Student Resources

Subscription Databases

When you’re working on something for school, or have an interest that you can’t find books on, try one of these databases.  These can all be accessed from your home computer with your library card number.  Or, you can use them in the library.

Biography Resource Center: Writing a report on a historical figure or looking for info on your favorite celebrity?  Try this database!

Grolier Online: For any kind of report you’re working on, Grolier Online has the information you need: encyclopedias, dictionaries, and more!

History Reference Center: Looking for articles on American or world history?  These are the databases to use.

Literature Resources from Gale: Need background on an author?  Try this database, for biographical and critical information.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: When you have to compare and contrast different opinions on a topic, consult this database.

Science Reference Center: Topic overviews, magazine articles, experiments, illustrations. Covers curriculum-related science topics.

Student Research Center: Offers middle and high school students an easy to use research tool featuring biographies, maps, encyclopedia, and full text magazine and newspaper articles.

Virtual Reference Library: Need a reference book but can’t get to the library?  Use this database to get electronic versions of encyclopedias and more.

Periodical Databases (Newspapers, Magazines and Journals)

These databases have newspapers and magazines, and they’re a great resource for cutting-edge information.  There’s also scholarly journals for when you’re working on homework.  Some of these can only be used in the library; the rest can be used from home or at the library.

MasterFILE Premier
Search nearly 1,700 full text magazines covering a wide range of topics.  Also includes reference books, primary source documents, and images.  Updated daily.

Frederick News-Post Archives: Look up any article in the News-Post from 1997 to the present.  Available in the library only.

Other Resources

The links listed below can help you with your homework, give you information on colleges, or prepare you for the SAT or AP exams.  You can use all of these resources from home with your library card number or at the library.

HomeWork Help through the Internet - A collection of helpful links hand-picked by our Librarians.

Testing and Education Reference Center: Get information on careers and colleges, prepare for the SAT, or read an electronic book on these topics.

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