High School Resources

Search Tools


EBSCOhost Web

Search one, selected, or all databases offered by EBSCO through State of Colorado funding.

Watch a tutorial on basic searching in Ebscohost. Or watch a tutorial on advanced searching in Ebscohost.


Explora High School Version

Explora is an easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments. Discover reliable information on topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports. Search results are aligned with a student’s grades in school.

Watch a tutorial on using Explora for High School.


MAS Ultra School Edition

Specifically designed to provide high school students with full text access to periodicals, reference books, primary source documents, biographies, and more.


Academic Search Premier

This collection of full-text articles and journals offers information in nearly every area of academic study including computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and many more.


Britannica Annals of American History

This online chronicle provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems, and interviews.

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Britannica Original Sources

This source provides a collection of thousands of e-works of classic primary sources and general reference materials. It covers 12 subject areas—world history, U.S. history, political science, law, literature, science, mathematics, social science, philosophy, religion, language, and language arts. Materials include political documents, landmark court decisions, editorials, photos, and multimedia.

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Britannica School

This resource provides great research material appropriate for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. Content from the high school level of Britannica will also appeal to adults.

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Contemporary Authors

Provides biographical and bibliographical information and references on many U.S. and international authors.


Environment Complete

Comprehensive coverage for Environmental Studies including agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study.


Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia

Access to thousands of encyclopedia entries on a variety of topics.


GreenFILE

Comprised of more than 600 scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment.


Learning Express Library

This valuable service is available 24/7 from any Internet-enabled computer at your library or from your home! The Learning Express Library includes academic testing and career testing. It also includes GED test materials.

Tutorials to help you use Learning Express


Mango Languages

Choose from 70+ world languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Korean.

Video on how to use Mango

To get started, set up an account by visiting VPL’s Mango login page. Sign in or click the ‘Sign up’ button. You can register for a free account provided by the library from this page with just an email address and password.

Choose a language and have fun!


MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE™ Premier contains nearly 1,750 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also find nearly 500 full text reference books and biographies. Use this resource to access Consumer Reports online for free.

 


National Library of Medicine

Discover a wealth of information at the National Library of Medicine. Beside links to Medline and other free databases, there are links to historical medical documents, historical photos, videos, books, journals and historical medical statistics.


Newspaper Source Plus

Digital collection of the world’s major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.


NoveList

This is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations and much more for over 135,000 titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We’re Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks and Annotated Book Lists. For school media specialists and teachers, there are Picture Book Extenders and articles on Teaching with Fiction.


Points of View

This excellent resource helps students research multiple sides of current issues and complex topics including affirmative action, cloning, DNA profiling, HIV/AIDS status disclosure, immigration, Iraq and much more.

Tutorial on using Points of View


Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

This premier resource contains full text for more than 560 journals concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.


Research Starter

Provides students and other researchers with a starting point for gaining an understanding of key topics.


Social Sciences Full Text

Covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, including addiction studies, ethics, public welfare, urban studies and more.


TOPICsearch

This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints


Suggested Homework Websites

Multi-Subject Collections

  • Information Please – Encyclopedia, almanac, atlas and dictionary all in one.
  • Khan Academy – Video lectures with online practice for math, science, economics, arts, history, and computer science.
  • Discovery Education – Homework help resources, plus interactive games, videos, virtual labs and activities.
  • Library of Congress – Historical records and digitized books, photos, maps, manuscripts, film, and sound recordings.

Study Skills

  • Study Tips – Tips on note-taking, test-taking, organizing, studying for tests, concentrating, and more.

Biography

  • Biography.com – Over 7,000 biographies of people past and present.
  • Miller Center – In-depth information on each U.S. President and administration and presidential speech archive.

Finance

  • aicoach.co – Connects kids and parents to sites that teach children about personal finance, business, economics.

History

Literature

 

 

Math

  • Webmath – Step-by-step answers to hundreds of math questions and the option to type in your own problem.
  • Purplemath – Need help with algebra? This is the place for illustrated step-by-step examples and videos.

 

News & Social Trends

  • PBS NewsHour Extra – World news and reports written for students.
  • Pew Research Center – Nonpartisan reports about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
  • ProCon.org – Today’s controversial issues presented in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward pro-con format.

 

Primary Sources

 

Research & Writing

 

Science

  • Science.gov –  Search across 15 federal agencies with just one query for science articles, news, studies, data, and more.
  • The Physics Classroom – Physics concepts explained and quizzes to test your understanding.

 

Technology

  • Codeacademy – Learn javascript, html, CSS, how to make an interactive website, and more.
  • Hour of Code –  Intro designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics (and beyond.)
  • TED Talks Technology – Over 500 video talks on topics of technology.
  • CNN Tech News – News and video covers the internet, business and personal tech, video games, and more.

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