Databases

Use these databases to find pictures and articles from published magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias & other reference books, reports, and research articles. Please note searching the databases is quite different from searching the web. When searching databases you must be careful to enter search words, not search sentences. You must also separate different ideas using AND, such as, weather AND erosion.


Search Tips
1. Brainstorm keywords (a keyword is a word that describes your topic) and synonyms for your keywords
2. Use AND to separate keywords: Grand Canyon AND formed
3. Use NOT to eliminate ideas from the results: Grand Canyon NOT camping
4. Use * (asterisk) to search all word endings: river* returns articles that use the word river, rivers
5. Use quotation marks around phrases "grand canyon"






Science Databases

http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=ITKE&locid=mlin_n_staesl
Use the Kids InfoBits database for information on weather, landforms, erosion, animal adaptations, and more. 
http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=eb_es&locid=mlin_n_staesl
 
The Encyclopedia Britannica is a good all purpose encyclopedia with articles written for elementary students.
http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=SCIC&locid=mlin_n_staesl
 
Science in Context has articles on all science topics. The articles have been written for more advanced readers and elementary students may need help reading some articles.
 http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=HWRC-1&locid=mlin_n_staesl
Use the Health & Wellness Resource Center to find articles from magazines and newspapers, as well as reports, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters for a wide range of health topics.


http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=ITKE&locid=mlin_n_staesl
Use the Kids InfoBits database for information on weather, landforms, erosion, animal adaptations, and more. 
http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=eb_es&locid=mlin_n_staesl
 
The Encyclopedia Britannica is a good all purpose encyclopedia with articles written for elementary students.
 http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=SP23&locid=mlin_n_staesl

The database has lots of information about Massachusetts. This is written for more advanced readers and students may need help reading some articles.


http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=BIC1&locid=mlin_n_staesl

Use the Biography in Context database to find articles about people. The articles have been written for more advanced readers and elementary students may need help reading some articles.
http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=BNA&locid=mlin_n_staesl

Use the Books & Authors database to find information for a book report. You can search by book title, author, or genre. You can also search by geographic region, time period or character. The articles have been written for more advanced readers and elementary students may need help reading some articles.


http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=eb_escolar&locid=mlin_n_staesl

Spanish edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica has articles written for Spanish speaking elementary students.



1. What is a database? A database is a searchable collection of articles from published magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias & other reference books, reports, and research articles.

2. When to use a database? Use a database when you need reliable information for a school project.

3. Can I use the databases to find pictures? Absolutely!

4. Can I use the databases to find information for a science or social studies project? Yes!

5. Does it cost anything to use the databases? No! The databases are free for you to use thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners!

6. How do I cite articles and pictures that I use from the databases? I am so glad you are thinking about giving credit to the author and photographer for their work. Each database has citation tools built right in. If you click on citation (or cite this) on a given article or image, you will see the proper way to cite that item.

7. How do I search the databases? Great question. I am glad you asked. Come up with a list of keywords about your topic. Use the keywords to search. Do not enter complete sentences. Separate keywords using AND. For example, if you want to find information about how the grand canyon was formed, your keywords will include: grand canyon, formed. Your search string should look like this: grand canyon AND formed.

It is always a good idea to brainstorm other words to use in case you cannot find exactly what you are looking for. Other words for formed, for example, include created, originated, or developed.




 Janet Frasca, MLS
School Library Media Specialist
 Mia Morgan, MLS, EdD 
School Library Media Specialist