Encyclopedias and Databases

Encyclopedias are a good place to start your research. You can find the topic you are looking for and go through the article and narrow down your topic. You can also look for keywords and search terms that you can use in the databases below. Remember to create your own research account so you can save what you find.

Britannica School   There is no password if you access it from school. If you access it from off campus the username is, "central" and the password is, "cuhsd" without the quotation marks. 
Britannica Escolar No hay contraseña si accede desde la escuela. Si accede desde fuera de la esquela, el nombre de usario es "central" y la contraseña es "cuhsd" sin las comillas.

The purpose of a Database is to organize and provide information. These databases cover a wide variety of subjects. They provide information that has been examined by experts and found to contain accurate information. You should be using these for your research rather than the Internet which can have LOTS of results that can be wrong or useless for a class assignment.  Good luck and don't forget to contact Mr. Burt in the Library if you have questions.

To use:
  • Study the help videos to see how to narrow your search once in the databases.
  • Think about what you are researching and decide which is best for you. Please the ask the librarian for help if you need it.
  • Do your search and look at the results.
  • Decide which results are best for your research.

ProQuest Databases 

These do not have any passwords when used at school.

When accessing outside of school the username is "UGCXD329CP" all caps and without the quotation marks. The password is "Z$jf6E27" without the quotation marks and it must be typed exactly as it is here.



ProQuest Central Student

 Millions of articles from more than 10,000 full-text scholarly journal articles, trade journals, and newspaper and magazine articles. Make sure you use the filters on the right side of the screen.

ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators. You can also check out the ProCon.org page below under Free Online Database and tools to help you with your assignments.

ProQuest eLibrary

General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers.  Two unique interfaces available.

General Search    Browse By Topic

ProQuest Sirs Discover

 Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. This link doesn't work yet and it will be repaired as soon as we can.

Culture Grams

Concise cultural information on countries around the world.

ProQuest Research Companion

 Information literacy tools and tutorials to help develop critical thinking.

Academic Alternatives to Google List These are Open Source (You don't have to pay to read them) and can provide you with sources and ideas for further research.

Free Online Databases and tools to help you with your assignments.
Citation Machine  This link takes you to the page to cite a website using MLA. You can use other styles and sources by opening the correct tabs at the top 
ProCon.org  Provides views from both sides of important issues that face us today.