Kids InfoBits is a great resource for elementary students. It is a content-rich, easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.
Created specifically for middle school students, Research In Context combines the best of Gale’s reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.
Student Resources In Context offers cross-curricular content aligned to national and state curriculum standards and reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Learners can access news content including full-text newspapers, periodicals, and hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and audio selections that include archival film clips and broadcast video.
Hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.
Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. Provides free access to The Great Courses as well as many other non-fiction video content.
Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development, and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. This is a great resource for older students.
US Major Dailies provides access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers: The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. With print and online editions, the titles offer researchers thorough and timely coverage of local, regional, and global events with journalistic balance and perspective. The content is available by 8 AM U.S. Eastern time each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1980.
Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History Online explores the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the homepage to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into an era through the Topic Centers. Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines.
This comprehensive biographical database offers the in-depth, original profiles from the Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. It provides biographical full-text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals.
The Diversity Studies Collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.
Exclusive features: including Topic Finder, and a mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.
Open Culture K-12:Free open access web media and resources – List of over 200 free websites.
Reading Beyond: Lists curated by librarians and designed to help adults recommend age-appropriate titles that will challenge advanced readers.
Great Websites for Kids:Sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association Please Note: While the website is no longer being updated it still contains a plethora of great resources, just click on the X on the homescreen to close the website retirement message, if you click on Launch Website it will take you to a different site.
Smithsonian Learning Lab:Support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources and tools for making them your own.
SciJinks Weather:Games, articles, and activities for elementary students about weather.
PBS Learning Media: WETA and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.
Exploriturium:They have created tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 35,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults and kids, plus much more.