Databases for Current Topics

Click on any of the following databases. Usernames and passwords can be found on the circulation desk (red half sheets) and on the side of the computer monitors in the library.

Facts on File
Select the Modern World History or Geography database before you search. If you print, click on the print button on the right. Enter key words and hit enter. Citations are at the bottom of the article but may not be in the right format, particularly the placement of the date you accessed the article.

Gale
Click in the box next to “Select All”. Type your key words into the box and hit enter. When your search results come up, notice that you can narrow your search on the left by type of resource or publication date. You can also click the “Advanced Search” button at the top if you need to narrow or broaden your search. The citation can be found at the bottom of the article.

Ebsco
Select Student Research Center – High School and Middle on the right. Type the keywords of your topic in the search box and limit your results to full-text documents only and to the type of sources in which you’re interested such as reference, primary documents, etc. After you search, click on the words full-text to open an article or you may get just an abstract (summary). To get to the citation, don’t click on citation. Click on Print and then Print again. Exit out of the print box that opens and your citation will be displayed so you may copy and paste it into your Works Cited page.

Search Tips
  • Only put keywords (important words) in the search box.
  • Try synonyms (words that mean the same) if you’re not getting enough good information.
  • Put quotation marks “ “ around phrases such as “European Union” or “Arab Spring”.
  • Put an asterisk at the end of a word if you want to search for different words with the same root (i.e. micro-entrepreneur* searches for the words micro-entrepreneur, micro-entrepreneurs, and micro-entrepreneurship. We call this a wildcard search or truncation.
  • The first results that come up aren’t always the best. Scroll through your results looking at the title and summary. Be willing to dig deep for the best information!
  • Try sorting your results by date if the articles don’t seem current enough.
  • Add more key word(s) to the search box if you get too many results.
  • Delete key word(s) if you’re not getting enough results.
  • Click on Ctrl + F to bring up a search box to look for words/phrases within a website or database article.


Citing Your Information to Avoid Plagiarism

Easybib.com Use easybib.com to create citations for your Works Cited page. You may use the free version to create your MLA citations or you can register to access more features such as saving your Works Cited pages online, adding notes to them, creating outlines, accessing and tutorials/guides. Ask your teacher or the librarian for the coupon code.

*Works Cited entries should be alphabetized by the first important word and should be double-spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman font. Open the document below for help.