Student Research Center – EBSCOhost

Database Info
Student Research Center
Subscription database from EBSCOhost
Encyclopedia, Dictionary and Database
http://www.ebscohost.com/schools/student-research-center

Summary
Student Research Center is a database that was created by EBSCO with High School students specifically in mind. The database has been uniquely tuned to cater to the search needs and abilities of teenage students. The Student Research Center features a variety of tools including an online dictionary, and encyclopedia functionality that allows the user to browse by topic or search by keyword. The main page features a top searches box, as well as a “spotlight topic” to pique interest in new and different things, and users are able to limit searches to a few or all of the following Magazines, Newspapers, Biographies, Country Reports, Film & Video.

Reader’s Annotation
The Student Research Center is a research tool that was designed with high school students in mind. Its easy to use interface helps students find the information they need most for school projects or even just personal use!

Critical Evaluation
This subscription database can be used as a resource for high school students to give them an early start in familiarizing themselves with using online databases. I personally didn’t encounter online databases until college and they continued to be staples throughout my college and graduate education and for this reason I think it would be very beneficial for students to get acquainted with using these types of academic databases to search for journal articles, newspaper articles, videos, or various reports. I certainly wish I had had access to this kind of resource while I was in high school and would be eager to share it with students.

Reading Level/ Interest Age
13+

Why Included?
It was one of the databases that my local library has a subscription for and it is geared primarily for teens.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Gale Cengage Learning

Database Info
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Subscription Database from Gale Cengage Learning
Reference Resource
http://www.gale.cengage.com/InContext/viewpoints.htm

Summary
Gale Publishing as part of Cengage Learning offers a convenient and easy to navigate option for exploring hotly debated topics, from both sides of the issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context allows the user to investigate a variety of perspectives on important and often controversial issues. For teenagers who are in the process of finding their place in the world and solidifying their opinions and beliefs, this is a great resource allowing them to view major issues from a number of different viewpoints, thus allowing them to decide where they themselves stand.

Reader’s Annotation
Opposing Viewpoints in Context allows users to research major issues from a variety of perspectives. It is a great way to help you decide where you stand on a particular issue, or to try to better understand those who think differently.

Critical Evaluation
Teenagers are just reaching a point in their life where they are learning about major controversial issues and trying to figure out where they themselves stand on them. This is a great resource, geared to teenagers, is a great resource that highlights major issues and explains them from all of the major points of view. This allows database users to look at an issue objectively and decide which viewpoint they agree with most. This is yet another resource I wish I had known about as a teenager since it would have made understanding complex political and other controversial issues so much easier. It would have helped me to both understand the opposition, as well as further justify my own beliefs.

Reading Level/ Interest Age
14+

Why Included?
This is another database subscribed to by my local library that is geared towards teens. I found its content to be of interest and beneficial for young minds who are trying to understand complex issues.