• Our School’s Databases:

    From Gale/Cengage
    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

    Student Research in Context: Targeted to the overall research needs of middle-school students. Students Resources in Context 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: Focuses on current controversial issues. The database offers full-text articles from magazines, academic journals and newspapers, as well as topic overviews. Primary sources documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and evaluated websites related to today’s hottest social issues are also provided.
    Gale Virtual Reference Library: Offers subject and topic-specific e-book encyclopedias and reference sources for curriculum-focused research. Example: The American Civil War Reference Library, 5 volumes.
    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.
    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.

    Other Free Online Databases

    Discovery Education: Offers streaming videos in support of all areas of learning.
    The Internet Public Library (IPL): The Internet Public Library (IPL) offers trusted websites that contain verified information. Use IPL to find the right public website for your research needs.

    John Muir 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 John Muir 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.