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.
ABDO Digital has two sets of databases; the first is for young learners and is called “Zoom.” Take a look at the Zoom products and you’ll see why they’re so appealing for your learners. A clear user interface, easy to find navigation buttons, and embedded video and audio make this a great tool for your youngest researchers. The “Zoom In” section gives students snapshots of their research topic and the “Play & Learn” section has a nice set of expansion activities. Zoom is available in 3 modules- Animals (available in both English and Spanish), Biographies, and STEAM topics. This is a great tool to introduce your students to research and database use without overwhelming them with too many topics or too much content. One of its great strengths is how easy it is to browse which makes finding a project topic so engaging and motivating.
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: