High School/Middle School

Biography Reference Bank

This database combines numerous biographical resources into one. Search results include abstracts, full-text articles, and images, plus the Biography Reference Bank draws from every article about any individual on any of the WilsonWeb databases – biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries.

Dictionary of Literary Biography  

This resource provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. This series, which has a 30-year history, includes the DLB Main Series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. Citations are provided for all entries.


Features a powerful user interface designed to make research easy. Students find the answers they need from more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books, and transcripts plus thousands of pictures, maps, weblinks, and audio/video files.

Explora Public Libraries   

This version of Explora is designed for Secondary School (6-12) students and teachers. It is a colorful, mobile-friendly search interface, which includes topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research; articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research; and reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content

Facts on File: Science Online

This database offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, definitions, diagrams, videos, animations, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, activities, and current news articles. The content is organized by subject area and type of resource, as well as by the National Science Education Standards.

Literary Reference Center (mobile)

This resource consists of full-text literary journals and respected literary reference works. It also contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full-text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.

Literature Criticism Online  

This database provides digital access to multiple popular literary criticism series, including Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Literature Criticism Online allows easy access to criticism drawn from thousands of sources. It covers authors who lived from 1800 through 2009. Citations are provided for all entries.


Over 4,000 courses in business, technology and creative skills, including professional development, web development, marketing, coding and software skills, audio recording and editing, photography, video, app development, and more to help you achieve personal and professional goals.

MAS Ultra - School Edition

This database contains full text for more than 700 popular, high school magazines.

MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,774 biographies, 100,554 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 202,164 photos, maps and flags.

Novels and Short Stories for Students  
Novels for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of works from various cultures and time periods.   Short Stories for Students contains concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance and excerpted criticism geared specifically towards the high school student.  (From Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context  

Covering today’s hottest social issues Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations, and more.  This database includes pro/con essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, statistical tables, charts and graphs, images, and podcasts.

Points of View Reference Center (mobile)

Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating. Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Science Reference Center (mobile)

Topics covered in Science Reference Center include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

TOPIC Search  

This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms.

World Book

The articles of the venerable World Book Encyclopedia form the foundation of this expansive reference database that includes the World Book Dictionary, the World Book Atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to state and provincial curriculum standards, and much more.

World Book Academic

College level reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.