Grade 8 Humanities – using Quick Reference and EBSCO for research

When completing research for any subject don’t forget to start with the resources in your library – log in to Destiny and see what books are available.

Quick Reference Section - Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Atlases

Quick Reference Section – Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Atlases


One area that you may not be used to using is the Quick Reference Section. The encyclopedias here can provide some very useful information. It is best when using an encyclopedia to go to the last volume first – the index volume and search for your topic there. The index will let you know which volumes and page numbers to go to for information on your topic.

Our online encyclopedia Encyclopedia Britannica may also provide useful information as well. Password information is available in the library and on the library pages in your student planner. Choose your search terms carefully – here I used “Imperialism Nigeria” to find some useful information.

EBSCO is a collection of online periodicals and journals and is useful to more in-depth research Username and password information is available in the library and on the library pages in your student planner. When you log in select the database called EBSCOhost Research Databases. Before you enter your search words you will need to select which databases you are interested in – I suggest Advanced Placement Source, Funk and Wagnells New World Encyclopedia, MAS Ultra – School Edition, Middle Search Plus and TOPICsearch.


Click continue and then add your search words. I suggest for this assignment you write “Country History Imperialism” so if you are researching Nigeria your search will be “Nigeria History Imperialism“.


Once you have your search results you should further refine them to Full Text only then the articles you get will be able to be downloaded and saved to be read later. See the gallery below to see the screen shots of the process described. Mrs Bond and Mr Johnson can help you use this great research tool.

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