Databases & Research Resources

What is a Database?

A database contains information from published and credible works, such as magazines, encyclopedias, news articles, professional journals, and other experts. There are no advertisements, and they are updated daily so you can always get current information.

Databases require a subscription and, usually, a login and password. Students in D101 are lucky to have access to excellent resources through school and through the Thomas Ford Library!

McClure LLC's Databases

  • Exploring Issues - If you need to gather information exploring complex issues, this database does a great job of breaking them down from multiple points of view, and connecting researchers to more resources.
    • Username: d101
    • Password: bulldogs
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context - This database is best for getting to know different points of view on topics. The database helps break down current information on what various sides of various issues.
    • Username: bulldogs
  • Student Resources in Context - This is a great database for getting general information on a topic. It covers a wide range of topics as well as points of view.
    • Username: bulldogs
  • World Book Advanced - Provides students with thousands of articles, primary sources, and online books designed to support personalized learning and enhance digital citizenship. Contains up-to-the-minute access to worldwide news publications, government links from numerous countries, and multimedia reference materials.
    • Username: d101
    • Password: d101

Recommended Free Resources

  • Chicago Tribune Online - During the school year, this link allows access to issues of the Chicago Tribune from the past 30 days.
    • Username: bulldogs
    • Password: bulldogs

  • Gallup - Great to utilize if you need statistics on current news items
  • Pew Research Center - Another website full of statistics, dedicated to research on a wide range of topics

Filtering Google Searches

Since you now might be looking for specific types of websites/domains to use for your research, you may want to limit your web searching to sites containing a specific domain extension (.gov, .edu, .org).

Here is an easy way to do this in the Google search engine:

[your subject] site:gov or [your subject] site:edu


"organ donation" site:gov

In addition to filtering by domain extension, you can also filter to find specific information about your topic.


"organ donation" site:gov statistics

"organ donation" site:edu ethical aspects