Digital Resources & Databases

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Gale in Context: Middle School

Made specifically for middle schoolers, this resource combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts; presents all sides of important issues, and empowers learners to develop information literacy and critical thinking skills.

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World Geography and Culture (database)

From population to GDP, flags to maps, World Geography and Culture online is a great resource for learning more about countries and cultures around the world.

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National Geographic Magazine Digital Access (articles & videos)

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Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online - (local newspapers)

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Ebsco Databases (see more about what is included in Ebsco)

Accessible through the Portsmouth Public Library.

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Discovery Education

Discovery Education is a global leader in standards-based, high-quality digital curriculum resources for K-12 classrooms worldwide.  Discovery Education provides compelling content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that give educators everything they need to create lasting educational impact. The platform covers a wide array of subjects including math, science, social studies, and more. In addition, it offers multimedia activities for students, like hands-on laboratory activities, and on-demand virtual field trips that will take them around the world.

Teachers, check out these videos to get started with Discovery Education and learn more. 


Wonderopolis (educational website)

Each day, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways.

 Some highlights of the platform include:

  • 2,000+ Wonders of the Day (and counting!), covering a vast range of topics—you're sure to find something that interests you!
  • Platform extensions including the gamified Camp Wonderopolis and the Wonder Ground educator network.

The Kids Should See This (free educational videos)

TKSST is a Webby award-winning collection of over 4,500 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.

Ken Burns in the Classroom (free educational video and materials)

Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than forty years. Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students, and introduce new ideas, perspectives, and primary sources. 

Video (322), Media Gallery (91), Image (25), Document (4), Interactive (1), Lesson Plan (45) for Grades 4-13+


Organizing Resources & Taking Notes

Citations & Using Images in your Work

Citing Images:

  • Use Openverse (formerly Creative Commons) to search for images that are copyright-friendly
  • Use Smithsonian Open Access for thousands of free images.
  • If you insert an image in a Google Doc from Google Images:
    • Click the preview button (looks like a little magnifying glass on the image) to see the original page the image came from.
    • Copy and paste the original link for the image either directly under the image in your project or in your works cited.