Students of Ms. Harrington

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Library Databases Paid resources provided by the library

Library Databases & Electronic Library Resources This is where you can access our databases to research in newspapers, magazines, journals, and other resources for which we pay. 

The username and password for each of our databases is jfkchs and lancers

My favorite database to use for controversial or complex issues is Opposing Viewpoints (you only need the password).  If you sign in with your Office 365 acc 

I suggest checking out the History Study Center and searching your topic.  Under "journals" you will find several resources.

Another excellent database to use is CQ Researcher.  Search your topic and receive brief reports from multiple perspectives.  We also have hard copies of the CQ in the library on the shelf below the window by the Blue Lab.  The books are arranged by year and I can help you with the index.

Other Resources by Topic *in addition to the databases listed above, try these sources*

Human Trafficking
  1. United Nations Office on Drug and Crime
  2. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops This particular link will take you to the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking, but there are many other sources on the USCCB wepage for this topic if you do a general search.  
  3. USCCB Anti-Trafficking Program
  4. FBI Civil Rights page on human trafficking
  5. US Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign on Human Trafficking
  6. US Customs and Immigration Enforcement page on human trafficking
  7. Polaris Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate modern slavery (human trafficking)

Suicide You will need to differentiate between suicide and death with dignity when searching, especially Catholic or other religious sites.  
  1. Washington State Department of Health Death With Dignity Act
  2. End of Life Washington
  3. PubMed (from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health) has more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from a variety of sources.  Searching is free and open to the public.
  4. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops view of death with dignity
  5. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops view of suicide and depression
  6. Patients Rights Council Information on assisted suicide laws in the USA. 
  7. Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
  8. SAVE Suicide information and prevention
Racism Obviously this is a huge topic, so you may want to narrow down your searches by looking for things like "racism in America" or "history of racism" or even more narrow like "Black Lives Matter" or similar topics.  You may also want to search for "institutional racism" or "systemic racism" or even "racism and mass incarceration" or include another topic keyword.  This is probably the broadest topic and you will need to be purposeful in your searching to find sources that are relevant and helpful to your topic.  I've given you general search results here, but know there are also 100s of magazine and newspaper articles from credible sources (New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Washington Post, etc) that can help you.
  1. Anti-Defamation League page on racism.  Explore this website as there's a ton of useful information, depending on your focus.
  2. United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner Information on global impacts of racism and the UNOHCHR responses.
  3. Just Facts This is non-profit site that researches and publishes credible and verifiable information about leading public policy issues affecting the world today.
  4. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) page on human rights and racial justice.  Like the ADL, this website is filled with useful information, so explore other issues related to racial justice that the ACLU deals with.  
Child Abuse
  1.  USCCB page on Child Abuse prevention.  Links on page to other sources within the USCCB website
  2. Child Welfare Information Gateway  Factsheet with information about the legal definitions of child abuse and neglect, includes resources and statistics.  
  3. Childhelp is an international non-profit dedicated to educating people about child abuse and its prevention.  The site has many great resources.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on child abuse and neglect.

Gang Violence
  1. Homeboy Industries Founded in 1988 in Los Angeles by Father Greg Boyle and a group of concerned community, Homeboy Industries is the largest and most successful gang intervention and re-entry program in the world.
  2. USCCB page on Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice.  You can do a general search on the USCCB page for 'gangs' but you may have better luck looking at restorative justice.  There are also resources dedicated to gang violence in specific ethnic groups that might be helpful.
  3. FBI page on gangs and Gang Violence
  4. Center for Children and Youth Justice. Non-profit organization whose mission is to create better lives for children and youth through a reformation of the welfare systems in this country.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on gang violence.  If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, there is a list of other valuable resources, including factsheets.
  6. US Department of Justice. This is a government bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention about youth gang violence in the US.  It's an older publication, but still has helpful information.
Teen Homelessness
  1. USCCB page on housing and homelessness.  While this page does not limit to teen homelessness, you can do a general search for 'youth homelessness,' or 'housing and poverty' and search within those results.
  2. National Alliance to End Homelessness. This organization's website provides statistics, information on root causes, and call to action for prevention and elimination of homelessness. This link will take you directly to the page on youth homelessness.
  3. National Coalition for the Homeless.  This organization's website has a wealth of information and link to other sources.  This link will take you directly to the page on youth homelessness.
  4. page on youth homelessness.  This is a governmental website that provides statistics and information on a variety of topics relating to homeless youth, including runaways, family conflict and violence, LGBTQ youth, education, federal programs, and more.
  5. TeenFeed is a local Seattle organization that offers a soup kitchen (among other services) for local homeless youth.  Many resources for you, including ways you can volunteer with the organization.  (side note: this is an amazing organization and you should totally volunteer)
  1. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services.  This page has a huge list of resources in regards to bullying (some related to refugee and immigrant youth, but not all) that are broken down into sections.
  2. American Psychological Association information on bullying.
  3. page on this issue.  This is a governmental website that provides statistics and information on a variety of topics relating to bullying
  4. Psychology Today. Information on bullying
  5. National Bullying Prevention Center.  This site has resources, a Q&A, resource list, videos, personal stories about bullying, and ways to get involved.
  6. Stomp Out Bullying. Organization dedicated to ending bullying.
Keep scrolling for other useful sources, including presentation tools beyond just Prezi and Powerpoint.

General Resources In addition to our databases and the specific resources listed above, you can use the following for your research is a directory site to government services and agencies. It's easy to navigate and leads you to other reliable sources that will allow you to research your topic. It covers anything and everything, from finding gas prices in a particular area to calculating your grade point average. You can learn where the nearest farmer's market is and you can learn how to incorporate your business. If you're doing research, this is a great place to explore! 

The U.S. Census Bureau offers so much! You can find out where the most babies are being born, where the most construction is happening, how many people died in your state last year, what's the current status on marriage and divorce, how many veterans are there, and more. This statistical playground is a minefield of evidence for any well-supported research!

ipl2 is a site that many reference librarians use to help their patrons find trustworthy sites.  You can find information here on just about anything, and it's really easy to use!  Though the site recently stopped updating information,you can still search and use the information already archived.

Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

How do I cite those sources?!  Go to The OWL at Purdue University for the best, and most up-to-date information on MLA format.

and Presentation Resources
Now that you've compiled all that information -- how are you going to present it?  There's always Prezi or Powerpoint, but maybe for variety, you want to to try one of these resources.  My favorites are Piktochart (which creates awesome infographics) and Animoto (professional-looking short videos)

Animoto Easy and quick way to make engaging videos.  Choose from a variety of templates, insert your own text, photos, and music or choose from pre-selected ones on the website.  Free accounts allow students to create 30 second videos.  Teachers can sign up for free educator accounts that allow for a limited number of student accounts to create longer videos. 
Piktochart is an awesome tool to create free, full color, totally customizable infographics.  Why have a boring list of statistics when you can make an infographic?!   
 Plotagon  Create an animated movie from just writing a written script. Write your story, choose characters, setting, and music.  Press play and your movie is done!
 Timeline Using a Google spreadsheet, create visually appealing, interactive timelines.  Embed videos, photos, text, and more.