Research Resources

To succeed in a rapidly changing world, students must be critical thinkers and develop the ability to acquire, evaluate and interpret information. Research is an organized process of searching for answers to questions, which in turn pose additional questions.These needed information literacy skills are taught in a sequential order according to a plan developed jointly by the media specialist and classroom teachers.


Each research unit has appropriate print resources. These books, including reference books, can be checked out by students, but often check out is restricted to one night.


Online Resources provide current, reliable information needed for research from thousands of sources not available using commercial search engines. At school these are easily accessed on any computer from the desktop "Media Center" folder; home use requires passwords. 

Hoover Middle School does not allow the use of Wikipedia as a research source because it can be easily edited by anyone.  We do not believe students have the knowledge base to recognize inaccuracies in articles and so recommend it only for personal use, and not for school projects.

Database links, passwords and descriptions of their content can be found by logging into Edline: choose Departments > Media Center > Online Resources;  or ask for a print copy in the Media Center.



Science textbook [password required]: Pearson SuccessNet


      • American History: Illustrated articles of people, places, and events in American history. Includes American Indians, eras in American history, and a comprehensive section on US states. [password required]
      • Ancient and Medieval History Online: Provides coverage of nine civilizations from prehistory to the 1500s. [password required] 
      • Annals of American History: Online access to original primary source documents in U.S. history. [password required]
      • Capstone E-Books: Here you will find 16 nonfiction e-books on many different topics.  [password required]
      • Countries and Cultures: This database has comprehensive coverage of the countries of the world, illustrated including web links for further study. [password required] 
      • CultureGrams: Profiles of the culture, people, geography, history, maps, flags and statistics of countries and states. [password required]
      • Defining Moments in US History: Explores the historical context and consequences of 30 defining moments in United States history, such as the Battle of Gettysburg, the Great War, the Jazz Age and the Attack on Pearl Harbor. [password required]
      • Discovery Education: Use this to find good videos and video clips, and for Boardbuilder. [Ask in the Media Center for your User ID and password.]
      • Explora Primary: This searchable encyclopedia and dictionary site is designed for elementary and middle school students. [password required]
      • Explora Secondary: Designed for middle and high school students, this searchable database provides coverage of current events, primary source documents, and film and video. [password required]
      • History Reference Center: Provides info from reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books and for history periodicals, historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video. [password required, click on EBSCOhost Research Databases]
      • Image Quest: Provides more than 2 million high-quality images covering art, geography, science, history and culture. All images can be downloaded and are rights-cleared for educational use. [password required]
      • Kids Search (EBSCO): This resource includes a dictionary, encyclopedia, images and videos, as well as teacher resources. [password required]
      • Lincoln Library of Essential Information: Provides information on many different topic areas.  [password required]
      • MasterFILE Premier: Search for information, primary sources and images in this multidisciplinary database. [password required, click on EBSCOhost Research Databases]
      • Naviance Family Connection : Family Connection is a web-based tool that provides self-discovery activities and lessons to help students explore and plan their college and career goals, and allows parents to also be involved in that planning. (A new resource for 7th and 8th graders only.) [password required]
      • NoodleTools: Bibliography composer with fully integrated note-taking. Note for first-time users: you must set up your own account after signing in under Hoover MS. Please visit Media Center if you need assistance. [password required]  
      • Science Reference Center: Search science topics from science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals. [password required, click on EBSCOhost Research Databases]
      • Science: Fields of study: elements, planets, animals, plants, earth science, physics, chemistry & more.  [password required]
      • Scienceflix: Scienceflix includes videos, articles, images, and eBooks on a variety of science topics. Includes experiments and science career info. [password required]
      • Shapers of Society: Includes profiles on 101 people who shaped our world, also searchable by occupation. [password required]
      • SIRS Decades: 20th century American sources, including cartoons, maps, speeches. [password required]
      • SIRS Discoverer: Database with subject information and biographies from hundreds of magazines, newspapers and selected web sites. [password required]
      • SIRS Knowledge Source: 5 separate databases [Researcher, Govt. Reporter, Renaissance, Web Select, Interactive Citizen] with articles on all subjects and current events, US Govt. resources, arts and humanities with related weblinks. [password required]
      • Sports Champions: Includes articles about sports champions, many different sports, and sports topics in the news. [password required]
      • An online collection of K-12 multimedia author and book resources. [password required]
      • TumbleBooks: Online lower-level books and activities
      • U.S. History in Context: A database for US history with full-text periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, primary source documents and websites with selected biographies and timelines. [password required]
      • Webster's New International Dictionary: Comprehensive American dictionary, includes a thesaurus. [password required]
      • World Biography: Biographies of 10,000 people around the world, searchable by occupation category, state of birth, nationality in the world, and subject topics. [password required]


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Evaluating Web Pages: Web Site Evaluation Form: When researching on the internet, it is important to evaluate the reliability of web sites. Use this form (from Churchill HS) and submit it with your assignment when using web sites other than those from our online databases.

Copyright and Plagiarism: It is important to know about these topics. Write using your own words and make sure you give proper credit to others when using their work:

Plagiarism (Oregon School Library Information System): Good information on plagiarism and how to avoid it.