Student Resources for Research and Citation and Chatham PASS Information

  • Research

    NCWiseOwl- Start here when working on research projects. There are a ton of resources, all searchable from a single location! Ask your librarian or teacher for the at-home password.

    SweetSearch- This looks a lot like a Google search, but all of the results have been checked out by teachers and librarians, so you know that you're finding quality information.

    ProCon- Are you researching social issues or other issues that people debate? This site is great for exploring differing viewpoints on all sorts of topics.

    Primary Sources

    Library of Congress Digital Collections- The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Check out their digital collections! Great for primary sources!

    National Archives- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. 

    Digital Public Library of America- 41,924,616 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States!

    Creative Commons Images

    Smithsonian Open Access- You can access and download millions of Smithsonian images!

    Google Images- You have to filter for usable images: Tools --> Usage Rights --> Creative Commons licenses 

    • You can use the Google search to find images from Wikimedia Commons. Many of the images also come from sites like Pixabay and PxHere.


    Scribbr- This citation maker will make your Works Cited page a breeze. It's ad-free and creating an account is optional.

    Citefast- If you've done research in previous years at CCHS, you may have used this site. It's still good, if you prefer it, but Scribbr seems superior.

    Purdue OWL- The Purdue Online Writing Lab is a citation style (and paper writing in general) lifesaver. I've linked to the site map to show you all of the great writing resources available, but here's a link to the MLA Style Guide and the APA Style Guide for quicker access.

    Chatham PASS

    Every CCS student has access to the Chatham County Libraries through Chatham PASS! You can check out up to ten items at a time. Your PowerSchool number is your library card number and your PIN is the last four digits of your PowerSchool number.

    Here's the Brochure

    Currently, you can do curbside pickup. For eBooks and audiobooks:

    1. Search available apps for Libby and install it
    2. Search for your library: Chatham County
    3. Choose E-iNC
    4. Choose location: Chatham County Public Library
    5. Enter your PowerSchool number (your PowerSchool number is your library card number!)
    6. Enter the last four digits of your PowerSchool number as your PIN