To Kill A Mockingbird

To log in to any of the password-protected sites below, please go to our online resource page to find the login and password (you must be logged into your WH account to access this page).

ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases:

ABC-CLIO is a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources. Research by text, reference category, period, or region based on their learning styles, abilities, and assignments. Sign in and look for your search terms in "ALL DATABASES" to find numerous articles. It will then offer different databases. *For Justice and Law topics, select American Government and then check "judicial branch" and "Rights and Liberties

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale):

An ebook collection of over 300 reference resources in all subject areas. The articles are reproduced exactly as the print edition. Sign in and look for your search terms.*Hint: on the left side menu is a whole section of "Law" books!

Lit. Crit. Ebooks - Gale

Log into Gale, then search for your terms. You can select an ebook for your research, and then search it using the index or table of contents. These are full textbook-style books. Students also have the option to listen to the content via the “Listen” button at the top of each page, and can print out selections as well.

JSTOR - Database of Academic Journals:

A collection of journals and ebooks on a variety of topics. Searchable by subject, title, publisher, or via libguides. *You can also do an advanced search and use the "Journal Filter" for just articles about "Law" and "Justice"

Literary Reference Center Database (EBSCO):

Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and timeframes. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies.*Log into Ebsco, then scroll down to Literary Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center (Ebsco)

For information on law, legal proceedings, etc., click on the link in the title above, and sign in (use the login and PW from the online resources sheet). Then, scroll down to Legal Information Reference Centerand search for your terms.

Infobase: Blooms Literature

Sign in and look for your search terms "To Kill A Mockingbird" (or whatever you are looking for) to find numerous articles and criticism. You can search by Reference, Criticism, Images, Videos, and Timelines

Lit. Crit. Ebooks - Salem Press

Offers critical approaches, and critical insight into select themes, authors, and works, as well as Cyclopedias of Literary Characters & Places and an introduction to literary context.

Searching Boolean Phrases

A Boolean search is a type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators (or modifiers) such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results. For example, a Boolean search could be "hotel" AND "New York". This would limit the search results to only those documents containing the two keywords. For a great reference on a way to search BETTER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY, use this link

Google Scholar: The difference between Google and Google Scholar is GS focuses on the scholarly literature. Resources in a regular Google search do not have to be scholarly, and do not have to be based on research. You can create your own GS Library. Find an article, and click on the star icon underneath it. You can create folders, save articles in them, and then access them later by clicking on the My Library link on the top right.


One of the most important things when writing a report or researching is to give credit to your sources. This is called CITING your sources, and the links below will help you to do that properly. PLAGIARISM is when you copy an idea or quote and do not give credit, so it is important to cite not only quotes, but paraphrased ideas as well. You can use the links below to help you ensure that you are giving credit properly and effectively.
Citing Sources with Easy BibEasy Bib has resources to check your citations, as well as information on how to properly cite in MLA and APA format.Citing in MLA FormatEverything you need to know to cite in MLA formatCiting in APA formatEverything you need to know to cite in APA format

Researching How-To Videos:

JUST IN CASE! IF you forget something we went over in class, or need a refresher, these videos will walk you through using the resources that are available. You can follow along at your own speed any time you like!
Using Boolean Searches:
How to Use Gale:
How to Use Ebsco
How to Use ABC-CLIO:
How to use Bloom's Literature in Infobase:
How to use JSTOR:
How to use Salem Press:
How to log into Classroom Video on Demand and link your school email to it (so you can personalize it!):

Friendly Reminder:

There are a lot of websites on the internet (anyone can make a website!), and many of them are based on people's opinions, outdated data, or questionable information. It is important to be able to tell these apart from reliable sources that are current, authoritative, and accurate. In order to do this, you can apply the C.R.A.P. test for evaluating resources, which was developed by Molly Beestrum, and is used by educators and students. The link below to Evaluating Websites is to a website that delves into the specifics of how to evaluate a resource, and be sure it is something that you want to use in your research.
Evaluating WebsitesThis website, part of Colorado Community Colleges Online, explains how to evaluate websites using the C.R.A.P. test. Comprehensive and easy to understand, it's an excellent resource for teaching students to evaluate websites.