These databases can be accessed anywhere in your school or from home by asking your school librarian for the user name and password.
Below is the Database Trial schedule. For each month it includes a database for Elementary/Middle School and a database for High School. Prior to the trial period, Abigail will email everyone with the username and password info. If you would like to suggest other databases, extend a trial, or begin a subscription, please contact Abigail. Click on the database names below to redirect to the trial login during the trial period.
For extensive primary sources on life in America between the Colonial Era and the Civil War, explore this collection from EBSCO. These historical archives are rich with the kinds of dialog and scenery details that make historical periods come alive for students. Unlike some of the primary source collections we took a look at previously, everything in EBSCO is searchable which means that you can do more than browse around for a document loosely fitting the era or topic of interest, but rather discover specific documents that would support a research paper. EBSCO is conducting a sale right now on these archives- it is $500 for this collection with an annual renewal fee of $250 with no price increases.
How to Research
Learning how to research increases critical thinking, helps prepare for higher education and the workforce, and drastically improves the overall quality of your work.
CRLS Research Guide Basic Steps in the Research Process
ipl2 for Teens A+ Research & Writing: Step by Step
Kentucky Virtual Library How to Do Research
Duke University Libraries Research Guide
Evaluating Your Sources
Not everything we find in print and electronic format are appropriate sources of information. Three examples that illustrate this point are:
1.) Inappropriate Types of Sources
If you were writing a paper about Mount Kilimanjaro, you would not cite an article about pitcher R. A. Dickey’s recent expedition in Sports Illustrated.
2.) Obsolete Information
A book published in 1980 about laser surgery will not provide you with sufficiently useful data on this procedure the way it is implemented today.
3.) Misleading or Amateur Authors
Some people think they are experts when in reality they are not qualified to publish certain materials. Other people purposely publish misleading and/or false information in the name of a political or other type of motivation.
How do we avoid using these improper sources? Train yourself to question everything you read, view and hear. Try exploring any of these links to see why and how you should be critical:
Purdue University Online Writing Lab Evaluating Sources: Overview
University of California Berkeley Library Critical Evaluation of Resources
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center Evaluating Print Sources
Cornell University Library Critically Analyzing Information Sources
University of Georgia Online Library Learning Center Unit 9: Evaluating Sources
Citing Your Sources
Citing your sources or references is of the utmost importance- how else can you prove that the information you are using is true?
The two main styles of citation used in schools are MLA and APA format. Typically, every school district only uses one of these two styles. Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides a wealth of information about both APA and MLA formatting:
Still a little confused about where that comma goes or what needs to be capitalized? Enlist the aid of these free online citation generators: