Online Databases

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Browse our Databases by Subject (click to find the right database for your topic of interest)

Britannica School

Britannica School
Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.

Britannica Escolar
Escolar is the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish.

Gale Databases

Gale Virtual Ref Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a searchable database of ebook encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for research on topics such as the Middle Ages, World War II, Colonial America, the Great Depression, Westward Expansion, Decades in American History, and much more.

American History
American History
eBooks on American History.

Newspapers and Magazines

America's Newspapers
Newsbank - America's Newspapers
Local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--all in one easy-to-search database. Almost 700 newspapers included in this database including the Orange County Register and the New York Times!


RB Digital - Online Magazine Collection

An online collection of the latest magazines on subjects like news, politics, technology, art, style, travel, and more.

TeachingBooks Databases

Book Guides & Lesson Plans
Find lesson plans, discussion questions, novel units, reader's theater scripts, and other instructional support for the books you're reading in any K–12 classroom.
vocab list
Literature-Based Vocabulary Lists
Have ready-to-use vocabulary lists for the books that you're teaching.
vocab list
Video Book Trailers
Ignite students' interest in both current and classic titles with these video book trailers that bring books fully to life.
Build Your Own
Compile, organize, analyze, and share instructional materials associated with the books in your curriculum.
Meet the Author Movies & More
Have the author reveal, anytime, the author's purpose, writing, and research processes with these exclusively created primary source materials.
Reader's Theater Scripts
Dramatically enrich students' reading, comprehension, listening, and social skills with this collection of ready-to-use reader's theater scripts.
diverse books
Diverse Books
Include diverse cultural experiences in your instruction as reflected in quality fiction and nonfiction books.
award books
Award Winning Books
Search for award winning books and more!
award books
Author Name Pronunciations
A collection of brief recordings of authors & illustrators saying their names.

World Book Online

World Book Kids
World Book Kids
This database includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.

World Book Reference
World Book Reference Center
A powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers. The site features thousands of e-books, tens of thousands of articles, and hundreds of thousands of primary source documents.

World Book Discover
World Book Discover
This database includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video.

Early World of Learning
Early World of Learning
A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes while developing reading and oral language skills. This database uses narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games, interactive reference material for beginners, and more to help young learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency.

Gran Enciclopedia Hispanica
Gran Enciclopedia Hispánica
A comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia that includes over 100,000 articles, more than 9,000 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media.

World Book Social Studies Power
World Book Social Studies Power
A database specialized in social studies that provide lessons with instructive multimedia, read-aloud text, literacy tools, and geography basics to provide a well-rounded learning experience for students.


Science Power Icon

Science Power new!

This database uses engaging and visually rich multimedia lessons to teach on-level and differentiated lesson content to upper elementary-age children. The database is correlated to popular science textbooks as well as state/provincial standards, and includes differentiated content to help struggling readers master the material.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
This database offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.