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Research Databases

World Book Kids - Easy-to-read content useful as a simple, quick reference as well as a source for great photos, fun activities, science projects, and more.

Britannica School - Encyclopedia Britannica articles, images, videos, biographies, interactive maps, primary sources, magazine articles, and recommended websites. Excellent reference source in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, and current events.

 Explora: Information from a variety of authoritative sources on frequently studied topics for students. (Includes eBooks in search results!) 

Opposing Viewpoints - Factual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Continuously updated pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, periodical articles, tables/charts/graphs, and more. Brings balance and perspective using arguments from experts.

Points of View Reference Center - Presents multiple sides of over 400 issues. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Biography Reference Center - More than 450,000 biographies. Includes complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine as well as thousands of narrative biographies.

History Reference Center - Documents, photos, maps, film, and video from leading history journals. Also includes biographies of historical figures. 

Science Reference Center - Contains material from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. More than 4,000 biographies. Includes: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, the environment, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, and wildlife.

Literary Reference Center: Includes over 14,000 short stories and 54,000+ poems. Covers information on thousands of authors and their works. Topics include: plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, novels, and author interviews.

Health Source - Delivers reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from authoritative medical sources.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Provides information on what workers do; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; the job outlook; information on state and area data; similar occupations; and sources of additional information, for 325 occupational profiles, covering about 4 out of 5 jobs in the economy. (Published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

CultureGrams - The leading primary source reference for cultural information on the countries of the world. It goes beyond facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. (username is arthursms and password is trenton)

BrainPOP - Engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities. Designed with humor to encourage students on their unique learning paths. To access, go to Classlink Launchpad and click on BrainPOP AMS icon. (Teachers, be sure your profile on Launchpad is set to "Teachers" and not to "AMS Students.")

MackinVIA - UserID: arthurs    Password: trenton     (case sensitive)

Provides easy, convenient access to eBooks, databases, videos, and links. Find something interesting here!

Discovery Education Streaming - Instructional videos and digital resources curated by subject matter experts into content collections by grade and topic. Resources include interactive activities, reading passages, audio clips, skill builders, and writing prompts. To access, go to Classlink Launchpad and click on Discovery Ed Trenton icon. (Teachers, be sure your profile on Launchpad is set to "Teachers" and not to "AMS Students." AMS Passcode for Teachers 8A98-2E64 is no longer needed.)

Learning Express Library: Interactive learning centers offer skill-building resources for classroom and homework success in Math, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. (Get to the middle school section by clicking on Public Library and then School Center.)

GCF Learn Free: Online tutorials for 200+ topics covering computers, technology, math, reading, Spanish, careers, and lots more!

NoveList: Contains information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Choose an interest level: Teen, age 9-12, or age 0-8. Features lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, Read-a-Like recommendations, and complete series information. Also includes reader ratings and reviews. Create your own reading wish list. 

Consumer Reports: Provides clear reviews of commonly purchased products. Consumer Reports uses careful research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to help you inform purchase decisions. Also works to improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices. 

Art & Architecture SourceArt & Architecture Source is the largest full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.

Arthurs Middle School Library Media Center
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:05pm • Phone: (734)365-0729
Twitter: @arthursmedia • Instagram: @arthursmedia 
Tina Sreniawski, .5 Library Media Specialist • 
Barb Ludy & Divina Charping, Library Media Paras