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Databases to Search
(You can also find these and more on the school library catalog home page)
Explora Secondary Schools
Click this link and then select "Explora Secondary Schools" from the list. Available through WCFL. If prompted to log in, use RAIL followed by your student ID. A research tool designed for grades 6-12 with access to thousands of high-quality online articles and multimedia content. Includes tools to create citations and save to Google Drive.
Articles from over 2,100 reliable high-quality newspapers, magazines, and reference material, selected for grades 1-9. Includes biographies.
Select World Book Advanced. Online encyclopedia with multimedia reference materials on thousands of topics.
AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands.
Music and pop culture magazine.
The website of the documentary media franchise owned by A&E.
Tip: Rather than citing the information from Wikipedia directly, scroll to the bottom and look at the "Cited Sources," "Further Reading" and "External Links."
To ensure you can trust the information you find online, apply the "CRAP test":
Finding and Requesting Books
Washington County Public Schools' Libraries:
School Library Catalog Portal
Use this link (also available on your iPad home screen) to access the school library catalog portal.
1. Log in using the link at the top right. Your username is your 5+3 (just the username not full email) and your password is your regular WCPS password.
2. Switch to the "Catalog" tab at the top.
3. Consider changing the location to "Washington County Public Schools" to search all schools' collections.
4. Type your search topic in the box and push return. (For fewer results, try clicking "subject" instead.)
5. Click the titles of books to read more about them.
6. If an item shows one or more copies "available locally," copy down the call number and check the shelf. If it shows "no local copies," or 0 available locally, click "hold it" to request a copy. (If you do not see "hold it," make sure you are logged in and have clicked on the book's title to view details.)
Washington County Free Library (Using School RAIL Card):
Washington County Free Library
Click this link to go to the Washington County Free Library website.
1. Type your search topic in the box at the top of the page and click Go.
2. Consider using the Narrow Your Search menu at the left. Under "Type of Material" > "More," you can choose "book" to limit your results to books.
3. Click book titles to read more about them.
4. Under availability, if the book is available at your local branch, note the call number and check the shelf. Otherwise, click "Request."
To request, you will be prompted to log in. Your library card number is "rail______" (rail followed by your student ID number.) Your password/Pin is your student ID number. Select your local branch and place request.
Hancock branch Information:
When requesting books, you may opt to have them sent to the Hancock War Memorial Library branch.
If it is more convenient, you may also ask Mrs. Tuya to request the book on our school card and pick it up for you.
The Hancock library address is: 231 Hancock Veterans Parkway, Hancock, MD 21750 (map)
Click here to check the latest branch hours.
For questions about your hold, call the branch at 301-678-5300.