• Middle School Research Tools 

  • BIOGRAPHY

    ABC-Clio Social Studies

    Power search all 8 ABC-Clio Social Studies databases at one time. Includes information on notable people past and present.

    Biography Reference Center

    Search Biography Reference Center to find articles from books on both living and historical figures.     
    HINT:   Try sorting your results by relevance.

    eBooks

    Check eBooks for biographies

  • CURRENT EVENTS / HOT TOPICS

    Issues and Controversies

    Covers the hotly debated issues of the day and gives explanations of opposing points of view. 
    Use for: Hot topic or issue papers in English, Health Sciences, Speech, Social Sciences

    Issues : Understanding Controversy and Society

    Get the complete historical background and contemporary status of each issue and the supporting facts, figures, and timelines.
    Use for: Hot topic or issue papers in English, Health Sciences, Speech, Social Sciences

    Opposing Viewpoints in Context

    Premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues,  from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. 

    Student Resource Center

    Articles from reference books, magazines and newspapers, multimedia content, primary sources Covers all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies Use for: General information on a wide variety of subjects.

  • EBOOKS

    eBooks from ABC-Clio

    A collection of 500 reference books covering many topics.

    eBooks from Ebsco

    Search for information about many topics in over 4000 nonfiction books.
    Books include articles on core subjects, biographies, careers, health, sports, adventure, technology, life skills.

    eBooks from Gale

    A collection of popular reference books.
    Subjects include Biography, History and Science.

    eBooks from Infobase

    Over 300 books
    Subjects include Careers, Biographies, Multicultural studies, Religion and Philosophy, Science and Technology, History.

  • ENCYCLOPEDIAS

    Britannica School Middle

    Search encyclopedia articles, timelines, weblinks, multimedia, maps, more. 
    Use to find information on all subjects.

    Britannica Spanish Reference Center

    Spanish language encyclopedia. Search encyclopedia articles, timelines, weblinks, multimedia, maps, more. 
    Use to find information on all subjects.

    Explora for Middle Schools

    Search encyclopedia articles, timelines, weblinks, multimedia, maps, more. 
    Use to find information on all subjects.

    ProQuest SIRS Discoverer

    A multidisciplinary resource for K-8, including content from over 2,200 sources and 9,000 integrated educational websites.

    World Book Student Encyclopedia

    Search encyclopedia articles, timelines, weblinks, multimedia, maps, more. 
    Use to find information on all subjects.

    World Book Spanish

    Spanish-language encyclopedia, images, maps, multimedia
    Use for: General information on a wide variety of subjects

  • FAST FACTS

    Culturegrams

    Search cultural reports for 200 countries, 50 U.S. states, 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
    Includes maps, photo gallery, recipe collection, famous people, graphs and tables, National anthem sound files, flags

    FactMonster.com almanac

    Find facts in the Fact Monster's Almanac from Information Please.

    Merriam-Webster's Word Central

    Use Merriam-Webster's Word Central website to find out what words mean and hear how to say them.

    World News Digest Almanac

    Use this link to search the World Almanac Online.

  • GRAPHICS / IMAGES

    AP Images

    Search for photographs (current and historical), sound bites, text, graphics including maps, timelines, logos and graphs.
    Full copyright protection for use in research papers, theses, reports and PowerPoint presentations.

    Culturegrams

    Search cultural reports for 200 countries, 50 U.S. states, 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
    Includes maps, photo gallery, recipe collection, famous people, graphs and tables, National anthem sound files, flags

    Discovery Education

    View Educational Streaming Videos on demand.
    For use by students and staff.

    Safari Montage

    See Educational Streaming Videos on demand.
    Includes Soundzabound (royalty-free audio clips for educational use) 
    For use by students and staff.

  • HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

    ABC-Clio Social Studies

    Power search all 8 ABC-Clio Social Studies databases at one time. Includes information on notable people past and present.

    AP Images

    Search for photographs (current and historical), sound bites, text, graphics including maps, timelines, logos and graphs.
    Full copyright protection for use in research papers, theses, reports and PowerPoint presentations.

    Culturegrams

    Search cultural reports for 200 countries, 50 U.S. states, 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
    Includes maps, photo gallery, recipe collection, famous people, graphs and tables, National anthem sound files, flags

    History Reference Center

    Search for articles in reference books and history magazines. Includes documents, photos, and maps..
    HINT: Try sorting your results by relevance.

    NewsBank

    Find Primary source articles in American newspapers from 1690-1922

  • HISTORY - AMERICAN HISTORY

    American Government (ABC-Clio)

    Includes Full-text
    Topic overviews, biographies, documents, images, maps, audio and video recordings
    Use for: History, Government

    America's Historical Newspapers (1690 - 1922) (NewsBank)

    Digital facsimiles
    Searchable by topic or timeline
    Includes illustrations, advertisements, classifieds, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries

    American History (ABC-Clio)

    Includes Full-text
    Coverage: 1350 to the present
    Topic overviews, biographies, government and court documents, photos, maps, audio
    and video recordings, statistics, timelines
    Use for: History, Government

    World at War (ABC-Clio)

    Includes Full-text
    Overviews of 14 U.S.-fought wars.
    Includes timelines, causes and consequences,portraits of opponents,
    and links to supporting facts, figures, primary sources, and audiovisual content

  • LITERATURE & BOOKS

    NoveList K-8 Plus

    Find that next great fiction read.
    Includes genre and topic reading lists and awards lists.

    TeachingBooks.net

    Find that next great fiction read.
    Includes genre and topic reading lists and awards lists.

  • NEWSPAPER & MAGAZINE ARTICLES

    HeadlineSpot.com

    This website links you to today's newspaper headlines, newswires, newspaper sections, magazines, television news and radio programs and online news sources. 
    Organized by topic, region and media type. 

    Infotrac Newsstand

    Articles from 1000 newspapers from around the world 1980 to present day.
    Updated daily

    NewsBank Access World News

    Newspaper articles from US and International sources
    Use for: Global studies, Government & Politics, Debate, Economics, Journalism, Science, Speech

    NewsBank Popular Periodicals

    Use NewsBank Popular Periodicals to find U.S. and international news from well-known and familiar magazines.
    Topics include the arts, business, careers, culture, family life, history, health, people, entertainment, science, sports, and technology.

    NewsBank Kids Page

    Find articles on many topics arranged by subject.

  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    Chilton Library

    Quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on popular vehicles, with information on actual tear-downs in easy to follow step-by-step procedures.

    GREENR

    Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources  Focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues.

    NewsBank Science Source

    Features article summaries selected from scientific journals and magazines.
    HINT: If you are looking for the newest articles on a topic, use the search boxes at the top.
    Exploring Categories does not allow you to sort by date.

    Science in Context

    A secondary science resource for grades 6-12 with all the features of the popular In Context resources.

    Science Reference Center

    Find articles from science encyclopedias, reference books, and magazines. Includes essays, biographies, videos,and images.
    Use for: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space science, Environmental Science, Health & Medicine, Physics

  • TEXAS

    Archive of Texas History

    Find primary source articles in historical Texas newspapers and government documents from 1819-1977. 
    Includes The Dallas Morning News Historical Archive.

    Handbook of Texas Online

    Find articles in this online encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association.

    Portal to Texas History

    Look through digital versions of primary source documents including photos, maps, and books.
    See yearbooks, receipts, directories, newspaper articles, letters, and much more.

    Texas Almanac

    Contains info on politics and government, population, business and transportation, oil and minerals, science and health, education, culture and the arts.
    Includes detailed maps of all 254 counties.

    Texas Beyond History

    Search this virtual museum of the cultural legacy of Texas. Includes great pictures.