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These resources are designed for elementary and middle school students.  Additional databases can be found on our Research Databases page.

Elementary School

Kids Search

For younger students, Kids Search makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type - -magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.

Little Pim (mobile)

Little Pim is a language learning system for ages 0-6, accessed through the Mango Languages interface, which includes Arabic, English/ESL, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.  It’s the fun, easy and effective way for kids to learn a foreign language through a combination of animation and video.  Accessible and engaging for young children, the Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method™ incorporates words (180 words and phrases per course) and themes that are relevant to the child’s daily life.  Research shows that early language learning enhances verbal development, social and cognitive skills.

Primary Search

Primary Search provides full text for nearly 70, popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).


Designed for younger children, this research tool allows for keyword and topic searches. Young researchers can find great information on topics like animals, history, health, science, and what's in the news.

TrueFlix - [From Home]   [In the Library]  

TrueFlix help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process. All titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.


TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books, which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks consist of animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

What Tree Is It?

Use this resource to identify and learn about common Ohio trees. By only knowing one part of a tree (leaf, fruit, etc.), you can follow the samples given until you can identify your tree.

What's That Snake?

This program includes 30 species and subspecies of snakes that are found in Ohio. Learn about Ohio snakes or use the program to identify one you have seen.

What's the Point?

This resource is designed to help users identify flint artifacts, which are some of the most enduring legacies of prehistoric peoples. Learn more about Ohio's prehistoric people.

World Book Early World of Learning

Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades are included in this resource.  "Trek's Travels" offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more. "Welcome to Reading" develops and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. "Know It" offers a richly visual first encyclopedia.

World Book Kids

Based on World Book's award-winning Student Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids is designed to give younger students a rewarding online learning experience. It includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.


Middle School

Facts on File: Science Online

This database offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, definitions, diagrams, videos, animations, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, activities, and current news articles. The content is organized by subject area and type of resource, as well as by the National Science Education Standards.

Middle Search Plus

Offers full text for popular magazines for middle and junior high school research. Also includes biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection.

Novels and Short Stories for Students  

Novels for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of works from various cultures and time periods.  Short Stories for Students contains concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance and excerpted criticism geared specifically towards the high school student.  (From the Gale Virtual Reference Library)


    ►Password for Home Access: WL7171 (Username can be left blank.) TeachingBooks.net is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books.  Get access to author interviews, book readings, activity and discussion guides, Reader's Theater scripts, author name pronunciations, author Websites, and more!

World Book

The articles of the venerable World Book Encyclopedia form the foundation of this expansive reference database that includes the World Book Dictionary, the World Book Atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to state and provincial curriculum standards, and much more.

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