Library Media Center

Mrs. Hosmer - AV/Library Media Specialist -
Ms. Patterson - Teacher Librarian -
Ms. Walsh, Clerk -
JoAnn Krause,

Open 7-3 each day. Closed Tuesday afternoons for meetings.
Call 860-628-3229 X11335 Or Wall Phone X109

Databases: High Quality, Credible, Academic Information Sources

The Library is Open 24/7

We subscribe to several databases for everyone to use for research. Preview them in the table below. Follow the direct links. For more information tools, look at the rest of the library pages.

Ask for help! Pick up a brochure. A list of databases, links, user name & password are on the school network (J Drive-Library Folder) and on Google Drive (SHS library share folder). For help anytime, email Ms. Patterson or Mrs. Hosmer.

SHS Library Catalog

Click the tabs to search for books, ebooks and databases.

Check out SHS Social Studies teacher/author J. Brian Durbin's riveting fiction series PAINE, at the library.


EBooks are available for everyone to read online and/or check out. Students need to create an account to access the EBooks. For instructions on how to create an account click here. Accounts have been created for teachers.

Did you know you can use eBooks for many of the titles we read in English classes?

For technical requirements for various devices such as laptops, tablets, Smartphones and more click here.

Looking for something to read? Check out:

Teens' Top Ten at YALSA

Bloom's Literature

This database examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

Use this database for all of your English assignments. It includes biographical information and literary criticism.

World News Digest

More than seven decades of authoritative news summaries and background articles.

"In the News" - concise, clearly written news summaries with context and perspective on issues and events happening right now.

"Featured Stories" - analysis of contemporary affairs.

"Hot Topics" - top issues shaping the world today.

"Landmark Events" - key events per decade from the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the unrest in the Middle East today.

"Forward in Time" or "Back in Time" to follow a chronological chain of coverage on numerous events, people, countries, and topics.


ResearchIt is the State of Connecticut digital reference library of top quality databases for research. This is a direct link to the main page.

Lists of sources for elementary, middle and high schools, magazines and newspaper sources.

Note: You may be prompted for the EBSCO username and password for some of the IConn sources.

Encyclopedia Britannica

A digital resource of up-to-date, reading level appropriate non-fiction content aligned to the Common Core Standards of Learning.

To access Britannica School, from home or any other remote location, open a web browser and go to:

If you do not know the user name and password, email Ms. Patterson or Mrs. Hosmer.


A search engine designed by a team of educators for students.

Links to credible web sites approved by research experts and topic guides with citations.

Biographies and social studies topics searchable from the landing page.

Resources for teachers.

America At War Online

A clear understanding, through videos, words, and pictures, of the violent confrontations that have played a role in shaping U.S. history.

Significant details from participants are highlighted, and key battles and major innovations in weaponry and tactics.

Learning Units cover from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to the present-day war in Iraq.

Southington Library and Musuem

The Southington Public Library offers many interesting programs and helpful links. Check out the Virtual Library, online courses, language instruction and more. Visit their page for upcoming events, check in/out books, and more.

Issues and Controversies in American History

Build a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.

Read about the pro/con sides of the Salem witch trials, imperialism, and more.

Primary sources, interesting video clips, art work, time lines, political cartoons and more.

Good source for historical background for readings in English & SS classes.

Modern World History Online

Explore world history by searching for people, events and topics, and areas of the world.

Primary sources, images, maps and graphs, and chronologies.

Ancient history through present day conflicts.

Classroom Video On Demand

A dedicated high school streaming video subscription with thousands of full-length videos and video clips for every class and every level.

Inspiring material for presentations.

Citations included.

View, share and save 24/7 on any device.


eLibrary Offers more than 2000 full text sources including magazines, newspapers, books, television/radio transcripts and more.

Aresearch tutor avatar to help select topics, note-taking organizers, maps, statistics and plenty of tools to develop stronger research habits.


SIRS Researcher-A comprehensive source for all school subjects and pro-con viewpoints for over 300 controversial issues.

A research tutor avatar to help select topics, note-taking organizers, maps, statistics and plenty of tools to develop stronger research habits.

Use EasyBib to create citations quickly. Remember to print or export to Google drive within 3 days.


The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University is a goof resource for citations for MLA and APA styles.


Free file conversion tool

Upload files in almost any format, chose the format to convert the file to, enter an email address, and click convert. Within 24 hours, a link will be sent to the email address provided. No account required.

Science Online

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries.

Coverage includes biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology.

An extensive backfile illustrates how one scientific advance leads to another.

Articles focus on the questions scientists ask themselves.

Use the topic tab to drill down for an extensive list of subject areas that include social sciences, animal sciences, and tech & engineering.

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