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Databases and Research Websites

Name Description
American Panorama
An historical atlas of the United States using interactive maps.
Art Institute of Chicago Library Use this library catalog to search for artists, art periods, and other topics in art history.
Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
A selection of resources featuring key people and events in African American History.
Chronicling America From the Library of Congress, Chronicling America provides historic newspaper pages from 1777 – 1963, or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory for newspapers published between 1690 and the present.
Country Watch* Country Watch Vital country information including statistics, maps, economic, social, environmental, history, language, gov’t info, etc. Find intelligence wires, election info, videos. Requires username and password.
Data USA
Created by Deloitte, Datawheel and a professor from MIT, this website contains data (viewed in a variety of formats) for USA public issues, occupations, industries, universities, products and services and more.
Digital Public Library of America
Contains over 40 million images, text, sound and video from across the United States. Very good primary source resource.
Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available.
Discovery Education Streaming* Access videos covering all curricular topics. See Ms. Esola for information regarding setting up your account.
Encyclopedia of Chicago Explore topics related to Chicago and its history through joint effort of the Newberry Library and the Chicago History Museum.
First Search* First Search: Professional and educational magazine and journal articles. Includes ERIC, WorldCat, Article-First, WilsonSelect, and others. Content: Language Arts, Math and Science, Social Studies, Arts. Requires username and password.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)* Reference books in eBook format on topics for all class subjects. Requires username and password.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
An exploration of art history using thematic, geographical and chronological timelines. This site contains hundreds of full-text books, thousands of essays and objects, and 300 timelines.
Illinois Digital Archives Illinois local history documents, maps and photos
Illinois Practice Driving Tests Free driver education program containing 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 10 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is a library of primary source materials including books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
Medline Plus A comprehensive, free, and authoritative consumer health site sponsored by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health
National Archives National historical documents, maps and photos
National Institute of Health (NIH) Comprehensive free database of health related studies and research.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this government website provides information on a vast number of jobs and positions including eduction and training, salary, future outlook, etc.
Opposing Viewpoints* Online resource covering a wide-range of social issues. Presents full-text articles from journals, Primary source documents, court cases, pro/con essays, statistics, etc. Requires username and password.
Pritzker Military Museum & Library Explore primary source material including audio, maps, photos, letters, etc.; reading lists curated by the five U.S. military branches; articles, books and so much more on military history, military affairs, and topics in national security.
ProQuest Central Student* Within PCS, search multiple databases covering a wide range of topics. Complete databases in science, technology, education, religion, social sciences, humanities, and news (national and international) are included in this “mega-database.” Within these you’ll find journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, radio transcripts, and a host of other sources. Requires username and password.
Science in Context* Covers topics such as Earth and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Space and Technology, Math, Science History, Biographies, experiments, and more. Requires username and password.
SIRS Issues Researcher* Research on leading issues and provides information by and about the U.S. Government. Requires username and password.
Thomas Register of Manufacturers Search for businesses, manufacturers, products, 2D & 3D CAD models
Understanding Ancient Civilizations (eBooks)* eBooks on the following Civilizations include: Canaan, Greeks, Mayans, Mesopotamia, Aztecs, Incas, Romans, Indus Valley.  Requires username and password.
United States Census Bureau
Government website for researching statistics and data about the United States, its people, programs, etc.

Research Help

Noodle Tools* A research management tool. Use this to keep track of sources, create a Works Cited page, take notes, create an outline, easily share resources in collaborative groups or with your teacher for easier feedback. If you haven’t set up your school account with Ms. Esola, please see her for help.
Purdue Owl MLA Format Guide Use this link for MLA citations and Works Cited guidelines.
Purdue Owl Writing Lab This link takes you to Purdue Owl’s site map to access writing help in every aspect of the writing process.

Other Useful Links

Inkie is a suite of resources – available to everyone in Illinois at no charge – that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.


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