Valleyview research tools
To find all of our subscribed databases, like Britannica or Ebsco, click on Destiny.
Passwords for our databases
Students, please ask your teacher, Ms Bell or Mrs Graham for the passwords to any of the subscribed databases so you can access them from home.
tips for better research
Here are some helpful ideas for making better searches:
Build searches up one keyword at a time - know your key terms and words.
Choose the right site for the right search.
Use limiters such as peer reviewed or full text to narrow your search.
Make sure that the results you have are not just sponsored content, but are good information.
Search term tricks: (most of these work with Google, and with other sites)
" " - Use quotation marks to search for exact words (FYI, this is how your teachers catch cheaters).
- (minus sign) - Use this to exclude words eg. Mustang -cars; for different sites you may use NOT
* (asterisk) - Wildcard, means any words - helpful when you don't know all of the words to a song or phrase eg. Revved up like a * (BTW, no one understands the words to this song).
AND OR - Use these two words (capitalized) to help link ideas.
filetype: - You can specify the type of file your search looks for eg. filetype:pdf
site: - Use this to search specific sites eg. Harry Potter site:amazon.ca
intitle: - Use this to search for a word in a title of a website
inurl: - Use this to search for a word in a url of a website
Here are some great places to start your search:
The bolded sites can be found by using Destiny and clicking on the visual tab.
If you're logging on from home, username: valleyview111 password: BCSD73
Looking for a quick introduction to a topic: Britannica (will also do the citation for you!) or World Book Advanced, and then Wikipedia, and then Google.
Looking for Science topics: Gale Science In Context, Gale GREENR, National Geographic,
Looking for Canadian Perspectives: E-Stat (Stats Canada), Gale Canada In Context, CBC Curio, Canadian Points of View, or KnowBC
Looking for advanced journal articles: EBSCO Bundle (from here go to EBSCOhost)
Looking for pictures to use in presentations: Britannica (from here go to ImageQuest), or EBSCO Bundle (from here go to EBSCOhost Image Collection)