Research Tools

Description and Login Information

Username and Password: It's the same for all of these, unless specified otherwise*. If you are a member of the ISK Community and you don’t know what they are, email the library ( and we’ll let you know.

DATABASES: use these to access reliable and respected information sources. Always remember to cite your sources.

Alexandria – the ISK Library catalog

Britannica – a safe, up-to-date, and age-appropriate information resource for Elementary, Middle, and High School

Britannica Image Quest – a digital collection of nearly 3 million images that can be used freely by students for papers and projects

BrainPop – a collection of short, curriculum-related, animated videos that explain frequently studied topics. (grades 3 and up)

BrainPop Jr. - as above, but for a younger audience (PreK-3)

Churchill Archive - A digital library of modern international history with more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965

Facts on File Databases - subject-specific databases provide access to curriculum-based content in a variety of formats (articles and essays, videos and animations, photographs and illustrations, cartoons, primary sources, maps and charts, timelines, news articles, experiments, etc.)

  • Ancient and Medieval History
  • Issues and Controversies
  • Modern World History
  • Science Online
  • World Geography & Culture
  • World Religions

Follettshelf – ISK’s e-library of fiction and nonfiction books for all ages (read online or download the book)

EMC* (English Media Centre). Essays and criticism on authors and literature. Contact HS librarian or English teacher for access.

History Today* - articles from leading scholars on all periods, regions and themes of history. Contact HS librarian or History teacher for access.

IB Review - topical articles and expert exam advice to deepen subject knowledge and develop independent learning skills.

JStor – provides access to full text articles from over 2000 scholarly journals [primarily for IB diploma students]

Newsademic – a bi-weekly summary of world news, written in language students understand

Oxford Art Online – gateway to several important and respected art historical reference tools

Oxford Music Online – information on composers, performers, conductors, instruments, forms, genres and other aspects of music

PebbleGo – a database for our youngest researchers with sections on animals, people, science and social studies

Questia School* – an online research library, featuring thousands of digital books and millions of academic articles, supporting research across the curriculum. HS students have their own log-in.

Tumble Books Library – a collection of picture books, with an audio option


Ask librarian/teacher for login

Note: Centre ID is 151490

On campus access only