These are subscription databases that include encyclopedias and dictionaries. Menlo School pays for access to this information so you will be prompted to log in with Okta.
Some of these are advanced, so remember to switch up your keywords, look up definitions of words you may not understand, move to another page if necessary.
Useful tips when navigating the databases:
Try a variety of keyword searches using the database autofill dropdown to get some ideas of additional words or phrases.
In Gale databases, they provide a "Browse Issues" button with a list of pages on many topics. Check if they have one related to yours.
Use the "refine results" or "limiter" section to narrow your results. For instance, by the type of source (like news/reference article) or date.
These sites are available to anyone! Explore these reputable sites to learn more about your chosen material and take notice of what makes them credible and reliable sources to use.
Recycling & Waste Management
Mining & Metal
Logging in to the New York Times
To set up a New York times account using Menlo's Group Pass subscription, follow these steps:
Use what you have learned so far, and see what you can find on the internet!
Be sure you have your ten keywords and that you evaluate websites using the FART test.
Below, there are some helpful tips & tricks to Google more effectively.
Use quotation marks around words or phrases for an exact match e.g. “metal mining”
Use intitle: to find exact words in a title e.g. searching for intitle:"metal mining" ensures EACH term shows in the title
Use a ~ before a word/phrase to pull up synonyms e.g. ~“global warming” will also include climate change, etc.
Use a hyphen before a word to eliminate it from a search e.g. “global warming” -hoax
Use insite: to limit by website e.g. “global warming” insite:nytimes.com
Use site: to limit by domain e.g. “global warming” site:.edu
Use filetype: to search by a specific file or extension type e.g. filetype:pdf
Put related: in front of a site to find other, similar sites e.g. related:www.worldwildlife.org