Great Starter Websites for Research

Last Updated: 6/21/2019 2:11 PM

Search Engines


Research any topic with an interactive concept map, that you can customize and share.

 Sweet Search

A search engine especially for students.



Academic Info
An independent online subject directory of over 25,000 hand-picked educational resources for high school and college students as well as a directory of online degree programs and admissions test preparation resources (SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, USMLE, TOEFL).
Great source of links to facts, news, and more.

The WWW Virtual Library
A catalog of high quality websites on a variety of topics and issues.


"The Guide to Great Art on the Internet"

Heilbrunn Time Line of Art History
Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Links to timelines/regions, works of art, index by artist/subject/rulers, world maps, and thematic essays.



Database of structures, properties, and more for 370,000 chemicals.


A database with GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping, including information on lead contamination, toxic spills, gas releases, and more.  You can search by chemical name or apply other criteria such as U.S. Census Data, Income Data, and Health Data to search for causes of death or cancers in a particular area.


Genetics Home Reference

A guide to more than 500 genetic conditions.


International Relations

CSS - Center for Security Studies

The CSS promotes understanding of security policy challenges as a contribution to a more peaceful world. Its work is independent, practice-relevant, and based on a sound academic footing..



Shmoop wants to help you become a better lover (of literature and history). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit. and history are relevant today. Shmoop wants to show your brain a good time.


Medical Resources

National Institutes of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Authoritative information from government agencies and other health-related organizations.  Also provides links to websites added by National Library of Medicine librarians every week.


Mental Health


National Eating Disorders Association

Information about eating disorders and resources for patients and families.



National Institute of Mental Health


 Multiple Topics

Ted Talks

Video lectures on every topic imaginable.

Pew Research Center

 Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.



News from left, right, and center.