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Resources: Grades 5-8

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Gale Virtual Reference Library contains electronic reference books presented by discipline. Information spans the curriculum with virtual books in History, Literature, Science and other subjects. Included in this collection are many multi-volume sets.


Britannica Online School Ed
Search encyclopedia articles (Britannica, Compton’s, Britannica Elementary), journals, magazines, websites, atlas, timelines, videos, interactive “Learning Zone” for PreK-2. See librarian for off campus password.
World Book Encyclopedia includes a number of levels and types of encyclopedias. Content in addition to the encyclopedia articles includes related websites and magazine articles, ebooks, primary sources, multimedia and more. The library advises World Book Student for Middle School research and World Book Advanced for Upper School students.


Tennessee Electronic Library
Databases by subject link to hundreds of millions of articles in Gale Virtual Reference Library, Academic OneFile, Kids InfoBits, Literature Resource Center, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Learning Express Library, and many more.


Academic Search Complete offers an enormous collection of the most relevant full-text journals, providing users access to critical information from many sources unique to this database. The database includes 9,000 full-test journals spanning a wide range of disciplines in the sciences, humanities and the arts. The resource contains current content as well as some selected content dating as back into the 19th century.

Salem Press’ reference materials are written in clear and succinct language that is accessible to high school and undergraduate level students. Individual essays are robust enough to be thorough but not overwhelming. Included in the Salem resources are databases in history, literature and health. Please see the library resources document or see a librarian for the password information.


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  BrainPop ESP
Spanish language version of BrainPop's animated, curriculum-based content.