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ESL Speak Up: Electronic Resources

This guide is created for Ms. Prince-Schroeter's ESL: Speak Up.

Databases vs. Websites


  • Paid for by the library.  Often very expensive!
  • Cannot be searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, "smart people", etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by experts.


  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website.  The information included is often not verified by anyone.
  • Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.
  • Must examine with a critical eye!

Electronic Databases on General Topics

Get started with the following recommended databases.  Last Rev. 7/5/2017.

Electronic Databases on Controversial Issues

Recommended Web Sites

ipl2 (Internet Public Library) ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment with information you can trust.

Persuasive writing websites for secondary teachers and students

The Writer's Referene Book from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues from, an organization who promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting research on controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format.

Defining Critical Thinking The Critical Thinking Community is a great source for both teachers and students to check out.