our website!

New York Times 1851 through today Select whether you are student or faculty and create an account with your tas.edu.tw or students.tas.tw email address. Use the same login to access the NYT app (and NYT games and cooking apps) after registering via our website!

Project Syndicate World news and opinions from respected journalists. Create an account with your tas email address.

Wall Street Journal Create an account with your TAS email address. Use for coursework only please. The Wall Street Journal gives us a limited number of users per subscription. Use the same login to access the app after registering via our website!

News and Magazine Resources with 100s of Titles

PressReader
100s of full color magazines and newspapers from around the world in 60+ languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. Read Washington Post, South China Morning Post, and many more on the app or your computer. Download the app and use your tas login - email and password to activate - after choosing our school from Libraries and Groups under login. 

Sora
Full color popular magazines as well as magazines about literature, art and science.

Flipster Magazine Subscriptions
Full color Scientific American, Time, Mother Jones, The Nation and other magazines to complement our Sora collection.

Text of Newspapers and Magazines

Access World News (Newsbank)
Searchable database of more than 11,000 newspapers browsable language, title, type and individual titles by calendar date. Some newspapers in Spanish, French, Dutch and Afrikaans. Some titles in full color.

Newspaper Source (Ebsco)
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers as well as television and radio news transcripts from major networks.

TOPICsearch (Ebsco)
Teachers, librarians and student researchers can use this database to explore current events, social, political, and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom.

Analyze current events from multiple perspectives

Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale)
Covers current social issues by providing an overview of each controversial topic and features viewpoints from different sides of the issue.

All Sides
Displays the day’s top news stories from  media outlets across the political spectrum.

Music

Naxos Music Library
Comprehensive classical music as well as world music, training exercises, and musicology.

Naxos Music Library/Jazz
International collection of jazz albums as well as blues and R&B from 32,000+ artists.

Other resources with visual or audio content

Many of our resources have photos and images including the below.

Britannica Online
Maps, photos, illustrations, videos, multimedia clips from 1993 to the present.

MAS Ultra - School Edition
An image collection of more than two million photos, maps, and documents.

Middle Search Plus
Thousands of document images and videos. Multidisciplinary.

Source Reference
Look up your topic and click on the image tab for photos, maps, posters, etc. 

World Book Online
Images, illustrations, maps, audio files, and videos on 1000s of topics.

Video

Alexander Street - Academic Video Online Collection
Educational content with documentaries, speech recordings, movies & news. (Video quality varies.)

Digital Theatre +
Videos, insightful essays, and guides for a broad range of productions & performances as well as accessible, peer-reviewed resources from key practitioners and scholars. Use Microsoft Edge browser on TAS computers. (Use the most up-to-date Chrome on your home computers, if you like.)

Kanopy Documentaries (Video)
Please Google the movie title for a preview and then select once you are sure that you want to view the movie. We are charged for the whole movie, if you watch more than 30 seconds of the movie twice.

Safari-Montage Safari-Montage will be discontinued for SY23/24.
Thousands of educational videos, images, audio files and e-books including PBS full-length programs. 

Free Online Educational Videos 

      

     

      

       

 

Find more streaming options including well-known documentaries check here

Chinese

Chinese Language Learning e-Resources

Chinese Library Destiny Catalog

e-Resources from Chinese Library

Publications in Traditional Chinese

Newspapers

Magazines

 

Spanish

Publications in Spanish

Newspapers

Magazines

Sources for Country and Society Information

There are even more newspapers and magazines including the Economist, New York Times, and other publications with a global perspective on our Current Events Page.

World Geography Online 
Biographies, history, culture, politics, and economy as well as a tool to compare features of country.

Britannica Online
This general encyclopedia is a go to resource for basic information.

Oxford Quick Reference (Oxford University)
More than a million entries on historical figures, countries, movements on a vast range of topics including gender studies, history, music and more. 

Source Reference (Infobase)
Background information to start your research from more than 2 million articles with information on everything from entertainment to weather in different countries.

World Book Online 
Like Britannica, this is a helpful starter tool for context and basic information and gives very basic background info on demographics, culture, etc.

Cite Your Sources

Use our Citation All Styles Guides Pages for information on how to cite. Make an appointment with Ms. Wile or Ms. Lee under the Services Tab for help.

Reading & Games

Our brains need rest so relax and take breaks from work when possible - reading fiction is not just a healthy way to entertain yourself, it also has value for your career/school trajectory. Reading fiction has been linked to desired skills of the 21st century, competencies that include leadership, empathy, and awareness of social and individual responsibility.

Find Your Next Great Read

New York Times Games

Want to exercise your brain and have fun at the same time? USIC has full access to NYT Crossword and Games - simply click on REDEEM button (the code is already there!). And don't forget about Wordle!

Searching Strategy for Research Papers

Using Google will rarely give you quality resources needed for academic research. The library purchases quality academic resources and you can find them in our USIC Search, in our eResource Guide and when using Google Scholar on campus. 

Real research takes time. When researching, you might not find what you need right away. Don't get discouraged. Explore and try again! Below are some steps to help you with finding sources.

1. Use the USIC Search     
When you search our USIC Search (the search at the top of our page), you search across all our databases, books and eBooks. USIC Search operates like many research databases. If you learn to use USIC Search, you will be able to search other academic databases easily.

2. Use Google Scholar    
If you do not find all that you need in our USIC search, try Google ScholarWhen you search Google Scholar, you search across millions of academic books and articles, so you will find more. You will also find items that we do not own. Check out our guide to Google Scholar that also includes links to tips on Google Advanced search.

Searching Specific Databases    
Sometimes you'll want to search a specific database like those we have listed in our Next Level Research. Limit by date, subject, etc. on the left hand side (just like USIC Search) to narrow your topic.

Searching for Print Material 
Our Basic Research page has information on how to search the USIC collection only.

Have you found an academic source?

Find out by following a few simple steps. But first, ask yourself if the source is even relevant to your topic.

Trouble Narrowing Search

Check out this helpful 3 minute video. Remember that if you are struggling with a topic, doing some initial research to see how others have researched your topic will show you how others have approached it. And don't forget you can make an appointment with one of the librarians!

If you can't find what you need, email us at usic@tas.edu.tw