Texts We Have Available:


The Facts on File companion to American drama (Copy: 34180000302433) 809.2 BRYAugust Wilson (Copy: 34180004002606) LIT. RES. 809 WILAugust Wilson : a literary companion (Copy: 34180004001913) LIT. RES. 809 WILUnderstanding August Wilson (Copy: 34180004002838) LIT. RES. 809 WIL

American Dream:

The American dream (Copy: 34180004004545) LIT. RES. 809 BLOCrisis of faith (Copy: 34180000307022) LIT. RES. 809 BLOCritical approaches to literature : psychological (Copy: 34180000309030) LIT. RES. 809 BLOThe American dream : a short history of an idea that shaped a nation (Copy: 34180004001897) 973 CULThe American dream (Copy: 34180000308422) LIT. RES. 809 BLO

The 1950's:

American culture in the 1950s (Copy: 34180006002000) 306 HALMen in the middle : searching for masculinity in the 1950s (Copy: 34180006002729) 305.3 GIL *about the '50s but with info about the 40's too

To log in to any of the password-protected sites below, 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). If there is another subject you are researching, see Mrs. Caldwell in the library and she can add to this list!

Classroom Video on Demand

Educational videos on a variety of topics- type "Fences" or "August Wilson" or anything relevant, and see what you can find!


Go to EbscoHost, and sign in. Choose EBSCOhost Web. Then, under Choose Database by Subject and select the topic of Psychology/Sociology Databases. This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

An ebook collection of over 300 reference resources in all subject areas including the arts, biography, law, literature, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, and social science. The articles are reproduced exactly as the print edition.
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.

JSTOR - Database of Academic Journals:

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

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.

Literary Reference Center Ebsco

Go to the Literary Reference Center, and sign in. Then, type in "Romeo and Juliet" on the Search page, and you will find hundreds of options from Magazines, Reviews, Reference Books, Literary Criticism, Biographies, Interviews

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


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. The link below to Evaluating Websites is to a website that delves into the specifics of how to evaluate a resource, and be sure it is something that you want to use in your research.
Evaluating WebsitesThis website, part of Colorado Community Colleges Online, explains how to evaluate websites using the C.R.A.P. test. Comprehensive and easy to understand, it's an excellent resource for teaching students to evaluate websites.
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