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Third Quarter Project


Database Passwords Link to google classroom


Use these databases and website to find encyclopedic information about your topic.


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History in Conext: Use the Reference Section 

for short encyclopedia articles on your topic. 

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Gale Databases

POWER SEARCH - Search all GALE Databases at once -

Enter your search terms and then select the following databases:

Gale Primary Sources - Archives unbound

Gale History in Dispute

Addresses heavily debated questions in history by offering different critical perspectives.

Gale Academic One File

 Scholarly journals and other trusted periodicals.

Gale OneFile: War and Terrorism

Insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale.


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Image preview      *** When you log in, look under the JSTOR logo in the right hand corner. If it says Your access to JSTOR is provided by South Side High School, you are logged in. 



You can create your own account by by selecting the Register link in the right hand corner. Select Register with Google and use your school google account.

It is very important to use the ADVANCED SEARCH in JSTOR.

This will allow you to narrow your search by keywords AND limit your results tto specific subject areas.

1. Enter your keywords in the search bars.

2.  Limit the search to specific subject areas. Example: History Titles and American Studies.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a Web search engine that specifically searches scholarly literature and academic resources.

Abstracts are freely available for most of the articles. However, reading the entire article may require a subscription. Here're a few things to try:

  1. click a library link, e.g., "FindIt@Harvard", to the right of the search result;
  2. click a link labeled [PDF] to the right of the search result;
  3. click "All versions" under the search result and check out the alternative sources;
  4. click "Related articles" or "Cited by" under the search result to explore similar articles.


Proquest Central K12  - Newspaper, Magazine and Journal articles for all subjects.

How to Read an Academic Journal

A scholarly paper can be difficult to read. Instead of reading straight through, try focusing on the different sections and asking specific questions at each point.

What is your research question? 

When you select an article to read for a project or class, focus on your topic. Look for information in the article that is relevant to your research question. 

Read the abstract first. It provides a concise summary of the whole article. Usually it highlights the focus, study results and conclusion(s) of the article. 

Second: Read the introduction. In this section, the authors introduce their topic, explain the purpose of the study, and presents why it is important.

Read the Conclusion.  Here the authors offer their final thoughts and conclusions.

  • Keep in mind your research question
  • Skim the article for information in the article relevant to your question 
  • Use any keywords printed by the journals as further clues about the article
  • Look up words you don't know