Websites / Search Engines

With Google, you are able to type a few key words and get thousands of results. Quality websites that you can recommend to your students are harder to come by. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools you can use to select Internet sources that will support the learning objectives of your course.

Subject Pages by the Emerson Librarians
As an aid to students and faculty, the Librarians have compiled lists of web sites that address major subject areas, especially those related to the Webster University curriculum. From the Library website (Link opens in a new window), follow the link to "Websites / Search Engines. (Link opens in a new window)"

The Librarians follow a set of selection criteria (Link opens in a new window) which are linked from the "Websites & Search Engines" page. In general, sites included on the library's pages are comprehensive in nature and serve as gateways or portals to the areas they cover. Users become acquainted with the major starting points for research on the Internet and in turn can use these sites to locate narrower items of interest.

The following subject pages are especially useful to most university programs:

  • Citation Guides for Writing Papers (Link opens in a new window)
    Links to guidelines for citing sources using common bibliographic style formats such as MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian
  • Government (Link opens in a new window)
    Includes local, state, federal, and international sources.
  • Presentation Skills (Link opens in a new window)
    Links to websites with suggestions on organizing presentations, handling nerves, and using PowerPoint successfully.
  • Reference Sources (Link opens in a new window)
    Access to online encyclopedias, almanacs, biographies, dictionaries, and comprehensive online reference collections.
  • Statistical Resources (Link opens in a new window)
    Covers both U.S. and international sources.
  • Writing Resources (Link opens in a new window)
    Links to major online writing labs which offer help with grammar, style, professional writing, etc.