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7th Grade Language Arts - Teen Issues Research: Databases

InfoTrac Student Edition

 InfoTrac Student Edition        



  • CHOOSE DATABASE: Click link above.
  • KEYWORDS: Type in keywords related to your topic. Press magnifying glass.
  • NARROW RESULTS: Use tools on right of screen to select:

            Limit by Full-text,

            Sort by Relevance

            Narrow results by Subject (if needed)

  • CHOOSE ARTICLE TYPE: Default Content type=Magazine.  You can select other types on right of screen.  Make sure article is NOT a Book Review.
  • SAVE ARTICLE: Can save the article to Google Drive:
        In Tools box select Save to Google Drive.
        Sign in with Google and use your username/password. If first time
        saving an article from this database, click ALLOW button.  Article will be saved in a Google Doc in a folder called InfoTrac Student Edition in your My Drive.
  • CITATION INFO: At top of article - see Author, Title, Source fields.


Research in Context

Research in Context:  Click this blue link.  Enter password and click Proceed if accessing from home.

  • KEYWORDS: Type your keywords in the search box at top of the screen.
  • CHOOSE ARTICLE: Click on the type of articles you would like to look at (Reference, magazine, etc.)  Browse articles and click on a title to see the full article.
  • SAVE ARTICLE:  In Tools box, click Send to Google Drive. Your article will be saved in a Google Doc in your My Drive in a folder called Research in Context.
  • CITATION: Can export citation directly to NoodleTools project.  Make sure you are logged into NoodleTools first. 

    Click Citation Tools, make sure it's set to MLA 8th Edition, then in the dropdown for Export, choose NoodleTools and click Export. On next screen, check that citation is ok, then choose your NoodleTools project to import this citation to and click Import references button.

GALE Virtual Reference Library eBook Database

GALE Virtual Reference Library

Directions for Searching GALE Virtual Reference Library  (Reference eBooks)

  • DATABASE: Click on GALE Virtual Reference Library link in box above.
  • SEARCH: Type keywords in the search box at top of the screen to search all eBooks, or click on book cover to search a specific eBook or eBook set.
  • CHOOSE Chapter: Results are a list of eBook sections/chapters related to your topic.  Click on the orange section/chapter title link to view the section/chapter.
  • SAVE SECTION/CHAPTER:  In Tools menu at right, select Send to Google Drive. Log into Google Drive if prompted. Your article will be saved in a Google Doc in your My Drive in a folder called GALE Virtual Reference Library.
  • CITATION: Can export citation directly to NoodleTools project.  Make sure you are logged into NoodleTools first. 

    Click Citation Tools, make sure it's set to MLA 8th Edition, then in the dropdown for Export, choose NoodleTools, and click Export.



EBSCOhost Explora Databases

         Ebsco host Kids Search    Click on the EBSCOhost icon.       Click login and enter password if outside of school.

Any of these databases would be good sources:

  • Explora Secondary School 
  • Points of View (not the Overview/Pro/Con articles),
  • Science Reference Center.

Explora Secondary School:

  • SEARCH: Type keywords in search bar at top of screen.
  • CHOOSE ARTICLE: Browse article titles and abstracts. Choose an article by clicking on the title. Articles display as PDF files and/or HTML web pages.
  • SAVE ARTICLE:  Select the Google Drive icon on the far right.  A pop up box should appear prompting you to login to Google Drive (if needed).  Click Allow to save the article to your Google Drive in a folder named EBSCONOTE: If the pop up box does not appear, look in the URL/search bar at top of screen for a red and black pop up icon.  Click it and select "Allow popups for this site", then try again.
  • CITATION: Is at the top or bottom of the article or Select Cite button on far right, scroll down to find the MLA format, then copy/paste this into NoodleTools.

Infobase Learning - Facts on File


    Facts on File- Health Reference Center  

(REFERENCE and some NEWSPAPER articles)


  • CHOOSE DATABASE:Contains databases on specific subjects – must be searched individually.  Use Health Reference Center.
  • KEYWORDS: Type in keywords related to your topic. Use keywords from your Project sheet.

  • CHOOSE ARTICLE: Use Tabs at top of screen to select Type of articles and browse those results to choose a useful article. You can also browse other related topic links to the right of the selected article text.
  • CITATION INFO:  At bottom of article (Not in MLA format.)  

  • EMAIL/SAVE/PRINT:  Use Email/Save and Print buttons in PageTools box on right side of screen. Can save articles to Google Drive - click Download, then save to Drive icon, and choose folder.

SIRS Discoverer Database Instructions

  SIRS Discoverer 

  1. Click on SIRS Discoverer icon.

  2. SEARCH: In the Search box, type in your keywords.  Click the Enter key or the magnifying glass.

  3. FIND ARTICLE: Browse article titles and short descriptions.  Click on the title of an article to view it.

  4. SAVE ARTICLE: To save the article to Google Drive:
    * Click Save to Google Drive in the blue Use This Article box on the left of the screen.
    * Article will be saved in a Google Doc in a folder called Proquest-SIRS Discoverer in your My Drive.

  5. CITATION Information: Can be found at the top of the article or formatted at the bottom of the article.

Welcome Message from Mrs. Goetjen

General Information

 Username/passwords are needed if accessing these databases from HOME. (See your printed Database Pathfinder or student assignment pad or ask Media Center staff.)

Articles from these databases can be printed out, saved on your personal H drive (My Documents) or a flash drive, or e-mailed home.

What is a Database?

Differences Between Databases and Web Sites

Strategies for Choosing Keywords

Database Features - Review

Database Searching and Keywords

How To Cite Database Articles

Saving GALE Database Articles to Google Drive