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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is a Lib Guide?

Lib Guides are one-stop-shopping for MHS student projects.  By clicking on a subject tab, you will find a list of teachers and current projects.  Within each project Lib Guide, you will find all necessary resources to complete the project: database links, citation resources, suggested websites, teacher handouts, etc.


Searching Strategies





Requires all terms to appear

Narrows search

Exercise AND health

finds results with both terms


Makes one, some, or all terms appear

Broadens search

Salary OR income

finds results using either term


Prohibits a term from appearing

Narrows search

Bears NOT grizzly

finds bears and restricts grizzly

“ “

Searches for an exact phrase

“Spirit of St. Louis”

finds exact phrase in exact order


Searches for variations of words


finds bank, banks, banking, etc.


Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Source Type




Original, first-hand account of an event or time period; factual, not interpretive; written or made during or close to the event or time period; results of experiments, clinical trials, or research

Diaries, government records, speeches, photographs, maps, interviews, paintings, newspaper and magazine articles from the event or time period


Analyzes and interprets primary sources; second-hand account of an historical event

Biographies, literary criticisms, books, newspaper and magazine articles that interpret



We Have Great Databases!

To access the databases off campus, you may click here for passwords, pick up the passwords in the Library, or join the MHS Library Google Classroom page (v5ht8du).


You can also access the GALE databases on your mobile device!

Search for the Access My Library app Cover art in the app store. Once installed, select Mascoutah High School from the available libraries. The password is indians.




GALE Databases

PowerSearch Web image  Global Issues In Context Web image  U.S. History In Context Web image  World History In Context Web image  Academic OneFile Web image  Gale Virtual Reference Library Web image  Literature Resource Center Web image  Gale Literary Sources Web image

  Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers Web image  Artemis Subcollection Web image

Science In Context Web image  Gale Interactive: Science Web image

Encyclopedia Britannica Online


Proquest Databases



EBSCO Databases



First Search - Statewide Illinois Catalog

(Includes: ArticleFirst, ECO, ERIC, MEDLINE, & WorldCat)


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