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Research Tools

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Grolier Products are available for use at home. Portage students have access to the Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, America the Beautiful, and Lands and Peoples.
Databases
ProQuest K-12 Information and Learning is a suite of three databases: eLibrary Curriculum Edition, History Study Center, and ProQuest Learning: Literature. These databases focus primarily on journal and newpaper content, but also include, books, encyclopedias, almanacs, picture collections, maps and transcripts from television and radio news and talk shows. Email Mrs. Brown, PCHS Media Center, sbrown@portageps.org or Mrs. Walker, PNHS Media Center, jwalker@portageps.org for username/password information.
SIRS Knowledge Source is a collection of periodical articles drawn from leading sources on social issues, health, science, business, arts and the humanities. It includes access to government publications. The suite of products includes: SIRS Researcher, SIRS Renaissance, SIRS Government Reports, and SIRS Discoverer. Email Mrs. Brown, PCHS Media Center, sbrown@portageps.org or Mrs. Walker, PNHS Media Center, jwalker@portageps.org for username/password information.
Michigan Electronic Library is a service of the Library of Michigan giving access to a number of resources to all Michigan residents. Email Mrs. Brown, PCHS Media Center, sbrown@portageps.org or Mrs. Walker, PNHS Media Center, jwalker@portageps.org for username/password information.
CultureGrams Online is a database of information about countries and states. Each country includes a description of the geography, government and the people. There are pictures of each country as well as the flag, a map and a sound file of the national anthem. There are also recipes for native dishes. Email Mrs. Brown, PCHS Media Center, sbrown@portageps.org or Mrs. Walker, PNHS Media Center, jwalker@portageps.org for username/password information.
Each of the 8 online history and social studies databases contains authoritative and relevant primary and secondary sources. History Reference Online also gives an extensive library of over 450 history reference books. Email Mrs. Brown, PCHS Media Center, sbrown@portageps.org or Mrs. Walker, PNHS Media Center, jwalker@portageps.org for username/password information.
JSTOR is a digital library that includes more than 1,700 academic journals from over 60 disciplines.
JSTOR is a digital library that includes more than 1,700 academic journals from over 60 disciplines.
Toolbox
The CIA World Factbook contains complete profiles of every country in the world. Profiles include information on each country's geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and foreign issues. Nicely detailed maps are also available.
As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.
A citation generator for APA, MLA, and other required formats.
Atomic Learning provides short, easy-to-understand tutorial movies and a library of curriculum resources for more than 110 applications.
Use the ask a librarian and digital collections links at the top of the screen to access the many online resources that the largest library in the world has ot offer.
Pathfinders organize resources from various formats and sources based on research topic. A Pathfinder helps you find books, web sites, related organizations, government sources and more, all from one location.
Excellent resource on how to write a research paper, grammar tips, and MLA, APA formatting links.
Music, Videos, and Images
Access a broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to inspirational speeches and everything in between.
A free educational video directory on the web. Over 20,000 videos available without registration or fees to teachers and students 24/7. Search by subject or grade level. Videos are submitted by companies and educators.
Images under creative commons for use in projects.
Royalty-free music for use in projects.
Royalty-free music for use in projects.
Royalty-free music for use in projects.