Credible Online Resources

The WISD Library Treasure Chest

Teachers want students to have credible information for projects.

The WISD Libraries subscribe to resources that have just what kids need to be successful on class projects!

Each campus library webpage has age-appropriate materials.

Just go to to get started!

Choose your campus

Academics - Library Media Center

Please go ahead and open a new tab and find your library webpage...

What we currently have available


Reliable online resources for Texas public schools provided with support from the Texas Legislature. Resources from: Gale Group, Britannica School, Adam Matthew Digital, EBSCO eBooks, ProQuest SIRS Discoverer, and

Over $26,000 worth of subscriptions in this package...and we get it for $319!

The TexQuest home page...packed with everything you need to know about TexQuest!

We won't have time to look at these today, but you know where to find them! They were just added to TexQuest this summer!

Other Resources That We Subscribe To For the Kids!!

Students are sure to find things they can use...

Remember having to make copies of all the good stuff you finally found?

Those days are OVER!!! With these online resources, almost everything can be saved straight into the student's Google Drive. That's right! No more losing everything! Some are even compatible with Google Classroom.

Let's Take a look at some highlights...

( As we explore, please search for topics that would be pertinent to your classroom. )

Starting with a Gale Resource - Kids InfoBits or Research in Context

*** For ALL users in our District ***

Username: winnsboro

Password: winnsboro

Features we want to notice:

Front page layout - different sections for general exploration - geared for target audience

Search Assist tool - good for brainstorming if a student gets stuck

Content types - on right - quick view of results

Content Level - allows choice of reading difficulty

Translation tool - facilitates language acquisition

Read-aloud tool - builds reading independence

Dictionary - assists with new vocabulary

Citation tool - choose MLA or APA style

Bread-Crumb Trail - gets you back to search results

Download (saving to Google Drive)

  • First sign in to Google at top of screen
  • Exports content from Gale to Google
  • Gale creates a new folder in your Drive - probably orange
  • Let's open a new tab and find it!

Google Classroom - links back to Gale product from assignment in classroom (single article or search result page for a topic)

Want more training/ideas/info?

TexQuest Provider Training - webinars, handouts, etc.

TexQuest Training Tools - webinars, presentations, etc.

Gale Training Center - excellent training videos, worksheets, etc. Location ID = j250907

(If you access Gale from the TexQuest page, you must use j250907 as your username.)

All resources with the "GALE" tag on them have these features... How many Gale products are available for your campus? Take a look at what you can offer!

Now for Britannica...

*** For ALL users in our District ***

Username: winnsboro

Password: winnsboro

Features we want to notice:

Front page layout - different sections for general exploration - geared for target audience

Navigation features are much the same...

  • Notice Lesson Plans and Primary Sources may be included in content types

Britannica is an encyclopedia company -

  • Articles means "encyclopedia articles"
  • Magazines means "magazine articles"
Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 - toggles between elementary, middle, and high school content
  • Take a look at how the same content is presented to different age groups

Cite, Translate, Listen - tools are similar to Gale resources

Quick-Click Dictionary - click on any word - dictionary entry pops up

Print to Google Drive -

  • In article, select Print button
  • Change to Save to Google Drive
  • Article appears in your Drive as a PDF document
  • Then you can move it to a folder and use it for Google Classroom

Resource Packs - like an online filing cabinet - students or teachers can create these, share links to them, post them on the webpage, convert them to a lesson plan, etc.

Click on Educators -

  • You can create a log in to browse ready-made Lesson Plans - they are customizable!

Use winnsboro.teacher and raiders123 to take a look around!

When you create your own account, use texquest as the school code.

  • Look for section called Tutorials, Guides, and Training - select Video Tutorials - under Britannica School, there are tons of graphic organizers! - page 2 has a section on Resource Packs - watch the video on Resource Packs: Social Studies to learn more!

Want more training/ideas/info?

Britannica Digital Learning Resources Page - videos, PDF guides, graphic organizers, etc.

Graphic Organizers - 17 great classroom tools

***Use See, Think, Wonder organizer with videoclip to begin class - first without sound - fill in the chart - then play again with sound***

Short Video Tutorials - Resource Pack and Lesson Plan instruction is here

Moving on to Adam Matthew Digital

*** For ALL users in our District ***

Username: winnsboro

Password: winnsboro

This entire collection is designed for intense research, but can be used by a teacher to show a primary source document or maps as a discussion starter or to enhance a lesson.

Features we want to notice:

Front page layout - Quick Links area

Thematic Areas - the best place to start ( it is different in both collections)

  • Provides an overview of a thematic unit with all of the primary source documents to examine as you go.

Visual Galleries - contain all of the maps and images that support the Thematic Areas

Maps - Data Maps that have overlays that follow timelines through history. The Maps Gallery has all maps in the collection and can be narrowed down by adding various filters.

Search box - on top right corner of front page

  • Search for a particular term
  • Results are returned and you can zoom in on digitized pages of rare documents, brochures, etc. to find information.

Want more training/ideas/info?

TexQuest Provider Training - webinars, handouts, etc.

Primary Source video - using Adam Matthew Digital database

TexShare Webinar: Primary Source Collections - using Adam Matthew database

Next...World Book Online

*** For ALL users in our District ***

Username: winnsboro

Password: winnsboro

Features we want to notice:

Front page layout - varies depending on World Book product

Article - layout is similar to other databases

  • Double-click Dictionary
  • Look under the More Information or Related Information tabs
  • World Book Student and World Book Advanced offer Websites results - these are vetted sites by World Book that should be suitable for student research.
  • World Book Kids has Games that relate to topics

Gear Box - has tools

  • Citations
  • Download
  • Print
  • Translate

World Book Products - on bottom left of every page - toggle back and forth between databases - open up Timelines - browse for a minute - great tool!

Early World of Learning (on WES Library page) is specially designed for PK - 2nd grade.

Lots of good stuff - based on World Book content - but made for the little ones!

Early World Classics section has a collection of songs, nursery rhymes, and fables - possible tools for teaching multiple grade levels - don't overlook it!

Want more training/ideas/info?

Look for For Educators - then Educator Tools at the bottom of the Home page of each Britannica product - provides access to Curriculum Correlations, Lesson Plans, Webquests, Graphic Organizers, etc.

Then we have Culture Grams

*** Different Usernames ***

MMS Username: winnsboromms

WHS Username: winnsborohs

Password for ALL users: winnsboro

Elementary teachers, please browse in MMS CultureGrams today. We have no subscription for WES at this time, but if you find yourself using the MMS resource frequently, we can get a subscription for your campus.

Features we want to notice:

Point and Click Navigation to select Place of interest

Front page for country - Did You Know? - Average Person Infographic - Quick Facts - Map - mp3 download of anthems, etc.

Content is on the Left sidebar - one-page introduction of topic

Tools and Reports are on the Right sidebar -

  • Distance Calculator
  • World Time
  • Currency Converter
  • Graphs and Tables (Build Your Own)

Menu Bar across Top of screen -

  • More Features
  • Photo Gallery
  • Slideshows
  • Interviews
  • Recipes

Kids Edition - Life as a Kid content

States Edition - 3 types of maps

Save to Google Drive & Link to Google Account

Teaching Activities - 79 activities written like Lesson Plans

Want more training/ideas/info?

LibGuide - Great learning place for all things CultureGrams!!

Our kids always want to use Google to find websites about topics. Gale, Britannica, and World Book Online had vetted websites listed also. We need to get our kids in the habit of looking to those resources for valid websites to visit!

Finally - Destiny's WebPath Express

No usernames and passwords required - part of our circulation system!

  • Select Destiny on library page
  • Find Destiny Quest in paragraph and click on it
  • Click Exit in the upper right corner
  • Should be on the traditional green and white screen
  • Click on Library Search on left of screen

Features we want to notice:

Library Search - Type in search term

  • First thing listed are books in the Campus Library about the topic
  • Click on the Tab to the right that says Web Sites
  • These results are credible websites that Destiny has found useful for students on that topic.

We usually teach our students to use .gov, .org, or .edu sites.

WebPath Express includes some .coms - students need to learn that some are okay to use.

(i.e. - valid...credible - and in the list of vetted sites from Destiny)

Narrow results - notice that many extensions are here

  • by Domain - upper right
  • by Language - upper right
  • by Lexile - upper middle
  • by Format - upper left
  • by Source - upper left
  • click Get Results - above number of results

Notice Grade Level Post-it to the right of website summary - identifies target grade level.

Saving a webpage-

  • Right click on the page
  • Select Print
  • Change to Save to Google Drive

Now that we have looked around, let's make something to take to our students!


This is a poster-making website. If you would like to make a poster for your classroom, I'll be glad to have it printed for you.

The Goal: To identify what online resources available through the library can be used in your classroom.

1) Create your 11x17 poster

2) email it to

3) Wait for it to be delivered to your classroom. (Where is the EASY button???)

Tips for using Canva

  • Many templates and pictures in Canva are free. Some cost $1. Be mindful of what you are selecting to put on your poster!

  • When you save your file, please use this format: torri.miller_wes_online That way we can deliver it to the correct place!

  • When you download your file to the computer, select PDF: for print.

WISD Libraries

If you need more help, come see anyone in the library. We can point you in the right direction! Administrators can help, also!

Some of these resources that we have looked at have many features in and of themselves. After you get in and explore on your own, you may find that you want to visit more about a particular product. Stop by the library and we'll see what we can do to help!