The due dates for end of year research papers are looming....
Did you know the library subscribes to databases that can help you complete these assignments? If you are looking for encyclopedia articles, newspapers, magazines, and journals for your research, our databases have you covered.
Why use the databases when a web search is faster? The databases contain vetted content that the library pays to access. Although there are some great informational sites available on the open Internet, there are also millions of not-so-good web sites. The library's subscription databases provide high quality information and are updated regularly.
Here's how to access them:
Visit the library’s home page at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us to get started. Click on Research and then Research Tools. The databases are grouped in collections. Click on Teens to see some of the products that are popular with middle school and high school students. You will need to enter your library card number (without spaces) to access the databases from home.
Here are a few examples of the products you can access:
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context – This is the go-to product for research on current events and social issues. Here you will find viewpoint essays from both sides of an issue as well as magazine, newspaper, and reference content on each topic.
- Science in Context – All areas of science and its history are covered here. If you need supporting information for a science experiment or you are researching animals, biomes, or outer space, give this one a try.
- Literature Resource Center – Here is where you’ll find biographical information on authors as well as criticism of their works.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library – Technically, it’s not a database, it’s an e-book platform that is keyword searchable. It houses many digital reference books that might come in handy for your research.
Don't forget the library also has hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available to check out or use within the library. If you need help finding information, just give us a call at 421-1255 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.