Library Research Databases*

*All CPS students have access to the databases listed below, which are available 24/7. They should contact their school librarian for a username and password to these resources (if it is required). These resources offer students a source of authoritative information that is relevant, accurate, and abundant.

For even MORE research tools, including our school library catalog, please visit Madame Esme's online resources...

 

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SOAR
Our new library circulation system is online! Browse our library shelves, read e-Books, and take advantage of more research tools, all from home.
Kids InfoBits
Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree.
Student Resource Center: Junior
Student Resource Center - Junior offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, SRC - Junior provides a premium selection of reference material, more than 340 full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips.
Discovering Collection
Discovering Collection offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering the core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, DC provides a premium selection of reference, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
LitFinder for Schools
LitFinder is international in scope, covers all time periods, and contains a wealth of primary literature content, including more than 126,500 full-text poems, 850,000 poem citations and excerpts, 5,000 full-text short stories, 2,800 full-text essays, 1,800 full-text speeches, and 1,000 full-text plays.
Junior Edition - K12
Now with over 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

NewsBank - Elementary, Middle School, High School
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive (1845 to 1984), Chicago Tribune (1985 to present), Chicago Sun-Times (1986 to present). Newspapers from around the United States as well as major news magazines covering current events in science, politics, foreign policy and more.

ABC CLIO - Middle School, High School
World History, World Geography, American History, State Geography, American Government) Rich reference resources for social studies, history, geography, current events, with teacher resources and links to textbooks. Great for biographies! Includes essays, maps, images, eBooks, primary documents, activities and more.

Encyclopedia Britannica (English) - Pre-K/K, Elementary, Middle, High School
In addition to millions of articles on as many topics, this online encyclopedia includes Internet links, journal magazine articles, teacher resources, timelines, dictionary and atlas resources. Select the appropriate grade level.
Encyclopedia Britannica (Spanish) - See Above
Encyclopedia Universal en Espanol: Our subscription includes Britannica's Spanish language version.
TeachingBooks.net - Pre-K/, Elementary, Middle, High School
Provides original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators and a wealth of multimedia resources on K-12 books that generate enthusiasm for books and reading.
Encyclopedia of Chicago
Free, comprehensive reference source of Chicago history.
The History Makers
Free online source for African American biographies, history, timelines, events.
Library of Congress
Free online resource for American history. Digital collection includes more than 8 million primary source materials, including historic maps, documents, audio and video.
Chicago Public Library (CPL)
Provides subscriber access to over 30 databases for children and adults, including JuniorQuest Magazines; ProQuest Newspapers; SIRS Discoverer; Spanish-language datases; and WorldBook.