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CPHS_Creative Writing - James. J. Hill House - Historical Fiction Assignment: Databases

This guide has been designed to help you through the research and writing processes for completing your Creative Writing II Historical Fiction assignment. Standards Met:,,,,,

What Is a Database?

DATABASES are collections of digital resources centered around a broad subject, such as science or health or history. DATABASES are put together by educated individuals (editorial boards) who gather resources from credible sources.

 DATABASES are provided to assist you when completing research and can be accessed at In order to access a database from home, you will need to use the following:

How to search DATABASES:

1. Click on the DATABASE that you would like to explore. When using DATABASES from home, you will be asked for a username and password. Passwords are found on the green EResources card available at the LMC desk.

2. Type in your search term. Try several search terms if the one you use doesn't yield good results.

3. Note that DATABASES include various types of PRIMARY and SECONDARY resources including: academic journals, newspapers, photographs, radio transcripts, video clips, reference books, etc. 

4. Read the title and description of the displayed resources. When you find a resource that you think might be useful to you, click on the title to get the full text. 

Besides containing credible resources, DATABASES also offer the advantage of providing you with a source citation for the resource. These can generally be found at the end of the article or by clicking a "source citation" button. Be sure to copy and paste all of your source citations into a works cited page as you go.

Note also that many DATABASES have a "listen" button that you can click on to have the resource read aloud to you. (Please check out headphones at the desk if you choose this option while using the databases in the LMC.)

There is also generally an e-mail button that allows you to e-mail a resource home to yourself if you think you might not be able to finish reading it during class time and want to have access to it at a later time.



The following databases all contain information on James J. Hill. Click on the following links:

For instance, if you go to the Discovering Collection and search "James J. Hill," you will find 6 Reference Articles related to this topic. When you click on the title of the article, you will be taken to the full text of the article. Notice the suggestions on the left for other search terms to explore.

Citations for material from this database can be found at the bottom of the article or by clicking to "cite" or "source citation" button. Note that you should include the URL - web address - which is given after the citation. Choose MLA citation.

Databases vs. Websites

From the Hennepin County Libraries website: