Resources and Information

These sources provide access to published material from journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, reference books and government collections. Because of dedicated search tools and indexed materials, subscription databases provide a greater chance that you will find accurate and relevant information in your search than if you use a general search engine on the world-wide web.

Students and staff of Belmont High School have access to the databases listed here, many made available through the New Hampshire State Library. From computers on campus, users should be able to access some resources without a username or password. Students and staff can access indicated databases with the correct login information, which can be acquired at the library circulation desk.

Google Classroom

The (Virtual) Library: This is the space for online resources, links to programs, eBooks, and websites that might be useful for research and homework during our extended session of What With One Thing Or Another™. Also, this is where Mr. Russell has posted the passwords for all the various databases on this page, which is super useful. All students should have been invited via their SAU80 email addresses, but if you've misplaced the link, feel free to email for the classroom code.  


Britannica Online: (Encyclopaedia Britannica) Online interface for both the Encylcopaedia Britannica and the Compton's Encylopedia, as well as access to the Meriam-Webster Dictionary, a world atlas, and multimedia reference materials. It's the Britannica, f'r cryin' out loud. What more do you need? A notarized seal?

MAS Ultra: (EBSCO) Collection of popular magazine articles and reference materials specifically designed to be relevant to and appropriate for a high school audience. With full-text articles, biographies, and primary source documents as well as images and maps.

Academic Search Premiere: (EBSCO) Full-text articles from more than 3,600 peer-reviewed scholarly publications. An excellent expert resource for thorough research into advanced topics in the Humanities or sciences.

JSTOR: (JSTOR) provides access to more than 10 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines, including American Studies, Art History, Business, Economics, Education, Science, Mathematics, and Public Health. And excellent resource for archived and current scholarly research.

Opposing Viewpoints: (Cengage) The searchable version of the classic series of non-fiction texts by Greenhaven Press, Opposing Viewpoints is a key resource for debate prep, current events, and research on complicated social issues, providing targeted access to topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Student Resources in Context: (Cengage) Connected resources from the Gale suite of databases collected to support high school research projects.  Featuring full-text articles from online encyclopedias and indexed periodicals, as well as searchable maps, diagrams, images, and videos connected to research content. 

Visual Dictionary Online: (Merriam-Webster) Trying to find the name of that thing? You know, that place on the object that kinda looks like the, uh... The Visual Online Dictionary has a comprehensive selection of labeled images, allowing you to discover the proper names for parts of various familiar and technical objects, and to find out the meanings of words by viewing the images they represent.

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia: (EBSCO) Over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics, updated annually. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.

News and Current Events

Newspaper Source: (EBSCO) Provides full text for regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns as well as other sources.

New York Times Academic Site License: (New York Times)  Students accessing this page from computers on the Shaker Regional network or wireless have complete access to the current news, as well as the full archives from 1981 to the present, with select access to prior articles (see below). PLEASE NOTE: This does not require a login on campus, but unrestricted access does not extend to home use.

Concord Monitor: (NNE, Inc.) A daily newspaper that has been in existence under various mastheads since 1864, the Monitor covers the "capital region" of New Hampshire and circulates to a subscribing population of about 20,000.  Part of the Newspapers of New England consortium, the Monitor provides town-by-town local news, school sports coverage, and national arts and politics coverage.

Times Machine: (New York Times) Searchable PDF scans of every page of the New York Times from 1851 to 1980 — perfect for scrapbook and diary projects, historical perspective, and simply for access to daily news for nearly 130 years.

Explora: (EBSCO) A topic-based research tool focusing on directing users to browse current events and biographical information and then link topics to articles, essays, and primary source documents.


Teen Health & Wellness: (Rosen) Rosen Teen Health & Wellness is an award-winning online resource, provides middle and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more.

Consumer Health Complete: (EBSCO) is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. With full text from more than 250 health reference books and encyclopedias.


NoveList: (EBSCO) Read everything you can find by your favorite author? Looking for a book with a certain kind of main character or a particular plot? NoveList is an excellent resource for finding something to read and making connections between genres, authors, and stories. Useful features include "Describe a Plot," "Find a Favorite Author or Title," and "Find Similar Books."

American Indian History: (Infobase) An excellent resource focused on the 15,000 year history of the indigenous peoples of North and South America, with detailed primary and secondary sources on the more than 200 native nations that existed in the modern United States.  An excellent resource for Indigenous Land Acknowledgment and the invisible history of the United States.


NH Downloadable Books(Overdrive) All BHS students are eligible for a Belmont Public Library card, whether they are Belmont or Canterbury residents. A BPL library card provides access to the state catalogue of audiobooks and eBooks that can be read and listened to via a Kindle app or the Libby smartphone app.  Library cards also allow access to the Hoopla app collection, where users can access four materials each month, whether eBooks, audio, videos, or graphic novels, and nothing is ever on hold!

Gale Virtual Reference Library: (Cengage) A collection of online encyclopedias in Business, Geography, Literature, Health, and more! Look up entries exactly like in a print encyclopedia, and save as a .PDF file for future reference and note-taking. An excellent way to have trusted sources by dedicated experts and editors, but in your web-browser.

Salem Press Reference Shelf: (Salem) A collection of online version of Salem Press, Reference Shelf, and Grey House Publishing encyclopedias in Civics, with a particular focus on exploring aspects and debates on Human Rights.

Destiny Discover: (Follett) Looking for something to read and can't get to the physical library?  Click the above link and browse BHS Library's new collection of eBook contemporary fiction.  Books can be read in your browser or you can vainly struggle through the bug-infested code that is the Destiny Discover eBook app.


EasyBib: An online citation tool and handy collection of guides to help you organize your bibliographic information with all the proper formatting and punctuation.  Now updated for MLA8!  Also, check our full list of citation handouts, resources, and advice on the Citation and Evaluation of Sources tab at the top of the page.


This page last updated on 15 Oct. 2021.
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