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Biography Reference Center - Biographies for contemporary and historical people. Requires library card log-in.

Biography in Context - Biographies for contemporary and historical people. Requires library card log-in.


Literary Reference Center - Author biographies and literary criticism. Requires library card log-in.

Literature Resource Center - Author biographies and literary criticism. Requires library card log-in.

General Resources

Academic Search Complete - Full text articles on every subject.

ALA Great Sites for Kids - Search for great sites, selected by librarians, on any topic.

America’s News -  Local and California newspapers. Requires library card log-in.

Articles from Magazines, Newspapers, and Journals (EBSCO MasterFile) - Thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers. Requires library card log-in.

Articles from Newspapers (ProQuest) - Over 500 national and international newspapers. Requires library card log-in.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - Spanish-language World Book articles. Includes articles, activities, a visual dictionary, beautiful images and videos, and more. Requires library card log-in.

Fact Monster - Facts and information great for elementary school students.

InfoPlease - An almanac ideal for middle and high school students.

Internet Public Library Kidspace - A librarian-created site with a wealth of resources on any topic.

Kids Search - Designed especially to make it easier for students to find information on any topic

KidsClick! - The best resources on the web for kids, maintained by the library school at Kent State.

Points of View Reference Center - Pro and con articles on popular controversial subjects. Requires library card log-in.

Student Research Center - A magazine and newspaper collection search designed for Middle and High School students. Requires library card log-in.

Sweet Search - Includes only sites that have been reviewed by librarians, teachers, and research experts.

Virtual Reference Library by Gale - Dozens of online encyclopedias and other research titles in arts, biography, business, education, scholarships, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, world nations, religion, science and social science. Requires library card log-in.

World Book Advanced - A powerful reference and research tool designed to meet the needs of high school and college students, as well as other learners. Includes the entire World Book Encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary, ebooks, links to primary source documents, and more. Requires library card log-in.

World Book Kids - An encyclopedia and learning tool created for early readers. Includes short and simple articles with colorful images and fun, educational games. Kids can look up a specific subject, or browse topics of interest. Requires library card log-in.

World Book Student - The trusted encyclopedia, available online. Provides a comprehensive set of articles and research tools to support K-12 students and other learners. Requires library card log-in.

History and Social Studies

African American History - Librarian-recommended websites

American History Online (Facts on File) - Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience. Requires library card log-in.

Ancient and Medieval History - Librarian-recommended websites

Ancient and Medieval History Online (Facts on File) - Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Requires library card log-in.

California Missions - Librarian-recommended websites for the California Mission report

Colonial America - Librarian-recommended websites

Countries - Librarian-recommended websites

Explorers - Librarian-recommended websites

Famous Women - Librarian-recommended websites

Native Americans - Librarian-recommended websites

Social Studies Fact Cards - Useful for reports on missions, Native Americans, or explorers. Requires library card log-in.

The United States - Librarian-recommended websites


Endangered Species - Librarian-recommended websites

Science Fair Activities and Projects - Librarian-recommended websites

The Kid Should See This – Videos not originally made for kids, but which are appropriate, educational, and fascinating for kids to watch, with an emphasis on STEM subjects.

Updated March 2014

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