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Research Resources: Online Reference Sources

Resources to support inquiry projects and research including Databases, Websearch strategies and Citing Sources

Accessing these Resources:

The resources on this page are provided by Johnston Public Schools or the State of Rhode Island to support student exploration and learning.  In some cases, they require passwords.  Members of the school community can access a list of passwords.

The links below are used in Information Literacy lessons with the Librarian.

Before the lesson:  What do you know about databases for research?  Answer a short survey here:

Take this short quiz to demonstrate that you know how to use the Research Databases!

Gale in Context: High School

Explore thousands of topics across subjects including literature, science, history, and social issues using different sources.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.

Gale in Context: Biography

Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.

Gale: Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Power Search: Not sure which one? Search them all at the same time!

Sources for Literary Criticism

Literary Reference Center
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How these databases work

Resources from the Public Libraries is designed to be a comprehensive research resource for Rhode Island residents. Students, jobseekers, librarians and educators, and curious people of all ages can all reach the information they need – by exploring our services, with a librarian’s help, or through carefully curated links to other online resources.

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