Virtual Reference Collection Information

Sachem students and staff members have access to a large number of databases both at school and at home. Databases are a computerized collection of reference materials. Every Internet-connected computer, in classrooms, labs, the school library, and at home are able to access the databases. The databases are accessible through the Virtual Reference Collection (VRC). The VRC can be found on the library’s computers by clicking on the “Bookmarks for Samoset Library” and opening the “Virtual Reference Collection” folder. When you open the VRC you will be able to access the VRC Middle School Collection of databases. These databases were selected as the most appropriate for meeting the research needs of the middle school population. Select the database you want to use and open it. To access the Virtual Reference Collection from any other Internet-connected computer you can type the following URL (web address) in the address line. (Be sure to ask your school librarian for user names and passwords.)

On this page you will find a partial list of the databases included in the Middle School Resources.


Biography Reference Bank Select Edition Full text biographical information on 500,000+ people.
Biography Reference Center A comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies.


Grolier Encyclopedias Three encyclopedia databases that includes: Encyclopedia Americana, MultiMedia Encyclopedia, and The New Book of Knowledge.
World Book Online Articles from the 22 volume encyclopedia print set plus thousands more.


Gale's Health Reference Center Academic information and articles on health related topics.


ABC CLIO American/World History Historical reference material that covers ancient times to the modern era.
ABC CLIO -- American Government Comprehensive information about the foundations of U.S. government and political systems.
CultureGrams Cultures of 182 countries and territories, maps, statistics, glossary and 50 US states.
World Atlas Detailed printable full color maps of countries, provinces and states with up-to-date statistical & local information.


Literature Resource Center Comprehensive biographical and critical literature information.
NoveList K-8 Reader’s advisory database.
Teaching Books Links to authors and books for children and young adults.


eLibrary A broad collection of periodical and digital media content.
KidQuest Magazines Articles in magazines for children.
New York State Newspapers Articles from ten major newspapers published in New York State.
NewsBank KidsPage Articles from kids’ section in newspapers and magazines.
Newsday 2003-Present Day (selected articles) Selected newspaper articles from 2003 –present.
Proquest K-12 Comprehensive coverage of major newspapers.
SIRS Discoverer Contains full-text articles, images from thousands of domestic and international publications, maps, current events, biographies, special in-depth features.
SIRS Knowledge Source (includes Researcher, Government Reporter, Renaissance, WebSelect) Contains full-text articles exploring controversial social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political, global and current events issues.
Topic Search Current events database.
U.S.A. Today Articles from this national newspaper.

Music/Art Royalty-Free Music For Schools Audio for multimedia presentations.


eLibrary Science Science content, tools, video, links to manipulative, interactive activities, science news, famous scientists, science history, clickable periodic table, hundreds of educator-approved websites.
The New Book of Popular Science Presents science based topics, current events, biographies, projects and monthly sky watch.