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The Media Center has access to more than 125 databases and digital resources that are available 24/7, both in school and at home as follows:

  • Connect to a virtual desktop at
  • Log in with your username/ user ID number and password.
  • Select the Library Databases folder icon on the computer desktop.
  • Select the appropriate database or eBook icon.

AAAS Science Journals was founded in 1880 by Thomas Alva Edison and is one of the world's leading sources for scientific news, commentary and research.

Science Magazine provides full text of the journal's weekly stories, including peer-reviewed original scientific research articles and reports, science and research news, policy forums, and perspectives on current topics from 1197 to the current issue. There are additional information links, multimedia and user services, as well as a database of scientific product information.

Science Classic provides access to the digitized full-text archives of Science form its first issue in July 1880 through December 1996.

ABC-CLIO Social Studies Databases contains 11 databases with thousands of primary and secondary sources including biographies, maps, flags, photographs, audio/visual clips, cultural documents, speeches, and narratives.

  • African American Experience
  • American Government
  • American Indian Experience
  • American History
  • Daily Life through History
  • Issues
  • Modern Genocide
  • Pop Culture Universe
  • World at War
  • World Geography
  • World History: The Modern Era
  • World Religions

American Physical Society Journals is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and disperse the knowledge of physics. A public access initiative provides high school students and teachers with full use of all online APS journals, from the most recent articles back to the first issue in 1893. The collection includes:

  • Physical Review Letters (1958-Present)
  • Reviews of Modern Physics (1929-Present)
  • Physical Review A (1970-Present)
  • Physical Review B (1970-Present)
  • Physical Review C (1970-Present)
  • Physical Review D (1970-Present)
  • Physical Review E (1993-Present)
  • Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams (1998-Present)
  • Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research (2005-Present)
  • Physical Review Series I (1893-Present)
  • Physics (2008-Present)
  • Physical Review Focus (1998-Present)

Artemis Literary Sources provides combined access to Literature Criticism Online (Poetry Criticism and Drama Criticism), Literature Resource Center and LitFinder for Schools.

Biography in Context contains over 600.000 concise and in-depth biographies on more than 525,000 people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. There are more than 27,000 images and links to nearly 19,000 vetted web sites. Biographical information is derived from over 170 Gale Group sources, as well as full-text articles from periodicals, newspapers and web links.

Classroom Video on Demand provides full length streaming video with access to thousands of programs grouped into subject-specific categories including Business and Economics; Family and Guidance, Health and Nutrition; Literature and Language Arts; Science and Mathematics; Social Studies; Visual and Performing Arts; and Archival Films and Newsreels. Also available is the Master Career and Technical Education collections featuring more than 1,000 titles in the areas of Career Exploration; Career Fields; Job Search Skills; Automotive Technology; Building and Technical Trades; Engineering Technology; and Technical Communication.

CountryWatch provides up-to-date information on each of the recognized countries of the world. It features:

  • Country Reviews - with demographic, political, economic, business, cultural, and environmental information.
  • Country Wire - with daily news coverage for every country and a significant news archive.
  • CountryWatch Data
  • Country Watch Map Gallery
  • Global Guide
  • Political Intelligence Briefing
  • Intelligence Wire

CountryWatch Student Edition contains concise background information on every country in the world. It features coverage of current events, a guide to the way the countries of the world are divided geopolitically, and includes maps, flags, national and cultural images from across the globe.

CountryWatch Elections Central contains a comprehensive listing of past and upcoming national and international elections, as well as background information on the countries in which these elections are, or will be, taking place. It also offers extensive coverage of recent elections in the United States, including the landmark election of 2008, and the 2012 elections.

CountryWatch Country Profile Videos is a collection of short documentaries using information derived from Country Reviews, Country Wire, and the Political Intelligence Briefing. Each video reviews the geography, history, politics and economics of the country.

CultureGrams provides cultural reports for more than 200 countries, all 50 United States, and the Canadian Provinces, including land and climate, history, personal appearance, greetings, family, diet, holidays, economy, education, events, and trends. It features a photo gallery with thousands of images representing daily life around the globe, a recipe collection with five recipes for each of the 200 countries, data tables, and famous people index.

Custom Newspapers contains millions of full-text articles that are updated daily from regional, national and international newspapers from around the world. Selected articles from additional sources of news and business information supplement the collection. Custom Newspapers is funded by the New Jersey State Library and provided by Gale Databases.

EBSCOhost contains 32 databases with citations and full-rext articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, books and reference collections.

EBSCOhost Web includes the following databases:

  • Regional Business News
  • Biography Collection Complete
  • GreenFILE
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Teacher Reference Center
  • Business Source Elite
  • ERIC
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • Newswires
  • Web News
  • AHFS Consumer Medication Information
  • Middle Search Plus
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • Primary Search
  • Newspaper Source Plus
  • MasterFile Elite
  • Health Source - Nursing/Academic Editio

EBSCO Host also includes access to:

  • Student Research Center
  • Points of View Reference Center
  • Business Searching Interface
  • NoveList
  • Novelist K-8
  • Legal Business Reference Center
  • Small Business Reference Center
  • Referencia Latina
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Searchasaurus
  • Kids Search
  • EBSCOhost en Espanol
  • EBBSChost Deutsch
  • EBSCOhost Francais

eLibrary Curriculum Edition contains more than 2,500 full-text scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, books, web sites, and radio and television transcripts, as well as thousands of pictures, maps, and audio/visual titles.

eLibrary Curriculum Edition also includes two special collections:

  • ProQuest Learning Literature
  • History Study Center

eLibrary Science provides science content from more than 440 full-text science journals, magazines, encyclopedias, and reference books, and includes transcripts, pictures, and audio/visual clips. It contains updated science news, links, information about 500 famous scientists around the world, A Today in Science history feature, a clickable periodic table, and thousands of web sites.

Facts on File Online contains 13 databases that provide a wide range of resources, including full-text articles, biographies, primary source documents, images, videos, maps, timelines, charts, diagrams, and news articles.

  • African American History Online
  • American History Online
  • American Indian History Online
  • American Women's History Online
  • Ancient & Medieval History Online
  • Bloom's Literary Reference Online
  • Curriculum Resource Center
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
  • Health Reference Center
  • Modern World History Online
  • Science Online
  • World Geography and Culture Online
  • World Almanac for Kids Online

Global Issues in Context contains detailed information about all of the recognized countries of the world and provides global perspectives on international issues such as war, genocide, terrorism, human rights, poverty, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation, and global warming. Hundreds of continuously updated country portals provide analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Multimedia resources, including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs supplement each portal. There are also hundreds of full-text English language international periodicals and newspapers that cover current events and topics in the news.

Grove Art Online contains 45,00 signed articles on every aspect of Western and non-Western visual art, with more than 23,000 subject entries and 21,000 biographies. There are over 6,500 searchable art images from museums and art organizations, and 40,000 image links to museums and galleries around the world.

Grove Music Online covers the entire history of music from Bach to the Blues, including more than 55,000 full-text articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments, and notation, forms and genres, and individual works. It features 33,000 biographies, 500 Sibelius-enabled audio samples, and hundreds of links to musical sites on the Internet.

Harvard Education Letter is a bimonthly newsletter that summarizes new research and innovative practices in PreK-12 education. Founded by the Harvard Education Publishing Group in 1985, and published at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, it includes articles about achievement gaps; assessment and accountability; engagement and motivation, English language learners; family and community; PreK-3rd; leadership; school improvement; special education; teaching and learning; teaching as a profession; and technology.

JSTOR is a digital library containing full-text archives from more than 1,700 academic journals dating back to the first published volume, as wells as thousands of monographs, books and primary sources relevant for education. JSTOR also provides free access to hundreds of thousands of articles in the public domain. Content covers the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The entire archive is full-text searchable and includes high-quality images. New titles and other materials are added regularly.

Literature Criticism Online provides criticism and commentary on authors and their literary works across all regions, eras and genres. It includes full-text articles from scholarly journals, literary magazines, broadsheets, pamphlets, books, and periodicals. It also contains critical essays, work and topic overviews, and biographical information. Current series include:

  • Drama Criticism covers approximately 150 dramatists from the literature of all eras and all parts of the world.
  • Poetry Criticism covers more than 500 poets from the literature of all eras and all parts of the world.

Literature Resource Center contains over 75.000 signed critical essays, 850,000 articles from full-text academic journals and literary reviews, 11,000 interviews with contemporary writers, and 3,000 pictures of major authors. It features more than 130 biographies of writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world. There are thousands of work and topic overviews; 500,000 book, theater and film reviews; 25,000 full-text contemporary poems, short stories, and plays; and thousands of links to National Public Radio interviews and reviews, as well as authoritative literary web sites. Content is derived from Gale literature reference resources and 325 full-text scholarly journals, literary magazines, and trade publications.

LitFinder for Schools covers world literature throughout history and contains more than 150,000 full-text poems, 7,100 short stories and novels, 3,800 essays, 2,400 speeches, and 1,250 plays representing the work of more than 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities. It also includes biographies, work summaries, author images, and a full glossary of literary terms.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context contains more than 14,000 Pro/Con viewpoint essays and 5,000 topic overviews on current social issues. It includes over 700 books and 5 millions periodical articles, as well as primary source documents, court case overviews, biographies of social activists and reformers, statistical tables and charts, images, interactive maps, and audio/video streams, and podcasts. National and global news sources are updated daily.

Oxford English Dictionary Online provides access to the 20-volume second edition set of the Oxford English Dictionary, as well as the three Additions Series volumes. It provides the meaning, pronunciation, and variant spellings of 600,000 words, past and present, across the English-speaking world. Through the use 3 million quotations, classical literature, and specialized periodicals, the OED further traces the history of individual words, when they first entered the English language, and how their meanings have changed over time and around the world.

Project MUSE provides full-text access to digital humanities and social science journals from over 200 leading university presses and scholarly societies around the world. It contains more than 550 peer-reviewed academic journals and 20,000 electronic books.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers contains complete full-page, cover to cover issues of:

  • The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985)
  • The Chicago Tribune (1849-1986)
  • The Hartford Courant (1764-1984)
  • The New York Times (1851-2008)
  • The New York Tribune (1841-1922)

In addition to full-text news articles, each newspaper contains stock photos, advertisements, cartoons, classified adds, editorials, letters to the editor, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries, and special sections.

Coverage of The New York Times extends from the first issue on September 18, 1851 to December 31, 2010. Articles from 2010 to the present day can be found in eLibrary Curriculum Edition.

Questia School contains over 76,000 full-text books and 5 million periodical articles in a wide range of subjects, including art and architecture, business and management, communication and language, economics, environment, European history, government and politics, history, literature, music and performing arts, psychology, religious studies, sociology, and anthropology. The entire archive is full-text searchable and features tools for highlighting text, taking notes, creating project folders, and generating quotations, citations and bibliographies.

Science in Context provides information on earth and life sciences, space, technology, mathematics, and history. It features full-text content from over 150 reference sets, and contains more than 22,000 topic overviews, 8,000 biographies, and 1.5 million periodical articles. It also contains thousands of multimedia resources including pictures, illustrations, audio and video clips, podcasts, and links to authoritative web sites.

SIRS Researcher provides thousands of full-text articles on more than 320 current and pervasive social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. Content is derived from more than 1,600 newspapers, magazines, journals, primary sources, government publications, and web sites. Features include Leading Issues, World Almanac Excerpts, Focus on Terrorism, Maps of the World, Spotlight of the Month, Challenge Quests, and Top News Stories of the Day.

Student Resources in Context covers all subject areas, including science, literature, social sciences, and history. It contains more than 79,000 reference articles, 15 million periodical and newspaper articles, 4,200 primary sources, and 100,000 multimedia records, including charts, graphs, maps, and tables.

Teen Health & Wellness provides students with straightforward information on body systems, disabilities, diseases, drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, bullying, family life, nutrition, green living, safety, school, work and life skills, grief and loss, diversity, financial literacy, plagiarism, gangs and urban violence, digital etiquette, and more. Additional resources include videos, photos, illustrations, charts, and health calculators. hotlines for local community resources. It provides instant translation into 50 languages, and customizable hotlines for local community services.

World Folklore and Folk Life traces the origins and development of traditional cultures around the world, examining celebrations and rituals, food and drink, holidays and festivals, music and dance, religion and belief, proverbs and sayings, tales, myths, and urban legends, folk remedies, and traditional arts and crafts. It contains hundreds of full-text reference volumes, thousands of fold folk and fairy tales, and hundreds of audio/visual files, maps, and images.

World History in Context covers the events, movements, and individuals that have shaped world history for more than 5,000 years, from antiquity to the present day. Sources include full text articles from reference books, academic journals, periodicals, and primary sources. It contains more than 600 historic maps, atlases, and images, primary documents, and video and audio selections from archival newsreels to NPR.