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The library’s catalog available online and searchable from anywhere with an Internet connection.


NoodleTools is a tool to help students with their research. Students can plan their research, take notes, and create bibliographies and citations using Noodle Tools.


Online Encyclopedias

World Book Advanced:  

An encyclopedia designed for older students. It features the primary source as well as secondary sources. World Book Advanced provides access to an online dictionary, atlas, and links to newspapers from around the world. The site also includes thousands of E-Books in several languages.

World Book Student: 

An encyclopedia designed for grades five through nine. The site contains over 40,000 articles and is updated at least twice a month. World Book Student features a biography center where students can easily search biographies. It also includes a dictionary and atlas.

World Book Kids:

An encyclopedia designed for students in kindergarten to grade four. It features easy to use search tools and thousands of articles and multimedia to help students. The site also features a dictionary and atlas for students.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos: 

A Spanish encyclopedia designed for kindergarten through grade four or students of any age learning Spanish. The site supports visual search as well as key-word searches. The search box features auto-correct so students can more easily find what they are searching for. The site also includes links to Spanish language newspapers and features a visual dictionary and an activities section.

Grolier Online Passport:

Grolier features the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Lands and Peoples and America the Beautiful. The multimedia encyclopedia is designed for middle school and up and features thousands of articles and multimedia. Lands and People is designed for researching countries and cultures around the world. America the Beautiful is a state by state history of the United States and also includes current events. An atlas and dictionary are also available from Groliers.


Biography Sources

Biography in Context:

A biography database that includes over 600,000 articles on more than 525,000 individuals. The site provides easy to use search tools that let you search by name as well as occupation, nationality, gender, and more. The site also features links to articles from the New York Times, USA Today, and the UPI.


Newspaper and Periodicals


Students can use eLibrary to find images, videos, eBooks, and full text articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. The site also includes maps, transcripts, audio files, graphics, interactives, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, timelines, slideshows, editorially created research pages, and hand-selected websites. The site is easy to search and the results are sorted by type of material.

Research in Context:

Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

SIRS Knowledge Source:  

SIRS is a comprehensive search portal with links to thousands of articles from almost 2,000 periodicals and newspapers on a wide variety of subjects. The site also includes Issues Researcher, which covers the leading issues most studied and debated by students,  Renaissence, which offers perspectives on the arts and humanities, WebSelect, which are editorially selected websites, and SIRS Decades, which includes 20th Century American history primary and secondary sources.

Historical Newspapers:     

ProQuest Historical Newspapers delivers the complete run of several newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Los Angeles Times. It offers an unparalleled online resource for the study of historical events, social and consumer history, economics, literature, technology, and more. Every issue is reproduced in cover-to-cover full-page image from news stories and editorials to graphics and advertisements. Title coverage spans from 1851 to 2001. Students can search using keyword, Boolean, or natural language queries as well as limit searches by date, author, article type, and more.


Tools for Younger Researchers

SIRS Discoverer:    

A database designed for the younger researcher. The database includes articles and graphics from over 1,400 U.S. and international newspapers and periodicals as well as U.S. government documents. It also includes Discoverer WebFind, which are editorially selected websites on a wide variety of subjects of interest to students. The database is easy to search using keyword, Boolean, or visual search tools. The site also includes access to the World Almanac for Kids and Comptons by Britannica encyclopedia.


PebbleGo is an online tool designed for kindergarten to grade three to research animals. The text is designed for emergent readers and features video and audio clips. Every article features a text to voice feature that reads the article aloud while highlighting the word that is being read. The site also includes work sheets for each animal and educational games for students.


PebbleGo Next is the next step for researchers when they are ready to graduate from the original PebbleGo! PebbleGo Next adds:

  • Curriculum-connected content for grades 3-6 starting with State & American Indian Studies!
  • Rich articles with more robust information
  • Text suitable for readers in grades 3-6

History Sources

ABC-CLIO American History:

A database to complement American history courses

Integrating American politics, science, culture, philosophy, and economics, this authoritative database explores the ongoing development of the United States. Aligned with major textbooks and research-driven best practices, American History offers a uniquely complete American history library collection and also serves as a dependable online resource for research-ready reference, projects and exam preparation.

Created in collaboration with scholars, educators, and librarians, American History provides students with citation information at their fingertips and a highly visual and engaging interface.

ABC-CLIO: Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

In-Depth Resource for Today’s Most Significant Social Issues. News sound bites and traditional databases often merely scratch the surface of the most important issues of our time. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy.
Produced with the input of leading educators and available in both academic and school versions, this database features authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on the most enduring, significant, and timely issues.
The easy-to-use interface is designed to lead researchers through the complexities of a wide variety of challenges facing the United States and the world beyond. Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society offers many tools that enable students to conduct deep research into historical and modern dilemmas, including:
Investigate Controversial Topics: This rich online resource helps users investigate controversial topics by framing thoughtful questions, revealing the background story behind the issues and providing scholars' perspectives and analyses, allowing students to formulate educated opinions on hotly debated "gray area" subjects.
Primary Source Features: A wide variety of primary sources provides historical context for the issues, including President Lyndon Johnson’s Voting Rights speech, opinions of court cases (such as Gitlow v. New York, 1925), thousands of images, and hundreds of audio and visual files, including animation of the Indonesian tsunami of 2004.


CultureGrams™ is a leading reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world. With world events increasingly affecting our lives, it's more important than ever to educate students about the world around them, and for college students and business people to stay up-to-date.

CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

Individual reports covering 200+ countries, all 50 United States, and the Canadian provinces, are written and reviewed by in-country experts and are updated as new information becomes available, so you can be sure you're offering only the very best, most current information to staff and students.

Early Peoples:

Designed to promote students’ understanding of other perspectives and cultures throughout history, the site’s content covers the origins and rise of each civilization or culture; social structure and the role of women; methods of warfare; daily life and customs; diet; housing; legal system; religion, spiritual beliefs, and holidays; advances in science; arts and crafts; eventual decline; and the culture’s legacy in the modern world.

Key Features:

  • Early Peoples promotes students’ understanding of other cultural perspectives and histories.
  • Video tutorials and animations clarify difficult concepts visually.
  • Read-aloud feature makes content accessible to readers of varying abilities.
  • Translation tool translates content into 31 languages.
  • Correlated to Common Core, state, and provincial standards.
History Study Center:    

History Study Center is an online resource providing a vast collection of digitized primary and secondary sources for the study of history. History Study Center covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images, and video clips. Study Units offer editorially selected material on over 500 historical topics. History Study Center provides over 40,000 documents and articles, with over 50 reference works, 3,000 images, and links to 2,000 Web sites.


Literature Sources

ProQuest Learning: Literature:   

ProQuest Learning: Literature is a Web site containing an unparalleled collection of resources for the study of literature. The site offers over 3,000 author pages giving access to biographies, original works, book reviews and criticism, and contextual multimedia to enhance the study of a particular text. Poetry resources include over 185,000 full-text poems, as well as The Poets on Screen collection, which offers contemporary poets giving readings of their favorite works. Drama students will find theater reviews, images from productions, and images and video for historical background or to inspire stage design or costume.

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