As we continue to work in a hybrid teaching model, teachers are turning to digital sources for their curriculum. Hannah and I want to remind you to keep databases in mind. What better way to look for articles than to use the state database trial that’s going on now?
Thanks to a service called Try-It! Illinois, every year, vendors offer up their databases for us to use – for free – until November 30. Please take some time to scan and explore the list of hundreds of databases. For instance, there’s one called Access World News Research Collection 2020, another called Teen Health and Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers, and one called STEM database.
If you find a database you like, let us know. We’ll consider purchasing a subscription for next school year. In the meantime, the trial period is a great time to search for and save articles you can use in your classes now. Many of the databases even allow you to filter based on Lexile levels.
To gain access, just click on the database trial link. Feel free to share the link and our database passwords document with your students.
Special thanks to the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library for providing this opportunity.
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