Resources for Teachers

Resources for teachersResources to help inspire lessons and activites, and to help students build important skills or complete research projects.


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Biographies

Biography in Context (Via INSPIRE) This link will take you to INSPIRE, where you can choose the Biography inContext database from a list. Biography inContext provides newspaper, magazine, and reference articles side-by-side. It's a great place to read several different sources easily!
Biography Reference Center Contains an excellent search engine for biographies: you can search for people by nationality, occupation, name, and more!
Contemporary Authors Search for authors by first name, last name, or both. Results include information about the author, bibliography, resources for further reading, and more!
Something About the Author Thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface. Handy features include the ability to print, e-mail, download and access content by "Inside this Entry" and "Inside this Volume."

English and Reading

Artemis Literary Sources Search for academic articles, essays, and topics about literature. Includes items from Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and more.
Contemporary Authors Search for authors by first name, last name, or both. Results include information about the author, bibliography, resources for further reading, and more!
EBSCO eBooks Search multiple databases at once, including play indexes and recommended reading lists by age group.
Literature Criticism Online Browse articles about authors and their works, or browse by topic. Also includes a search engine that allows you to search for articles by year (helpful if you're required to have more recent sources!) Results from this resource are also included in Artemis Literary Sources.
Literature Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of the arts and literature (includes a reference book for graphic novels).
Literature Resource Center (Gale) Contains full-text articles from journals and lit magazines, as well as critical essays, full-text works, and biographies. Designed to give the researcher contextual understanding of their topic. Results from this resource are also included in Artemis Literary Sources.
NoveList This database contains recommended reading lists based on interest, and also allows you to search by keyword, genre, and author to find your next great read.
Scholastic BookFlix Interactive story telling! Kids can have a book read out loud to them and read along with the highlighted words. They can also read the book themselves and then complete puzzles based on the story.
Something About the Author Thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface. Handy features include the ability to print, e-mail, download and access content by "Inside this Entry" and "Inside this Volume."
TeachingBooks Search for an author or book and get thousands of multimedia resources and lesson plans to enhance students' reading experiences. (via INSPIRE)
WilsonWeb Play Index A catalog for plays and textbooks/articles about plays. This database does not contain full text, but will direct you to the appropriate book.

History

History Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of historical topics
National Geographic Virtual Library A complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
U.S. History inContext Presents different perspectives on historical issues side-by-side.
World History inContext Presents different perspectives on world issues side-by-side. Includes biographies of important world players and overviews of major historical eras.

Newspapers, Articles, Encyclopedias

America's News Magazines A database of magazines and journals spanning multiple topics. You can search by specific magazine title or by subject.
Encyclopedia Brittanica An excellent place for beginning research. General information on a variety of topics.
NEW! Explora for Middle Schools Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (Replaces Student Research Center) (via INSPIRE)
NEW! Explora for Primary Schools Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)
NEW! Explora for Public Libraries Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)
NEW! Explora for Secondary Schools (High School) Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)
General OneFile Contains articles from newspapers and magazines from around the world. Searchable by audience, keyword, or publication title.
General Reference Center Gold A general interest database that searches reference books, newspapers, and journals for information.
Library Press Display Over 2200 newspapers from 97 countries, available in many languages.
MAS Ultra - High School Edition Full text for 500 popular magazines, over 85,000 biographies, and over 80,000 primary source documents. Also contains nearly 400 reference books; an Image Collection of nearly 600,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and more. (via INSPIRE)
Middle Search Plus Full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). (via INSPIRE)
Opposing Viewpoints inContext Presents the different sides of current events from several magazines and newspapers.
Primary Search Contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned reading level indicators (Lexiles). Includes thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags. (via INSPIRE)
Religion Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of religion
TOPICsearch

Explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints. Full text articles from diverse sources. (via INSPIRE)

Science

Animal Reference eBooks Digital versions of Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource, offering encyclopedic coverage of the animal kingdom.
National Geographic Magazine Virtual Library A complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
Science In Context (Get Tips) Full-text search results linked to state science standards for grades 9-12
Science Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of science
ScienceFlix iPad/tablet ready science! Explore units on Earth Science, Technology and Engineering, Space, Biology, and Physics, each complete with articles, videos, quizzes, and experiments.

General Databases

ERIC Education Resource Information Center. Provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.
NEW! Explora Educator's Edition Curriculum standards, lesson plans, student tools, and helpful articles on topics like differentiated instruction and adaptive learning.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Visit a virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Results from this resource are also included in Artemis Literary Sources.
INSPIRE Free to Indiana residents: a searchable database of databases. Find hundreds of further resources to help with your research!
KidsClick! A web search site designed for kids. Searches return reputable, age-appropriate results. Kids can also search by cateogry, such as "Science & Math" or "Health & Family" (via INSPIRE)
LCPL Catalog Search our catalog for books and other materials relating to your topic!
MasterFILE Premier Full text general reference articles, including articles on business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also contains full text for reference books, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.
Testing & Education Reference Center Practice tests (such as entrance exams, GMAT, LSAT, etc), scholarship search, and information on accredited schools. Has information for high school, college, and grad school levels.
WorldCat A combined catalog for libraries across the United States

Can't Find It?

If you can't find what you're looking for in any of our databases, give your local library a call. They can help you figure out which databases would be most helpful to you to further research your topic.

If you'd like to ask a librarian, but it's after library hours, just head over to our Ask a Librarian page! This form lets you contact us at any time of day or night. We'll get you an answer within 24 business hours. Happy researching!