What is a database?
Think of a database as a digital filing cabinet where information is collected/stored and organized in a logical way that makes it easy to access and use. There are history databases, science databases, literature databases, art databases, music databases. There are databases of newspapers, magazines, maps, sheet music. There are also collections of databases. Basically, a database is a collection of some sort of information.
What is the LAUSD Digital Library?
The LAUSD Digital Library is a collection of subscription databases and online encyclopedias that give students and teachers high quality, credible, and relevant scholarly sources for academic research. Many of the databases and encyclopedias have research and writing tutorials that make your tasks easier. There are translation tools, citation tools, links with Google Drive, read-aloud features. (It is also completely appropriate to use the digital library to find non-academic information!)
How do I access the LAUSD Digital Library?
If you are on campus it is easy. Simply click the link below; you can also access it from the Banning HS website home page, in the Quick Links Box, or from the Library Home page.
If you are off campus click on the Remote Access button and sign in with your LAUSD SSO. For teachers that is your LAUSD SSO; for students this is your LAUSD email and password.
Where do I start? How do I know which database/encyclopedia to use?
What information are you looking for? What is your topic? Do you need an overview of a subject or are you doing in-depth research on a topic? Consider your audience and purpose.
Look at the brief descriptions of each of the LAUSD Digital Library resources.
Can't I just use Google or Yahoo instead of the LAUSD Digital Library?
The LAUSD Digital Library will give you more targeted, accurate, credible, relevant, sources for your academic research. The sources have been vetted and are updated regularly. You do not have to sift through the many "hits" you will get on a Google search. You will save a lot of time and effort by using the digital library databases and encyclopedias. The Digital Library is not a commercial search engine. No one is trying to sell you anything. It is an excellent bridge to the kind of scholarly research you will be expected to do in college.
*LAUSD Digital Library Free Sites are links to useful and interesting free sights for academic research and personal growth. They are grouped by academic discipline and topic. You can access them anywhere you have the internet!