Sixth Grade Resources

Social Issues Research

Student Resources in Context Database 
  • To Access:
    • Click on Databases at the top navigation on this website
    • Click on the Student Resources in Context box
    • Type in the Zapata school code (hint: the school code was given to students during library class)
    • Click on Student Resources in Context (the first option)
    • Scroll down and click on View More next to Social Issues
    • Select the social issue
OR
  • To Access:
    • Direct link - http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cps3820?db=SRC-1
    • Type in the Zapata school code (hint: the school code was given to students during library class)
    • Click on Student Resources in Context (the first option)
    • Scroll down and click on View More next to Social Issues
    • Select the social issue



Africa Research Project

Note: In addition to following the steps below, you can also search a specific topic in the search box found on
each database.  For example, directly search Kenya or savanna in the search box. 

Student Resources in Context Database 
  • To Access:
    • Click on Databases at the top navigation on this website
    • Click on the Student Resources in Context box
    • Type in the Zapata school code (hint: the school code was given to students during library class)
    • Click on Student Resources in Context (the first option)
    • Click on View All next to the Geography section on the main page
    • Select the country
OR
  • To Access:
    • Direct linkhttp://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cps3820?db=SRC-1
    • Type in the Zapata school code (hint: the school code was given to students during library class)
    • Click on Student Resources in Context (the first option)
    • Click on View All next to the Geography section on the main page
    • Select the country
                  
Encyclopedia Britannica Database
  • Click on Databases at the top navigation on this website
  • Click on the Britannica box (note: a Spanish version is also available)
  • Then you may have to type in the Zapata school code (hint: the school code was given to students during library class)
  • Click on the middle tree for Middle School 
  • Locate the search box at the top of the page
  • Search the country

The CIA World Factboook - Research a specific country or compare countries
                  
    • Select a specific country from the drop down menu 
       
    • On the country page, click on the + symbol to expand topic sections 
      • Introduction
      • Geography
      • People and Society
      • Government
      • Economy
      • Energy
      • Communications
      • Transportation 
      • Military 
      • Transnational Issues 
       

Culture Grams Database (available from the Chicago Public Library)
This reference database contains information on countries and territories with particular emphasis on customs, lifestyles and social conditions. The World Edition covers over 200 countries and territories and is aimed at junior high and high school students and adults. Younger students will find age-appropriate information in the Kids Edition (which covers 78 countries), 
  • To Access:  Click here 
    • Type your Chicago Public Library card number
    • Type your zip code
    • Click on Kids Edition
    • Click on Africa on the World Map
    • Click on the Country



Fantasy Books



Literature Circles
Click on your topic to view e-books in the online library catalog.  Step-by-step directions on accessing e-books are located below the topics.



    Penguins

Directions to Access and Read E-Books 
Research at home with e-books (electronic books) available via SOAR, the CPS online library catalog.
1.  Visit the SOAR catalog (click here) and search your topic. For example, search penguins. 
2.  Click on an electronic-resource.  Hint: If the book is an electronic resource, it will say [electronic resource] next to the title.
3.  You will be directed to another page.  Scroll down to Electronic Resource.  Under Electronic Resource, click on "Click here to read this eBook from Follett."
4.  Enter the Zapata Academy username and password.  The username and password were given to students during library class.
5.  Click on "Open" located below the book cover.  Now you are ready to begin reading!



World Cultures Research

Culture Grams Database (available from the Chicago Public Library)
This reference database contains information on countries and territories with particular emphasis on customs, lifestyles and social conditions. The World Edition covers over 200 countries and territories and is aimed at junior high and high school students and adults. Younger students will find age-appropriate information in the Kids Edition (which covers 78 countries),
  • To Access:  Click here
    • Type your Chicago Public Library card number
    • Type your zip code
    • Click on Kids Edition
    • Click on the Specific Continent on the World Map
    • Click on the Specific Country



Earthquake and Volcano Research

Databases
Databases are a helpful research tool.  Click on a database below and search for information related to the earthquake or volcano you are researching.
Note: The Zapata Academy username and password were given to students during library class.

E-Books
Research at home with e-books (electronic books) available via SOAR, the CPS online library catalog.
1.  Visit the SOAR catalog (click here) and search your topic. For example, search volcano. 
2.  Click on an electronic-resource.  Hint: If the book is an electronic resource, it will say [electronic resource] next to the title.
3.  You will be directed to another page.  Scroll down to Electronic Resource.  Under Electronic Resource, click on "Click here to read this eBook from Follett."
4.  Enter the Zapata Academy username and password.  The username and password were given to students during library class.
5.  Click on "Open" located below the book cover.  Now you are ready to begin reading!

Chicago Public Library Books 
These books are available from the Toman Branch of the Chicago Public Library