Online Databases

  • For serious research it is recommended that you first search the RHSL/MC on-line subscription databases, since you will locate more valid, reliable information than searching the World Wide Web. All RHS teachers accept subscription database information as a valid resource.

    The following are the descriptions and URLs for the online databases subscribed to by the Randolph High School Library/Media Center for student and staff use. They represent an investment by the school to provide students with high-quality, authoritative information on-line. A number of the subscription agreements allow use from home as well as on campus. When using any of the databases form a computer off campus you will be prompted for a login and password. The login information is made available to RHS students from the RHSL/MC.

    For some topics, especially in-depth historical ones, the Web is NOT the best informational source and you may waste hours looking at hundreds of Web sites only to discover that one of them contain any really useful information. Also be aware of the authority of information you find on the Web: Who wrote it? What determines that the information on this page is true? Why should you believe them? When was it created and last revised or updated?

    Although personal e-mailing is not allowed in school, a number of the subscription databases have imbedded options and students are permitted to e-mail an article home. This saves on paper and facilitates input into research papers.


    On-line information service providing access to over 200 current periodicals and newspapers, many updated daily. Indexing and abstracts of magazine articles from 1983 on and newspapers form 1998 on. Many full text magazine articles from 1989 on and newspaper articles from 1995 on. The database is updated daily.

     Username:  Rand07869 (when accessed outside school)

     Password:  Gorams2!



    MasterFILE Premier provides full text for over 1,890 general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multicultural periodicals. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for over 2,500 periodicals. Full text backfiles go as far back as January, 1990. Indexing and abstract backfiles go back as far as January, 1984. The database is updated daily.

    The Encyclopedia of Earth and Physical Sciences database provides thorough coverage of earth and physical science topics through easy-to-read articles, color images and complementary Web links. Topics include chemistry, cosmology, geology & mineralogy, meteorology, oceanography, physical geography and physics.

    The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences database provides thorough coverage of life science topics though easy-to-read articles, color images, complementary Web links, and specific sections for educators and students.

    The Encyclopedia of Technology and Applied Sciences database provides thorough coverage of technology and applied science topics through easy-to-read articles, color images, complementary Web links, and specific sections for educators and students. Topics are accessible via keyword, person name, and subject.

    Username: randolphhs

    Password: Randolph

    JSTOR (no password necessary when accessing from school)

    JSTOR is a digital library of peer-reviewed academic journals, books, and other resources.  Randolph High School currently have access to the following content:

    • JSTOR Archives
    • JSTOR Primary Sources

    Students can conduct general research on a multitude of subject areas.

    Username: RTHS

    Password: Rand07869



    Database of Gale's Literary Criticism collections, including the following full sets:

    • Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 1-380
    • Poetry Criticism, Vols. 1-168
    • Short Story Criticism, Vols. 1-214
    • Nineteenth Century Criticism, Vols. 1-380
    • Twentieth Century Criticism, Vols. 1-315

    Password: Rand07869 (when accessed outside school)


    Through a grant from, Randolph High School now has access to original and primary documents in its U.S. Collection.  Great for researching your family or primary documents for history classes. 

    Access only from within the high school.  No password needed.



    Students with a Randolph Township Library card can access the library's collection of electronic databases through its website.  You will need your library card available to access the resources on this site. 

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Encyclopedia: For Holocaust related resources,