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Places to Search

When you are using these links outside of school you will need passwords.  You can find the passwords on the Media Center Canvas Course page.

  • Explora Teens
    This one is probably the best place to start. You can limit your search so you don't have as many articles to look through.
  • Student Research Center
    Magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles, plus multimedia files for middle and high school students. Includes Health Source-Consumer Edition, MAS Ultra-School Edition, Middle Search Plus, and Science Reference Center databases. This database has a very user-friendly search screen. EBSCO password needed for remote access.
  • Student Edition
    Containing over 1,300 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Gale password needed for remote access.
  • Britannica School Edition Encyclopedia
    Search elementary, middle and high school levels of information in this encyclopedia. Password required for remote access.
  • History Reference Center
    This database features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books. It also includes full text for more than 200 leading history periodicals. EBSCO password needed for remote access.

Food Project

Here are some links to help with your food research. More will be added as we go.

  • List of Countries and their Agricultural Products:
    These pages will list what the top agricultural products are in each country. You can click on the country to learn more about the country in general.
  • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
    You can find a link to the country you are researching. Once you are on the page, the FAO country leaflet may tell you what some of the current issues are for that country. You can also click on the Visit Country Website link to learn even more.
  • Culturegrams
    Use this site to find detailed information about states and countries. Password is required for home access.

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Words to Know


  • Access - To find information, especially on a computer.
  • Cite - What you do to let your readers know where you find your information.  A citation includes the title and author of what you have read and also where you found it.
  • Credible - Able to be believed.
  • Credibility - The quality of being trusted.
  • Database - A way to search many different published sources at one time (magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, books)
  • Encyclopedia - A book or website that gives background information about a topic.
  • Full-Text -  An article that has all the words are there for you to read.  A summary would just describe what the article is about, full-text lets you read the whole thing yourself.
  • Lexile - A number that represents the lengths of words and sentences in a book or article.  A smaller lexile number can mean that a source is easier to read.
  • Limiters - Things you can select when searching a database to narrow down or limit your search results.
  • Process - A series of actions that are done in order to achieve particular results (steps, procedure).
  • Remote Access - When you are not at school and want to use the school databases you are accessing them remotely.  You will need the passwords on the Media Center Canvas Course page for this.
  • Source - A place you find information.

Searching Hints

  • Don't use too many words when you search.  Pick out one or two main words to search.
  • Let the articles you find help you find more.  Look for keywords in articles.  Sometimes you can even click on them to fine more.
  • Let the databases do the hard work for you.  Use the built in tools to search the right dates, to find articles that are easier to read, and to do your source citations.
  • To find a government source you can do a Google search and add site:gov to get only government web pages.

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