Why Mars?

Why Mars? Why Not ...

These resources will help you identify information related to sustaining life on your planet. May the force be with you!

Key Resources at a Glance:

Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of many of our WMS print encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible in the media center, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Search results can be printed, emailed or saved to a personal folder.

Science Reference Center is an excellent source of information on biology, life science, environmental science, technology, wildlife and more. Search results can be printed, emailed or saved to a personal folder.

Marshall Cavendish Marshall Cavendish Digital  eBook versions of our popular print reference books. Great for Ancient and Medieval social studies, American history, science, endangered species, inventors and inventions, diseases, drugs, and more.
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SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database for children grades 1-9 with full-text articles and images. Features include activities such as science experiments, craft projects, writing activities, biographies of every U.S. President and other notable people, fiction articles, and country facts. Discoverer WebFind is a database of carefully chosen Internet resources on almost any subject  Online tutorial available.

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SIRS Knowledge Source is a collection of 6 databases for students in grade 6-12. Full-text articles, graphics, photographs, government documents, primary sources, ebooks, and previewed websites.
Britannica School Edition Search Level-Appropriate Reference Articles, Journals and Magazines, the Web's Best Sites, Multimedia, and Curriculum Content.
  Web Pages and Portals


Citation Generators

Reference Print Resources
OPAC Catalog

 Multimedia Resources


Animoto allows you to create a video using photos, images, and video with added music. The site customizes the video which can be published to any webpage.

Prezi instead of Powerpoint? Try it! 
Create maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, drawings and present in a nonlinear way. Move beyond the slide.

Responsible Use of Media

      Creative Commons flickr: Search for images and other media. 
Creative Commons Search for sharing, using and remixing media.

Creative Commons: Legal Music for Videos:Music released under Creative Common attribution.


Visit the FCPS TRT Free Multimedia Page for more great links to image and audio sources.