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Open Source Academic Journals and Preprints
These search engines retrieve open source academic journals.
arXiv Math and science preprints.
BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 90 million documents from more than 4,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.
Bentham Open Access 230 open access journals, primarily in engineering and the hard sciences, open to all.
Finding Reliable Websites
When deciding if a webpage is reliable, you should ask yourself the following questions.
||Only cite authors who have some credentials that qualify them to talk about the subject.
||Identify the type of research you need--most online forums, blogs, or presentations are not peer reviewed.
||Use research from websites that regularly maintained to insure that the information isn't outdated.
||Material should be available on academic websites--pay attention to the quality of the website. Avoid .coms and .nets.
||Know why you need the information, and also why the information was published. Avoid biased websites.
Webpages should cite their information so you know how the information was gathered.
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Reliable Websites for Children's and Young Adult Literature
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
This program awards an author and an illustrator each year. The awards, from the American Library Association, are for "outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. There is one winner each for author and illustrator, but there may be several "honor" books.
John Newbery Medal
This award is given by the American Library Association each year to "the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children". Like the Caldecott Medal, there can be several "honor" books but only one winner. Established in 1922, this award is the oldest children's book award.
Randolph Caldecott Medal
This American Library Association award is given each year to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture books for children". There can be several "honor" books but only one winner. Eligible books must be published in the United States during the preceding year.
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to an author for a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults. Scott O'Dell, author of Island of the Blue Dolphins, established this award to encourage other writers--particularly new authors--to focus on historical fiction.
Texas Bluebonnet Award
This Texas Library Association program includes books for children in third through sixth grade. Each year a new list of twenty books is released at the Texas Book Festival. They may be fiction or nonfiction. The author must be a living U.S. citizen and the book must have been published in the United States within three years prior to its release date.
Texas Lone Star Award
This Texas Library Association list consists of 20 titles and is for students in grades six through eight. The titles are selected to encourage students to read a variety of current books. The selected books must have been published within two years prior to the release of the list. Since the students in this age range have such a wide variety of interests and abilities, titles on this list may also show up in the Texas Bluebonnet list or in the recommended list for high school students.
, Educational Leadership
, Elementary Education
, Language and Literature
, Secondary Education
, Texas History
, United States History