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Research

Students and staff at Fort Collins High School can select from the following reliable online resources. There are many alternatives to using search engines for doing research.These databases and bibliography tools will help you find, and cite, thoroughly vetted sources for your research projects.
Online Databases
  •  is an easy-to-use database that allows for simple searches and easy-to-browse categories.
  •  is especially good for secondary school students and provides reading level indicators and grade level appropriate content.
  •  includes a text-to-speech feature.

Use this direct link from school,
Use the Explora link/ Search Other Databases link from Home

is a database platform used worldwide by academic and public libraries. Use the following search engines to access periodicals, magazines, and academic journals:

  • History Reference Center
  • Points of View Reference Center for current issues research
  • Science Reference Center
  • Academic Search a premier source for college level research
  • Consumer Health Complete used to search popular sources for medical information
  • NoveList searches genres and reading levels for fiction
  • Business Searching Interface a premier source for company, industry, and market information
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
  • Auto Repair Source
  • MyHeritage Library used to search historical records for genealogical research
is a another group of databases of reference material and primary sources for researching topics of specific interest to high school and college students:
GALE in Context: Opposing Viewpoints Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today’s important social issues.
Gale in Context: High School Explore thousands of topics across subjects including literature, science, history, and social issues using different sources.
GALE in Context: Global Issues Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, interviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.

Online Encyclopedia
is a Poudre River Public Library accessible database that enables users to search international, U.S., and Canadian newspapers, newswires, and news sites from the 1980s to the present.
Search this website for all the research databases available through the PRPL.
Bibliography Tools

We subscribe to NoodleTools, an online bibliography composer for students to use when citing their sources. 
It helps students in their note-taking, outlining, annotation, and citation for all their research and writing projects.  It will also guide students through the paraphrasing process and prompt for original thinking.

To register on NoodleTools you will need the FCHS school/library username and password, which is available from your teacher, or the Library Tech Center. 
During registration you will be prompted to create your own username and password that you will use to Sign In  to NoodleTools whenever (and wherever) you want to use it.

Online automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator
Creates a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.
Sign in with your psd google account.
This site is the result of a joint effort between the Writing @ CSU project and the Colorado State University Writing Center

This site (sponsored by the Purdue liberal arts school Calvin College) will walk you through the requirements for these conventional bibliographic formats:

MLA Style--an international style guide from the Modern Language Association
Chicago Style--an American English style guide from the University of Chicago Press
APA Style--from the American Psychological Association

The EBSCO citation tool provides citations for articles formatted in a variety of popular formats, including MLA and APA.

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