Middle and Upper School Resources
Jackson Academy provides students with the tools to succeed in the information age by remaining on the cutting edge of library research education. Before graduation from high school, students learn to access and read digital and print resources at the university level.
Resources for Research
You can access the library’s catalog using the link above. If you need assistance with the catalog, please contact a librarian.
A launchpad for curiosity, BrainPOP provides learning games, animated movies, and activities to help young learners grasp difficult concepts.
“Inspiring curiosity and instilling the joy of learning,” Britannica Online is the modern, elementary education-centered expression of the longest running encyclopedia.
- Encyclopedia Britannica (high school and up)
- Compton’s by Britannica (middle school and up)
- Britannica Elementary (elementary school and up)
EBSCOhost offers access to an immense library of high-quality articles from premier publishers. Citation assistance, the ability to save search results and customize the user-interface, along with many other options make EBSCOhost an excellent research platform for students.
- EBSCOhost Web
- History Reference Center
- Novelist K-8
- Science Reference Center
- Explora Middle and High Schools
- Explora Elementary Schools
- Explora Teachers Edition
- Literary Reference Center Plus
A leader in research and publishing, Gale Cengage Learning offer reference content and provides full-text magazines and newspaper articles. Services included in JA’s GaleNet subscription include:
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Gale Literature: Scribner Writer Series
- Gale Literature: Twayne’s Author Series
- Gale in Context: High School
- Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
- Gale Literary Sources
- Literature Resource Center – LRC
The JSTOR database is a platform for scholarly research. Offering more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources, JSTOR works to connect scholars with resources.
Innovative software that teaches students and supports teachers and librarians throughout the entire research process: Search intelligently, assess the quality of results, record, organize and synthesize information using online notecards, Format your bibliography in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian style.
MISBO Digital Library
MISBO digital library is a website that allows students 24/7 online access to a digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Students browse our collection and check out titles online, and read in the browser with Sora Read, read on a Mac, iPad, iPhone or download to a wide variety of devices.
Salem Literature – Critical Insights
A provider of reference works on literature, history and biography, social sciences, and science, Salem Press’s online database quickly connects students to general information on popular works.
Promotes originality in student work and improves student writing and research skills. Teachers will provide instruction if the use of the TurnItIn service is indicated.
To request a username and password to access the databases call 601.364.5757 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackson Academy expects and requires honorable conduct by students in regard to plagiarism. “Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is defined as using someone else’s words, style or ideas without giving proper credit,” states the JA Student Handbook, “which includes the use of quotation marks and/or notes and proper documentation.” The following links may be helpful when questions arise concerning documenting and citing sources:
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- Plagiarism – The Writing Center
- What is Plagiarism & How to Recognize and Avoid it
Website Evaluation Guides
There are several important components that one must consider before using information from online sources.
- Authority Who is the author?
- Accuracy Is the information correct to the best of your knowledge?
- Objectivity Is the site free of bias?
- Currency Is the site current?When was the last update?
- Coverage What depth of subject coverage does the site give?
For further assistance in evaluating a website’s quality, visit;