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ABC – Clio allows access to search the full contents of all the ABC Clio databases.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Dictionaries, Primary Sources, Audio, Video, Maps, Lesson, Plans, Assessments, Images


ABC – Clio The African American Experience gives voice to the African American experience from its African origins to the present day.  This resource covers history, biographies, literature, arts, music, popular culture, folklore, business, slavery, the struggles for civil rights, politics, sport, education, science, medicine, and other themes.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Dictionaries, Primary Sources, Audio, Video, Maps, Lesson, Plans, Assessments, Images

ABC-CLIO American History contains high quality information on American History ideal for lessons and research projects.  Search by era, analyze key questions, and access primary source documents. MLA citations are included.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Reference Books, Audio, Maps, Lesson Plans, Assessments, Images, Primary Source Documents


ABC – Clio American Government contains resources that explain the foundations of our government, connect these concepts to the issues of the day, and examine the strengths and weaknesses of the political and economic systems of the United States by comparing them to those of other countries.

Age Level:  All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Dictionaries, Primary Sources, Audio, Video, Maps, Lesson Plans, Assessments, Images

ABC – Clio The American Indian Experience provides resources that illuminate the histories and contemporary cultures of the Native peoples of North America.  Research and learning materials range from pre-contact to the colonial era into the 21st century, and from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Dictionaries, Primary Sources, Audio, Video, Maps, Lesson Plans, Assessments, Images

ABC-CLIO Daily Life through History allows you to explore different eras by looking at the Daily life of the people who lived at that time. In addition to overviews of the time period, you can also look at the domestic, economic, intellectual, material and recreational lives of the time period. You can view articles, various media resources and documents and analyze specific events from history.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos

ABC-CLIO: Issues Understanding Controversy and Society contains articles, documents (like court records), images and videos pertaining to current issues. This easily searchable database focuses on understanding controversy and society by examining the history, the current view and the outlook of the issues society faces. 

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos

ABC-CLIO The Latino American Experience examines the Latino American Experience. This easily searchable database allows you to find and use articles, photos, documents, facts and maps, as well as analyze key questions and browse topics by era.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos, Maps, Fact Sheets, Key Questions

ABC- CLIO Pop Culture Universe contains articles, media (images and video), timelines and documents that relate to all things pop-culture. Through this site you can find information on everything from the pop culture of the 1970’s to Reality TV and how major events like 9/11 are represented in Pop Culture.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos, Timelines

ABC-CLIO: United States Geography allows you to search for data about specific states, analyze issues facing parts of the United States and look at current events that affect the geography and landscape of the country.  You can view articles and various media, as well as focus specifically on the history and issues, government and economy and fact and figures for individual states.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos, Fact Sheets, Maps, Review Questions

ABC-CLIO: World at War Understanding Conflict and Society allows you to explore the history of warfare. You can browse by war and examine the causes, participants and consequences by looking at articles, multiple media sources, documents, facts & figures and timelines. You can also use the analyze feature to dig deeper into the specific wars.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos, Fact Sheets, Timelines, Key Questions, Flags

ABC-CLIO: World Geography Understanding a Changing World allows you to search for data about specific countries, analyze issues facing parts of the world and look at current events that affect the geography and landscape of the different countries.  You can view articles and various media, as well as focus specifically on the history, issues, government, economy, facts and figures for individual countries.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos, Discussion Questions, Flags

ABC-CLIO: World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras allows you to delve deeper into the ancient and medieval eras. You can examine articles and media resources as well as take advantage of activities and discussion questions.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos, Glossary, Discussion Questions

ABC-CLIO: World History: Modern Era allows you to delve deeper into the modern era of World History. You can examine articles and media resources as well as take advantage of activities and discussion questions. You can also access the analyze section of the database to focus on key questions that pertain to the era and its events.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos, Fact Sheets, Glossary lists, Discussion Questions

ABC-CLIO: World Religions Belief, Culture & Controversy allows you to browse by religion and provides overviews, activities, discussion questions, articles, documents, timelines and multiple media resources. The analyze section allows you to delve deeper into specific parts of the various religions.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Documents, Images, Videos, Glossary, Discussion Questions

Academic One File is a premier source for peer-reviewed full text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. Contains extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Books, Audio, Video, Magazines, Images

Amazing Animals is an encyclopedia of wild animals and their habitats. It contains short articles and searches can be done by animal, habitat or classification.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle
Contains: Encyclopedia, Reference, Video, Maps, Games

America the Beautiful is an encyclopedia database focused on American history. Users will find information about cities and states, famous Americans, places and events, Native Americans, Explorers, and Natural Wonders.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High school
Contains: Encyclopedias, Maps, Games, Images

American Heritage Dictionary contains several dictionaries:  the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, the American Heritage Student Dictionary, the American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, the American Heritage Spanish to English Dictionary and the American Heritage English to Spanish Dictionary.  Also included are Roget’s II:  the New Thesaurus and the American Heritage Children’s Thesaurus.  You can search for a word either by typing the word or phrase into the search box, or by using the browse button and searching through an alphabetical listing of words/phrases.

Age Level:  All Ages
Contains:  Dictionaries, Audio

Annals of American History Online provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action through the speeches, documents, memoirs, poems, and interviews of more than 1,500 contributors. It is a unique perspective provided through primary source documents.

Age Level: All Ages
Contents: Primary Source Documents, Speeches, Documents, Memoirs, Poems, Interviews, Multimedia

AP Science contains full-text science articles of over 500 magazines and journals to support college prep level sciences including AP, IB and SUPA level courses.

Age Level: High School
Contains: Articles


Biography in Context is rich in a wide variety of in-depth biographies. User can browse by categories (examples: Inventors, Ancient Greeks and Romans, World War II, People in the News, etc.), or search by specific name. Biography page can include: in-depth biography, website links, audio clips, videos, images, magazine articles, primary sources, academic journal articles and news articles. Citations are also provided. Other embedded tools include: article translation into a number of languages, dictionary word look-up and text-to-speech reader.

Age Level: Middle, High school, All Secondary
Contains: Articles, Dictionaries, Audio, Video, Images

BookFLIX is an interactive online eResource that pairs videos of classic storybooks and nonfiction eBooks to help instill a love of reading and learning.  Both the storybook videos and the nonfiction eBooks provide a read-a-loud option for students to follow along.  Resources are arranged by the following categories:  Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, People and Places, ABC’s and 1,2,3’s, Family and Community, Music and Rhyme, Adventure, Celebrations, and Imagination.  Additional features include: Spanish language books, related web links, author biographies, educational puzzles and games, and related teacher resources and activities.

Age Level: Pre-K, Primary
Contains: Audio, Video, eBooks, Games, Classroom Activities, Games

Brain Pop contains animated videos that cover a variety of subjects, including science, social studies, English, math, technology, art and music. Resources and lesson plans for teachers are included, as well as quizzes and activities for students. There are also a number of games available that reinforce different topics.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High school
Contains: Video, Games, Lesson plans assessments

Brain Pop, Jr. is for the younger researcher and contains animated education videos that cover a variety of topics in social studies, science, ELA and Math. Two levels of quizzes, related games and activities for students are included with each video. Lesson plans for teachers are available

Age Level: Primary, Intermediate
Contains: Video, Games, Lesson plans assessments

Brain Pop ESL is a comprehensive English language learning program that uses highly engaging animated movies to model conversational English while seamlessly introducing grammar concepts and vocabulary words. The movies are leveled, with each new movie and associated features building upon earlier ones, thereby reinforcing vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension, and writing skills. The building block structure enables students to master the language in a step-by-step process, giving them the confidence they need to read, write, and speak English.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Video, Games, Lesson Plans, Assessments

Britannica Enciclopedia Moderna is a Spanish language resource, intended for Spanish speaking students, those who are bi-lingual and those students learning Spanish. The database also contains a Spanish - English dictionaries.

Age Level: Middle, High school
Contains: Articles, Images, Videos, Audio, Maps, Dictionaries, Informational graphics.

Britannica Escolar Online is a Spanish language resource, intended for Spanish speaking students, those who are bi-lingual and those students learning Spanish. The database also contains a Spanish - English dictionaries.

Age Level: Intermediate Elementary
Contains: Articles, Images, Videos, Audio, Maps, Dictionaries, Informational graphics


Britannica Global Reference Center provides access to Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean and Chinese online databases from one link

Age Level: Multiple ages
Contains: Articles, Images, Videos, Audio, Dictionaries

Britannica Learning Zone contains short videos and reading passages for young users. Divided into four sections, Explore allows users to view short videos related to world geography, Play provides short interactive reading passages, Read consists of an alphabetic arrangement of vocabulary definitions and Draw has a handful of images that users can try to copy using a drawing program. Content covers simple concepts such as color, time, numbers and shapes as well as interesting animal videos. The Teacher Tools function allows for class and individual student input and the assignment of specific areas of content for each student login.  A small number of lesson plans are also available.

Age Level: Grades Pre-K, Primary
Contains: Encyclopedias, Video, Images, Games, Lesson Plans, Teacher Tools

Britannica School is a general encyclopedia with articles, video, maps, photos and illustrations appropriate for school projects (includes Britannica School Elementary, Britannica School Middle and Britannica School High)

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Encyclopedias, Video, Images, Magazines

Britannica School Elementary is designed especially for intermediate readers at the elementary and early middle school levels. Thousands of shorter articles cover subjects from nations of the world to animals and sports. Also includes a world atlas, subject browse, compare countries, tour the USA and more. Learning games are also included.

Age Level: Intermediate, Early Middle
Contains: Reference Books, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Video, Maps, Magazines, Games, Lesson Plans, Images

Britannica School Middle is a general encyclopedia with articles, video, maps, photos and illustrations appropriate for school projects. Most articles can be viewed at three different reading levels, fonts are easily adjustable for size and the articles can be translated into any language. Related web links and full text magazine articles are included in the content. Videos can be downloaded as mp4.

Age Level: Middle
Contains: Encyclopedias, Video, Images, Magazines, Maps

Britannica School High can be searched and browsed by topic or by type of content (such as maps or biographies). Users may also enter two different portals: one for students and one for teachers. There they can find special content such as lesson plans and assessments (teachers) or research organizers and project ideas (students).

Age Level: Upper Middle, High School
Contains: Encyclopedia Articles, Video, Audio, Maps, Informational graphics, Lesson plans, Assessments Graphic organizers.

Britannica World Data Analyst offers quick and easy comparisons of the countries of the world. "Country Snapshots" give users detailed statistics on the economy, military, communications and other areas of nations throughout the world. Tables and charts can be created to compare the statistics of various countries and to rank countries by category.

Age Level: Upper middle, High school
Contains: Tables, Charts

Business Insights is a business and company resource collection for analyzing and researching companies and industries from around the world.  Users can access company profiles, compare company fundamentals, read investment research reports and generate lists and informational graphics and export them.

Age Level: High School, College, Educators
Contains: Articles, Research reports, Market data, News summaries, Comparison tools Informational graphic


Career Cruising provides students with the opportunity to explore their futures, including in-depth information on colleges and careers. This database also provides assessments to match careers based on abilities and interests, as well as a learning style assessment. Students can create a “My Plan” to be able to take all available assessments, save information of interest, build a resume and more.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High school
Contains: Articles, Video, Assessments, Images

Castle Learning is a web-based instructional service that provides on-line review of courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English, and Foreign Languages for all students.

Age Level: all elementary, all secondary, all ages
Contains: Study Guides, Differentiated Skills Assignments, Test Preparation, Assessments, Data Tracking


CultureGrams provides easy access to the Kids, Provinces, States and World editions from one link.

Age Level: Multiple Ages
Contains: Reference Books, Audio, Video, Maps, Games, Educator tools including: Lesson Plans, Assessments, Common Core Alignment

CultureGrams Kids Edition is a colorful easy to navigate interface, which has more than 100 country reports designed to teach children more about the world around them. Reports can be printed or emailed and include up-to-date, engaging cultural information, with images, historical timeline, fun facts, and organized sections on history, population, “life as a kid” and more. Students can view statistical graphs and tables and use tools like a currency converter to compare monetary units.

Age Level: Primary, Intermediate, Middle
Contains: Encyclopedia, Reports, Images, Historical Timeline, Graphs and Tables, Audio, Video, Maps, Games, Educator tools including: Lesson Plans, Assessments, Common Core Alignment

CultureGrams Provinces Edition features colorful, easy to read reports on all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Reports can be printed or emailed and include maps, flags, emblems and timelines plus sections on history, climate, geography, population, sports teams and more. Students can see the local time in each province or territory, and use a distance calculator to measure distances between different places.

Age Level: Primary, Intermediate, Middle 
Contains: Reference Books, Audio, Video, Maps, Games, Educator tools including: Lesson Plans, Assessments, Common Core Alignment

CultureGrams States Edition features colorful, easy to read state reports that help students understand the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Reports can be printed or emailed and include maps, flags, symbols and timelines plus sections on history, economy, geography, population, sports teams and more. Students can see the local time in each state, and use a distance calculator to measure distances between cities in different states.

Age Level: Primary, Intermediate, Middle
Contains: Reference Books, Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, Images, Maps, Games, Educator tools including: Lesson Plans, Assessments, Common Core Alignment

CultureGrams World Edition is easy to navigate and contains primary source reports on 208 countries and territories. CultureGrams focuses on 25 cultural categories including language, personal appearance, eating, dating and marriage, life cycle, government, health and more. Reports can be printed or emailed and include up-to-date geographical information, statistics, timelines, extensive glossaries, recipe collection, reliable cultural information, national anthems and fun facts. Students can also view statistical graphs and tables and create their own graphs comparing several sets of statistics.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High school
Contains: Primary Source Reports, Graphs, Tables, Dictionaries, Reference Books, Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, Maps, Games, Images, Educator tools including: Lesson Plans, Assessments, Common Core Alignment

CyberSmarts is a set of Interactive eBooks to help students develop a responsible online presence and offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues. Covers topics ranging from cyberbullying and online predators to social networks and online privacy. Contains a series of fun, engaging "simulations" geared specifically to the topic. Meets standards for technology use and cyberbullying

Age Level: Intermediate
Contains: eBooks


EBSCO Host is a reference system that offers a variety of full text databases from 25 different languages. Ranges from general reference collections to specially designed subject specific databases and includes academic journals, reviews, and biographies.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Reference Books, Audio, Images

eLibrary Elementary is an easy-to-use general reference database designed specifically to engage and guide younger students. Colorful icons and a variety of search options ensure beginning learners can find what they need. Users can employ natural language, keyword, topic browse, and publication searches. Access to historical and current multimedia content engages young learners, enriches text-only information, supports multiple learning styles, and enhances student presentations and research.

Age Level: All Elementary, Teachers 
Contains: Encyclopedias, Newspapers, Magazines, Audio, Video, Maps, Reference books, Images, Lexile


eLibrary Science offers laser-focused science content and tools along with unique video and dozens of interactive applications found in no other online science reference product. There is an interactive section where one can dissect a frog, culture bacteria, drive the Mars Rover and more. Students have the ability to search science topics by keyword or topic. eLibrary Science supports the information needs of both AP and mainstream science courses.

Age Level: Middle, High School
Contains: Books, Reference books, Encyclopedias, Newspapers, Audio, Video, Magazines, Images

Enchanted Learning offers educational materials for grades K-12. The materials offered are printer friendly and cover a wide range of subject areas. Teachers can search from the subject menu located on the main page of the site or can type their subject topic into the search bar.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Books (printable), Dictionaries, Maps, Assessments, Images

Encyclopedia Americana is an in-depth encyclopedia for older students with the ability to search by keyword or browse by topic. Profiles section highlights commonly searched biographical figures. Journal section includes top news stories by continent.  Editors’ picks section includes popular topics and websites each week.

Age Level: Intermediate, All Secondary
Contains: Encyclopedia, magazines, dictionary, maps, newspapers, Lexile, Citations

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) provides access to education literature and resources. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

Age Level: High school, Professional
Contains: Journals, Books, Dissertations and Theses, ERIC Digests, ERIC Publications, Historical Materials, Legal Materials, Non-print Media, Opinion Papers, Bibliographies, Speeches and Meeting Papers, Tests/Questionnaires

Facts on File U.S. Government Online provides an easy and engaging way to study the structure, function, and history of the U.S. government. Focused and thorough in its coverage, this informative resource features an easy-to-navigate interface that allows users to find relevant essays; primary source documents; images and videos; tables, charts, and maps; and news articles. The home page includes rotating special features, links to several recent news headlines, a topic index, and links to six gateway pages

Age Level: Middle, High school
Contains: Dictionaries, Audio, Video, Maps, Images, Primary Source Documents

Gale Power Search is a unique search platform, providing libraries with a complex yet simple solution for searching and organizing a multitude of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information. Gale Power Search provides researchers with access to almost all the Gale content in your library's collection through a single search. Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers and books along with videos, images and podcast content.

Age Level: Middle, High school
Contains: Books, Reference Books, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, Maps, Magazines, Newspapers, Images

Gale Professional Development eBooks is an online collection of full-text professional and reference ASCD (formerly Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) eBooks.

Age Level: All Secondary, Professional
Contains: eBooks

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a single source for Gale reference books and other reference materials in an eBook format. Books, magazines and documents can be searched individually or as a complete collection. The database contains thousands of full-text eBooks; Read Speaker technology (text-to-speech) allowing text to be read aloud to users and downloaded in MP3 format; ability to print, e-mail and download articles; on-demand content translation into 13 languages.

Age Level: Middle, High school
Contains: Books, Reference Books, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, eBooks, Maps, Images

Gannet NewStand offers exclusive access to over 85 local and regional U.S. newspapers from Gannett including the Detroit Free Press, The Indianapolis Star and The Tennessean. Newspapers are available in full text and fully indexed and include all articles of substance written by staff writers, obituaries, birth notices, editorials, reviews, letters to the editor, and selected online content.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High school
Contains: Newspaper articles

General One File is Gale's largest general interest periodical resource, General OneFile provides periodical and news articles in a user friendly search interface for users at all levels. One File is a one-stop resource for articles on a wide range of topics.  These articles are often available in full-text and many come with images.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Books, Reference Books, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Journals, Scholarly Publications, Newspapers, Audio, Video, eBooks, Maps, Magazines, Games, Newsletters, Newswires, Illustrations, Images, Broadcast Transcripts

GO Grolier Online contains eight encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, the New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and the New Book of Popular Science.  This online resource provides nonfiction content for grades three and up including Lexile levels.  You can narrow your search to specific patrons: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult and Librarian/Educators. 

Age Level:  All Ages
Contains:  Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, Maps, Magazines, Games, Lesson Plans, Images

GreenFILE is a research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment. Featuring hundreds of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect ecology.

Age Level: Upper middle, High school
Contains: Full Text articles, Magazines, News, Academic Journals

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia is a general reference database that is geared to Middle and High School Students.  Each article comes with a Lexile level so that patrons can locate materials appropriate to their reading level.  This database also includes several interesting features:  “Brain Jam” (a monthly topic of interest with related articles), “Research Starters,” “Today Is…,” (historical events that took place on today’s date), “Timelines,” etc.

Age Level:  Middle, High School
Contains:  Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, Maps, Magazines, Games, Lesson Plans, Images

Health Reference Center Academic provides access a complete range of health care topics through full text of nursing and allied health journals and multimedia, plus a wide variety of personal health information and medical research. Includes articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc. Ensures researchers get current, scholarly and comprehensive answers to healthcare questions.

Age Level:  Upper Middle, High School
Contains: Articles, Multimedia, Textbooks, Audio, Video, Newsletters, Reference Books, Podcasts, MP3 downloads


History Reference Center is a comprehensive full text history reference database that features more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Also included are historical documents, biographies, historical photos and maps and historical video.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contians: Reference Books, Primary Source Documents, Images, Maps, Video

Info Trac Newsstand is an innovative web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search state, local, national & international newspapers. Features instant translations.

Age Level:  High School
Contains: Audio, Magazines, Images

Kids InfoBits allows students to conduct a visual search of different topics. Each search accesses a variety of resources available in the Gale Databases and the articles are leveled by icon or Lexile level.  There is also an advanced Boolean search for students who want to do a more refined search of their topics.

Age Level:  All Elementary, Middle
Contains: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Magazines, Newspapers, Maps, Flags and Seals, Charts, Graphs, Images, Read Aloud capabilities, Teacher resources, Lexile Reading Levels

Kids Search is designed for students in grades k through 8. Easy-to-use, graphically-appealing interface that searched EBSCO databases. Easy links to dictionary, encyclopedia, and images/video search. Featured search topics: Animals, Arts & Music, Geography, Health, In the News, Language arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Sports.

Age level: All Elementary & Middle
Contains: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Video, Maps, Magazines, Images

La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre is a Spanish language resource linked to other Grolier research databases. Features basic and advanced searching of encyclopedia articles as well as a clickable list of topics to direct student interest. The resource includes an interactive Atlas of the world, chronology with greater detail as students click on an era, and a dictionary. Also, an “Aula español” has recipes, thematic maps, grammar, and a very good vocabulary section with audio for beginning and intermediate learners of Spanish.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Audio, Images, Dictionaries, Maps, Newspapers and Current events in the Latin world (links to online resources), Reference Books

Lands and Peoples is an encyclopedia database to help students learn about the different lands and people of the world.  This database offers non-fictional reading material with maps, charts, and images to help guide students. There is a user friendly menu on the left side of the page to help students narrow their search.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High school
Contains: Reference Books, Encyclopedias, Maps, Images

Learn 360 supports collaborative web-based learning through an interactive media-on-demand service to K-12 educators. Educators can search by subject area, grade level, media format, standards or various other criteria, then immediately stream media content, or download and save it. Content is correlated to the Common Core Learning Standards. Learn360 is dedicated to captivating and retaining the attention of students to improve the overall learning experience. The technology Learn360 provides enables teachers to address the unique learning styles of individual students through multimedia formats while fully incorporating differentiated learning into the curriculum.

Age Level: All Elementary, All Secondary
Contains: Encyclopedias, Multimedia, Audio, Video, Images, Lesson Plans, Assessments

Mackin VIA is a complete eResource management system providing easy
access to eBooks and educational databases. With just one login, users can view, utilize, and manage all of their eResources. (see Teacher Librarian for login information)

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: eBooks

Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the largest, most comprehensive American dictionary currently available in print or online. It includes richer definitions and more usage information than ever before. Definitions have been enhanced with over 100,000 new quotations from notable writers. Supplementary notes provide additional context, and usage paragraphs offer clear guidance and suggestions for words with confused or disputed usage. Dates of first known use are being added, and editorial style changes are being made throughout the dictionary to make entries more readable and easier to understand. A new addition is a blog, quizzes, Top Ten Lists and word popularity rankings to make browsing the dictionary even more enjoyable.

Age Level: All Ages
Contents: Dictionary, Quizzes, Games

National Newspaper Index contains published newspaper citations, though not links to the actual text. Search can be narrowed by publication title, date, and through use of Boolean operators.

Age Level: Middle, High School
Contains: Newspapers

NBC Learn K-12 is a collection of news archive, transcripts, and images of historical documents that support New York State Common Core Standards on subject matter dating back to the 1600s. Primary document images and segment clips (1-3 min. in length) are designed for use in our classrooms to support learning with accurate and interactive elements.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Audio, Video, Images, Transcripts, Maps, Activities, Primary Source Documents

New Book of Knowledge is a general encyclopedia that is part of the Scholastic Go Grolier suite. Reading levels of articles vary from upper elementary to mid-high school. Videos, maps and photos are available.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Encyclopedias, Images, Videos, Maps, Projects, Experiments

New York State Library contains resources and services for Teachers including lesson plans, digital resources, and primary resources.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Lesson Plans, Digital resources, Primary Sources

NY State Newspaper contains New York State digital newspapers and instant translations.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Dictionaries, Audio, Images

New Book of Popular Science is geared for middle and high school students, this science and technology database covers a complete spectrum of topics including science in the news, projects, biographies, science challenges (mind benders), facts, astronomy, and a question & answer section, as well as teacher resources.

Age Level: Middle, High school
Contains: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, EBooks, Maps, Games, Lesson Plans, Assessments, Images

Noodle Tools is a widely used tool that supports the research process with a platform of integrated tools for: note-taking, outlining, creating citations and annotations, document archiving, annotation, collaborative research and writing. (Google Docs embedded) Noodle Tools Knowledge Base is an easy to search database of how-to articles with expert answers to your trickiest citation questions. The user’s guide and screencast tutorials include screenshots and step-by-step instructions to help you navigate every feature of the software effectively. PowerPoint presentations are included that can be used by instructors to provide an overview of Noodle Tools to students and faculty.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High School, College
Contains: Help features, Instructional Tools

Opposing Viewpoints in Context permits you to browse or search current controversial issues. Ideal for argumentative essays with trustworthy news articles, journals, videos, primary sources, audio, reference books, statistics, websites and images are provided for topics.  Articles feature audio and reading levels. Citations provided in both MLA and APA.

Age Level: All Secondary, High School
Contains: Reference Books, Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, Magazines, Images


Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking permits you to browse or search controversial topics and their viewpoints.  Trustworthy magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary sources, statistics, multimedia and websites are provided for each topic. Articles with audio and MLA citations are also provided.

Age Level: All Secondary, High School
Contains: Reference Books, Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, Magazines, Images, Primary Source Documents, Multimedia


Pebble Go provides access to Animals, Biographies, Earth and Space and Social Studies from one link.

Age Level: All Elementary
Contains: Reference, Video, Audio, Maps, Games, Lesson Plans


Pebble Go Animals is an animal encyclopedia that features expertly-leveled text and navigation specifically designed for your beginning researchers. Database includes information on animal bodies, habitat, food, life cycle and fun facts. Animals can be searched by name or classification. Enriched with spoken-word audio, games, text highlighting and audio and video clips, PebbleGo builds a foundation of research skills for every learner.

Age Level: All Elementary
Contains: Encyclopedia, Reference, Video, Audio, Maps, Games

Pebble Go Biographies is an easy to use interactive eResource that provides information on both current and historical figures.  It is arranged by category (Authors and Artists, Explorers, Scientists, etc.) or you can search by name or topic.  It has a read-a-loud option, as well as a print option, and it also provides citation information.  Biographies may include short video clips, pictures and timelines.  Also included are Share What You Know Activity Sheets and a link to Educator Resources, which can be found on the main page.

Age Level: Primary, Intermediate
Contains: Audio, Video, Printable Activities, Lesson Plans, Common Core Standards, Images

Pebble Go Earth and Space contains information on earth science, space, weather and seasons. Each topic has a short article, two videos as well as a printable worksheet. Games and educator resources on all topics are included. Audio feature can read articles to students.

Age Level:  All Elementary
Contains: Video, Games, Images, Lesson Plans, Assessments, Audio

Pebble Go Social Studies is an interactive encyclopedia that directly connects to the core curriculum. Social Studies includes articles, media and games on topics such as: government, communities, families, holidays, culture and awareness, being a good citizen and more. The home page includes an article of the day, opinion voting, and educator resources.

Age Level: All Elementary
Contains: Encyclopedias, Multimedia, Audio, Video, Maps, Activities, Games, Lesson plans, Images


Power Knowledge Life Science contains over 400 articles about animals, classification, endangered and extinct species, food chains and food webs, green living, habitats and ecosystems, the human body, life cycles, plants, and survival and adaptation. Features an appealing interface, and a text-to-speech feature. Dynamic videos, interactive games, and hands-on science activities help learners see science in context, and in action.

Age Level: Intermediate
Contains: Articles, Games, Videos, Images, Audio, Lesson Plans

Power Knowledge Earth Space Science contains over 300 articles that correlate to national and state science curricula. The articles explain key earth and space science topics including earth cycles, ecosystems and biomes, energy and matter, landforms, maps, natural disasters, rocks and minerals, environmental issues, the scientific method, space, water, and weather and climate. In addition, the database offers videos, games, and hands-on experiments to extend learning.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle
Contains: Articles, Maps, Games, Videos, Images, Audio, Lesson Plans

Post Standard eEdition requires an account so you can access a digital replica of the Syracuse daily print newspaper.  You can easily flip pages or search, zoom in on and/or print photos and articles.  It has an audio feature that allows you to hear whatever article you choose being read and you can have it translated into eight different languages. Teacher resources including curriculum guides are available at:  http://www.syracuse.com/mie/.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Newspapers, Images, Audio, Lesson Plans

Primary Search is a search engine that allows students to access information from a variety of EBSCO databases.  Students can refine their searches by using search options available, such as setting limits and choosing publication types.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle
Contains: Read Aloud capabilities, Databases, Dictionary, Magazines, Newspapers, Images, EBooks, Language choice, Almanac, Books, Primary Source Documents, Encyclopedia, Biography, Lexile Reading levels

Spotlight on New York is a comprehensive set of eBooks that provide a well-researched overview of the rich history of the Empire State, including its geography, history, and industries. Each book contains primary sources including maps, period paintings, and important documents. Readers also gain an insight into the personalities who played crucial roles in developing and defining all that is New York. Comprehensive fourth grade social studies curriculum.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle
Contains: Interactive eBooks include Videos, Activities, Interactive timelines, Primary sources and Teaching tools

Searchasaurus allows students to access information from a variety of magazines, a dictionary, an encyclopedia and the image collection. The resource allows you to search full text by topic, keywords or to look for an article’s Lexile.

Age Level:  All Elementary
Contains:  Encyclopedias, Dictionary, Magazine articles, Images, Maps, Teacher resources

Student Research Center makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results they need to complete their research needs.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High school
Contains: Books, Reference Books, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, eBooks, Maps, Magazines, Images

Syracuse.com is digitally-focused news and information serving Central New York. Includes all content in The Post-Standard as well as a searchable archive from 1987 to the present.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Audio, Video, Images

Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 periodicals.  Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics, and Teacher Education.

Age Level: High school, Professional
Contains: Journals, Peer-Reviewed Journals, Photographs, Charts, Maps

TeachingBooks.net is a multi-media database that provides teachers and students with in-depth information on authors, illustrators, books, and book related awards and lists. User can either browse or use search criteria including Common Core resources by grade level, Lexile levels, subject area, grade level, award lists, or search specific author or book title. Some of the information includes links to author websites, audio name pronunciation, book readings, related blogs, text complexity information, videos about author/book, pictures, author interviews, book guides, lesson plans, book trailers, and more.

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, High school
Contains: Articles, Audio, Video, Lesson Plans, Images, Multimedia

Teen CyberSmarts is a set of interactive eBooks to help students develop a responsible online presence. Each book covers today's hot topic issues, including cyberbullying, online predators, social networking, privacy, and online games. Realistic chat scenarios, friend requests, and e-mails plunge users into the online world. Teens will create avatars, choose status updates, and be actively engaged in the program. Meets standards for technology use and cyberbullying

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains eBooks

Teen Health & Wellness provides middle & high school students with nonjudgmental, straight forward self-help support. Instant translation to over 50 languages.

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Audio, Video, Lesson Plans, Images

TrueFLIX is an online resource that helps students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process. A streaming video engages the student and introduces the topic, a versatile digital book on the topic gets students to dig deeper into the topic. Related content, projects and activities encourage students to learn more. Lesson plans help teachers make the most of this resource.

Age Level: All Elementary
Contains: eBooks, Video, Activities, Projects, Lesson Plans

Tumble Book Cloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, and also includes graphic novels, educational videos and audio books.  Titles are indexed by genre and under the Common Core Portal by grade level.  Videos include lesson plans and quizzes that align with the Common Core, and many of the books are Common Core titles. 

Age Level: All Secondary
Contains: Books, Audio, Video, EBooks, Read-Alongs, Lesson Plans, Assessments

Tumble Book Cloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks, read-along chapter books, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, educational videos and audio books.  Titles are indexed by type and also under the Common Core Portal by grade level.  Videos include lesson plans and quizzes that align with the Common Core.  Text size, spacing and color can be customized and read-alongs include full narration and highlighting of words, and students can highlight words and add notes. 

Age Level: Intermediate
Contains: Books, Audio, Video, eBooks, Read-Alongs, Lesson Plans, Assessments

Tumble Book Library is an online collection of eBooks, storybooks, read-along chapter books, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, and educational videos. Storybooks are presented on Tumblepad with animation, and read-along feature can be turned on or off.  Titles are indexed by type and also under the Common Core Portal by grade level.  Reader may also select to have many of the titles read in French or Spanish.

Age Level: Primary
Contains: Books, Video, eBooks, Read-Alongs, Games, Lesson Plans, Assessments

Vital New York is a public service of New York’s Public Television Stations (PBS).  It provides instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, standards-based digital resources.

Age Level: All Ages
Contains: Audio, Video, Games, Lesson Plans, Images

World Book provides access to all the online World Book databases from one link.

Age Level: Multiple ages
Contains: Encyclopedia, Multimedia, Reference articles, Assessments, Activities, Research tools

World Book Student fulfills research needs with 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles and extensive multimedia tailored for students in primary/elementary and middle schools.  It contains research tools, biography center, behind the headlines and quizzes and activities. The key features of World Book Student are rich multimedia, historical features, extensive dictionary and atlas, correlations to state and provincial curriculum and achievement standards, audios, videos, and animations, educator tools and student activities.

Age Level: Primary, Intermediate, Middle
Contains: Encyclopedia, Multimedia, Reference articles, Assessments, Activities, Research tools

World Book Early World of Learning is a wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. EWL is based on three themes: Trek’s Travels, Welcome to Reading, and Know It; the online resources are hands-on, interactive and make learning a pleasure.

Grade Level: Primary
Contains: Encyclopedia, Multimedia, Interactive Activities

World Book Kids features easy reading content and user-friendly tools developed especially for young students. Contents cover people, animal, plants, places, sports, art, religions, math and science. Content is bilingual in English and Spanish. All articles have pictures and videos. Each article contains Lexile levels, New York Learning Standards, citation formats in MLA, APA and Harvard styles and external website resources. There are tools such as print, save, email, read aloud and translate for each article. The articles can be translated into 30 different languages instantly.

Age Level: All Elementary
Contains: Encyclopedia, Multimedia, Images, Video, Lexile, Learning Standards

World Book Discover contains encyclopedic treatment of all subjects included in World Book for elementary and middle school level students. Includes images and Lexile range, as well as translations to over 30 languages.

Age Level: Elementary, Middle
Contains: Encyclopedias, Images, Reference Books, Videos

World Book Advanced is a reference tool loaded with information and features that will help secondary students perform their research. It features the entire World Book Encyclopedia, an atlas, a dictionary, and local and country research guides. There are tools to create and share, primary sources, and e-books, and news headlines.

Age Level: High school
Contains: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Audio, Video, eBooks, Maps, Games, Lesson Plans, Assessments, Images, Primary Sources

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is a Spanish language encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students. The content includes a visual dictionary, encyclopedia of animals and crafting activities. Users can search for a specific term or browse by subject. Articles from Spanish language newspapers are also available. Most articles contain at least one photo and all provide citation information. All articles have a read aloud feature available. Links are also provided to the English language version of each encyclopedia article in World Book Kids. 

Age Level: Intermediate, Middle, Spanish Language Learners
Contains: Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Images, Maps, Training Site for Educators