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We subscribe to the Gale Virtual Reference Library. To access from a St. Pius computer, no password is necessary. Just click on the link to the left.To access from home, you click on the link to the left and use the remote id and password. These can be obtained from the Media Center.
National Geographic Kids:  Ever need a website with all the information you would want about animals, states, countries, and the world?  The National Geographic Kids website has all the information you could ever want to help with a project, research, and reports.  All the information found here is helpful as it can help students with national geographic reports or a information passages about animals and places. In conclusion, this database should be the first database any student should go to when you need information for a project or research on many different categories.  
Research in Context Student Research in Context: Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history. 
Student Resources in ContextStudent Resources In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a wide array of subjects. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal 
 Kids Infobits:  Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more. 
Multnomah County Library The Multnomah County Library Homework Center, an Internet subject directory, consists of Web resources that specifically concentrate on K-12, homework-related subjects. Web resources included on this site are reviewed by reference staff from Multnomah County Library.
SweetSearch Search engine for students that has been evaluated and approved by librarians and teachers.  
SweetSearch4Me Version of SweetSearch specifically for elementary. Search engine of animals and endangered species.  Includes videos, scientific facts, maps, data and photos.
Ask Jeeves Ask Jeeves for Kids has been developed especially for kids. It lets you ask a question in the blank such as "Where can I find the State Flag of Texas?". It will then give you web sites associated with the state flag.
ALA's Great Website for Kids Compilation of exemplary websites geared to children K+.  Websites evaluated by committee of ALA members.
You can use these search tips if you are using an Internet directory, an Internet search engine, or an online information source, like an electronic encyclopedia.
  • Use a + sign in front of words you want to include for sure. +winter +olympics This way you will only get pages back that have both of these words in it.
  • Put exact phrases in quotation marks so the search engine will only look for the words together. "united states" This time you will get pages that contain the phrase united states.
  • Use a - sign when you want to exclude certain terms. bears -nfl
  • This will take out any documents that have to do with the Chicago Bears football team, and give you the ones about animals. Sometimes this trick may leave out some good stuff, though, so try not to use this unless you really have to.
  • Try to think of different terms to use in your search. Instead of "fish tank," try aquarium, or "pet care" +fish.