• Research Databases and Resources

    Use the following databases, websites, and eBooks to find credible sources for your research projects. If you need any help using any of the resources, see Mrs. Cerruti in the CMHS Library Learning Commons.


    Primary Sources in the Classroom - from Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything. A wealth of primary source resources (broken up by subject area). Also, make sure to check out Ports to Visit and Primary Source Super Sites.

    Gale Resources - Includes full-text magazines, news, encyclopedias, and e-reference books. 

      • Password no longer needed while at school!
      • Download articles (along with their citations) to Google Drive via the click of a button! Watch Gale Google Tools Tutorial Video for info on how to save Gale articles to your Google Drive.
      • Students - Tailor your searches to your reading level via the Lexile reading level field under Advanced Search. See the Lexile reading level table (1st table on page) to determine an appropriate Lexile range.

    Encyclopedia Britannica School Edition

    Encyclopedia Britannica Atlas

    JSTOR - Archived Articles Only
    Offering free worldwide access to JSTOR early journal content (prior to 1923 for US content; prior to 1870 elsewhere). Select Advanced Search and then select Include only content I can access checkbox. See BPL eCard below for full JSTOR access!

    Boston Public Library eCard - Sign up for free access to thousands of ebooks, magazines, and databases, including full access to JSTOR and NY Times back to 1851. (Must be 13 years or older and a Massachusetts resident.) Sign up takes minutes... and it's free!!! Once you have your BPL ecard, you can use BPL's Online Resources.

    Social Studies and History


    Britannica Spanish Reference Center


    For all of the Science eBooks listed below (available from the Gale Virtual Reference Library), use the Table of Contents and Index links to find specific subjects within each book.

    Explains biological concepts and explores related fields as well as the history of biological science. Discusses critical issues of research in biology and addresses ethical issues. Provides information on careers in biology and contains color illustrations, sidebars, bibliographies, timelines, charts, and a glossary. 

    Chemical Elements Ebook - Provides in-depth information on 112 known chemical elements, plus coverage of recently discovered elements 113 through 116 and 118.

    Science and Its Times
    The histories of science, technology, and mathematics merge with the study of humanities and social science in this interdisciplinary reference work. Essays on people, theories, discoveries, and concepts are combined with overviews, bibliographies of primary documents, and chronological elements to offer students a fascinating way to understand the impact of science on the course of human history and how science affects everyday life. Approximately 2,000 entries.

    Scientific Thought: In Context
    Includes original essays written by leading experts in the field, primary source documents that articulate the interrelation of science and society, and sidebars on the cultural, economic, and political issues surrounding scientific thought -- providing insights on leading social issues and exploring the impact of science on society through the ages.