The K-6 Library Manages Several Online Resources for Students And Staff:
Provides teachers and students instant access to four encyclopedias on different levels as well as dictionaries, maps, magazines articles, primary source documents, photos, learning activities, current events, and video and audio clips. It also provides a way to find a small amount of reputable websites on whatever topic you are interested in making it a time saving alternative to Googling.
World Book Web (This resource searches all of the World Book databases on ALL LEVELS.)
Kids InfoBits : Age-appropriate, curriculum-related content for the beginning research needs of K-5 students. Also included are more than 100 full-text, age-appropriate magazines, more than 6,400 searchable, indexed images, Merriam-Webster®’s Elementary Dictionary and 1,200 maps, flags & seals and over 1,700 colorful charts and graphs.
National Geographic Kids: Amazing adventures in science, nature, cultures, archeology, and space through pictures, books, and magazines.
Student Resource Center - Junior : Aimed at middle school and high school students, S Users are able to access a variety of resources that will help them conduct research, complete assignments, create presentations and more, with content and curriculum-focused tools that include:
- Read Speaker auditory articles
- More than eight million full-text articles from one thousand periodicals and newspapers
- More than 4,000 proprietary of primary documents
- Hundreds of plays and poems
- Multimedia content, which includes podcasts, video and audio clips, and thousands of flags, maps and seals and photographs
- More than 63,000 topic overviews, biographies, and pieces of literary criticism
- Content level recommendations for reference articles (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced) to help readers choose appropriate content for their abilities and teachers to assign differentiated articles on the same topic
- Research Tools and Research Guide that tie information literacy skills to use of the resource center
- More than 1,700 study guide questions to promote understanding
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Single source for eReference available 24/7 that offers unlimited and simultaneous circulation of your reference collection (25 titles)
Destiny Quest (Shelf Browse using the K-6 Library Card Catalog) This alternative to the traditional K-8 Library Card Catalog above does not provide in-depth information or boolean searching, but does feature a way to browse the shelves of the K-8 Library.
Infotrac Newsstand - Aimed at Middle Schoo l, innovative full-text newspaper resource that lets students instantly search by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section and other fields.
Provides a wide variety of online databases containing magazines, biographies, primary source documents, essays, encyclopedias, almanacs, reference books, pamphlets, newspapers, transcripts, photos, maps and other sources.
- Searchasaurus-Elementary School AND Kids Search-Middle & Elementary School are the best resources for elementary and intermediate students. Middle school students will find Kids Search quite useful and can branch out into Middle Search Plus for more in depth information.
- The EBSCOhost web database is geared towards adults and older students as are an assortment of professional, health, and business databases that are offered.
- Two databases in the Spanish language are also offered.
The American West Collection includes
- Over 300 manuscripts – ranging from the original manuscript journal and papers of James Audubon, and a twelve page letter of General Custer, to the logbook of a cattle trail driver and the Hinman papers describing the overland trail to California and the Gold Rush.
- Broadsides – a host of extremely rare or unique ephemeral material including advertisements, claim certificates, cheques, photos, wanted notices and news-sheets – all of which are superb visual resources.
- Maps – an important and underutilised resource for teaching the American West – partly due to their size and unwieldy nature – partly due to their rarity.
- Rare printed works – the Graff collection includes many unique or extremely rare items – ranging from extra-illustrated volumes and association copies to city directories and pamphlets and leaflets.
The American Indian Histories and Cultures Collection features a wide range of materials including:
- Manuscripts (treaties, speeches, petitions, diaries, travel journals, ledger books)
- Artwork (illustrations, sketches, watercolors, oil paintings, American Indian art)
- American Indian Newspapers covering the 1960s to 1990s
- Rare Printed Books
LGISD Staff Members: Please see the “Links for Staff” page for fourteen additional database offerings for high school through professional level.