Online Databases for Kids

Online Databases for KidsExplore the online resources that will help out with homework and school assignments. Some of the online databases on this page require a library card number for access. Don't have a library card? Apply for one online! Not sure which online database to use? Try the following databases which cover a wide variety of topics:

General Databases

  • Elementary School
    Provides full text for more than 100 popular, magazines for elementary school research (grades K-5). All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full-text information dates as far back as 1990.
  • Middle School
    Provides full text for more than 170 popular, middle school magazines. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 80,000 biographies, 55,000 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps, and flags.
  • Britannica
    Quick facts and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects.

Databases by Subject

Biographies | California Missions | En Español | General | History | Literature | Science | Social Issues


California Missions

  • The Missions of California
    Explore the various California missions.
    Note: When asked for a username and password, please enter: username - missions; password - missions.

En Español

  • Britannica Escolar
    Información rápida e información detallada sobre una amplia variedad de temas.


  • America: History and Life
    Database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.
  • History Reference Center
    Offers full text history periodicals, historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and historical video.


  • CliffsNotes
    Ace your tests and get homework help with summaries, character analyses, glossaries, quotes, essays, filmography and more.
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
    Full-text literary reference books/works, literary journals and magazines, plot summaries/synopses, author biographies, and articles/essays of literary criticism.
  • SparkNotes
    Study guides and discussion forums offered on various academic subjects. Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots.
  • TeachingBooks
    Author interviews, book trailers and school resources at your fingertips!


  • Science Reference Center
    Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Social Issues