•  Online Subscription Databases 

    Online subscription databases are excellent sources for newspaper articles, magazine articles, academic articles, and reference materials--all in one place! 


    Databases from the Electronic Library for Minnesota

    Britannica Academic

    Britannica Academic EditionAimed at college/university students, it contains the Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines, periodicals and other research tools.

     Britannica School High

    Britannica School High:  Encyclopedia content for high school grades plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, and primary sources.


    Country ReportsCountryReports provides over 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. 

    Username: 10142019shakopeepublic

    Password: countries

     EBSCOhost MegaFILE

    EBSCO MegaFILE:  Thousands of popular and scholarly publications across all academic disciplines and subject areas. 

    Explora Teens  

    Explora Teens:  Contains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. 

    Student Resources in Context

    Gale in Context: High SchoolEncyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, plus primary sources, images, video, and more for middle and high school students. 

    Points of View Reference Center

    Points of View Reference Center:  Pro vs. con essays that present multiple sides of current or controversial issues. Plus magazine and newspaper articles, primary sources, and more related to those issues.


    ProQuest Global Newstream:  Newspaper articles from hundreds of papers including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Barron's, USA Today, and many more.

     Owl Purdue OWL:  Online Writing Lab (OWL) with citation instructions, writing tips, grammar, and links to additional resources. 

    Science Reference Center


    Science Reference CenterScience encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering numerous science topics for middle and high school students. 


     Databases from the Scott County Library

    Search the Scott County Library's online subscription databases on the Online Resources by Subject  or All Online Resources (A-Z) pages.  You will need your Virtual Student Library Card to access these databases.  The following databases may be particularly helpful for your school research:  

    About the Author

    About the AuthorInformation about the author's life, works, and literary criticism.

     Biography in Context

    Biography in Context:  A comprehensive database of biographical information throughout history, around the world and across all disciplines and subject areas.

    Biography Reference

    Biography Reference Books: Reference books containing biographical information on a variety of living and dead individuals.

    Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

    Encyclopedia of Mental Health: Detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders.

    Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders

    Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders: In-depth coverage of neurological diseases and disorders.

    Gale One File: Science

    Gale OneFile: Science: Science, math and technology topics for students. For Science Fair help click on “Browse Topics” and then click on “Science Fair Projects and Experiments.” 

    Health Source

    Health Source-Consumer Edition: Provides access to nearly 80 full-text consumer health magazines, searchable full-text health-related pamphlets and more than 130 health reference books, including books published by the People's Medical Society.

     Historical New York Times

    Historical New York Times:  Complete back issues (including images) from the first issue in 1851 through 2013. (Note: To get to this database, select the database "News- The Historical New York Times" from the list on the top left of the screen.)

    Issues & Controversies  

    Issues and Controversies: Essays written to give students a thorough review of all sides of a topical issue or controversy.

     Literature Resource Center

    Literature Resource Center: Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every time period and literary discipline.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library Literature Reference BooksLiterary criticism, poetry, drama, and short stories.
    Magill's Medical Guide    Magill’s Medical Guide: Diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine.