Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RHS Databases - Credible sources all in one place!

As I was updating access information and instructions for the databases available to RHS students and staff, I was once again reminded of some of the great features that are included by the different database publishers. I have highlighted these features below.

Links to all of these databases along with access information and search tips can be found on the RHS media center website - Databases tab:

NEW to RHS: When users perform a search in the ABC-CLIO databases, they can click on the Translate button and have the information translated into French, Spanish or Chinese. The information can also be read to users (including translations) by clicking on the Listen button. Listen settings include playback speed and the option to download an MP3 file. ABC-CLIO databases cover current Issues, World History, Religions and Wars.

Britannica offers different Reading Levels, Primary Sources and the Web's Best resources when available for a topic.

EBSCO lets users search for Primary Source Documents with the click of a button. Searches can also be limited to results based on Lexile Level. Search results can be saved in a Folder during a search session. 

Once a user perform a search in the Gale databases, results can be narrowed by a number of criteria including Primary Sources. The Advanced Search feature lets users search by Lexile Range. Within articles, clicking on the More button offers users a Highlight and Notes function that saves selections to a Folder. Gale also has an extensive Help section that includes Tip Sheets, Teacher Resources and more.