High School databases... Posted by Laura Gary-Michel on August 18, 2009 at 2:02pm We are shopping for databases and I would love to hear everyone's opinion. We have Questia and Opposing Viewpoints, but want and need to add more. Facts on File? ProQuest? ABC CLIO? Gale? Let me know your thought please.. Laura Michel You need to be a member of TLNing (teacherlibrarian.org) to add comments! Join TLNing (teacherlibrarian.org) Tags: database Email me when people reply – Follow
GALE Virtual Reference Library gets our biggest use---we have purchased over 300+ titles, and it is usually hands down the student favorite for research. I tested out and then bought GALE Global Issues in Context---I really like it, too. I also loved the Bloom's/Literature database from Facts on File, but our teachers are doing less lit crit now, so I did not renew it---however, if your teachers are doing that, it is awesome.
And Galileo? Do your students use it much? In elementary that was an old tried and true online resource for us.
I think what you are using and how often really goes back to knowing what topics your teachers are going to focus on in research projects. There are lots of great databases out there, but if the topics don't mesh up with the content, then they will not be very useful. We use many free information sources in conjunction with our databases---I really try to provide a balanced "diet" of info sources for our students and teachers.