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An ad based resource collection from a legitimate encyclopedia from Columbia University and several almanacs. Real sources, a real “cite” button, but many ads. Middle School audience. Search “cell division” for a good example of content. Definitely worth checking out.
Infantile interface with surprisingly good information. The information level is K-12 and following the same “cell division” trail, I found great videos on the topic. That’s the catch - these are almost all videos and fun games. Ad based.
Online videos (free) and access to WEBx training (fee based) training in using EBSCO databases.
Maybe borrow a local high school librarian to put database training into context. “You got the info - now what do you do with it?” Sort of thing.
Finally - St. Louis County Library offers that free 30 minute librarian training. If you have anyone that lives in that area - they could take advantage of it. If no one is within the country - perhaps the library area they belong to officers it or will sponsor a class from the county.
Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Public Library of Science
The JSTOR of science. OPEN SOURCE science journals on every topic. Searching “cell division” brings many results - probably too complex for Middle School.
A sample of the entire Britannica content which can be purchased ON SALE NOW for 74.95 annually for one license. Usually double that. Extremely easy to use and excellent source with a “cite” button as well as links to allow for further research into the topic. Tried and tried to get info on a school license but no luck unless I agreed to a long conversation with a sales person. Can get a lot of content without paying. - and I believe you can ask for a 7 day trial.
St. Louis County Library
St. Louis County Library - Resources A-Z
Any county resident can access online databases for free - remotely!. You can also book a librarian for 30 minutes (free) to teach you how to use the resources. I did a free chat session with them to confirm this.
Best resource is Academic Search Elite by EBSCO. Or Academic OneFile
St. Louis Public Library
St. Louis Public Library - Resources A-Z
The same deal here as with County residents. Those within city can get free library card and access to these databases which leads me to believe that this is a lot like the APL - only closely guarded within the public library system. Academic Search Elite is the best for your purposes or Academic Onefile