Focused Internet Resources
Think searching the Web is easy? Maybe not. It’s easy to find “stuff” on Google, but what you find may not be up to date or even true! Even Wikipedia isn’t reliable because entries can be edited by any user. For school assignments use our databases or the public library databases using your Prince William County Public Library card.
On this page you will find a variety of terrific online resources to help you with your research.
Databases (these require usernames and passwords available in the BDHS library media center)
In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are researched and written by seasoned journalists. CQ Researcher is a great place to start any research project.
Cultures and customs around the world, with maps, flags, statistics and more.
A variety of cross-searchable databases (general & specific subject areas) featuring news and periodical articles, reference books, popular culture, business, etc.
The perfect resource for delivering full-text and multimedia reference essentials. The easy to use interface makes research easy. Students find the answers they need from more than 2,000 full text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts-plus thousands of maps, pictures, web links and audio/video files.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Use this database to explore a variety of research topics by reading pro/con perspectives from authoritative voices. This database covers current-- and often, controversial-- social issues, with topics ranging from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games. It can be used for science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed and differing views present each side of an issue and will help you explore both sides of any issue in-depth.
World Book Advanced:
Includes the Online Reference Center with access to the World Book encyclopedia, websites, atlases, timelines, primary resources, videos and more. Includes a translation feature into multiple languages.
World Book Discover:
Includes much of the same type of resources as World Book Advanced but in language that may be easier to understand than World Book Advanced.
This resource is a comprehensive biography resource for information about people from various facets of life including, but not limited to, famous historical people, scientists, politicians, writers, and entertainers.
The Washington Post e-Replica edition
This resource needs a username and password to access. It has limited, one full-class or two small classes, accesses.
Teacher Resources for Washington Post e-Replica
This resource includes a quiz for general reading as well as guiding questions for reading.
Click here to take free DMV practice tests and pass your test with ease. This site also offers handy tools that will allow you to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests.
Drug Enforcement Agency
This link gives information about drug scheduling in association with their acceptable medical use and potential for abuse and dependency.
Office of Diversion Control (Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency)
This link lists the chemical names, abbreviations, and schedules for controlled substances. You most likely will need to scroll down on the page for schedule information.
Social Studies and Geography
Countries of the World
Cultural, Historical, Statistical, Country Information
Designed to provide a comprehensive list of resources for all of the world’s diplomatic offices.
Data and information about states and countries; includes geographic tables and maps, rating and comparisons briefs, special reports and selected historical data.
Statistics and information about the United States.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This site is a comprehensive site for research on the Holocaust. It contains many personal stories as well as background research.
Reference Centers--collected web-resources
General reference center; Special Resources area for high school students.
Single source for facts on a wide variety of subjects: AP wire, Dow Jones, and traffic.
The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
Medical information provided by medical professionals.
Physics concepts and homework help.
Supports arts education and places it at the center of the curriculum through the creative and appropriate uses of technology.
A public service organization and learning/teaching environment. The first public library of and for the Internet community.
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
This link takes you to the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery which includes an extensive collection of photographs and images.
Education website of the Smithsonian Institution: art, history, air and space, and science.
Prince William County Public Library
Access to the public library catalog and electronic programs. Business, cultural & historical, e-books, general references, etc.
PWCS The Stream
This is a link to the Prince William County Schools Intranet live stream of TV channels including: Bio, History, Discovery, Travel, Animal Planet, ESPN, TLC, HGTV, C-SPAN, CNBC, TPC, Fox News, ABC Family, BBC America, MSNBC. This link is only available in PWCS Division buildings.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Exhibition
This link goes to a USHMM online exhibition entitled "Some Were Neighbors." Click on the Online Exhibition link or Enter to explore the exhibition. You will need to click on the pictures to get more information or to view videos.
News: These sites mostly offer current news