Welcome to NSHS Library

  • Welcome!

    The NSHS Library has over 13,000 individual copies of books, a virtual reference encyclopedia, an online card catalog, and several databases.

    The NSHS Library is open from 7:30 am to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Students may visit before school, at lunch, and after school without a pass from a teacher. Up to eight students may visit during any period with a pass for printing, research, or book checkout; students must sign in with their name, ID# and reason for visiting.

    Student Checkout Period

    Books may be checked out for up to four weeks and students may check out up to four books at a time. Students must present a student ID to check out books. Students may request to hold a book from the online catalog on the library website. The book will be held for the student for five days. Books must be present in order to be renewed. Books with holds are not renewable. There are no fines charged for the late return of books.

    Printing Stations

    While every student at North Salinas High School has been issued a Chromebook, some students may still need to print out materials for class. The library offers eight print stations that students may use free of charge.  

    Search the NSHS Library Databases

    We offer several databases for student and staff use. Databases are useful for compiling articles on a variety of subjects. These databases are especially helpful to those who are writing research papers, seeking a deeper understanding on topics covered in class, and debate preperation.

    In order to access the library databases, please use the new apps portal. You will be asked to sign-in using user name (this is your student ID#), and may be asked to create a security question. After that, you will have access to all of the databases from the same page.

    Britannica School

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    This is an online encylopedia. Encylopedia Britannica has basic information about many different subjects and can be a good place to begin researching a subject--think of it as Wikipedia, but written by experts instead of anyone. 

    This Encyclopedia is also available en Español.

    Issues Researcher Database

     ProQuest Sirs Issues Researcher

     Issues Researcher is a general research database covering most subjects by combining articles from over 2,000 international sources. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between of 345+ social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. Supported articles help build solid foundations for understanding complex global issues.

    Articles and graphics in SIRS Issues Researcher are carefully selected according to strict SIRS criteria for content reliability, relevance, and age-appropriateness. Titles include: American HistoryThe Christian Science MonitorEconomistForeign AffairsFinancial TimesGlobal ViewpointMaclean’sNational Geographic, and Newsweek.

    Translation and voice recordings are available for most articles, as well as interactive tutorials for research help. This is an excellent database for debate preperation, persuasive essay writing, and for those seeking a more rounded understanding on a topic.

    ProQuest Discoverer Database

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    Discoverer covers most subjects with full-text articles from newspapers, magazines, and other reference sources. There are over 2,200 reliable, high-quality sources. The collection includes integrated educational Websites and reference materials such as the Compton’s by Britannica encyclopedia and DK Eyewitness books. This is an excellent general research database, good for report writing.

    ProQuest Central

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    ProQuest Central K-12 is a multidisciplinary resource that brings together many of ProQuest’s most important, complete databases in science, technology, education, social sciences, humanities, and news. This database solves the problem of preparing students for college level academics by giving them access to a variety of sources, types of content, and multiple subjects using an interface that is widely used in higher education and prep schools.

    ProQuest E-Library

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    A massive collection of multidisciplinary periodical and digital media content, designed for middle and high school students, undergraduates at community colleges and universities, instructors, and librarians. Editorially created pages provide valuable context for both common and more unusual topics of research. All content is 100% full-text, including documents from books, magazines, journals, newspapers, photographs, transcripts, and videos. The collection covers a wide range of subjects.


    Search the Library Catalog

    Use the Search Field below to find out if we have the book you're looking for! Just type the title or author into field and hit enter (or click the magnifying glass). Presto! You can also click HERE to access the catalog for reading lists and browsing.