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Texas State Library and Archives Commission Library Development TexShare Databases Program Using TexShare Databases for Homework Help Lesson 2: Homework Help Databases

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This presentation goes along with Lesson 2 in the TexShare databases "training in a box" on homework help. This lesson covers the best databases to use for homework help. The full curriculum is freely available here:http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/workshops/texshare/

Text of TexShare Homework Help Lesson 2

  • 1.TexShare Databases Program Using TexShare Databases forHomework Help Lesson 2: Homework Help Databases

2. Introduction

  • In this lesson, you will learn
  • How to guide patrons to the age- and grade-level appropriate database or interface.
  • Show the patron how to access these databases
  • Find additional information about the databases
  • How to conduct searches using the databases.


    • Searchasaurus
    • EBSCO Kids Search
    • EBSCO Student Research Center
    • Gale Literature Resource Center
    • Newspaper Source
    • MasterFILE Premier
    • Academic Search Complete

Introduction 4.

  • Elementary students:SearchasaurusorEBSCO Kids Search .
  • Middle and high school students:EBSCO Student Research Centeror theGale Literature Resource Center
  • High school or college students:MasterFILE Premier, Academic Search Complete, Newspaper Source, EBSCO Student Research Center, and Gale Literature Resource Center .

Introduction 5. Elementary Databases/Interfaces 6. Elementary Databases/Interfaces Searchasaurus 7. Searchasaurus

  • Search by keyword or subject
  • Limit by reading level (Lexile)
  • Can limit by Full Text

8. Access the Databases

  • Go to http://www.libraryoftexas.org/
  • Click theLogin Pagelink
  • Fill in theUserandPasswordfields
  • Click theLog Inbutton


  • Click theTexShare Database Menutab

Access the Databases 10.

  • Click onSearchasaurus .

Searchasaurus 11.

  • Lexiles

Searchasaurus Grade Text Measures Grade1 200 to 400 Grade 2 300 to 500 Grade 3500 to 700 Grade 4 650 to 850 Grade 5 750 to 950 Grade 6 850 to 1050 Grade 7 950 to 1075 Grade 8 1000 to 1100 Grade 9 1050 to 1150 Grade 10 1100 to 1200 Grades 11 & 12 1100 to 1300 12. Searchasaurus

  • Dictionary
  • American Heritage Childrens Dictionary definitions
  • Encyclopedia
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • Pictures
  • Photos and images from licensed sources
  • Visual Search
  • Interactive, visual map
  • Group, sort, filter, and organize results

13. Searchasaurus

  • Dictionary
  • Look up:hibernate


  • Encyclopedia
  • Look up:Texas

Searchasaurus 15. Searchasaurus

  • Pictures
  • Look up:planet


  • Visual Search
  • Find:planet

Searchasaurus 17.

  • A kindergarten student needs to know how plants and animals change during the four seasons.
  • A first grader must be able to compare the life cycle of a butterfly to the life cycle of a frog.
  • A second grade student wants to learn the steps of the water cycle and ways to help conserve water.
  • A third grade student is struggling to find an idea for a science fair project .

Try It! 18. Elementary Databases/Interfaces EBSCO Kids Search 19. EBSCO Kids Search

  • Youth-friendly search interface
  • Graphically rich design
  • Automatically searches
      • Middle Search Plus
      • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
      • Newspaper Source
      • Primary Search
      • TOPIC Search


  • Click theTexShare Database Menutab

Access the Databases 21. EBSCO Kids Search

  • Click on EBSCO Kids Search.

22. EBSCO Kids Search

  • Use the Find field.
  • Basic keyword search
  • Search by subject
  • Go button begins the search
  • Clear button clears the search criteria


  • Narrow results bySubjectandPublicationlimiters
  • Save using theAddicon
  • Click on result to view
      • Print
      • Send via e-mail
      • Save
      • Add to your folder

EBSCO Kids Search 24. EBSCO Kids Search

  • Detailed Search
  • special limiters for certain databases
  • Visual Search
  • interactive, visual map.
  • Other Features
  • Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia
  • Images
  • Teacher Resources


  • Teacher Resources
  • Search curriculum standards
  • Apply limiters
    • U.S. Department of Education
    • Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection,
    • EBSCOs Academic Search Complete

EBSCO Kids Search 26. Try It!

  • A fifth grade student wants to learn about earthquakes.He needs to know why earthquakes occur and which areas of the United States and the world have the most earthquakes.
  • A fourth grade student is researching animal adaptations.She has decided to compare land turtles and sea turtles.She would like help finding articles about these different types of turtles and how their bodies are designed to survive on land or in the ocean.
  • A seventh grade student must design a travel brochure about the one of the major regions of Texas.Hes not sure which region he wants to choose.He needs help locating information about the landforms, major cities, and climate of the region.The student also wants to find photographs to use in the brochure.

27. Middle School and High School Databases 28. Middle School and High School Databases Student Research Center 29.

  • Designed specifically for secondary school students
  • Can predetermine content sources
  • Searches several databases
      • Consumer Health
      • Middle Search Plus
      • Newspaper Source
      • TOPICsearch
      • MAS Ultra School Edition
      • Vocational and Career Collection
      • Texas Reference Center
      • World History Collection

Student Research Center 30.

  • Click theTexShare Database Menu

Access the Databases 31.

  • Click onStudent Research Center .

Student Research Center 32. Student Research Center 33.

  • Basic Search
  • In theFindfield, typeimmigrant AND ellis island
  • Check or uncheck preferred content sources
  • Choose limiters (optional)
  • Click theSearchbutton.
  • Click on a result to view
  • Narrowing results and printing, viewing, and saving results- same as Kid Search

Student Research Center 34.

  • Current Issues
  • Select one or more subtopics in the list
  • ClickSearch
  • Click on the result to view

Student Research Center 35. Student Research Center

  • Advanced Search
  • Special limiters for some databases

36. Student Research Center

  • Visual Search:
  • Interactive, visual map
  • Use filters in theFindfield
  • Type desired topic
  • ClickSearch
  • Narrow results by clicking on topic or subtopic


  • Click onSearch Other Databasesto Exit for other EBSCO services

Student Research Center 38. Try It!

  • Seventh grade Texas history students have been asked to create a list of natural hazards that occurred in Texas in the last 5, 10, 20 or more years. They must include hazards, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, dust storms, red tides, droughts, wildfires, hail, lightning, and insect infestations.Based on what they learn, they must then determine why certain regions of Texas are better equipped to overcome natural disasters than others.
  • An eighth grade algebra student has been asked to research a career in which algebra skills are beneficial.He must describe how someone would obtain a job in that field and what it involves.
  • A high school student is readingDon Q u ixote de la Mancha , written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.She must research the author and create a timeline of significant events in his life that influenced his literary works.Why is he referred to as the Spanish Shakespeare?
  • A team of students in a high school government class must decide whether the Electoral College is necessary.They need to know how the electoral college works, why it was created, and the pros and cons of the system, so they can debate the issue in class.

39. Middle School and High School Databases Gale Literature Resource Center 40.

  • Most comprehensive and current online database on authors and their works
  • Full-text literature criticism, biographies, bibliographies, and work overviews
  • Combines Gale's most-used literary databases in a single online service
  • Covers more than 130,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers such as philosophers ,filmmakers, and anthropologists

Gale Literature Resource Center 41.

  • Click theTexShare Database Menutab

Access the Databases 42. Gale Literature Resource Center 43.

  • Basic Search
  • InFindfield, typeCornelia Funke
  • ClickSearch

Gale Literature Resource Center 44. Gale Literature Resource Center

  • Click a result
    • Literature Criticism,
    • Biographies,
    • Topic & Work Overviews,
    • Reviews & News,
    • Primary Sources & Literary Works
    • Multimedia


  • Tools menu
    • Print
    • E-mail
    • Download article
    • Download audio file
    • Citation tools

Gale Literature Resource Center 46.

  • Advanced Search
  • From the home page, click theAdvanced Searchlink
  • Enter search terms
  • Select index type
  • Select Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Limit by document type or database (optional)
  • ClickSearch .
  • Click result for tabs as displayed in Basic Search

Gale Literature Resource Center 47.

  • Person search
  • From the home page, click thePerson Searchlink
  • Enter keyword or name
  • Search by
    • Gender
    • Nationality
    • Ethnicity
    • Birthdate
    • More!

Gale Literature Resource Center 48.

  • Works Search
  • Enter search term, such asInkheart .
  • ClickSearch

Gale Literature Resource Center 49.

  • Literary Index
  • Author Search
    • Over 165,000 author names
    • Pseudonyms
    • variants
  • Title Search
    • Over 215,000 titles
    • Charles Scribners Sons, St James Press, Twayne Publishers
  • Custom Search

Gale Literature Resource Center 50.

  • ClickHelptab for
    • Description
    • Search path
    • Meaning of Search results
    • Citing Gale sources
    • Technical support

Gale Literature Resource Center 51. Try It!

  • A high school student is doing a report on Mark Twain and needs biographical information as well as literary criticism. After conducting the reference interview and formulating a search strategy with her, you decide that Gale Literature Resource Center would be a useful database to use for the search.

As a group, discuss what keywordsand limiters to try.After conducting this search,discuss the results. 52. Middle School and High School Databases Newspaper Source 53.

  • Full text
    • 28 U.S. and international newspapers
    • More than 260 regional U.S. newspapers
    • TV and radio news transcripts
        • ABC
        • CBS News
        • CNN
        • CNN International
        • Fox News
        • NPR
        • More!

Newspaper Source 54.

  • Click onComplete List of Databases
  • UnderGENERAL INFORMATION , clickNewspaper Source

Access the Databases

  • Click the TexShare Database Menu tab

55. Newspaper Source 56. Try It!

  • A middle school student needs help writing a report on employment opportunities in major cities within Texas, such as Austin.
  • Students in a health class want to keep track of outbreaks of diseases, such as the swine flu.They want to compare which countries or cities have the highest number of outbreaks and determine why.
  • A student in a geology class is tracking the number of major volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that occurred during the past several years and comparing this number to historical records.Is the seismic activity of the earth increasing or staying the same?Are earthquakes becoming more severe?

As a group, share and discuss search strategies and results. 57. Middle School and High School Databases MasterFILE Premier 58. MasterFILE Premier

  • Designed specifically for public libraries
  • Full text for
    • 1,730 periodicals
      • General reference
      • Business
      • Health
      • Education
      • General science
    • Reference books
    • Biographies
    • Primary source documents
    • Images


  • Click onComplete List of Databases
  • UnderGENERAL INFORMATION , clickMasterFILE Premier

Access the Databases

  • Click the TexShare Database Menu tab

60. MasterFILE Premier 61.

  • Alternatively, can be reached on the home page
  • Click onEBSCO MasterFILE and Academic Search .

MasterFILE Premier 62. Try It!

  • A high school student is researching euthanasia laws in the United States in preparation for a debate class. After conducting the reference interview and formulating a search strategy with him, you decide that MasterFILE Premier would be a useful database to use for the search.
  • A team of high school biology students is researching the impact of climate changes on the earths ecosystem.
  • A student in a health career class is studying the causes of pandemics and how our society is able to prevent them or deal with them.

As a group, discuss possible keywordsand limiters to use in each scenario.Discuss the relevance of the results. 63. Middle School and High School Databases Academic Search Complete 64.

  • Comprehensive, scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database
  • Full text for
    • 5,300 periodicals
    • 4,400 peer-reviewed journals
  • Indexing and abstracts for
    • 9,300 journals
    • 9,810 publications

Academic Search Complete 65.

  • Click onComplete List of Databases
  • UnderGENERAL INFORMATION , clickAcademic Search Complete

Access the Databases

  • Click the TexShare Database Menu tab

66. Academic Search Complete 67.

  • Alternatively, can be reached on the home page
  • Click onEBSCO MasterFILE and Academic Search .

Academic Search Complete 68. Try It!

  • A high school student needs to write a persuasive paper to urge peers not to text while driving.He has asked for help to locate current magazine or newspaper articles on the subject.
  • Navigate to theAcademic Search Completesearch interface and type the keywords you decided to use; for example, teen AND driving AND texting.
  • Click theSearchbutton. The Results page opens.
  • View any of the articles, such as , Teens and texting: Its not OK behind the wheel.

69. Lesson Summary

  • How to guide a patron to the best database for his/her grade level
  • How to access the appropriate databases
  • How to find more information about a specific database
  • About different age/grade level databases and their various purposes and functions
  • How to conduct a search on the different databases