Online Databases

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

Encyclopedia Britannica

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.

Mergent Intellect

mergent intellect

Mergent Intellect

Mergent Intellect is the premier source for business, industry and career information. Get access to over 280 million companies across the globe, including those small businesses right next door. Mergent Intellect can be used to pull reports of demographics and consumer information for marketing purposes to give your business the support it needs. With access to over 1000 industry reports, executive contact information and our unique job search module, you have everything at your fingertips to start a business, get the job you want or increase your professional success.

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.

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.
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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.
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Diverse Books
Include diverse cultural experiences in your instruction as reflected in quality fiction and nonfiction books.
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Award Winning Books
Search for award winning books and more!
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Author Name Pronunciations
A collection of brief recordings of authors & illustrators saying their names.