John Adams

Middle School

Subscription Databases
Welcome to JA's Subscription Database Page.

At the top, we have a small list of the most popular resources.
Below that we have more resources and links!

Good luck on your projects! -- The JA Library Staff

QUICK PICKS for Research

Books:  >JA Library Catalog

Encyclopedia:  >
Britannica School  &   >World Book K-12

Databases:   >
Explora Teens  &  >Explora Kids  &  >Student Resources In Context 

Biography: > (website)    &  >Biography in Context (website) 


The Big List of Resources
Subscription Database Search Tools ENCYCLOPEDIAS


Need descriptions of resources?  More details?

The research resources gathered below begin with books and encyclopedia, and then databases and news sites.

       Library Catalogs / Find a book  
A classic way to start your research. 


  >JA Library Catalog
Find out what books we have 
here at Mayo HS.
  (search all MN libraries)

Find books statewide
 > Rochester Public Library
Search RPL's downtown public library.  
   Check for the newest books on your topic     or to see if there any books out there at all.
   > Search 100+ SELCO Libraries Connected to JM.
Search for books which may be be sent to you at JM.

Read e-books with Overdrive and Rochester Public Library (need a RPL card) 

Read Free E-books:Project Gutenberg or Kindle Free Biographies
Listen to Free Audiobooks: LibriVox

Read Free E-books with or the app.
   > Destiny - Elementary catalog 
   Need a children's book from a 
   Rochester Elementary school?
   Tumblebooks - ebooks for kids
  Find Your Next Book - Need to find similar books?   
   Here are some resources to find your next book, or similar book resources.


  Online Encyclopedia - 
Great for searching a variety of topics and learning the basics.
   Britannica School 
    - Great for general research.  
   Pick your level of information to start.

  World Book Advanced - Great for general research - Free Online Source (GALE)
   Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - 
  World Book En Español

 MNOpedia - A Minnesota Encyclopedia 


Databases sorted by type 
                            (from general / multi-purpose to topic specific)

   General Search Databases Great for searching a variety of topics 
Search a wide topic range (like encyclopedia), but results may include academic journals articles, books, magazine and news articles, primary data and other encyclopedia articles and more. 

Student Resources In Context - 
Search across topics. Results from magazines, newspapers, books and more.


explora TEENS - Search covers a variety of topics with results from books, magazines, journals and more.  

explora KIDS - Search covers a variety of topics with results from books, magazines, journals and more.  


 Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina. 



Current Issues / 
Hot Topic Databases

Research either or both sides of a current issue that has been in the news!

  Points of View Reference Center -
Provides essays and research information for current and controversial issues.


 CQ Researcher - features reports on hot topics with many footnotes to help further research. - non-profit website that offers research on multi-sided issues - has large topic list 



     Biography Database + Web Site  Helps you research people 
(and events).  

Biography in Context - Database with results from books, journals, magazines, and more.
     - Reliable .com site for biographies
 Gale World History In Context (Database that has some biographies in it.)


Health Database + Website
Research many aspects of health 
  Consumer Health Complete - Database - health reference books - magazine articles, etc. 

Mayo Clinic   Diseases and Conditions (medical info web site)




Global / Country / Culture Studies - 

Discover the world here.


 CultureGrams - Reliable Database of Countries and Cultures
 The World Fact Book - The CIA's Country / Culture Website


   National Geographic ountries A- Z - Country Travel and Facts Website

   BBC Country Profiles - Facts about Countries

   US Library of Congress Country Studies  -  LOC researchers created online "books" about countries.
 LOC's other Country start page is here.


  Gale World History In Context (Database that may be helpful for country studies.)

 Arts and Sciences Databases - subject specific
Research topics range from art to writing to science  

       GALE:   GALE US History In Context

 Camino Art Database 
School Link - Home Link

Ebsco Poetry and Short Story Reference Center - Research and read poetry / stories

Science Reference Center Database  - Learn about science and scientists

Legal Research Links       Find out about the law and legal cases with these resources.                Legal research is part of this "law" site.    For wide-ranging legal research.    Find US Supreme Court case info here.
 Harvard Law Library    Links for free legal research


Current News Sources - 
Discover the latest news on your topic. 
   ProQuest Newstand - Newspapers
ProQuest Newsstand offers unparalleled access to the fulltext of over 1300 newspapers, news websites and blogs from leading publishers throughout the world.

Newsela - Site for student news - Can read news by level and in Spanish. 
 Online News Sites
Other websites for giant fairly reliable news sources:

NY Times
Washington Post
LA Times
BBC News
PBS News Hour


Filtered Web Searches -  Can you obtain reliable data by filtering what you find on the web? 
Here are a few ways to find out.

 Sweet Search - Results are filtered to deliver safe reliable information.  See if it works.

   Search Google limiting results to .gov and .org.  Add search keywords to the words already in the google box.
>> Search google for .gov results
>> Search google for .org results


FAQ: Using databases at home?  Need passwords?

Solution 1.:  Use 

The databases are located inside the program at for web use (or download the app).
To log in: You type in the name and location of your school, then type in your school user ID and password to make mackinvia work.  The passwords should be pre-loaded.

Solution 2:  Open the Database Password list, a PDF document
Click to see the Research Password List (password protected PDF)
                     Need a PDF viewer ?- click here for PC.  (itunes) (playstore)
                     Don't know the username and password? Check with library staff or your teacher.





Super Technical Academic Sites - Academic Journal Search
For really high levels of research, special case usage, may or may not be helpful.

Google Scholar - Search academic journal articles and patents 

Microsoft Academic - Search for academic articles from a variety of sources. 

  Refseek - Academic search engine for students and researchers. Locates relevant academic search results from web pages, books, encyclopedias, and journals. 

 JURN - Search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses. 

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