• Research is an important aspect of school projects and essays and knowing where to find RELIABLE information can be a daunting task.  See below for information on research and using databases.  
    What are Library or Research Databases?
    database is a searchable collection of information. In library research, a database is where you can find newspaper and magazine articles, images, videos, biographies, audio recordings, critical essays, and more. Each database contains thousands of these items which you can search for simultaneously and quickly.  Research databases are curated by librarians and experts in their field which means the information is accurate and reliable.


    Gale (ask librarian for password) _____________________________________________________________________________

     Gale       Student Resouces in Context    Gale InfoBits     Kids InfoBits

    - Access hundreds of thousands of topic overviews, primary sources, biographies, and critical essays on core subjects such as Economics, Science, Literature, Government, and History.  

    Gale       Opposing Viewpoints in Context

    - Access over 20,000 pro/con viewpoints, approximately 19,000 reference articles, interactive maps, and more and be able to argue both sides of an issue.  

    - Use this database for argumentative essays, persuasive essays, or debate

     Power Search  PowerSearch

    - Comibines all the Gale database for a more complex search.

    Click the links below and use the username and passwords that were emailed to each Hillcrest Teacher. If you need help you can email amy.waldman@alvordschools.org.


    PBS VIDEOS -   

    PBS    PBS VideoThis collection of more than 1,200 streaming videos provides an exceptional range of content with the most valuable video documentaries and series from PBS. From science to history, art to Shakespeare, diversity to business & economics, and more, the PBS Video Collection: Fourth Edition gives your students and teachers access to one of television’s most trusted networks. 

    ProQuest - 

    •  Proquest

      ProQuest Central Student (Grades 9+, IB, AP, College Prep)

      ProQuest Central Student is designed to bring instant results to users across thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, reports, and other types of content. This multidisciplinary resource brings together some of ProQuest’s most used databases in education, humanities, psychology, science, social sciences, and news.



      SIRS® Issues Researcher (Grades 6+ )

      SIRS Issues Researcher delivers the pros and cons on today’s complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day. Go in depth into any one of 345+ critical, current, and enduring social issues. Analysis and opinions hand selected from thousands of national and international sources such as newspaper & magazine articles, websites, videos, multimedia graphics, charts, maps, statistics, primary sources and government documents.

       Culture grams


      CultureGrams™ (Grades 3-12)

      Culturegrams™ is an online resource of reports on 209 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Reports contain information on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people, as well as audio, video, images, maps, infographics, and classroom exercises. The content is written at a range of reading levels to support a variety of users.

       School Educator


      Schools and Educators Complete (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty)

      Schools and Educators Complete™ includes ebooks from publishers such as ALA Editions, ASCD, Classroom Complete, and the National Science Teacher Association. The collection now includes a growing selection of over 12,000 titles with unlimited, multi-user access and a wealth of information in professional development and training resources. Almost 4,500 titles in the database have relevance to state, national or provincial curriculum standards, with coverage of all Common Core subjects.

     Encyclopedia Britannica

    •  Britannica School


      Britannica School

      Offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases.


       Britannica Escolar


      Escolar Online

      The Spanish-Language resource for native speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.  Offers the same information as Britannica School but in Spanish language. 


     TeachingBooks.Net  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________  teachingbooks.net       teachingbooks.net 

    Username: alvordschools

    Password: teachingbooksK12

    TeachingBooks.net is a multimedia website that generates enthusiasm for books and reading with engaging author programs and K-12 book resources for children and teens. With TeachingBooks, you can see and hear favorite authors, listen to books being read, find discussion questions for books and enjoy author websites.