Researching with Science in Context

If you need to research a topic related to science in any way, Gale’s Science in Context database is the place for you to start.  You research a specific science topic, and Science in Context brings together magazines, newspapers, podcasts, websites, science experiments, biographies, academic journals, science dictionaries, reference books, and more to give you a contextual view of your topic.  This resource is perfect for questions that require a broad view of a science topic, just like the One World Essays.  It’s also just downright fun to explore.

How do I access it?

  • Sign into the LIS Research Portal using the library password.  See Ms. Katy for the password. 
  • Select Gale Databases and use the password provided on the Research Portal to sign in.
  • Click on Science in Context. DO NOT start searching on the Cross-Searchable products page unless you want to search two databases at once. The results page for cross-searchable products is not as user friendly.
  • Start searching for resources!

How do I navigate it? 

Use the slideshow below to learn the basics of navigating Gale’s Science in Context database.


Databases: Student Resources in Context & Junior Reference Collection

Why do databases matter? Why can’t we just find everything we want through Search Engines like Google, SweetSearch, Wolfram Alpha and Bing?

Well, estimates are that anywhere from 75%-90% of the information on the Internet is part of the INVISIBLE WEB, or parts of the Internet that Search Engines can’t reach.  This includes (but is definitely not limited to) Intranets, Library Catalogs, Forums, Password protected SItes and Databases! To learn more, watch the Xtranormal Visible vs. Invisible Web animation.

To maximize the effectiveness of our research, we need to utilize the parts of the invisible web available to us.  LIS students and staff can start with the LIS Research Portal, a password-protected page with all of the secondary library resources.

Check out these Introductory Slides on two of our databases.

Get Started with Junior Reference Collection.

Dive into Student Resources in Context.

If you need help using these resources, see your librarian.

Oxford Quick Reference – Introductory Materials

The secondary library has subscribed to Oxford Quick Reference.  It is a resource which provides access to:

  • A collection of over 125 core academic subject, language, and quotations dictionaries providing carefully vetted quick results that users can trust.
  • Monthly updating programme to maintain currency of content.
  • Full content releases 3 times a year with new titles and updated editions.
  • Collection available by annual subscription to individuals and institutions worldwide.

Here’s a short introductory video (less than 10 minutes) that demonstrates how to search OXford Reference effectively and how to navigate the results.

Don’t want to watch the whole video? Visit the PDF version of the Short Introduction and just skim until you get to the parts that interest you.

Important Tip: Don’t forget to check “Full Text Resources” only to access items we’ve purchased. Oxford Reference allows you to purchase additional resources, so only leave “Full Text Resources” unchecked if you want to see resources for purchase as well.




Want to try it out? Visit our LIS Research Portal to access this resource.




Research with World Book Encyclopedia Online

If you are just starting your research or have a basic understanding and need to delve deeper, World Book Encyclopedia is the resource for you.

World Book has

There are four editions, each with different targeted audiences.

World Book Advanced Years 10-13

WB Advanced Video Tutorial

World Book Student Years 7-9

Watch the WB Student Video Tutorial

World Book KidsYears 2-6

Watch the WB Kids Video Tutorial

World Book Espanol

World Book Espanol

Watch the WB Espanol Tutorial

Questia – Years 11, 12 and 13

Questia SchoolWe now have a subscription to Questia School!

Questia School is an online library and research tool for Year 11, 12 and 13 students.  With more than 70,000 full-text digital books and more than 6 million articles, Questia School helps students research far beyond our physical collection.

Questia School supports advanced research in Social Sciences, Humanities, Art and Architecture, Business and Management, Communication and Language, Economics, Environment, Government and Politics, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology. It is an excellent resource for DP Extended Essay, MYP Personal Project and DP Internal Assessments.

Your username is your school email address, and Ms. Katy has a generic starter password for you.  You can get this generic password at the LIS Research Portal or you can reset your password with Ms. Katy.

Literary Encyclopedia

By popular demand, the Secondary Library brings you The Literary Encyclopedia.

The Literary Encyclopedia is a reference work written by scholars and university teachers around the world. It includes detailed information about significant Literary Peoples and Literary Works, notes on significant Historical and Literary Events, and over 600 essays on major literary, critical, philosophical and historical concepts, themes and events.

This encyclopedia will be highly useful for Language A and B classes (especially English), both in the DP and MYP.  You can access this encyclopedia on the school network.  Want to use it at home? Sign up for an account using your school email address.

Need help? Come see Ms. Katy for an introduction to this amazing resource.

Evaluating Resources for C.R.A.A.P.

Today, Mr. Beckett’s English 11 class came to the secondary library for an introduction to our Research Resources and evaluating resources for reliability.

Year 11 English students, you found one resource related to themes in The Heart of Darkness and evaluated it using the C.R.A.P. method.  Please post a reply here explaining how your resource relates to your topic and how your resource fared on the C.R.A.A.P. evaluation method.

Don’t forget to include the link to the specific resource (or the path of how to get there) and  you first name in the reply.

Thank you,

Ms. Katy