Welcome to Urbana High School Library
Use Destiny Catalog to search for books on our shelves.
We also have an eBook collection! (See the librarian for your access information)
UHS Library Digital Resources: Research Databases
Click on the links below to access the following online research databases: eLibrary, Gale Virtual Reference, Issues and Controversies, and World Book Online. See the library staff to obtain user IDs and passwords for home access.
eLibrary - an online database
Search for newspaper, magazine and journal articles. Also has images, transcripts, and recommended web sites.
GVRL - Gale Virtual Reference Library
A extensive digital reference book collection – full text & integrated with Google drive.
Facts on File Issues & Controversies
Authoritative articles and data for research on current issues and controversial topics.
World Book Online
This is the trusty general encyclopedia. A great place to start for reliable articles on a wide variety of topics.
UHS Library Digital Resources: eBook collections
Click on the links below to access the following small eBook collections: Salem Press and Infobase. See the library staff to obtain user IDs and passwords for home access
Salem Press history & literature eBooks
Full-text reference sets (print editions available) covering history, literature, geography, and natural disasters
Infobase Publishers - eBooks
21 books of literary criticism, 5 history books, and 1 career encyclopedia. We have BOTH print and unlimited digital access.
Searching the Internet and Evaluating What You Find:
There are several ways to search the internet and some basic guidelines for checking out your results.
Evaluating Web Results
The CRAP Test – A handy and basic tool for considering the validity of a website (first developed by Molly Beestrum).
CCCO Evaluating Sources – a helpful guide from Colorado Community Colleges Online. Note the tabs near the top that allow you to get more information, including their own adaptation of the CRAP Test. Many universities post online guides for evaluating web resources. These two are pretty typical:
UC Berkeley Evaluating Resources – Another university guide, this one from the University of California at Berkeley.
Other Online Resources and Links:
Connect to the following sites to use online reference sources or to find out more about additional local resources or topics related to the research process.