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An overview of the resources available to the students and teachers at the Shepherd Media Center.
Last Updated: May 13, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About Library Resources

Your Library Resource Center has many resources you will want to use in your research.  Use the link below to access your library, databases, podcasts and everything library.




encyclopediasEncyclopedias contain factual articles on many subjects.

There are two types of encyclopedias -- general and subject. General encyclopedias provide overviews on a wide variety of topics. Subject encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study.


Use an Encyclopedia

  • when looking for background information on a topic
  • when trying to find key ideas, important dates or concepts

    Library Books




    Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize all the information on one topic.

    A few books are now available electronically on the Internet (e-books) and are purchased by your library.



             Databases Databases 

     Databases contain articles taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines, websites, newcasts and other information formats. The databases offer you current, accurate, unbiased, reviewed information. Most databases give you citation information in MLA format and others. There are two important databases; article and subject.

    An Article Database

    Article databases (also called periodical databases) include the citations, abstracts or brief summaries, and full text of articles in magazines, journals and newspapers. An example of an article database that is available through the Library Resource website is EBSCO.

    Subject Oriented Databases

    Rather than build one massive, centralized database, most companies are building numerous subject-oriented databases. Examples of a few subject databases available through the Library Resource website are Facts on File, American History Online, or Science Online.

    Databases Links

     Databases available through MPS:

    • Facts on File
      Online reference materials for schools and libraries. Specializes in core subject areas, such as history, science, literature, geography, health, and more.
    • ABC CLIO
      Collection of social studies resources.
    • EBSCO
      Integrated service that provides reference databases, subscription management, online journals, and more.
    • GALE
      Articles from all over the world from newspapers and Magazines.

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