Your library is a vital part of the research process, and the librarian is here to help! If you get stuck at any point in the research process, contact Mrs. Heick with your questions, passwords, or to schedule an appointment. The following videos, database links, and downloads will help you get started. Each database has a description to help you find the best match for your research.
Ancestry Classroom Suite
When you login from a computer linked to the FWISD server, you will receive free access to Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com and Fold3.com. Ancestry.com is a storehouse of thousands of primary sources that aid in genealogical research. Fold3 is a source of U.S military records and Newspapers.com is a storehouse of historical newspapers.
Biography Reference Center (EBSCO)
A comprehensive collection of biographies on notable personalities from around the world – from past to present, obscure to prominent, notorious to reputable.
References and multimedia deliver history-spanning coverage of notables.
Career & College Readiness
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center (Infobase)
Provides profiles of nearly 3,400 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, thousands of resource entries, and more!
Business Searching Interface (EBSCO)
Provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research.
Testing & Education Reference Center (GALE)
Users can identify scholarships, take practice tests and use test prep eBooks.
LearningExpress Library (EBSCO)
This database includes preparation for STAAR, college and career readiness. It hosts a Computer Skills Center, Math, Science, and Language Arts practice sets, tutorials, flash cards and ebooks.
Benbrook Middle-High School Digital Library
Login using your school username and password >Select “Catalog”> “Material Type” = “Electronic Book eBook” > Enter
OR download the Destiny Discover App.
eBook Collections (EBSCO)
Academic, Business, Education, High School, History, K-8 Collections
SORA by Overdrive APP - popular fiction and non-fiction titles available for download through the SORA app. Can be accessed with your Active Directory Login without @stu.org
A trusted name in non-fiction e-books. The collection appeals to more middle grade interest levels.
Excellent source of eBooks including HiLo Readers, classic novels, audio books, graphic novels, drama, poetry, popular fiction and non-fiction titles.
Same as above, but geared more for younger readers.
Also available en Espanol.
GVRL Gale Virtual Reference Library (GALE)
Enjoy unlimited access to top reference eBooks.
eBook Subcollections (GALE)
Curated eBooks discoverable within Gale Literary Sources.
An online encyclopedia and resources for all ages.
Explora for Secondary (EBSCO)
Simplified searching interface designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction.
Research in CONTEXT (GALE)
An engaging cross-curricular resource created for middle school assignment needs
GVRL Gale Virtual Reference Library (GALE)
Enjoy unlimited access to top reference books
General OneFile (grades 9-12+) (GALE)
Millions of articles cover a full range of academic and general-interest topics.
Academic OneFile (grades 9-12+) (GALE)
The premier source for peer-reviewed articles covering all academic disciplines.
InfoTrac Newsstand (GALE)
Search full-text articles by headline, date, newspaper section and more.
Opposing Viewpoints (GALE)
Continuously updated information and opinions cover hot issues.
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)
A full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
World Almanac for Kids Online (Infobase)
Presents resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format while encouraging online research skills from a trusted source.
Student Resources in Context (GALE)
An engaging student experience merges magazines, news, multimedia and more.
Fort Worth Periodical & Image Database (EBSCO)
Access to current magazine, journal, ebook, and newspaper articles from a variety of disciplines
Geography & Culture
Concise, reliable, and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries, each US state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories
World Geography and Culture Online (Infobase)
Facilitates the study of countries, U.S. states, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills through a global approach.
Global Issues in Context (GALE)
Analyze social, political, economic and other issues from a non-US perspective.
National Geographic KiDS (GALE)
Authoritative, age-appropriate content takes kids on adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, etc.
World Almanac Online (Infobase)
Contains resources for student reports and research, including extensive, up-to-date articles, videos, interactive games, science projects, homework help, teacher resources with lesson plans.
History Reference Center (EBSCO)
This database features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books as well as history periodicals, documents, biographies, photos, maps, and videos.
African-American History Online (Infobase)
Features thousands of cross-referenced entries, covering the entire spectrum of African-American history over the past 500 years.
American History Online (Infobase)
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.
American Indian History Online (Infobase)
Offers fast access to more than 600 Native American groups and over 15,000 years of American Indian culture and history.
Ancient and Medieval History Online (Infobase)
Presents the full scope of world history from prehistory through the 1500s, with special topic centers on key civilizations and regions
Modern World History Online (Infobase)
Covers the broad expanse of world history from the mid-15th century to the present, featuring thousands of documents, articles, timelines, images, videos, and maps.
Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History (GALE)
Brings the past to life with a curated collection of images and documents directly from the Smithsonian’s archives.
U.S. History in Context (GALE)
Contextual content on significant people, events and topics in US History.
Literature & Language Arts
Bloom’s Literary Reference Online (Infobase)
Includes thousands of critical essays and discussion questions, author biographies and character analyses, full-length poems, the full text of hundreds of reference books, full-length videos of classic plays and films, and more
Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
Provides access to major respected reference works, books, and literary journals. Includes plot summaries, synopses, articles of literary criticism, author biographies, full text from literary journals, book reviews, poems, short stories, author interviews, and images of key literary figures.
Literary Sources (GALE)
Biography, criticism and overview on 130,000 writers in all disciplines
Literary works, biographies, images and much more for the lit student.
Literature Resource Center (GALE)
Biography, criticism and overviews on 130,000 writers in all disciplines.
NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 (EBSCO)
Includes complete lists of award winners and series, book discussion guides, more authors and titles, wonderful read-alike articles and topic articles, book reviews, book talks, children’s books, and helpful training materials for readers’ advisors.
Scribner Writer Series (GALE)
Signed essays on 2,000 authors and genres from the acclaimed print series.
GVRL Twayne’s Authors Series (GALE)
In-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.
Medical & Health
Health Reference Center (Infobase)
Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information.
Health & Wellness (GALE)
Health Reference Center Academic provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers.
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
This database provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children’s health, men & women’s health, and more.
Natural & Alternative Treatments (EBSCO)
This database contains detailed information on almost 200 different conditions and the conventional and natural treatments used to treat them, over 300 herbs and supplements, plus drug-herb and drug-supplement interactions for more than 90 drug categories.
Science & Mathematics & Automotive
Science Online (Infobase)
Science Online offers expansive reference coverage of the full range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, interactives, and experiments. Comprehensive Topic Centers help students find a starting point for their research, and the science eLearning modules cover core topics with Teacher Support.
Science Reference Center (EBSCO)
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference
GREENR Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GALE)
Multimedia coverage of environmental issues, including health care and climate change.
Science in Context (GALE)
Timely reference content joins science-based articles, news, experiments and more.
Chilton Library (GALE)
Authoritative automotive repair covers the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years.
Explora Educator Edition (EBSCO)
Simplified searching interface designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction. Offers professional journals, tools, and resources for classroom instruction.
Educator’s Reference Complete (GALE)
Journal and reference cover child development, best practices and more.
Curriculum Resource Center (Infobase)
Provides teachers instant access to thousands of easily reproduced handouts to supplement text and lesson plans used in middle school, high school, and junior college classrooms. This collection contains thousands of fact sheets, timelines, an image gallery, printable maps, full-color science diagrams and experiments, and math activities.
Classroom Video On Demand (Infobase)
Offers thousands of top-quality videos and clips across the entire high school curriculum, including life skills and guidance.
Discovery Education/Discovery Streaming
Contains a growing library of videos, content-specific clips, and multimedia assets that integrate seamlessly into any curriculum.
Contact librarian for access code.
An easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experience of children’s and young adult books.
Spanish Language Resources
Una coleccion de revistas hispanicas con textos completos.
Salud en Espanol (EBSCO)
Research Self Help
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Selecting a Research Topic
Taking Notes without Copying
Organizing your Research