HSPLS - Databases for Elementary School Students & Teachers

Elementary School

Book Collection: Nonfiction - Elementary School Edition - Book Collection: Nonfiction - Elementary School Edition is a rich research database for school libraries. A cross-curricular database, it provides content representing a wide spectrum of works, including popular series from top book publishers. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 2,700 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Elementary Edition - Britannica Online School Edition K-12 gives teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. This unique database also offers high-quality online learning materials that are developed by teachers and curriculum experts. Designed for all levels of learning, Britannica Online School Edition K-12 offers students a gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Public Library Edition - BOLLE delivers two sites in one, with separate home pages and resources for adults and children that allow libraries to tailor the site to their patrons' needs. The Reference Center Home Page is an entryway to all the resources for older students and adults and the Kids Home Page is an entryway to all the resources created for children and young adults.

Hawaiian Legends Index - Offers subject access to Hawaiian legends in selected English sources. Subjects indexed include: places, mythological and historical figures, plants, animals, objects and activities, human characteristics, and geographical features.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A special collection of titles for use by kids in elementary school research projects. These resources are highlighted by subject areas: Environment, General Reference, History, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Science and Technology.

Kids Search - Designed for students in grades K-5. The Kids Search interface combines a state-of-the-art search engine (powered by EBSCOhost®) with a child-friendly, graphically-rich design that is both powerful and fun to use. Search by keyword or topic in sources such as the American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, Funk & Wagnalls New World Dictionary, Newspaper Source Plus and Primary Search. Results can be sorted by source types - magazines, newspapers, biographies, country reports, images, etc.

National Geographic Kids - Includes National Geographic Kids magazine, images and books for children ages 6 to 14. Also gives access to the full National Geographic magazine archive of unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment.

Novelist K-8 - Engage your younger readers and encourage reading success! NoveList K-8 Plus helps parents, teachers, and librarians improve literacy, connect reading across curricular areas, teach reading and writing concepts, and engage young readers. Contains information on picture books, children’s fiction and young adult titles. Users can browse theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels and look for award-winning and recommended titles.

Primary Search - Provides full text for more than 60 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full-text articles are assigned a Lexile reading level indicator. Also includes sources such as World Almanac for Kids.

Searchasaurus - Simplified child-friendly graphical interface for searching most of the same sources found in Kids Search. Includes a tutorial and “Fun Facts.” The format is most appropriate for younger elementary school students.