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Why Students Should Use the Databases Instead of Google

Electronic Resources
See Librarians for the booklet of Passwords that you will need to access these databases from home.
 
General Reference
 

Academic OneFile  has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. It is both authoritative and comprehensive. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

ASCD Professional Book Collection provides essential professional development eBooks covering a wide range of issues in education, from teaching methodology and practices to leadership and community initiatives that are available remotely with 24/7 access.
 Encyclopedia Britannica Academic is a rich combination of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one resource.
 Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject, offering thousands of up-to-date, curated and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools and recommended Web sites.
  Britannica Escolar Spanish version of the Britannica School database.

C.E.R.F. (Curriculum and Education Resource Finder)   is a collection of thousands of websites that have been evaluated and selected by teachers and library media specialists and then organized into major subject areas.  It is updated daily to ensure that there are no dead links.  You may search by related topics and by keyword for grade level ranges.  There is also a help feature if you can not find any information on your topic.  Connections are made to NY Learning Standards.

EbscoHost is a collection of the following databases:  Literary Reference Center, Science Reference Center and Student Resource Center.
EbscoHost Espanol
  Elibrary offers more than 1,500 full-text sources including magazines, newspapers, books, television/radio transcripts, maps, pictures, and audio/video clips.
 ePointPlus eBooks  6,000 eBooks offering curriculum-based, high-interest fiction and nonfiction content that meets with Common Core, national and state curriculum standards. Provides 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access and users can take notes and highlight text passages.
  Expanded Academic ASAP has articles from arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images!
 

First Search offers access to the following databases: Article First, ECO, ERIC, CPO MEDLINE, PapersFirst, Proceedings, UnionLists, Wilson Select Full Text,, World Almanac, and WorldCat (the database of worldwide library holdings).  

Flocabulary is an online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos that present academic content in a highly-engaging, contemporary format and are aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

 

General OneFile is a source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, and technology. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily. 

 

Popular Magazines is 100% full text and includes over 600 titles recommended by Bowker's "Magazines for Libraries".  Titles like Consumer Reports, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, US News and World Report, Vogue, Fortune, Business Week, National Review, Cosmopolitan, NPR and even Oprah are included in this database.

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library).

  JSTOR is an online library of academic journals, eBooks, and primary sources.
 Mackinvia provides a large collection of eBooks that can be downloaded to any mobile device through the MackinVia App.  
 NBCLearn is a website that uses NBC news footage to introduce science, history, and technology lessons to students.
 

NoodleTools integrates tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing. Online notecards capture author's words, images, graphs, and original formatting. The software guides student through paraphrasing and prompts for original thinking. Note cards linked to citations to ensure proper attribution. Students can share working bibliographies and note cards with teachers for feedback. Teachers can insert comments and ask questions. Statistical graphs analyze quantity, variety and currency of sources. Bibliographies and note cards can be exported directly to Word.

 Created specific for students with a lower lexile level, Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.
 Rosen Learning Center provides eBooks on various topics in science, history, and guided simulations use texting, email, and chat to teach users to safely manage their online identities .
Student Resources in Context contains full-text newspapers and periodicals, including The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, video and audio selections, archival film clips to broadcast video, NPR, topic-searchable image galleries, and interactive maps.
Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed journals on such topics as Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Literacy Standards, and Teacher Education.
Testing & Education Reference Center provides a vast collection of information on two- and four-year institutions across the United States to help students (and parents) screen potential schools. Also included are one of the largest databases of scholarships and grants to assist students in funding their education.  Users can access test prep for GED, AP, ISEE, COOP, SSAT, CLEP, FCAT, SAT, ACT, PSAT, TAKS, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, MAT, TOEFL, TOEIC and U.S. citizenship.
World Book eBooks provides unlimited simultaneous access to all of the books in the collection. Read the ebooks in World Book’s customized online viewer or on the App.

 Business and Newspapers
 

Access World News-Student Edition provides electronic editions of local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as full-text content of international sources with a world map. Each provides coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community, as well as a variety of viewpoints on local and world issues.

America’s Historical Newspapers allows users to search more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published between 1690 and 1922, including titles from all 50 states. It offers searchable digital facsimiles of thousands of titles. With eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, and obituaries , this acclaimed collection uniquely chronicles the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past.

Business Economics and Theory provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.

Business Insights: Essentials includes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.

Communications and Mass Media Collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Computer Database provides computer related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Financial Literacy covers topics from personal finance and entrepreneurship to market economics and globalization including articles on macro, micro and global economics as well as personal and household finance. Users will learn to manage credit and debt, and avoid fraud and scams.

Gannett Newsstand Complete includes the following NY papers: Rochester D&C, Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun Bulletin (Binghamton), and Star Gazette (Elmira).

InfoTrac Newsstand is a Web-based full-text newspaper which allows users to search articles instantly by title,date, newspaper section or other assigned fields for news and searchable archives. You can search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format.

New York State Newspapers is a database of 10 major newspapers published in New York State including the New York Times and the New York Post.

Small Business Collection is perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Users will find over 280 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

 us nesstream.png U.S. Newsstream Articles back to the 1980’s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites. It offers exclusive access to the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and co-exclusive access (with Factiva) to The Wall Street Journal.

English and History Databases

 

ABC-CLIO American Government provides daily UPI Washington news, political cartoons and short videos, different viewpoints through political commentaries. It also includes comparisons of the United States’ and other nations’ political and economic systems and directories of contact information for nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. 

  ABC-CLIO Daily Life through History examines historical topics like food and cooking, celebrations, clothes, romance, work, religion, housing, language, and social customs. Video and audio files, maps, and images offer insights into history. Researchers can discover details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful from their modern-day perspectives.
 ABC-CLIO Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society helps students understand how society shapes and is shaped by controversy. Primary sources provides context for the issues, including such documents as the Clean Air Act (1963) and the Copenhagen Accord (2009) and more than 4,000 images and audio and visual files, including interviews with LGBT veterans describing their experiences under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". It gives complete historical background and contemporary status of each issue as well as supporting facts, figures, and timelines.
 

Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences provides hundreds of photographs, maps, and videos on 10 genocides, including the Armenian genocide, the Cambodian genocide, the Herero genocide, the Holocaust, and the Rwandan genocide, allowing students to see repeating patterns in history. Support Center activities created by Sara Cohan, director of the Genocide Education Project, guide students and teachers through this sensitive material. Utilizes the widely accepted "eight stages of genocide" framework developed by Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, about how genocides occur and what can be done to prevent them.

 

Pop Culture Universe provides access to more than 300 full-text volumes covering the last 100 years of American pop culture including topics ranging from music and fashion to politics and religion. Site is continuously updated. It provides a safe haven for investigating topics that appeal to students—without the bias, advertising, suggestive content, or questionable authorship of commercial or fan sites. Articles focus on describing major events and trends in pop culture from the 1900's to the present, from the Gibson Girls of the Gilded Age to the social media of the 2000's. Skills Center assists students in understanding how to do research assignments, evaluate elements of media literacy, and compare America's history and culture to better understand how these elements affect the world.

 

World at War focuses on the causes and consequences of wars fought around the world and the global impact of these conflicts.  It provides complete overviews of more than 40 wars, with timelines, causes and consequences, portraits of opponents.  Whether fighting for independence, forging alliances, making a play for dominance, or battling a global threat, history is shaped and lives changed when nations go to war.  

 

Bloom’s Literary Reference has biographies of thousands of authors from around the world, browseable by nationality, type of writing, or time periods ranging from ancient to modern. Overviews, synopses, analyses, and literary criticism of thousands of works—from novels to poetry to plays. Historical events that help place literature text, as well as definitions of literary terms. Information on more than 40,000 major and minor literary characters where they first appeared, what part they played in the plot, and how they are related to literary characters.

 Country Watch provides demographic, political, economic, business, cultural and environmental information for each country . Countrywire provides daily news coverage for every country in the world including a 5 year macroeconomic forecast for each country, and a 20 year forecast of energy demand, supply, and pricing for every country. It also includes Map Gallery, Global Guide, weekly Political Intelligence Briefing and the Associated Intelligence Wire.

CQ Researcher provides in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, resources for additional research, graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features.

 
Diversity Studies Collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community. This set includes 150 full-text journals. Coverage begins in 1980.

Global Issues in Context focuses on broad issues such as war, genocide, terrorism, human rights, poverty, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation, and global warming as well as more specific events and topics in the news that are related to these broader issues, such as genocide in Darfur, product safety of Chinese imports, sectarian violence in Iraq, changing weather patterns across the globe, and disaster recovery in Indonesia and New Orleans including video, downloadable audio files and interactive statistics. 


History Study Center Offers invaluable historical reference material that covers 14 centuries of history, from ancient to modern, old world to new world.
 

Literary Reference Center provides information on thousands of authors and their works featuring author biographies, plot summaries & work overviews, full-text essays, full text for literary magazines & journals, book reviews, poems, short stories, classic texts, and author interviews.  This collection includes Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature,Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism(six volumes),The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story, and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus. 

 

LitFinder for Schools covers world literature and authors throughout history and a wealth of literary works, including over 150,000 full-text poems, short stories, speeches, and dramatic works. It also includes biographies, work summaries, author images and a full glossary of literary terms.

 

Military and Intelligence Collection is comprised of over 500 reference books, magazine and news wire articles. and more than 7 million articles with links to related sources outside of the current article.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context promotes issue awareness, information literacy and critical thinking and will support the new Common Core Curriculum Standards.  It contains over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints from a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.

Points of View contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue and provides content that can help students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.
 

Pop Culture Collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art, or liberal arts course. The collection is made up of 100 subject-appropriate periodicals, which are predominantly full-text.

 Proquest Learning Literature  

A comprehensive resource including 3,000+ author biographies; 40 searchable full-text literature journals; full-text literary works; and other key criticism and reference sources.


 

Religion & Philosophy Collection can be used to research different religions and philosophies and how they impact our daily lives. The collection is comprised of 250 periodicals, many of which are full-text. Coverage begins in 1980.

SIRS Decades features more than 5,000 primary and secondary source articles highlighting key events, movements, people, and places in 20th-century America.  Coverage includes documents, letters and memos, editorial cartoons, streaming video, websites, photographs, maps, and advertisements.
 

SIRS Knowledge Source(SKS) is a portal to the following databases that are cross-searchable: SIRS Issues Researcher—Covers the pros and cons of leading issues most studied and debated by students SIRS Government Reporter—Historic and Government Documents, Directories and Almanacs SIRS Renaissance—Current perspectives on the arts and humanities SIRS WebSelectCollection of editorially-selected reliable and credible educational websites covering all curriculum topics. Every SIRS article, primary source, website, and graphic has been carefully reviewed to ensure its relevancy, credibility, curricular applicability, standards alignment, and appropriateness to students and articles include Lexile scores.

 Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History brings the past to life with a curated collection of images and documents directly from the Smithsonian archives and Gale’s leading digital collections. Selected to meet the rigor of U.S. History curriculum, this unique resource brings together critical and hard–to–find materials into a single experience. Primary source overviews authored by Gale contextualize the artifacts, while critical thinking questions allow for easy addition to any lesson plan.
 

Teachingbooks.net is an online collection of K-12 multimedia author programs, book guides, book readings, author websites and includes an educator area.

 

U.S. History Collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. 

U.S. History in Context provides the most-studied events, issues and current information in U.S. history through full-text periodicals, reference works, primary documents, image galleries containing seals, maps and flags, and video and audio from NBC, NPR and other reliable sources.

 

War & Terrorism Collection will be used to gain insight into conflicts: their causes, their impact, and how they are perceived on a global scale. Almost 100 full-text periodicals are included. Coverage begins in 1980.

 
World History Collection contains nearly 40 predominantly full-text journals that provide balanced coverage of events in World History.
 

World History in Context moves over 5,000 years from antiquity to the present and geographically around the globe, to ensure that the events, movements and individuals that defined, informed and shaped world history are covered with a sense of balance.  It includes full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents, historical maps, atlases, images, and video and audio selections from archival newsreels to NPR.

 

Science, Health and Special Collections

 

Art Museum Image Gallery draws on collections of distinguished museums from around the world.  It provides over 165,000 images and related multimedia with entries from 3000 B.C.E.  to the present day, and art from the cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.  Media include paintings, sculptures, drawings and cartoons, prints, photographs, textiles, woodcuts, posters, costumes and ceremonial clothes, ceramics, glass, and masks.

 
Agriculture Collection is comprised of nearly 200 titles from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.
 
Brainpop creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.  All our resources are fully supported by BrainPOP Educators, our free teacher community. Content is mapped to the Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and searchable with our online Standards Tool
Brainpop Espanol is the same program but entirely in Spanish.
 

Criminal Justice Collection can be used for studying to become a lawyer or enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security.  Users will have access to 150 journals.

 

Culinary Arts Collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

 
eLibrary Science Offers science content and tools along with unique video and dozens of manipulatives found in no other online science reference product.
 

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection includes nearly 200 journals and provides instant access to perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

 

Fine Arts and Music Collection provides more than 100 full-text magazines and journals to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and film making.

 

Gale Interactive: Science provides curriculum-aligned resources to support Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science. Features include virtual dissections, chemical elements and reactions, cause-and-effect simulations of basic principles, self-quizzing capabilities at the end of session to review key concepts, guided interactive simulation lessons and ability to print teaching models on a 3D printer.

 

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection includes nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.  It includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

 

Gender Studies Collection is a collection of over 30 largely full-text journals aimed to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more. Coverage begins in 1980.

 

General Science Collection is composed of nearly 300 predominantly full-text academic journals and general science-focused magazines.  This collection provides coverage of  particle physics, quantum theory, advanced mathematics, and biotechnology.

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. This collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

 

Health Reference Center Academic is a multi-source database providing access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources.

 

Home Improvement Collection provides nearly 100 titles covering such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.

 

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection provides coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field from over 500 industry journals including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.

 

Information Science & Library Issues Collection is comprised of content from nearly 100 leading industry journals covering topics such as information infrastructure, data processing techniques, metadata architectures, and more. Coverage begins in 1980.

 

Insurance & Liability Collection is comprised of over 20 journals and covers such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

 

Nursing and Allied Health Collection includes nearly 400 titles of use to both professionals as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

 

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection contains predominantly full-text collection includes over 60 titles in the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine. Topics include proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more. Coverage begins in 1980.

 

Psychology Collection provides a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time in 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

 

Science in Context features authoritative information for assignments and projects from Gale Encyclopedia of Science, Chemical Elements, Science in Dispute and Macmillan Science Library, as well as periodical articles from noted publications like "Science Weekly", "Science News" and "The Science Teacher".  It includes biographies, images and videos, and experiments from Experiment Central.  It allows educators to search for content aligned to the most current state and national high school science standards.

 

Teen Health and Wellness provides information on topics such as diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life and more. Resource sections with Websites are included. Interactive polls and quizzes, authentic first-person teen narratives and national twenty four hour hotlines for teens in crisis are useful additions. 

 

Vocations, Careers & Technical Education Collection provides content from over 300 largely full-text journals.  This collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

  
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