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Jay County High School Country Research Project

Find links to Bracken Library resources for your country research project.

Searching for Books, Recordings, Realia in OneSearch

Search for books using OneSearch. You will find books in the General Collection, youth books and realia in Education, Music and Media, and maps in the GIS Research & Map Collection.

Start by finding a pool of records that are simply about your country.  Then, you can place different limiters to find the sort of item you need.

Here's how to get going:

1. After accessing OneSearch, type in your country name.

2. Press the Search button, and you'll pull up a large number of all kinds of titles having something to do with your country. 

Now, based on what you want to find, choose the appropriate filter on the left:

For children's or youth books about your country:


2. Select Education, Music and Media Youth Collection.

You may need to click "More..." to find it.

3. Write down the call number for the title you choose, and look for it in the open bookshelves in Education, Music and Media on the Lower Level.

In the example below, the call number is 800 A177CH.

For other books related to your country's literature:

1. Make sure to choose "Clear Filters" at the top on the left.

2. Add another term after your country in the search box.  For example, look for poetry: 

Or, search for short stories:

3. Under REFINE YOUR SEARCH choose "Library Catalog," and under CONTENT TYPE choose "Book / eBook."

For realia -- things from the real world:

(Realia includes things like games, toys, classroom teaching tools, and cultural objects from around the world.)

1. Make sure to choose "Clear Filters" at the top on the left.

2. Under CONTENT TYPE, select "More." 


Choose "Realia." 


After selecting the filter, scroll up and select "Apply."

3. Write down the number for the item you choose, and ask for it at the desk in Education, Music and Media.

In the example shown here, the item number is UDC 3260.

For information about the national language of your country:

1. Select Advanced Search beside the OneSearch search box. 


Try a subject search from OneSearch Advanced Search screen like this, where we're searching for one of Nigeria's language called Hausa:

2. Under CONTENT TYPE, choose "Book / eBook."

Research Databases

To access these library databases:

  • Click on the links presented here
  • Or, go to the library homepage at
    • Scroll down and select "Databases" under "Popular Services & Resources."
    • Click on the first letter of the database you want.
    • Look at the alphabetical list of databases and choose the one you want to access.

Gale eBooks

Gale eBooks provides longer reference articles that can give you background on culture, education, and more about your chosen country. 

Jump directly to some of the most helpful reference works in Gale eBooks (choose the 'search within' option to search for your country or topic):


Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference includes access to many dictionaries and encyclopedias. Information provided may often be very brief, but some entries are longer. 


Access World News

This database includes news from and about different countries. Especially helpful for finding current events.