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Guides for American History, Government, & Electives

General Information for American History, Government, and Constitution Research, and specific guides for assignments and projects in 11th-12th grade Social Studies.

GALE databases for Social Studies

Gale Databases for Social Studies

EBSCO Databases for Social Studes

EBSCO History Reference Center

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SIRS Government Reporter and Issues Researcher

Best Databases for Social Studies / History

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Database Information

PASSWORDS for using Databases from Home are on CANVAS.

On CANVAS go to your Utility-Period class page. There should be a box marked "Library". Passwords are there. CLICK HERE to go to Canvas.

They are not posted directly on this page. You must Log-in to CANVAS.

NOTE: Some Passwords have changed since last year.

NEW:  Google Sign-in available for GALE Databases.

You can now use your CCHS Google Account  -- cchsrams.com (students)  or centralcatholichigh.org (faculty) -- to log-in to GALE database products linked on this page from home.  You will have to set-up your account individually.

NEW: Google Sign-in available for EBSCO Databases.

You can now link your Google Account to your "MyEBSCO" account (if you create one) and use that to log-in to EBSCO Databases remotely. SEE HERE for more information. You will need to log-in to EBSCO using the Library Password (on CANVAS) to create an account.  You will need to log-in to the Library Account once per year to re-authenticate your personal account.

What are Library Databases, and Why should you use them?

Library Databases are subscription collections  (i.e. things that we pay to access) of research sources including: Periodical (Magazine, Newspaper, Trade Journal, Scholarly Journal) articles, electronic Reference Books,  Images, Videos, Primary Documents and more.

So why do we pay for them when Google and the Web exist?

  1. The vast majority of their content is NOT freely available elsewhere.  You can't find it on the web
  2. All of the content comes from known, reputable, sources.  While you still need to evaluate what you read based on currency, bias, audience, purpose, type, etc.  You will always be able to identify the original source.  None of it is Fake, or intentionally misleading for economic or political gain. All of it has been through some sort of editorial process or oversight.
  3. They offer additional features  that add value to the information including citation help, intentional selection and grouping of sources by topic, links to more related resources, easy google-drive access, powerful advanced search filtering, etc.

PASSWORDS for using Databases from Home are on CANVAS on your U-Period Course Page.

3 Tips for Using Databases Well

  1. Look at all of the features.  They aren't just there to fill space. Most Databases have similar features, but may put them in a different place on the page, or call them something different.
    • ​Are there options to "Save", "Email", or "Upload to "Drive"?
    • Does it give you pre-formatted citations for articles? (if so, are they accurate?!)
    • Is there a list of specific publications that are in the database?
    • Does it give you options to filter results
  2. Use the ADVANCED SEARCH. This isn't google's one-search-box solution. You can to more powerful searches by being specific about what you want to search for, and where you want to search in the document, etc.
    • ALSO: Use filters to check narrow down your search results
    • Make use of the database's "search suggestions"
  3. Use Good Search Strategies.  Databases are a powerful tool, but they're only powerful if you use them well, the same strategies  that fuel good Internet searches, work in databases.
    • Use multiple search terms.  Don't just search on your focus, search AROUND it as well.
    • Understand what kinds of sources you are finding, and what kind you are looking for.
    • Re-Search.  

PASSWORDS for using Databases from Home are on CANVAS

If you have problems with a database log-in from home, here are some tips to help you trouble-shoot on your own (which is an excellent skill for college and life).

  • double check the password  you are using.  Some passwords have to change from year to year. Remember: they are on Canvas.
  • try a different browser (FireFox, Chrome, Edge, Safari, etc.), or clearing your 'cookies' or 'cache'.
  • are you using a "search widget" (i.e. directly searching from a search box on a libguides page)?  Sometimes those don't work like we want them to, so try going to the database first, which should ask for a password, and then searching from there.
  • are you using a URL you copy-pasted while at school?  If so, try going to the database first, which should ask for a password, and then using details from the citation  you made for the article (title, author, source, container, etc) to re-find the article. (you did make a citation first, right?)
  • Make sure you're starting in the right place: the CCHS Library Website.  Googling for "Gale" or "Ebsco" or "SIRS" might not get you where you need to be.

After you've tried some of these options, if you are still having trouble...

Contact your Librarian. On any "Digital Learning Days" the Central Catholic High School Librarian will be reachable via email.  When you contact the librarian, please include the following information...

  • What database you tried to use
  • Where you found the password
  • How you tried to get to that database (a URL link is helpful)
  • What troubleshooting methods you have already tried.

CLICK HERE, or use the Link below to find the passwords. They are not posted directly on this page. You must Log-in to CANVAS and go to the Library tab on your U-Period page.

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