> California K-12 Digital Resources

Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, ProQuest research databases, and TeachingBooks.net are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.
These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

ProQuest (Grades 3-12)

  • CultureGrams - Concise social, cultural, and political information on countries, U.S. states, and provinces around the world. (Grades 3-12)
  • SIRS Discoverer - A general reference database providing safe, reliable, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators. (Grades 3-9)
  • SIRS Issues Researcher - Pros and cons on 360+ (and growing) complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day. (Grades 6+)
  • eLibrary - Guided Research edition delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content including more than 11,000 Research Topics (Grades 6+)
  • eLibrary - Database Edition General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. (Grades 6+)
  • ProQuest Central Student - designed to bring instant results to users across thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, reports, and more. This resource brings together some of ProQuest's most used databases in education, humanities, psychology, science, social sciences, and news. (Grades 9+, IB, AP, College Prep)
  • ProQuest Research Companion - a self-guided product that supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction.(Grades 8+)
  • Schools & Educators Complete - eBook subscription database of over 13,000 titles that supports English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology. (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty)
Need help from ProQuest? See our support page. (800) 521-0600 ext. 72971 | customerservice@proquest.com
Passwords available in the library!
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Need to find more sources?  The public libraries have many more full-text eBooks and databases,  free to you to access from home WITH their library card.

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Contextual information on a broad range of topics, people, places, & events. Reference texts AND full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, & audio. [TUTORIALS]

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Full-text magazines, newspapers, journals, reference materials. A great place to start research.
​[TUTORIALS] [VIDEO]

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Opposing viewpoints of current complex social issues.  Statistics, government data, legislation, newspaper & magazine articles, Web links. [TUTORIALS]

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International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues  and current events. Includes multimedia sources: podcasts, video, graphs. [TUTORIALS]

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Nonfiction eBooks on a wide variety of topics. Read online or download as pdf. [TUTORIAL]

Biology Database (1998 - current)  Science and biology - journal articles and magazines
Subject Area(s):‎ Science & Technology
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Canadian Newsstream Local and regional news coverage - newspapers
Subject Area(s):‎ News & Newspapers
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Computing Database (1998 - current)  Database design, software development, web commerce, LANs, WANs, intranets and the internet - journal articles
Subject Area(s):‎ Science & Technology
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Education Database (1988 - current)  Abstracts and indexing of over 900 education journals, many in full-text.
Subject Area(s):‎ Social Sciences
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Global Breaking Newswires Global Breaking Newswires is a library news product which provides timely access to the best newswire content available globally as well as growing archive of news that may not be captured in any of the traditional print sources
Subject Area(s):‎ News & Newspapers
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International Newsstream International Newsstream provides the most recent news content outside of the US and Canada, with archives which stretch back decades featuring newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format
Subject Area(s):‎ News & Newspapers
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Psychology Database  Psychology theory and practice - journal articles
Subject Area(s):‎ Social Sciences , Health & Medicine
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Religion Database (1986 - current)  International religion and spirituality - journal articles
Subject Area(s):‎ Social Sciences , The Arts
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Research Library Multidisciplinary subject coverage from scholarly, trade, and consumer publications
Subject Area(s):‎ Unassigned
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Science Database  Science and technology - journal articles
Subject Area(s):‎ Science & Technology
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Social Science Database Social sciences - journal articles
Subject Area(s):‎ Social Sciences
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US Newsstream (1980 - current) US Newsstream enables users to search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring top newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format
Subject Area(s):‎ News & Newspapers
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Provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports written by experienced journalists, and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
access with​ PVLD login

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Peer reviewed academic research on education, pedagogy & theory. Researching motivation, teaching/coaching methodologies, learning disabilities? ERIC is the top database for education-related research.

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Calisphere offers students more than 200,000 primary sources such as photographs, documents, newspapers, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, and other cultural artifacts. These materials reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

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Access thousands of primary sources  — letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types — spanning the course of American history.

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Primary documents, images, audio files, videos, artifacts and more, spanning the course of American History.

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The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage.

All subscription databases funded by the Boosters.
All expire December 31 2017.

About Academic Databases

Electronic databases should be your first step in online research. These are password protected informational resources our school subscribes to for research purposes.  The information is hand-selected, evaluated, standardized, authenticated, and RELIABLE.

Colleges often require high school students to use electronic databases instead of the free Web (i.e. Google, Wikipedia, etc.)

PVHS encourages students to use more reliable sources of information in preparation for college research.  Content from databases is accurate and up to date.

If you are not finding what you need:
  1. Revisit your search terms  
  2. Revise your topic
  3. Contact the librarian

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Don't forget to also check the library's catalog of the thousands of relevant print materials in the PVHS Library shelves. (Catalog is only searchable from a school library computer.)


Need more?

> Use thePVHS Library password 

We have a DVD of the 1900-2012 archives, just ask!

There's an app for that!

Gale, one of many database companies, makes free apps to help users access their products...
"Access My Library" makes a public version (blue) and a school site specific one (green); download both.
> Do not forget, however, that there are more databases than just Gale.

Testimonials

Students, faculty, and university academics talk about databases...

Why Academic Databases?

Using databases:
  • Prepares students for college-readiness in research and informational literacy
  • Ensures students’ resources are current and peer-reviewed
  • Provides remote and mobile access to students when they need it
  • Provides better coverage of a wide range of fields of inquiry in support of students’ Capstone research

> California K-12 Digital Resources

Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, ProQuest research databases, and TeachingBooks.net are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.
These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

ProQuest (Grades 3-12)