Research Project: The Vietnam War

Today's Task: Database Exploration

Today's Targets

1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.

1.1.5 Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness to needs, importance, and social and cultural context.

Conduct Your Preliminary Research

Use the resources found in the Virtual Reference Collection to locate and print information such as articles, essays, photographs, timelines, maps and other resource links to help you conduct your preliminary research on your chosen topic.

Below you will find a brief review of the orientation given in the LMC last week. The instructions will guide you into the eCatalog and into the databases to begin your process.

Do you want to learn more about the research process? Visit:

1. Access the BJSHS LMC eCatalog (Destiny)

Enter this URL in the internet address bar:

Choose and click on Babylon Junior Senior High School

Click on the "Login" rectangle in the top right corner to login

When prompted, enter your eCatalog username and password:


Username: jsmith

Password: 2015 (your graduation year)

You will now have access to the eCatalog (Destiny) and it's linked resources.

2. Access the Virtual Reference Collection (VRC)

In Research Resources click on Virtual Reference Collection to access the databases. Choose and click on the High School Collection.

In the History/Geography bucket, click on: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

When you are prompted, enter the BJSHS VRC login:

Username: babylon

Password: babylon

You will now have access to search this and any other databases you may choose.

Suggested starting points:

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Issues and Controversies in American History

History Study Center

Pro-Quest K-12 (click on history icon)

Searching the Databases

Enter a query in the search bar. A query is a question, keyword, subject or topic.

What do you want to know?

Insert a general term related to your topic and often times a drop down of related searches will appear.

If the databases shortens your query, click on one suggested search and review the material. Continue this process until you find an article that will give you information about your query.