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ProQuest eLibrary

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General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. Two unique interfaces available. (Grades 6+)

Middle School Explora

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Access Primary Search, Middle Search Plus, TOPICsearch, Topic Overviews, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, and American Heritage Children’s Dictionary.


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Multimedia database of children's books and young adult literature and their authors. Get info on books and authors, and finally learn how to pronounce Rick Riordan's name (hint: long I sound, like in rye bread).

SIRS Issue Researcher

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Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators. (Grades 6+)

SIRS Discoverer

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Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

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Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Grades 3-12)

Encyclopedia Britannica

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Easy to use and easy to find trusted information.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow logo Opens in new windowOne-on-one tutoring, homework help, and skills building, thanks to the State of California and the California State Library.