Researching and Learning
Research involves finding articles written by reputable authors and published by trust-worthy organizations. Databases provide collections of carefully selected articles that often meet these requirements. NC Teacher Librarians recommend the databases on this page, but students should still evaluate each source and look for multiple sources on a topic before drawing a conclusion.
Gale in Context: Biography- articles and materials about people
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints- Information on social issues drawn from news articles, books, websites, and primary documents, highlighting the differences between contrasting viewpoints.
Gale in Context: Global Issues- International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.
Gale in Context: High School- Designed to be a single starting point for students at all levels. Formerly known at Student Resources in Context.
Gale in Context: U.S. History- Learn about the most significant people, events, and topics through an overview of U.S. history.
Gale in Context: World History- Learn about the most significant people, events, and topics in world history.
Academic Search Complete via INSPIRE- scholarly articles for in-depth research
MAS Complete via INSPIRE- wide range of magazines specifically for high school
Newspaper Source Plus via INSPIRE- national and international newspapers and news transcripts
Points of View Reference Center - supporting high school students in providing current information on controversial topics
Additional helpful databases:
CQ Researcher is a databases of detailed, unbiased and fact-checked report of current issues: CQ Researcher at school or CQ Researcher with your Indy PL number.
SIRS is similar to Opposing Viewpoints and contains articles that meet journalistic standards: SIRS at school or SIRS with your Indy PL number.
North Central's Database Subscriptions:
No need to log in to these databases when you are at school. Check the current Canvas Library course or Your teacher can share the login information for use of these at home.
Historical Newspapers great for primary sources because these are copies of newspaper articles published from 1850 through present day
JSTOR gigantic collection of scholarly articles
Stop the spread of misinformation
News sources: Beware of bias. Factcheck the news you find on social media. Do some research on any journalist, author, or funding organization before using it in your project or sending it on to family and friends.
All Sides: Links to news stories from both liberal and conservative outlets.
Factcheck.org investigates for false claims.
Snopes: Documented, thorough research to fight against misinformation.