Research Databases

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Annals of American History Online
Access over 2,000 primary source documents dating back to 1493. Includes speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, editorials, poems, song verses, and more.

Britannica Image Quest
Access over two million images from one convenient location. All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use. MLA citation is provided as well.

Over 420,000 e-works of classic, primary source, and general reference materials in twelve subject areas: World History, U. S. History, Political Science, Law, Literature, Science, Mathematics, Social Science, Philosophy, Religion, Language, and Language Arts. Includes speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, photos, multimedia and much more.

Classroom Video on Demand

A compilation of Films Media Group's best high school-level video content spanning the core subject areas. The Master Curriculum Collection, with 9,300 titles / 120,300 segments, includes: Business and Economics, Family and Guidance, Health and Nutrition, Literature and Language Arts, Science and Mathematics, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, Archival Films and Newsreels. Click here for new titles added November 2017.

College of San Mateo Library Databases
Access 30+ college level databases and other resources using your PLS library card to log in.

Congress.gov
Congress.gov makes federal United States legislative information freely available to the public. Contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member of Congress profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and selected member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972).

Digital Literacy
Comprehensive curricular support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more. Thoroughly updated and revised for online use, all content is reviewed by leading professionals in medicine, mental health, nutrition, guidance, and career counseling.

EBSCOhost Research Databases

This suite of databases offers the most-complete collection of full-text reference resources available for secondary schools including: MAS Ultra, Science and History databases, Newspaper Source, Topic Search, Religion and Philosophy, Points of View and a Professional Development database for educators.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Britannica Online offers full text encyclopedia articles as well as articles from magazines and newspapers. It also provides access to selected web sites and visual material.

Facts on File Issues and Controversies
Issues and Controversies is an authoritative, comprehensive resource of current, in-depth, and objective information on over 500 of the most prominent and hotly debated issues of today.

Facts on File World Geography and Culture Online
Provides access to printable, full-color original maps with statistical information on more than 200 countries, all 50 U.S. states, the 13 Canadian provinces and territories, as well as the world's continents and major regions.

Facts on File Issues and Controversies in American History
Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.

Gale Databases

A collection of 20 different databases providing full text articles on a wide range of topics. Included are Student Resource Center, Biography Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, Science Resource Center, Health and Wellness Resource Center, History Resource Center, Informe(en español), Literature Resource Center and Gale Virtual Reference Library (ebooks).

Gale Virtual Reference Library (ebooks)
A cross-searchable collection of close to 100 reference eBooks on a wide range of topics. Titles include the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, American Decades, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, and Poetry and Short Stories for Students.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
This nonprofit organization is devoted to the improvement of history education offering a website that features the more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

History Study Center
History Study Center brings together in one place a variety of resources for students, including reference materials, images (photographs and illustrations, video and interactive maps), and Study Units, which gather primary and secondary sources into over 500 survey and specific topics frequently taught in American and World History classes.

National Geographic Virtual Library
This database is an archive of National Geographic magazine articles from 1888-1994. Includes full-text articles, advertisements, images and maps.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible
Books of the Bible provides a single source for authoritative reference overviews of scholarship on some of the most important topics of study in the field of biblical studies.

PBS LearningMedia
Offers access to thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources .

SMCOE Gale Databases - contact the library for log-in information by email by clicking here.
Access to additional Gale databases including Full Text Newspapers, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Pop Culture and Educators 200.

Teen Health and Wellness
Comprehensive curricular support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more. Thoroughly updated and revised for online use, all content is reviewed by leading professionals in medicine, mental health, nutrition, guidance, and career counseling.