Databases for Students – Info Right Now!

School is starting along with assignments and papers.  The library has some impressive databases that can help students with their projects, especially when they come in right before closing and say they need help with a paper due tomorrow morning.  Databases can provide full-text, reliable information along with citation help.

Following is just a sample of the databases we can recommend.  Information is easily discoverable as most of the databases are searchable by topic, subject and/or publication.

  • Academic One-File:  This database offers full-text, peer-reviewed articles from the world’s leading journals in the areas of the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and more.
  • Biography in Context:   In this database, students will find contextual information on the world’s most influential people.  They will get the life stories of thousands of famous people and full-text biographical articles from many popular magazines.
  • GreenR:  Gale In Context: Environmental Studies – This database offers news, background information, video, commentaries, primary source documents, and statistics in areas such as energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population, and economic development.
  • LitFinder:  Students can explore world literature and writers throughout history.  This database offers a wealth of literary works, including poems, short stories, speeches, and plays — with plot summaries, what the writing means, pictures, and stories about the authors.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context:   Students can explore current issues from various viewpoints.  Topics include Business & Economics, Energy and Environment, Health & Medicine, Law & Politics and many more.   There are also educator resources and curriculum standards.
  • Science Reference Center Students can research from hundreds of full-text science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources.  They can view more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

These are just a few of the databases available.  Take a few moments to browse through them and the rest of the collection.  By recommending databases, we can offer help to students when they need it – usually right now!

Lisa DeLucia, Upper St. Clair Township Library


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