Gale/Cengage databases are simple to search; however paradoxically teachers will always want to direct student to the Advanced Search option [link to the right of the search box on the home page].
ADVANCED SEARCH features allow teachers and students to control/select what they are looking for:
1) Type of search to try (*Keyword [best option!], author, title, subject etc.)
2) Full text option (always check)
3) Date of creation/publication
3)Type of content/format of material they are looking for (articles, news, reference [e-encyclopedias], media, websites)
4) Content Level (critical for 5-7th grade to check "Basic" to retrieve lower lexile leveled materials and not have them wade through the full resuls list!)
Look for/point out list (on right of results page) to view the materials & their different formats that were retrieved
Click on link to open desired item
E-TOOLS AVAILABLE for each item once the link is opened [found in box in upper right corner so students can save, print, cite source!]
To access these Databases and E-Encyclopedias at home (or off-campus), you will need the LSA username and password. Your teacher will give these to you. Write them down/email them to yourself with the Subject Database Remote Logins!
If you have any questions and/or would like to set up a demo workshop for your teachers, feel free to contact:
La Salle Academy, Providence