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Research Databases

Library Catalogs and Databases


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JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. JSTOR helps students explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform. Learn more: If you need help with logging in, please contact your Library Media Tech.

School Site Library Catalogs

Public Library Catalog

California K-12 Digital Resources

Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, ProQuest research databases, and TeachingBooks are available — at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones — to all.

These three databases are provided for all California students from the California State Library.

Encyclopaedia Britannica (PreK-12)

A comprehensive interactive resource for research and learning for grades K-12. Includes correlations to California Content Standards and other valuable teacher resources. Post links directly to each school level, elementary, middle or high.


Need help from Britannica? See our support page. (800) 621-3900 x 7160 |

TeachingBooks (PreK-12)

One-stop resources for books you are reading and teaching, including author and illustrator interviews, lesson plans, and other enrichment content.

Need help from TeachingBooks? See our support page. 510-239-7391 |

ProQuest (Grades 3-12)

CultureGrams SIRS Discover SIRS Issues Researcher elibrary Guided Research Edition
elibrary Database Edition ProQuest Central Student ProQuest Research Companion Schools and Educators Complete

* The icons above and main links below work for accessing these resources on your school campus. Students and staff with the district/school's off-campus access name and access codes should use the "Off-Campus Access" links below when using from public libraries or other non-school locations.

Need help from ProQuest? See our support page. 800-521-0600 |

Library Media Specialist

If you need help with logging in to any of the research databases listed here, email Preet Dutta at

HHS Library Catalog

Visit the Hillsdale Library Catalog.

To find a book:

  • Type your search in the "Find" bar.
  • Click on the corresponding button below ("Keyword", "Title", etc.) for your book.

Peninsula Library System

Peninsula Library System
Includes a wide variety of digital databases. All students will have a public library card with a Library Number and PIN to use.  Student Library Numbers and PINs can be accessed on Aeries by staff to provide to students.


SMUHSD subscribes to an online research management platform on which students can create citations according to MLA, APA or Chicago style standards. With this PRO version, not only can students create a properly formatted Works Cited (MLA), References (APA), or Bibliography (Chicago style), they can also take notes and outline topics in preparation for a research assignment and which they can share to a teacher inbox.

Visit NoodleTools.


Finding a Reliable Source

Articles on the Internet

Make sure the article passes the CRAAP test for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.


Is Wikipedia Reliable?

You shouldn't completely rely on Wikipedia, but it helps in getting a general overview of your topic, and you can often find good sources in the bibliography of the page. For a more detailed explanation, watch this linked video.


Finding Public Domain and Creative Commons Media

This guide from the Harvard Law School Library will help you find and correctly attribute public domain and Creative Commons media for your project or presentation.