The Owl at Purdue
Offers information on the entire writing process from conducting research to citation styles and grammar.
Appalachian State University Writing Center
Free service that works with writers on a variety of projects: papers for academic courses; masters and senior thesis chapters; personal essays for job, graduate school, and law school applications.
Duke Libraries Guide to Research
Provides guidance during the research process and stresses the importance of properly citing resources to avoid plagiarism.
You may find that when trying to decide on a topic, you need to know a little more information, but don't want to read an entire book to find it out more. I recommend consulting the Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Most topics, historical to modern concerns, are covered in this, and there is a very useful index at the end of the book. It is only available in hard copy, in Special Collections. Below is the link to the catalog record, where you will find the call number so that you can locate it on the shelf.
A citation is a record of where you encountered a certain idea. Citing your sources helps other scholars track down resources they find of interest. Proper citation helps us all build on our knowledge.