Online Research

Learn to go beyond Google and Wikipedia to credible sources for school research!

Why should I try something else?

Video: Why use databases? courtesy of Yavapai College.

To access any of these databases, go to good old research central at Rather than type you may also click Destiny bookmark click here in your bookmark toolbar if you are using a school computer.

At home? You'll need passwords. Ask your teacher or librarian for these.

For video tutorials on any of these resources click here to redirect to SDUSD's database training page.

eLibrary the user friendly general reference tool delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed to support every range of users, including middle and high school students. You'll find 7 million and more files in 8 different media types: magazines, newspapers, books, maps, pictures, transcripts, AV and weblinks.

SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database for elementary and middle school students, researchers and educators covering curriculum content areas such as reading, language arts, current events, science and social studies, health and technology. All content is 100% full text, hand selected and indexed from over 2100 reliable high quality domestic and international newspapers, magazines and reference material. Over 9,000 educational weblinks are integrated via the Discoverer WebFind content set. Only safe, relevant resources are selected.

World Book Encyclopedia is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

CultureGrams is a leading reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries, states and provinces of the world. With world events increasingly affecting our lives, it's more important than ever to educate you about the world around you. a comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about teens) to research health-related issues important to their well-being. It's both a research/report tool and a self-help resource.

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