High School and Beyond Research Resources

  • Many of the resources below require a username and passcode for use outside of our school network. Check with your school's Teacher-Librarian if you need assistance.



  • Gale In Context High School
    Access reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links.

  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints  Premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games.

  • Learning Express Library  
    A comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. Use to prepare for college and career, education tutoring, software tutuorials, and workforce development.

  • MAS Ultra
    Contains content from popular high school magazines covering a wide range of subject areas including history, science, careers and more. (Works best in Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Does not work with Internet Explorer.)

  • History Reference Center
    Full text content of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, video, and other history reference materials. (Works best in Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Does not work with Internet Explorer.)

  • Teaching Books TeachingBooks.net is a portal to thousands of multimedia resources that can enhance and enliven your reading experiences.

  • Lili.org www.LiLI.org is the gateway for Idaho residents for free access to online tools for their education, business, and recreation needs.

  • Gale In Context Global Issues
    Access news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more in a single search.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  
    Enjoy unlimited access to top reference eBooks.

  • World Book Advanced
    The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.

  • Vocational and Career Collection
    Provides coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.

  • Academic Search Premier
    Scholarly, multidiscipline, full text database for academic research. Covers the academic disciplines being offered in colleges and universities. (Works best in Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Does not work with Internet Explorer.)

  • Novelist Plus
    Find fiction reading recommendations for all ages. Search by book title, author, genre, or key plot points. Find information about a book series and discussion guides for book groups.

  • MyHeritage

    • More than 9 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions.

  • pronunciator app

    • Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 87 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.

  • Gale Biography In Context
    Biography in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. It merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

  • Ebsco Host
    Search a variety of databases with journals, magazines, newspapers, and other online reference sources.
    (Works best in Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Does not work with Internet Explorer.)
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  • EBSCO's EXPLORA Explora was designed to meet the unique needs of middle school and high school users. It supports both student research and classroom instruction. (Works best in Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Does not work with Internet Explorer.)

  • Idaho Career Information
    Find information about career options with salary outlook, skills needed, and employment prospects in Idaho and nationwide.

  • ABC-CLIO Issues Logo
    ABC-CLIO Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society database helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy.

  • Country Reports CountryReports provides over 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. 

  • Literary Reference Center
    Provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. (Works best in Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Does not work with Internet Explorer.)

  • Discovery Education

    Login to Discovery Education for a variety of resources including video, audio, and encyclopedia related information.  Your normal school computer user name with @westada.org and password will give you access to Discovery Ed. when you are away from school.