High School Resources

Search Tools

EBSCO Host Logo EbscoHost

Use this site to broadcast a search across all of the Ebsco databases Vail Public Library suscribes to, or select which databases you want to search.

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


explora_logo_Productbutton100   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 here.

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


Academic Search Premier Logo 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, ethnic studies, 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. (for access inside, the library click here| for access from home or school, click here )

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This link will take you to research material appropriate for elementary school, middle school and high school students.  Adults will be very happy with the information from the high school level of Britannica, too. (for access inside the library, click here | for access from home or school, click here)

Contemporary Authors LogoContemporary 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 and Wagnalls Logo Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

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

EBSCO GreenFile Logo GreenFile

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Read up on PV cells, greenscaping, and much more.

Learning Express Logo   Learning Express Library

Explore the Learning Express web site – sharpen your skills and improve your score with online practice tests and self-paced courses.  Includes academic and career testing. Also includes new GED test materials.

Find tutorials to help you use Learning Express here.


 Mango Languages

Learn a language from the following list: Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, AND English for Polish, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish speakers.

MasterFILE-Premier-button100x501.gifMasterFILE 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.

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Newspaper Source Logo Newspaper Source

Selected full text from national and regional US newspapers including the Denver Post, Greeley Tribune and Pueblo Chieftain, and transcripts from TV and radio news.

Novelist Plus Logo NoveList Plus

This fiction and non fiction reader’s advisory tool contains author information.

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Points of View Reference Center

Contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books.

Watch a tutorial on using Points of View here.

Psych_button_100.gif Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

This is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. Contains full text for more than 560 journals.

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.


Topic Search Logo 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.
  • Shmoop Learning Guides – Literature, math, science, history, social studies, art, music, and a few life skills. (En Espanol)
  • Diigo – Jumpstart researching any topic by using websites recommended by Colorado librarians. Type in a tag word like biology or economics and hit Enter. Some tags are two words and need to be typed inside quotes like “current events” or “primary sources.” Start a new search by clicking CoLibraries (top left) to clear the field and enter a different tag.


Study Skills

  • Study Tips – Tips on note-taking, test-taking, organizing, studying for tests, concentrating, and more.
  • Study Guides & Strategies – Learn to develop better listening, reading, note-taking, writing, and independent study skills.
  • Test Anxiety – Manage test anxiety to work for you, instead of against you.



  • Biography.com – Over 7,000 biographies of people past and present.
  • Gallery of Achievers – Read about individuals who have shaped the 20th century by their accomplishments.
  • Miller Center – In-depth information on each U.S. President and administration and presidential speech archive.
  • More! – Spotlights historical figures and distinguished women.


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




  • Shmoop – For all your assigned reading, summaries, themes, quotes, characters, and analysis to spark critical thinking.
  • Literary Criticism – Websites about authors and their works to browse by author, title, or nationality and literary period.
  • Free Book Notes – Book summaries and study guides for thousands of books, compiled from several major study guides.
  • No Fear Shakespeare – Shakespeare’s plays with page-by-page translation into modern English. More Shakespeare links.
  • Poetry Foundation – Browse classic and contemporary works, by subject, style, period, or poet. More poetry links.
  • More! – Links to literary classics, poems, short stories, plays, films, and reference works.



  • Webmath – Step-by-step answers to hundreds of math questions and the option to type in your own problem.
  • Dr. Math – Q&A to commonly asked math questions. Browse the archive by level or search by keyword.
  • Purplemath – Need help with algebra? This is the place for illustrated step-by-step examples and videos.
  • More! – Links to librarian recommended math websites for students, teachers, and tutors.


News & Social Trends

  • PBS NewsHour Extra – World news and reports written for students.
  • The Guardian – Online newpaper covering American and international news.
  • 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.
  • Channel One – News stories, hot issues, and student opinions.


Primary Sources


Research & Writing

  • Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources – Explanations and examples for each category.
  • Common Types of Papers – Examples and resources for writing research papers and a wide range of essays.
  • Evaluating Resources – CRAAP! Currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose.
  • Grammar Check – useful site filled with lessons on grammar rules, common confusions, and alternatives to overused words, as well as, academic and creative writing tips.
  • Research Skills – Step-by-step guide to the research process, evaluating resources, and writing a research paper.
  • The Research Process – Resources to help with writing skills, thesis statements, style and language, and citation.
  • Where’s the Information? – Strategies for researching at the library, on the web, and other tips for researchers.



  • Science.gov –  Search across 15 federal agencies with just one query for science articles, news, studies, data, and more.
  • Explain that Stuff – Easy to understand articles on how things work, cutting-edge science, cool gadgets, and computers.
  • GenEd – Explore cell biology, DNA, genes, chromosomes, heredity, genetic conditions, evolution, and biotechnology.
  • Classification of Animals – Amphibians, invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles and the conservation of animals.
  • NASA– NASA’s Research Portal is now available through PubMed. Search NASA funded research papers easily.
  • The Physics Classroom – Physics concepts explained and quizzes to test your understanding.
  • Rader’s Chemistry – Basic information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry.



  • Codeacademy – Learn javascript, html, CSS, how to make an interactive website, and Camore.
  • 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.


College & Career

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook –  Career information and statistics about hundreds of occupations.
  • My Future – Career insights featuring education & training, salary, trends and advice for job seekers.
  • Career Colleges – Find programs to enter into specific trades or services: tech, law, healthcare, culinary, automotive, etc.
  • College Study Skills – This online guide provides advice on organizational skills, taking notes, and study skills aimed at students entering college, but useful for high school students, too.
  • Free SAT Prep – Practice with hundreds of questions from unreleased SATs and 200+ videos with step-by-step solutions.
  • Colorado Colleges and Universities – Answers to commonly asked questions about attending college in Colorado.
  • College Answer Guy – Articles, checklists, and resources on everything you need to know to prepare for college.
  • NCES College Navigator – Search for colleges and universities by location, programs and majors, or institution type.
  • Your Future – Resources for college, financial aid, GED, apprenticeship, military, and careers. (Denver Public Library)


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