These resources provide access to reliable, high quality information. Ask in the Library for the list of  login names and/or passwords.


World Book: The friendly interface lets you choose a specific encyclopedia to use or search all 3.

Visual Thesaurus  Use this fun, exciting tool to find synonyms and definitions. The log-in button is in the top right corner.

Grolier Online  This excellent resource is brought to us by .


AP Images  Find photos of current events and news around the world

Art Museum Image Gallery  Search for artist , art period, work of art for full color display and background information.




Literary Reference Center  Find author and book information plus timelines, dictionary and citation help.

Points of View Reference Center  Read both sides of an issue to develop a balanced research paper.

EBCSO Ultra Online


                                                   Facts on File

American History On-Line   Find a comprehensive and authoritative reference to the most important individuals, events, and topics in United States history.

World News Digest: Access world news, the almanac or encyclopedia.

Gale Group (for our school):


Discovering & Exploring Collection: Find in-depth reference content in this comprehensive database in the areas of Literature, History, Biographies, Science, and Social Studies.

Lit Finder: Over 125,000 full-text poems, explanations, study guides, a glossary, pictures and more.

Biography in Context 

Gale Group 

From NOVEL, a statewide virtual library provided free to the public by the New York State Library. It is currently a project funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module  Find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.

Business and Company Resource Center: Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Twayne Authors Series - Twayne World, English, and US Authors:  The full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors

New York State Newspapers: Search this database of ten major newspapers published in the state of New York, including the New York Times and the New York Post.

Custom Newspapers:  Search a collection of 150 newspapers, both national and international. 

National Newspaper Index: Get quick access to the indexing of America's top five newspapers in one seamless search: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Other Databases:

Brain Pop ESL:  Coordinates English grammar and vocabulary into cohesive, level-appropriate lessons. Each lesson contains an animated, three-part movie, composed of a story, an introduction to the new vocabulary, and an illustration of the relevant grammar topics. Eight engaging features accompany each movie, accommodating each student from the first steps of English language learning and beyond.


Exploring Nature

Grolier Products

Marshall Cavendish:

Teen Health & Wellness: award winning, critically acclaimed online resource from Rosen Publishing. Provides middles school and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support.  Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, mental health, nutrition bullying, financial literacy and more.

Vocational Biographies The career success stories of more than 1001 people. Search by title, cluster or pathway.

Questia  The first online library provides 24/7 access to the world's largest online collection of books, journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles. See Mr. Purcell for individual login information

Congressional Quarterly CQ Researcher: Offers in-depth, nonbiased coverage of today's most important issues.

American History On-Line   Find a comprehensive and authoritative reference to the most important individuals, events, and topics in United States history.

World News Digest: Access world news, the almanac or encyclopedia.

Culture Grams  Experience the cultures of 182 countries and territories that include maps, statistics, glossary and in- depth information in 25 categories. Also find a photo gallery, famous persons biographies and a recipe collection.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle This online source from includes a back file from 1999-date in complete full text content. Paid advertisements are excluded.

Teaching Books  Find a wealth of resources about books and authors.