• Our School’s Databases

    From Gale/Cengage and Infobase
    New databases provided by the California State Library

    If prompted for login information, go here. (Requires log-in as an SLUSD student/staff to view.)


    Database Details

    Research in Context: Targeted to the overall research needs of middle-school students. It offers updated full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to websites that have been evaluated for quality.
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Offers viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and vetted websites relating to today’s hottest social issues.
    American History Online: Offers a virtual library of American history, providing the most comprehensive range of information in one complete resource—subject entries, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs. If prompted for a login, use username: bancroftms and password: broncos .
    Ancient and Medieval History: Provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the 1500s, with special Topic Centers on key civilizations and regions, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome; ancient and medieval Africa, Asia, and the Americas; and medieval Europe and the Islamic World. Each civilization’s history is brought to life through tablet/mobile-friendly videos and slideshows, primary sources, maps and graphs, timelines, suggested readings, and suggested search terms. If prompted for a login, use username: bancroftms and password: broncos .
    Britannica School: Online Encyclopedia Britannica entries leveled for elementary, middle, and high school students. Also includes Britannica Escolar for Spanish-speaking students, with articles written in authentic Spanish rather than computer-translated text. If prompted for login, use username: sanleandro and password: slusd.
    TeachingBooks.net: A suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by students. Includes book guides and lesson plans, diverse book selections, vocabulary lists, videos and book readings, and other resources.
    ProQuest CultureGrams: Concise cultural information on states in the US and countries around the world. Includes statistical data, cultural information, videos, audio, pictures, and more.
    ProQuest eLibrary: A general reference collection tailored to novice researchers that contains a fairly extensive variety of research topics; allows users to view periodical and digital media content, including opposing viewpoints on controversial topics and related research topics.
    ProQuest Research Companion: An intuitive, and self-guided database that helps develop critical thinking skills and supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction. Student can create their own account for even more research support.
    ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher: Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues; includes a research guide for organizing information, opposing viewpoints of research topics, resources for teachers, and trending topics.
    ProQuest SIRS Discoverer: Selected content for beginning researchers; includes organized information for popular topics.
    ProQuest Central Student: Database of millions of articles from more than 10,000 full-text scholarly journals.

    Free Online Databases and Resources

    Discovery Education: Offers streaming videos in support of all areas of learning.

    Bancroft Online Research Policy

    All students conducting research using electronic sources must use one or more of the following:
    • our school’s databases (see above)
    • the web links provided on our school’s web page
    • websites provided by teachers
    • sites found by students, but approved by teachers before they are included in a paper.
    Students must use legitimate and high-quality media resources (such as our online SLHS databases or other reputable databases) when conducting research for a course assignment. Results produced by Google or Yahoo, or resources like wiki sites, for example, are not reliable, research-worthy resources.