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Direct links to online encyclopedias and databases designed for use by students in grade 4 and older. A St Charles Library card and PIN are necessary to access these databases from outside the library.
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Encyclopedias & Almanacs Encyclopedias & Almanacs
sq Encyclopaedia Britannica For Kids
All the resources found in Encyclopaedia Britannica, plus special online learning materials for students, in grades K-8. 
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Encyclopedia Britannica
sq Escolar
(Encyclopedia Britannica for children.)
Enciclopedia de Britannica por los ninos.
 
Enciclopedia de Britannica por los ninos.
sq World Book Encyclopaedia
Features include timelines, maps, and interactive indexes. Incluye Encicopedia Estudiantil Halazgos.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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World Book Encylopedia
sq New Book of Knowledge
Includes The American Heritage Children's Dictionary and The American Heritage Children's Thesaurus.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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Grolier Online
Geography, Countries & StatesGeography & World Cultures
sq America the Beautiful
Features comprehensive information about each of the 50 states.
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Grolier Online
sq CultureGrams
Features cultures of 182 countries, including maps, statistics, photographs, national anthems, recipes and currency converters. Includes information about each U.S. state as well.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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Culturegrams logo
sq Lands and People
A unique cultural database of all the countries on the globe. World Atlas included.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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sq Gale Virtual Reference Library

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Canadian Provinces
Provides information on Canada's provinces and territories

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods and Recipes of the World
Provides foods and recipes from 70 countries and culture groups worldwide -- from Algeria to Zimbabwe.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Mexican States
Presents profiles of the 31 states and the Distrito Federal (federal district) of Mexico.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations
Presents profiles of 193 countries of the world.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
Presents easy-to-understand information on 200 countries and dependencies from around the world.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Physical Geography
Includes information on physical properties and characteristics of nearly 200 countries. Designed specifically for students in grades 5-12.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States
Presents profiles of the 50 states of the nation, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US dependencies.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cities
Students will find everything they need on 50 cities from all over the world.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures
An easy-to-use, systematic guide to the history and current status of more than 290 cultural groups outside the United States.

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays
Written for students in middle and high school. Offers information on familiar holidays as well as Children's/Youth Day, Festivals of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day, Kwanza, Yom Kippur and many others.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library
sq Marshall Cavendish Digital
  • Peoples of Europe
    Information includes ancestors, food, family life, festivals, dance, music, dance and sports.
  • Peoples of Africa
    Information includes ancestors, food, family life, festivals, dance, music, dance and sports.
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sq World Geography and Culture
Reproducible, full-color maps, flags, statistics, images, and information about a location's geography, government, history, society, and culture.
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Facts on File
HistoryHealth
sq Health and Wellness Resource Center
Articles on medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, alcohol and drug abuse and fitness.
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Health and Wellness
sq Marshall Cavendish Digital
  • Diseases & Disorders
    Comprehensive information on more than 250 infectious diseases, mental disorders, and noninfectious diseases and disorders, plus 50 overview articles on general health care issues.
  • Drugs and Society
    A comprehensive resource that examines a wide range of issues concerning addiction, treatment, and the societal impact of drug abuse.
  • Family Health, 3rd Ed
    Quick access to key information on all aspects of family health care.
  • Food & Nutrition
    A comprehensive resource about all aspects of food and nutrition.
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History History & Biography
sq American Indian History Online
Access to more than 600 Native American groups and over 15,000 years of American Indian culture and history.
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Facts on File
sq Biography in Context
More than 300,000 biographies from respected sources, for individuals from around the world, throughout history to the present. (Guided Tour)
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Gale Group
sq Chelsea House Biographies Online
In-depth looks at people who have shaped our world. World leaders, sports stars, popular icons, writers, legends of the old west, and many more.
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Chelsea House Biographies
sq FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online
Biography for Beginners
Illustrated biographies written especially for beginning and striving readers.
U.S. & World Biography
10,000 biographies of famous people from around the world. More than 2,000 illustrations.
Greek & Roman Mythology
500 articles on Greek and Roman mythological figures with more than 300 illustrations.
American History
More than 6,000 illustrated articles of people, places, and events in American history.
  FactCite
sq FreedomFlix
This American History resource includes e-books from Scholastic’s Cornerstones of Freedom series. Each is paired with nonfiction videos and links to related websites. Topics include: Revolutionary Era, Our Democracy, Westward Expansion, Immigration, Slavery and the Civil War, Economy, the 20th Century, Today’s World and War.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
 
FreedomFlix
sq Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • American Revolution Reference Library
    Supplies in-depth information about the American Revolution that students need for class assignments and reports.
  • American Civil War Reference Library
    Offers comprehensive and wide ranging research. Especially for students in grades 6-12.
  • UXL American Decades
    This resource documents contemporary American social history.
  • Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th-Century America
    Covers the popular culture of the 20th Century and first decade of the 21st Century.
  • Cold War Reference Library
    Covers the Cold War period between the Western powers and the Communist bloc from the end of World War II through 1989.
  • Colonial America Reference Library
    Comprehensive information on the Colonial American period
  • Constitutional Amendments : From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning
    Provides the history and social context of the amendment process, covering each of the 27 amendments.
  • Crusades Reference Library
    Covers everything from the First Crusade (1095-99) through the Ninth Crusade (1271-72).
  • French and Indian War
    Contains historical overviews, biographical entries and primary source material on the French and Indian War. Designed for students.
  • Great Depression and the New Deal Reference Library
    Covers the failure of the U.S. economy and its gradual recovery, with special attention to the New Deal, as well as the global situation, including the rise of Hitler.
  • Industrial Revolution Reference Library
    Covers the ideas and social turmoil that marked this transition as well as the machines, manufacturing processes and energy sources that spurred it on.
  • Korean War Reference Library
    Covers the Korean War by exploring the major topics and events related to the period.
  • Middle Ages Reference Library
    Covers the different civilizations and peoples of Medieval times.
  • Middle East Conflict Reference Library
    Provides an overview of the people, events and documents that are key to understanding the region.
  • U·X·L Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
    Provides detailed studies of tribes from all over the United States and Canada.
  • UXL Newsmakers
    Covers prominent personalities active on the current scene, including people making headlines in all fields.
  • Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library
    Covers everything from Luther's Revolt to the writings of Shakespeare.
  • Roaring Twenties Reference Library
    Chronicles and illustrates a time of great social change in everything from fashion to music to politics.
  • Spanish American War
    Covers the underlying causes of the Spanish American war, the battles, and the resolution of the conflict with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
  • Terrorism Reference Library
    This volume explores the roots and evolution of terrorism, covering the nature of contemporary terrorism and terrorist organizations.
  • U.S. Immigration and Migration
    Chronicles waves of immigration to the United States from the earliest times through the period from 1820 to 1930 -- up to the present day.
  • Vietnam War Reference Library
    Research the Vietnam War from every angle.
  • War in the Persian Gulf Reference Library
    Triggered by its invasion of Kuwait, Iraq was pitted against a 32-nation coalition of forces commanded by Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, whose air attacks led the way for a ground war that met with success in less than four days.
  • Westward Expansion Reference Library
    Features volumes dedicated to events, people and insightful primary sources that present an objective yet entertaining look at frontier life.
  • World War I Reference Library
    Covers major topics related to the period, including the roots of the war; causes of U.S. involvement; the Espionage Act and Sedition Act; weapons of mass destruction; and more.
  • World War II reference library
    Provides background and information on major topics about the World War II period.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library
sq Modern World History Online
Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.
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Facts on File
sq PebbleGo
PebbleGo Biographies, PebbleGo Animals, PebbleGo Earth and Space and PebbleGo Social Studies are resources designed especially for students in grades K-3. They include photographs, videos and educational games.
Biographies include authors and artists, athletes, explorers, Presidents and more.
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sq Something About the Author
This series covers individuals ranging from established award winners in children’s literature to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers in children’s literature.
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sq TrueFLIX
Includes: digital Scholastic True Books, links to further information in Grolier Online and web sites about each topic. Non-fiction topics include: continents, ancient civilizations, U.S. government westward expansion, natural disaters, space, human body and ecosystems.
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Literature Language Learning
sq MUZZY Online
Especially designed for children, Muzzy is a comprehensive, interactive and fun way to learn a second language. Includes Spanish, French, German, Italian, English, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.
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Literature Literature & Music
sq Children's Literature Comprehensive Database(CLCD)
An online database with over 400,000 reviews and links to parent and teacher resources, and more. NOTE: Click on the “Subscriber Login” button at the top-left to begin search.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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sq Freegal Music Downloads
St. Charles Library cardholders may download five DRM-free songs per week.
  freegal
sq Lit Finder
Short stories, essays and poems, arranged by genre, subject and author.
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Poem Finder
sq NoveList K-8
Search for picture books through chapter books by author, title, series name or subject.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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sq Scholastic BookFLIX
Online literacy resource that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. Reinforces core reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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BookFLIX
sq TumbleBook Library
A collection of animated, talking picture books and puzzles created from existing picture books, Large Print chapter books and classic children's books. There are also books in Spanish and French. (Biblioteca TumbleBook)
Biblioteca TumbleBook
Ciber-libros para ciber-niños.
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sq TumbleBookCloud
An online collection of read-alongs, e-books and audio books with reading levels from grades 6-12. Includes YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks, graphic novels, and educational videos from National Geographic.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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sq TumbleBookCloud Junior
An online collection of read-alongs, e-books and audio books with reading levels from grades 3-8. Includes early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and National Geographic videos.
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Magazines & newspapersMagazines & Newspapers
sq Newsbank
Local, regional and national newspapers, plus America’s Obituaries and Death Notices and Genealogy Bank.
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Newsbank
sq General Reference Center Gold
General interest articles on current events, science, entertainment, the arts, etc.
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Gale Group
ScienceScience & Animals
sq Amazing Animals
Animals of the world for elementary students and higher.
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Grolier Online
sq Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource
    This resource book covers the animal kingdom.
  • U·X·L Encyclopedia of Biomes
    Includes entries on land and water biomes, and covers climate, vegetation, animal life, food web, plant and animal adaptations, endangered species, human effects on the biome, and more.
  • Endangered Species
    Covers the many species threatened by extinction, including amphibians, birds, crustaceans, fish, insects, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, and more.
  • Experiment Central: Understanding Scientific Principles through Projects
    Includes 97 chapters with nearly 300 science experiments, and covers nine key science curriculum fields; astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, food science, geology, meteorology and physics.
  • UXL Encyclopedia of Landforms and Other Geologic Features
    Focuses on the physical and geological aspects, structure, and features of 48 of the earth's landforms. Written for middle school students.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library
sq Marshall Cavendish Digital
  • Animal and Plant Anatomy
    An extensively illustrated presentation of the anatomy and physiology of a comprehensive range of life-forms.
  • Aquatic World
    Detailed information about on the anatomy and classification of aquatic species as well as detailed information about aquatic habitats.
  • Dinosaurs
    This illustrated resource explores more than 200 dinosaurs.
  • Elements
    Detailed resource that discusses the origin, discovery, special characteristics, and importance of the 117 known elements, from aluminum to zirconium.
  • Exploring Earth and Space Science
    An introduction to earth and space science, including information on the fields of astronomy, physics, geography, geology, and more.
  • Exploring Mammals
    Introduces the behaviors and life cycles of more than 90 mammals.
  • Growing Up With Science
    This resource includes all branches of middle school science curriculums.
  • Habitats of the World
    Richly illustrated account of the world's land, freshwater, marine, and human habitats.
  • How It Works
    Comprehensive coverage of science and technology that strives to explain to the reader how things really do work. Scroll down through the titles on the right side of the Marshall Cavendish page to access this resource.
  • International Wildlife
    This reference source focuses on the physical features and lifestyles of species from every branch of the animal family. Scroll down through the titles on the right side of the Marshall Cavendish page to access this resource.
  • Reptiles & Amphibians
    This resource covers a range of representative reptile and amphibian species in depth.
  • Wildlife and Plants of the World
    This resource incorporates coverage of common, everyday plant and animal species with lesser-known exotic species from around the world.
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sq New Book of Popular Science
Covers science, technology, and medical topics.
 
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Grolier Online
sq PebbleGo
PebbleGo Biographies, PebbleGo Animals, PebbleGo Earth and Space and PebbleGo Social Studies are resources designed especially for students in grades K-3. They include photographs, videos and educational games.
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sq Science Online
Diagrams, definitions, biographies, experiments and essays in specific subject areas.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.
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Facts on File
sq TrueFLIX
Includes: digital Scholastic True Books, links to further information in Grolier Online and web sites about each topic. Non-fiction topics include: continents, ancient civilizations, U.S. government westward expansion, natural disaters, space, human body and ecosystems.
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