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Research Tips & Tricks


Web 2.0 Tools

Scrible Student Edition

Free web annotating tool if you sign up with your TRUSD Google Account


Kami Basic Edition

Another Free web annotating tool/chrome extension that lets you save to your Google Docs Account

Google Search & Advanced Search

Gale Databases

For the Gale Resources in Context click here

A password is not required at school!

If you want to access Gale outside of school the password is sacr_log


For the Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context click here 

A password is not required at school!

If you want to access Gale outside of school the password is sacr_log


Academic Journals

Search thousands of scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.

Login with your  Sac Library account info or:

There are 30 E cards in the school library. Check with the librarian about checking out the E cards.

Once you have an E card click here

Type in barcode number on E card

Type in 95838 for PIN number.

You will now have access to the digital resources of the Sacramento Public Library system.

Annotating in Google Drive

  1. Find an article
  2. Pretend to print it but change the destination to "Save to Google Drive"
  3. In Google Drive click "recent"  you should see your article as a pdf.  Drag it into your folder
  4. Open your folder.  Right click on the article and choose open with Google Docs
  5. It will create a google docs version of the article in your folder. 
  6. Open the google doc. The formatting will be messed up but the text of the document should be there.
  7. Highlight the evidence you want to tag.
  8. Either click the + sign that appears, click insert comment, or press CTRL+ALT+M
  9. Add tag or other annotations
  10. Click “Comment”


"Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research" -Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search Home

Google Scholar Help


Note: Google Scholar will let you create your own library, save searches, and even search within a text.

Internet Public Library is a trust worthy search engine for educational needs.  It was actively maintained for over 20 years.  While the site is now considered "closed," you continue using it for searching purposes. Be aware that the website is not updated anymore and the ask a librarian services are no longer available.