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Samoset Middle School

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 Interactive eBook Collections  Includes CyberSmarts, Internet Do and Don’t.


Britannica Academic  Encyclopedia articles plus other research tools.

Britannica School  Four complete encyclopedias and other information resources.

World Book Online Comprehensive reference source with every article from the print encyclopedia.


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ABC CLIO American/World History  Historical reference material from ancient to modern times.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.

CultureGrams Cultures of 182 countries and territories, maps, statistics, glossary and 50 US states.

History Study Center Historical reference material that covers 14 centuries of history.

Lincoln Library – American History  Articles of people, places, and events in American history.

Lincoln Library – Countries & Cultures  Profiles on the countries of the world.

SIRS Decades  20th century American sources.

World Geography and Culture Online  Maps with statistical and local information.


NoveList Plus Reader’s advisory database.

Teaching Books Links to authors and books for children and young adults.


Kids Quest Magazines  Articles from over 80 magazines just for kids.

ProQuest (Multiple Databases)  Comprehensive coverage of 7500+ magazines and newspapers.

SIRS Discoverer Contains full-text articles, images, maps, current events, biographies, special features.

SIRS Knowledge Source Contains full-text articles exploring controversial issues.

Topic Search  Current events database.


GALE Math Collection  E-books about mathematics and mathematicians.


Britannica Image Quest  Access two million rights cleared images from the best collections in the world.

Soundzabound  Audio for multimedia presentations.


ABC-CLIO Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society Information on controversial issues.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context   Research materials on controversial issues.


Lincoln Library–Factcite 123  7 information modules covering the following subjects: Animals, The Planets, Biography, Mythology, The Elements, Biomes and Countries for primary grades.

Social Studies

Lincoln Library – Mythology   Articles on Greek, Roman and world mythology.