Online Resources

SPS subscribes to several databases for projects and general knowledge. Researchers have access to current and reviewed sources with citations that help build better research habits and skills. Databases include tools to help you broaden or narrow a topic, and choose different sources (books, newspapers, magazines, websites, scholarly journals, primary and secondary sources). Many allow researchers either save to Google Drive or to create an individual folder.

OnLine Content

SHS Catalog

SHS Library Catalog

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


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.

Click HERE to access Bloom's Literature


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

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

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 & Museum

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 & Controversies in American History

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.

Video on Demand


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

A research 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.

Citations & Conversion
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.