Online Databases

  • John Handley LMC subscribes to the following databases to provide our students and staff with the most accurate, authoritative information available. Sharing access to these resources with anyone who is not a student or staff member at John Handley High School is strictly prohibited. Please see Mrs. Logan or Mrs. Putnam in the library if you need assistance using the databases. 

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  • Research Assistance Request

    If you need help with research you're doing for a class, stop by the library or fill out this form to request help from one of the library media specialists! You can also email a librarian directly. 


  • Gale Cengage Learning

    Use the above link to search all Gale Cengage Learning Databases to which we have access, or use one of the special databases designed for you below.

    Note that you can take advantage of logging in to these databases in order to easily share and download content to your Google Drive. Click on the top of the page where it says Sign in with Google  in order to export articles and citations to your google drive and share with others. 

    Gale Collections:

     Gale eBooks

    Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. 


    Gale in Context: High School

    Gale in Context: High School is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of topics, people, places, and events.


     Gale Literary Index Web Icon

    The largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available. The 10 award-winning series represent a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.


    Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

    Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues.



    Contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics; draws researchers into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.






    A massive collection of multidisciplinary periodical and digital media content, designed for beginning and intermediate researchers. Editorially created pages provide valuable context for both common and unusual research topics.


  •  Find It Virginia

    Find It Virginia is a carefully curated selection of authoritative databases, online learning products, and digital reading content (both text and audio) for Virginians of all ages. Select the appropriate tab for the age or audience to begin their research, reading and learning journey. All resources are free and available with a public library card anywhere in Virginia as well in Virginia’s public K-12 schools.


    Explora Middle and High School 




  • DiscoveryEd

    Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to take a look at our interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help you dive deeper into a topic —and have fun too!

    Access via the Classlink launchpad. 



     world book

    Choose from World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book Timelines, or Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. This web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, citation builder, research and homework help, study aids, curriculum guides, and more.


  • Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture, with tablet/mobile-friendly videos and slideshows, images, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, primary sources, maps and graphs, and timelines.

  • American History Online spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history. The entire scope of American history, now includes expanded coverage on American women’s history and U.S. government.

  • Ancient and Medieval History provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special Topic Centers on key civilizations and regions, including the ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, ancient and medieval Asia, the Americas, medieval Europe, and the Islamic World. Each civilization’s history is brought to life through articles, videos and slideshows, primary sources, and more.

  • Bloom’s Literature offers a comprehensive resource for the study of literature. Edited and curated by Yale University professor Harold Bloom, this database includes thousands of critical essays and discussion questions, plus author biographies and character analyses, full-length poems, the full text of hundreds of reference books, full-length videos of classic plays and films, and more.

  • Infobase's eBook Collection features thousands of core reference works from acclaimed imprints such as Facts On File, Ferguson's, and Bloom's on a wide range of subjects areas, from history to science, literature, and more.

  • Issues & Controversies in History delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage that provides the background, outcome, and contemporary points of view for every major debate and conflict in history. Presented in a pro/con format that clearly explains both sides of the historical dispute, each article is supported by a timeline and a wealth of primary sources.

Modern World History
  • Modern World History offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.

  • World Geography and Culture is the definitive resource for the study of countries, cultures, and geography concepts and skills. Every country of the world is profiled in depth, covering all aspects of its geography, history, society, and culture. At-a-glance information, maps and flags, videos, images, gazetteer entries, biographies of famous people, a timeline, and current news supplement each country profile. Comprehensive entries about the U.S. states are also available.

  • World Religions explores religion and spirituality in an objective manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the elaborate rituals of today. The database’s Topic Centers feature specially selected content on 15 of the world’s religions and traditional spiritual practices, including information on important topics, spiritual leaders, sacred texts, and holy days and festivals.



     JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, ebooks, & primary sources with 10+ million documents and serving 10,000+ libraries.


    Explore important and rare collections from libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies around the world.

    JSTOR Global Plants

    Global Plants, an online environment that brings together content, tools, and people interested in plant science, is the world's largest database of digitized plant specimens and a locus for international scientific research and collaboration.


    African Cultural Heritage Site and Landscapes and Struggles for Freedom in South Africa