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Reference Books, Newspapers, and Magazines
- Amazing Animals of the World: Offers children access to information about the animal kingdom and its place in our world. It includes interactive information on over 1,2000 animals, with illustrations, maps, and glossaries. To get to the database, in the menu on the left side of the screen, click on Amazing Animals of the World.
- America the Beautiful: A fact-filled tool for elementary and middle school students for research on the states, famous Americans, and US History. It includes articles, interactive almanac and maps, timelines, educational games. To get to the database, in the menu on the left side of the screen, click on American the Beautiful.
- Biography Resource Center: Articles and pictures from encyclopedias and magazines on more than 185,000 people from throughout history. Search for people by birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation and gender.
- CultureGrams is the leading primary source reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. To access this database from inside the library, use this link.
- Kids InfoBits: Best for elementary school students. Search for articles from magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.
- Lands and Peoples: Provides elementary and middle school students with up-to-date information on countries, cultures and current events. Features include an encyclopedia of countries, facts and figures, cultural comparisons, games and quizzes, and a Global News Desk. To get to the database, in the menu on the left side of the screen, click on Lands and People.
- Popular Science: Provides in-depth science, health, and technology research and news for students in middle school and beyond. It includes photos, maps, and technical illustrations, biographies of great scientists, information on science careers, and ideas for school science projects and experiments. To get to the database, in the menu on the left side of the screen, click on Popular Science.
- Social Studies Fact Cards: Information for students in grades 4 through 8, including California missions and ranchos, states and presidents of the United States, countries, early civilizations, and Native American tribes.
- Student Resource Center: Best for middle school and up. Search magazine articles, photographs and illustrations, and audio and video clips for primary documents, biographies, essays, background information, and critical analyses.
- World Book Online: Offers a collection of research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, current periodicals, and related websites. It also features World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online for Students, Discover, which offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level, and the Spanish language encyclopedia Estudiantil. World Book Online is dynamically complemented with pictures, audio, and video.