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Databases & Online Research

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I access online databases?

    • Most databases and other resources, like NoodleBib, will detect when you are using the Grier Network and automatically log in.
    • If you are off Grier's network, you will need a username and password.
    • Contact the librarian to get these usernames and passwords.
  • What is a database?

    Databases are Web-based resources that primarily provide users with access to periodical literature, including magazine, newspaper, and journal articles along with other documents that often cannot be found on the regular Web. Some databases also include reference literature, such as dictionaries, almanacs, and encyclopedias.

    Some databases are general and cover all kinds of topics, while others are subject specific.

    Databases are updated frequently by professionals and experts; information from them is considered credible.

    Each database allows users to email, print, and cite the article they are viewing. Some databases allow users to translate the articles into other languages or stream mp3 audio versions of the text.
  • When should I use a database for research?

    Use a database when you are:

    • Researching a current event
    • Seeking recent information
    • Wanting information from scholars or professionals in a particular field
    • Seeking multiple viewpoints on a topic
    • Want credible, up-to-date information on a topic
  • Why should I use a database?

    In a library, the librarian selects materials that provide students with credible information. "Credible" means that the author did his or her research properly and can provide readers with true FACTS. On the open Internet (what you can get by going to Google or Yahoo or MSN), there is information on anything you can imagine. The problem is that you must carefully judge what information is CREDIBLE, and what is FALSE.

    You have to ask questions like:

    • Who made this web page? Are they an expert on the topic?
    • Where did they get their information? Do they list books and articles they used?
    • Why did they make this page? Are they trying to sell me something? Are they trying to persuade me to believe something?
    • When did they get their information? Is it up-to-date?
    The good news is that when you use an online library database, the information is from reliable sources. You can trust it. This is partly because all the articles and pictures and information that get put into a database have been reviewed by an editor. Plus, sometimes your teachers don't want you to use regular Web sites, so it's good to use electronic databases then, too. The electronic databases make it easy for you to cite articles. Don't know how? Ask the Librarian to show you!

    Who can put information up on the Internet?
    Everyone! You, me, and that online troll who believes the earth is flat.

    Who can write a published book that will go in the library? Who can write a newspaper article that gets put into an electronic database?
    Not everyone. Only a few people who have done their research.

    What about Wikipedia?
    For a lesson on the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia, check out this short video: 

American History

Integrating American politics, science, culture, philosophy, and economics, this authoritative database explores the ongoing development of the United States.
  • More than 16,000 primary and secondary sources, including photos, government documents, maps, and audio/video clips
  • More than 100 topical overviews and 3,500 biographies of famous figures
  • Chronologically and thematically organized content, linking reference, curriculum, and analysis of current events
  • Examinations of the connections between past and future events, with special coverage of issues of continuing relevance
Go to American History

Britannica School

Gives teachers and student instant access to four complete encyclopedias and other resources that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. Subjects: All

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Classroom Video on Demand

Facts On File and Films Media Group are proud to present their comprehensive new Classroom Video On Demand subscription service, a compilation of Films Media Group's best high school-level video content spanning the core subject areas. The Master Curriculum Collection, with 9,300 titles / 120,300 segments. Multimedia database classroom use. Subjects: All, Teacher Resource

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Daily Life Through History

Students and researchers can discover details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful from their modern-day perspectives. What did people eat, wear, or use? What did they hope for, laugh about, or sing? These are the kinds of questions inquisitive students of history ask.

A truly unique landmark reference product, Daily Life through History explores ordinary life through time and across the globe, bringing the past to life through details and insights that turn flat descriptions of historical characters into real, “just like me” human beings.

  • Nearly 6,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, cultural documents, photos, maps, audio/video clips, and statistics
  • More than 200 historical recipes from around the world
  • Information from more than 75 Greenwood single- and multi-volume reference works
  • “Analyze” sections that pose intriguing questions, offer various viewpoints on each topic, and encourage students to form their own opinions
  • Teacher resources and lesson plans for grades 9-12 that are fully correlated to state and National Council for Social Studies standards
Go to Daily Life Through History


The ultimate easy-to-use curriculum and reference resource delivers comprehensive periodical and digital media content designed for K-12 schools and libraries. Includes more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books, and transcripts, plus thousands of pictures, maps, educator-approved websites from Homework Central, and also audio/video content. As of October 2012, there are 93 million documents in eLibrary. Subjects: All

ProQuest Learning Literature (part of eLibrary Curriculum Edition)
Offers a comprehensive integrated literary reference resource for original full-text works, author biographies, literary criticism, and more.
Subjects: English, Literature, ESL

History Study Center (part of eLibrary Curriculum Edition)
Delivers thousands of primary and secondary sources covering ancient to modern US and world history.
Subjects: History, Social Studies

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Access many searchable nonfiction and reference eBooks on a variety of topics. These titles are also listed in the library’s catalog Destiny and you can click the link directly from the catalog record to access the contents of the eBook.
Subjects: All

InfoBase eBooks

Enjoy the benefits of anytime, anywhere access to high quality, grade-appropriate research materials with this eBook collection. This collection is fully-integrated into Destiny, so you can find books from this collection when you do a regular search in Destiny. Subjects: All

POWER Library

Provides access to thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference materials for all ages. Subjects: All

Databases in POWER Library include:

  • Academic OneFile
  • AP Images
  • Books & Authors
  • Business Insights
  • Contemporary Authors
  • CyberSmarts
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
  • Gale Topic Collections
  • GVRL
  • General OneFile
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
  • InfoTrac Newsstand / Student Edition
  • LitFinder
  • Research in Context
  • Science Reference Center

Go to POWER Library

ProQuest Career & Technical Education

The definitive source for vocational information and career search resources.
Subjects: College & Career Guidance

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ProQuest Central

A large, multidisciplinary, full-text database that provides access to 27 of ProQuest's most highly used databases, with a variety of content types across over 160 subjects. Includes dissertations and industry reports. Great for psychology, economics, and business classes.

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ProQuest Education

Access articles from over 700 education journals, many in full-text.
Subjects: All, Teacher Resource

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ProQuest Science

Search full-text and images for the leading periodicals in science and technology. Subject coverage includes computers, engineering, physics, telecommunications, and transportation.
Subjects: Science

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SIRS Issues Researcher

This award-winning database offers critical insight into all sides of 300+ of today’s most-researched enduring issues. Thousands of highly targeted documents, primary source documents, websites, and multimedia (including 25,000+ research-quality images) represent viewpoints from the pros and cons to everything in-between. As of October 2012, SIRS Issues Researcher contained 94,000+ articles/documents from 2,054 sources.
Subjects: Social Studies, Psychology, Science

Go to SIRS Issues Researcher

World History Ancient & Medieval Era

Ranging from the dawn of prehistory, through the great ancient empires, to the beginning of the Renaissance, this unique online resource explores history in every corner of the globe.
  • More than 8,500 primary and secondary sources, including selections from the Code of Hammurabi, the Edict of Milan, and Marcus Aurelius’s The Meditations
  • More than 1,500 biographies of important figures such as Alexander the Great, Confucius, William the Conqueror and Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Era Stories, such as Athens and Sparta, Alexander's Legacy, The Mongol Empire, and The Black Death
  • An "Analyze" section that prompts inquisitive critical thinking by presenting intriguing questions
  • Regularly updated feature stories that draw connections between the history being made today and its ancient and medieval origins
Go to World History Ancient and Medieval Eras

World History Modern Era

From crises in the Middle East to civil strife across Africa to communism in China, South Korea, and Cuba, we live in a world where current conflicts have deep historical roots. World History: The Modern Era is a comprehensive electronic library of historical reference materials and interactive curricular units plus tools for enhancing lectures, creating research lists, developing student activities, and addressing different learning styles.
  • More than 7,300 primary sources, including treaties and proclamations, speeches, newsreel footage, biographies, and photographs
  • More than 80 era explorations and numerous interactive study and teaching tools
  • More than 250 country overviews of nations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, including important nation-states of the past such as Bohemia and Westphalia
  • In-depth coverage of the history of all regions of the world from 1500 to the present, aligned to curriculum guidelines
  • An Analyze section specifically designed to engage young minds and provide instructors with the necessary tools for lively, historical inquiry lessons
Go to World History Modern Era
This web-based catalog allows students and teachers to search for print and digital library materials at any time, from anywhere. Destiny provides users with call numbers to locate print and recorded material on library shelves as well as hyperlinks to online content.

Go to Destiny Discover
NoodleTools includes integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing. Developed for schools, this software allows students to work collaboratively in real-time and allows teachers the ability to monitor students' progress and leave feedback.

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