Texts in the Library:

Click HERE to view the Resource List for this text (books available in the library, as well as eBooks). Or go to our Library Destiny Homepage, click on CATALOG, then on RESOURCE LISTS and look for "1984 Research".

To log in to any of the password-protected sites, please go to our online resource page to find the login and password (you must be logged into your Wayne Hills account to access this page)

ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases:

ABC-CLIO is a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources. Research by text, reference category, period, or region based on their learning styles, abilities, and assignments. Sign in and look for your search terms in "ALL DATABASES" to find numerous articles. It will then offer different databases (ie, American Government, American History, Issues, Pop Culture Universe, World at War, World History: The Modern Era, Search eBooks

Biography Reference Center (Ebsco):

For information on the author, click on the link in the title above, and sign in (use the login and PW from the online resources sheet). Then, scroll down to Biography Reference Center and search for the author's name.

A Day in the 1940's

Daily Life Through History:
Provides info on all aspects of daily life from antiquity through the present day from reference works, monographs, and primary documents. Search by era, region, or subject. Weblinks to multimedia sites, video, and audio files are available.
Go to ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases and then click on Daily Life (choose the years you want),

History Reference Center (EBSCO):

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents. Search for boolean phrases such as "1984 AND Orwell"*Log into Ebsco, then scroll down to History Reference Center

Gale Literature Resource Center is Gale’s most current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource, offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works, including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis for literary studies.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL):

An ebook collection of over 300 reference resources in all subject areas. The articles are reproduced exactly as the print edition. Sign in and look for your search terms.
Google Scholar: The difference between Google and Google Scholar is that Google Scholar focuses on the scholarly literature available on the Internet. Resources in a regular Google search do not have to be scholarly, and do not have to be based on research.
You can also create your own personalized Google Scholar Library. Just find an article you are interested in and click on the star icon underneath the article. You can create folders, save articles in them, and then access them later by clicking on the My Library link on the top right.

Infobase: Blooms Literature

Sign in and look for your search terms "1984 AND orwell" (or whatever you are looking for) to find numerous articles and criticism. You can search by Reference, Criticism, Images, Videos

JSTOR - Database of Academic Journals:

A collection of journals and ebooks on a variety of topics. Searchable by subject, title, publisher, or via libguides.

Literary Reference Center Database (EBSCO):

Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and timeframes. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies.*Log into Ebsco, then scroll down to Literary Reference Center

Lit. Crit. Ebooks - Gale

Log into Gale, then search for Orwell or 1984. You can select an ebook for your research, and then search it using the index or table of contents. These are full textbook-style books. Students also have the option to listen to the content via the “Listen” button at the top of each page, and can print out selections as well.

Lit. Crit. Ebooks - Salem Press

Offers critical approaches, and critical insight into select themes, authors, and works, as well as Cyclopedias of Literary Characters & Places and an introduction to literary context.

Philosophy Basics: What is Verificationism?

Verificationism is the doctrine that a proposition is only cognitively meaningful if it can be definitively and conclusively determined to be either true or false (i.e. verifiable or falsifiable).

Pop Culture Universe: The 1940's

1984 was published in 1949- so how did the time period influence this piece? Check this Pop Culture page to get ideas. The 1940s saw the United States enter World War II, the atomic age, and the Cold War; the beginning of a baby boom; and the rise of the middle class. Though Americans initially resisted World War II, it would dominate the decade.
Books &Literature, Film, Television & Radio, Music, Performing Arts & Theater, Visual Arts, Recreation & Leisure, Architecture & Housing, and more!Log in using the info on our passwords page

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (Gale):

An online database featuring reprinted articles from books, magazine articles, and websites with comprehensive information on social issues arguing both sides pro and con. Audio files are included. Within OV is another database that includes related activities on critical thinking. Great resource when considering themes and issues in 1984

Classroom Video On Demand:

Videos searchable by subject (ie, 1984 AND orwell). Biographies, interviews, clips from film-versions of the book, comparisons of 1948 England and the setting of 1984, and more.

From the Nuernberg Museum):

National Socialism- The beginnings of the Nazi dictatorship:
Following the collapse of the first German democracy, the Weimar Republic, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party rapidly expanded its control after January 30, 1933, through a mixture of legal and pseudo-legal measures, as well as outright violence. The "Führer" and "Volksgemeinschaft" – the "people's community" – were the fundamental myths on which the National Socialists built their state. Hitler wrote "Mein Kampf" as a way to settle scores with his political opponents while he served time in Landsberg prison after his failed putsch of 1923.
Evaluating Websites:There are a lot of websites on the internet (anyone can make a website!), and many of them are based on people's opinions, outdated data, or questionable information. It is important to be able to tell these apart from reliable sources that are current, authoritative, and accurate. In order to do this, you can apply the C.R.A.P. test for evaluating resources, which was developed by Molly Beestrum, and is used by educators and students. Use this Evaluating Websites link to a learn the specifics of how to evaluate a resource, and be sure it is something that you want to use in your research.

Boolean Search

A Boolean search is a type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators (or modifiers) such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results. For example, a Boolean search could be "hotel" AND "New York". This would limit the search results to only those documents containing the two keywords. For a great reference on a way to search BETTER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY, use this link

Snopes Fact Checking Website:

Snopes is the oldest and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers as an invaluable research companion.When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust, Snopes.com’s fact checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. We always document our sources so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds.


One of the most important things when writing a report or researching is to give credit to your sources. This is called CITING your sources, and the links below will help you to do that properly. PLAGIARISM is when you copy an idea or quote and do not give credit, so it is important to cite not only quotes, but paraphrased ideas as well. You can use the links below to help you ensure that you are giving credit properly and effectively.
Citing Sources with Easy BibEasy Bib has resources to check your citations, as well as information on how to properly cite in MLA and APA format.Citing in MLA FormatEverything you need to know to cite in MLA formatCiting in APA formatEverything you need to know to cite in APA format