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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.

Bibliographic Utilities

NoodleTools Tools for source evaluation, note-taking, outlining, document archiving and citation.


Biography Reference Center A comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies.


DK Eyewitness eBooks Over 50 titles with full text and color illustrations.
Rosen Learning Center: Interactive eBook Collections Includes the following: CyberSmarts, Internet Do and Don’t and Teen Cybersmarts, etc.


Britannica Online School Edition Student oriented gateway to Encyclopedia Britannica.
Scholastic Encyclopedias
Eight encyclopedia databases..
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ABC CLIO American/World History Historical reference material from ancient to modern times.
ABC CLIO -- American Government Comprehensive information about the U.S. government
.America the Beautiful State-by-state comprehensive information.
CultureGrams Cultures of 182 countries and territories, maps, statistics, glossary and 50 US states.
History Study Center Historical reference material that cover 14 centuries of history.
World Geography and Culture Online Maps with statistical and local information.


NoveList K-8 Reader’s advisory database.
Teaching Books Links to authors and books for children and young adults.


eLibrary Curriculum Edition A broad collection of periodical and digital media content.
Kids Quest Magazines Articles from over 80 magazines just for kids.
New York State Newspapers Articles from ten major newspapers published in New York State.
Newsbank Unique news and information databases of primary sources published around the world.
Newsday 2003-Present Day (selected articles) Selected newspaper articles from 2003–present
ProQuest Education(K-12) Comprehensive coverage of 7500+ magazines and 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 issues.
Topic Search Current events database.
U.S.A. Today Articles from this national newspaper.


Britannica Image Quest Access two million rights cleared images from the best collections in the world. Royalty-Free Music For Schools Audio for multimedia presentations.


eLibrary Science Science content, tools, video, links to manipulatives, interactive activities, science news, famous scientists, science history, 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.