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Online Databases for Kids

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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.

Quick facts and in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects.

Databases by Subject

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


Biography Reference Center
Collection of more than 460,000 full-text biographies.

History Reference Center
Biographies of historical figures.

Literary Reference Center Plus
Biographies on authors.

Science Reference Center
Biographies on individuals related to the science field.

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.


America: History & 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Offers full text history periodicals, historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and historical video.


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.

Study guides and discussion forums offered on various academic subjects. Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots.

Author interviews, book trailers and school resources at your fingertips! Resources for teaching and learning available to California schools and libraries.


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

Social Issues

Points of View Reference Center
Contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue.