You’ve come to the right place for research resources! Please explore these databases and stop by the library if need further help finding the right information. Some definitions that will be helpful to you:
A database is a collection of related information (data) organized for convenient access. A database is a reliable and accurate research resource. Databases can be trusted to be objective, well-researched and frequently updated. A database is the first place you should go when doing research. If you are accessing BLMS databases from home you will need a user name and a password.
A search engine like Google can be useful in searching key words and phrases but you must be very careful to evaluate your search results for accuracy, bias, timeliness, etc.
Often databases require a username and password. Many of the databases below are part of our partnership with KCLS. Your username for these is 411+your student ID number. The password (pin) is the last 4 digits of your student ID number.
Britannica Online for Young Adults: Good general information resource. Includes articles, illustrations, definitions, and weblinks.
ImageQuest: Access millions of rights cleared images with automatic citations you can download and print for your project. Use this instead of Google Images.
(Contact the BLMS library for home access codes to FactCite.)
FactCite enables student researchers and teachers to easily navigate through a vast amount of information including:
Gale Virtual Reference Library: The BIGGEST online library of them all--cross-searchable full-text reference books on a wide variety of subjects.
HistoryLink: Dedicated to Washington State History. Includes timelines, biographies, slideshows, and links.
SIRS Discoverer: Covers current events, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. Another good place to begin research.
Biography in Context: Offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, and more, covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers.
eLibrary (ProQuest): Includes magazines, newspapers, books, television/radio transcripts, pictures and more!
History Study Center: A collection of primary and secondary sources on global history fromancient times to the present day.
Science Online: Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies, and experiments.
ScienceFlix: Topics covered include earth science, life science, space science and physical science. Other topics include health, technology and engineering. Contact the BLMS library for home access codes to ScienceFlix.
Today's Science: Updated weekly Today's Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology.
Issues and Controversies: (To access from home, use username and password for Facts on File). Explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.
American History Online: (To access from home, use username and password for Facts on File).Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.
Ancient and Medieval History Online: (To access from home, use username and password for Facts on File).Presents the full scope of world history from prehistory through the 1500s, with special topic centers on key civilizations and regions.
Modern World History Online: (To access from home, use username and password for Facts on File).Covers the broad expanse of world history from the mid-15th century to the present, featuring thousands of documents, articles, timelines, images, videos, and maps
Access World News
Find global information on topics related to business, economics, education, government, health, international studies, politics, science, social issues, sports, STEM and more from a variety of news media featuring newspapers, videos and web-only content.
Washington State News
Explore and research topics across Washington State. This resource contains news sources from across the state including: the Bellingham Herald, Chinook Observer, Chronicle, Columbian, Daily Herald, Daily News, Daily Record, Daily World, Kitsap Sun, News Tribune, The Olympian, Seattle Times, Spokesman-Review, Tri-City Herald, Yakima Herald-Republic and more.
The Seattle Times Collection
Search more than 30 years of Seattle area history with The Seattle Times Integrated Collection. With coverage from 1985 – current, the Collection contains full-color newspaper pages, individual full-text articles and content only published online.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Covers controversial current events and helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments and preparing for debates.
Ancient Civilizations Reference Library: Covers the ancient civilizations of Iraq, Egypt, India, China, Central America and other regions.
Encyclopedia of Global Brands: Contains 270 entries, written in case-study style, that highlight interesting details including how a product originated and was first marketed, how it developed commercially and how it fares today compared with its competitors and its own past history. Included are anecdotes pertaining to the famous, or infamous, marketing strategies and advertising campaigns that managed to capture the sometimes jaded viewers' attention. This will be helpful for the 7th grade Washington State History project.
Supreme Court Drama: Cases that Changed America: Provides details on key events, people and outcomes of numerous major Supreme Court decisions that had a significant impact on American society. Eighth graders will find this resource useful for the Supreme Court CBA in the spring.
CITE YOUR SOURCES:
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