Information Literacy Resources

The resources below focus on information literacy skills. This page includes:

  • Access to databases

  • How to search using a Search Engine like Google

  • How to analyze if a resource is considered reliable or not

  • How to give credit to the original content creators through citation.

Gale Databases

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These databases and eBooks are provided by the Washington State Library.

You will not need a password if you are using these resources on-campus.

If you are using the databases or eBooks off-campus, please contact your teacher or school librarian for the password.

Gale Databases

Gale eBooks

NCW Libraries

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A collection of databases that are available for students and teachers to use.

Must have a public library card to access.

NCW libraries: Student Research

Learn tricks on how to get better results when you do a Google Search.

How did you get that answer so fast? Learn how the internet makes it so you get your search results so quickly and how to make sure you are getting the right searches.


What is plagiarism?

Merriam-Webster dictionary states plagiarism means:

"To steal or pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: to use (another's production) without crediting the source."

Click on the link below to learn about the different types of plagiarism:

Explaining Plagiarism

Evaluating Sources

Historical events or traditional website research

These resources are great for evaluating if a website is accurate or not. The media bell curve highlights the level of bias news sites may have. These resources are most useful when doing historical research*.

*Note: Many of these resources/tests were created many years ago and may not be relevant to use when looking at current events or social media resources.

Evaluating Sources

Current Events or Social Media platforms (nontraditional research)

Mis/Dis/Mal information explanation

Digital Detectives book

These resources are based on Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgin's book Developing Digital Detectives: Essential Lessons for Discerning Fact from Fiction in the 'Fake News' Era. These steps are based on how to research and identify accurate information on current events, and when using resources found on social media.

These lenses are meant to teach researchers how to identify what is true and untrue online and how to look at why a person may have posted something before they share or repost it on their own page.

Citing Sources

Q&A about Citations