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Click here for a checklist you can use when evaluating websites. (Thanks to the Librarians at the University of Maryland, who were the authors & inspiration for the material. You can view their original here.)

UC Berkeley Library's Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask.

Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries' Evaluating Information Found on the Internet.


Click here to search for books in SHG Library and in the Illinois Heartland Library System. You can limit your search to books that are in the school library by selecting My Library from the LIMIT BY drop-down menu at the top of the screen.   

Click here to search for books in colleges and universities across the state of Illinois.  

If you want to borrow a book that the SHG Library does not own, please fill out this form.


If you would like to access a database from home, login to this document that contains database password using your SHG email account. Use the same login information that you use to sign into the SHG computers.

Credo Reference is the electronic equivalent of the articles and definitions contained within encylopedias entries. It is a great starting point for your research as it provides a vast collection of reference materials from a variety of disciplines including art, literature, history, science, sociology, and much more. Click to view a tutorial.

EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system that offers a variety of full text databases from leading information providers. The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially-designed, subject-specific databases for public, academic, school, medical, corporate, and government libraries. We subscribe to

Advanced Placement Source, which is designed to meet the extensive needs of high school students enrolled in various AP courses. Click to view a tutorial.

JSTOR provides students with exposure to peer reviewed scholarly research and prepares them for their future studies, enables teachers to incorporate important scholarly literature into their classes, and provides librarians with a reference resource of over 1,500 academic journals and other content. To access JSTOR at school, click on the logo above to browse and search. SHG students and staff can use JSTOR at home. Please stop by the library to obtain the registration information. Click to view a tutorial.

Need search tips for JSTOR?  Click here for search tips. 

Bloom's Literature examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. This resource contains more than 20,000 critical essays from over 500 literary journals and 2,300 scholarly and critical books, including 700 titles published by Bloom's Literary Criticism and Facts On File. Also included in the database are more than 13,000 biographies, 45,000 character entries, 5,000 synopses of literary works and hundreds of images and videos. Click to view a tutorial.

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, with links to a 12-year back-file, Issues and Controversies offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. This database is great for research papers and debate prep. Click to view a tutorial.


World Book Online provides students with access to information on countries around the world, ebooks, and timelines.  

  World Religions provides students with information on almost all religions throughout the world.  Videos, music, maps, and so much more can be accessed here.