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FCHS Science Fair: Databases

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Database Search Tips

When you are not at school, databases require passwords.

Click here for passwords. Sign into your FCPS Gmail account for access.


  • Paid for by the library.  
  • Cannot be searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, "smart people", etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by experts.


  • Access is free.  No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website.  The information included might not verified by anyone.
  • Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.
  • Must examine with a critical eye!

Use the search limit fields to receive back the type of information you need for your assignment.

Databases make citing sources easy!

  • Library databases include a citation tool for articles & resources. Look at the bottom of the article/resource for the citation or to the left or right for tools.
  • Don't forget to look for images- we have usage rights as long as you cite them.

Why should I use databases?