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This list of databases and websites has been compiled by Young Minds Librarians.

Library Databases

searchasaurusthumbSearchasaurus is for elementary school students looking for history, health, stories, sports, art & music, science & math, people & places, animals, a dictionary, and pictures.  Articles can be sorted by reading/lexile level.

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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.

Bookflix pairs fictional animated storybooks with a corresponding nonfiction book from Scholastic. For Kindergarten through grade three. Click here to access Bookflix from home.

 

TrueFlix is an online resource that brings books to life! It features electronic versions of Scholastic’s award-winning True Books series paired with topical viedos, project ideas, age-appropriate web links, and interactive educational games.

Click here to access TrueFlix from home.

TOPICsearchthumbTOPICsearch is a current events database that allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints

 

MiddleSearchPlusthumbMiddle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level. Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

 

StudentResearchCenterEBSCO’s Student Research Center makes it easy for students grades K-12 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.

 

Learn A Test can help you improve! Tests for Elementary through High School in Math, Reading and Writing. Also includes Computer Skills Tutorials and Writing Improvement Programs (with instant essay scoring and analysis for SAT Writing, Writing for High School, Middle School, Elementary School).

 

Daily Life Through History features the day-to-day lives of average people and places, past and present. Covers food and cooking, holidays and festivals, clothing, housing, religion, music, family life, women’s history. Also includes information on the 50 states. Browse by time period, region or subject. For middle school and older.

 

World Folklore and Folklife covers myths, proverbs, music, urgan legends, comparative religion, folk and fairytales, literature. For middle school and older.

 

Whether you’re searching for historical information on slavery or want to know about Will Smith, African American Experience is your source! With WPA slave narratives, music, articles, photos, maps and other documents, the black experience from African origins to the present is brought to life. For middle school and older.

 

The Latino American Experience is a full-text, multimedia database with both English and Spanish content focusing on individuals of Hispanic origins living in the Americas from pre-Columbian times until the present day. The database contains books, images, primary documents, and links to select Web sites. For middle school and older.

 

The American Indian Experience offers access to an online library featuring more than 150 volumes of reference content, hundreds of primary documents and thousands of images, including treaties, speeches, traditional tales, and a wealth of maps and photographs. For middle school and older.

 

CultureGrams Kids Edition features a colorful collection of 106 country reports perfect for school projects and homework assignments; States Edition offers kid-friendly reports on all 50 states. Switch between editions with a simple click.

 

 

ScienceReferenceCntrthumb Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database for high school and middle school.  Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, and technology and wildlife.

HistoryReferenceCntrthumbHistory Reference Center features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, as well as  full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, and nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.  While it has materials for grades 1-12 and into college, children below high school would best be served using this database with the help of an adult to create an advanced search specific to their reading level.

 

BiographyReferenceCenterthumbBiography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

 

 

Math

Learn A Test can help you improve! Tests for Elementary through High School in Math.

 

 

 

Funbrain Math–This website has math games for kids in elementary school.

Bedtime Math–We’re a nonprofit that helps kids love math like playtime or dessert. Here’s what we’ve created to get kids fired up about numbers.

WebMath–Web Math has help for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Cool Math 4 Kids–A math site specially designed for what kids ages three to twelve like and how they learn! Check out the companion site for ages thirteen and up.

Math Slice–Play online math games like Math Wheel (math terms), Jeopardy (addition), and Finding Nemo (direction) or generate custom math worksheets on topics such as telling time, fractions, money, and many more! Appropriate for Kindergarten through high school.

 

Science

ScienceReferenceCntrthumbScience Reference Center is a comprehensive research database for high school and middle school.  Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, and technology and wildlife.

 

Science Kids–This website has information and games for everything from animals to space, health to technology and lots of other science topics in between. For grade two and up.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide–If you’ve never done a science fair project before, DON’T PANIC! The IPL’s Science Fair Project Resource Guide will help you through the whole project by guiding you to a variety of excellent web resources. For grade three and up.

Starchild–Sponsored by NASA, this site is a learning lab for up and coming astronomers grades three to five.

NOAA for Kids–This website has information about oceans, weather, sea animals and fun facts about oceans for elementary and middle schoolers.

 

Language Arts/Reading

Learn A Test can help you improve! Tests for Elementary through High School in Reading and Writing. Also includes Writing Improvement Programs (with instant essay scoring and analysis for SAT Writing, Writing for High School, Middle School, Elementary School).

 

Bookflix pairs fictional animated storybooks with a corresponding nonfiction book from Scholastic. For Kindergarten through grade three. Click here to access Bookflix from home.

 

Merriam Webster Word Central–Features a dictionary, thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, daily buzzword, games and build your own dictionary.

ABC Fast Phonics–This tutorial site makes use of cartoons, audio narration, sounds, and clickable words to teach phonics. Phonics rules and practice pages are included. Appropriate for Kindergarten through second grade.

International Children’s Digital Library–This website has picture and chapter books in many different languages that can be read online. Good for kids in elementary and middle school.

Foreign Languages for Kids–A free foreign language learning site for children. Simple games, activities, and resources for learning vocabulary in French, Spanish, German, Italian and more.

 

Social Studies/History/Biography

Daily Life Through History features the day-to-day lives of average people and places, past and present. Covers food and cooking, holidays and festivals, clothing, housing, religion, music, family life, women’s history. Also includes information on the 50 states. Browse by time period, region or subject. For middle school and older.

 

Whether you’re searching for historical information on slavery or want to know about Will Smith, African American Experience is your source! With WPA slave narratives, music, articles, photos, maps and other documents, the black experience from African origins to the present is brought to life. For middle school and older.

 

The Latino American Experience is a full-text database with both English and Spanish content focusing on people of Hispanic origins living in the Americas from pre-Columbian times until the present day. The database contains books, images, primary sources, and links to select Web sites. For middle school and older.

 

The American Indian Experience offers access to an online library featuring more than 150 volumes of reference content, hundreds of primary documents and thousands of images, including treaties, speeches, traditional tales, and a wealth of maps and photographs. For middle school and older.

 

World Folklore and Folklife covers myths, proverbs, music, urgan legends, comparative religion, folk and fairytales, literature. For middle school and older.

 

HistoryReferenceCntrthumbHistory Reference Center features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, as well as  full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, and nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.  While it has materials for grades 1-12 and into college, children below high school would best be served using this database with the help of an adult to create an advanced search specific to their reading level.

 

BiographyReferenceCenterthumbBiography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

 

CultureGrams Kids Edition features a colorful collection of 106 country reports perfect for school projects and homework assignments; States Edition offers kid-friendly reports on all 50 states. Switch between editions with a simple click.

 

 

 

Local Resources

yaleuicYale Urban Improvement Corps Urban Improvement Corps (UIC), a premier mentoring and tutoring program at Yale University is focused on providing tutoring for middle and high schoolers in New Haven. From assistance in mathematics to chemistry to French to college applications, Urban Improvement Corps tutors are committed to providing superior tutoring services—all for free. To sign up, visit www.yaleuic.org and click on the ‘Registration’ tab. Students and parents will be notified of their admission into the program within a week of completing the registration form.

Dial-A-Teacher is a homework help hotline that operates Mondays through Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Certified New Haven teachers are on hand to answer your homework questions, in both Spanish and English. Call the hotline at 946.6580.

 

New Haven Reads provides free tutoring after school and on Saturdays.