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Online Resources

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.
Click on the category below to find the resource you need.

Databases

Name Description Use At Home?

Amazing Animals

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Animals of the world for elementary students and higher.

Yes

America the Beautiful

Features comprehensive information about each of the 50 states.
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Yes

American Indian History Online

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Access to more than 600 Native American groups and over 15,000 years of American Indian culture and history.

Yes

American National Biography Online

Info on over 18,700 American men and women--from all eras and walks of life--whose lives have shaped the nation. Only deceased persons are profiled. (Guided Tour)

Yes

Ancestry Library Edition

With over 1.2 billion records, AncestryPlus is one of the most comprehensive online databases of genealogical and local history research available. (Guided Tour)

No

Biblioteca TumbleBook

Ciber-libros para ciber-niños.

Yes

Biography in Context

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More than 300,000 biographies from respected sources, for individuals from around the world, throughout history to the present. (Guided Tour)

Yes

Chelsea House Biographies Online

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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.

Yes

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.

Yes

CultureGrams

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Features cultures of 182 countries, including maps, statistics, photographs, national anthems, recipes and currency converters. Includes information about each U.S. state and Canadian province as well. (Guided Tour)

Yes

Enciclopedia Moderna

(Encyclopaedia Britannica Online) The most comprehensive encyclopedia in the Spanish language, with articles, photos and images, maps and tables. La enciclopedia más comprensiva de la lengua española, con los artículos, fotos e imágenes, mapas y tablas.

Yes

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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Escolar

(Encyclopedia Britannica for children.)
Enciclopedia de Britannica por los ninos.

Yes

FactCite - American and World Biography

10,000 biographies of famous people from around the world. More than 2,000 illustrations.

Yes

FactCite - American History

More than 6,000 illustrated articles of people, places, and events in American history.

Yes

FactCite - Biography for Beginners

Illustrated biographies written especially for beginning and striving readers.

Yes

FactCite - Greek and Roman Mythology

500 articles on Greek and Roman mythological figures with more than 300 illustrations.

Yes

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.

Yes

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Biography

UXL Newsmakers
Covers prominent personalities active on the current scene, including people making headlines in all fields.

Yes

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Geography & World Cultures

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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 - History

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  • 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.
  • 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 - Science & Animals

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  • 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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General OneFile

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General interest articles on current events, science, entertainment, the arts, etc.

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Health and Wellness Resource Center

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Articles on medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, alcohol and drug abuse and fitness. (Guided Tour)

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HelpNow from Brainfuse

Get live, one-to-one, Illinois-aligned skill-building, homework and test preparation help especially for everyone, from kindegardeners to adults. English as a second language and Spanish foreign language  assistance are included, as well as Microsoft Office help and Career Resources. Available seven days a week, from 2PM-11PM with 24-hour access to writing lab, SkillSurfer and more.

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HeritageQuest Online

Includes genealogies, local histories, primary source materials and genealogical and local history serials. An ongoing project, this database continues to grow and includes materials from all 50 states, Canada and the British Isles.

Yes

Historical Newspapers Extra Edition

Search the Historical Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal through this easy-to-use page that includes timelines and popular topic searches.

Yes

Hobbies & Crafts

Has patterns, articles, and information on everything from amateur radio to knitting to woodworking.

Yes

Illinois Digital Archive

St. Charles, Kane County and Illinois local history documents, maps and photos.

Yes

Illinois Newspapers

Search local and state news sources including: Chicago Sun-Times (1986-Current), Courier-News (1/1/97-Current), Daily Herald (1/1/95-Current), the Kane County Chronicle (7/9/04-Current), and the St. Charles Republican (01/18/09-Current).

Yes

La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre

A comprehensive reference resource for Spanish speakers and Spanish-language students.

Yes

Lands and People

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A unique cultural database of all the countries on the globe. World Atlas included.
• Includes helpful educator’s tools.

Yes

Mango Languages

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®. Guided Tour

Yes

Marquis Who’s Who

Over one million profiles of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports.

Yes

Marshall Cavendish Digital - Geography & World Cultures

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  • 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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Marshall Cavendish Digital - Health

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  • 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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Marshall Cavendish Digital - Science & Animals

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  • 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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Modern World History Online

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Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.

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Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century

Biographical profiles of important figures in all genres of music.

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MUZZY Online

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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.

Yes

National Geographic Kids

Contains National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo), 200 National Geographic Kids books, and 500 kid-friendly and downloadable images.

Yes

Naxos Sheet Music Library

Find 45,000 classical sheet music titles. Some titles may be transposed online.

Yes

New Book of Knowledge

Includes The American Heritage Children's Dictionary and The American Heritage Children's Thesaurus.
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New Book of Popular Science

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Covers science, technology, and medical topics.

Yes

Newsbank

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Local newspapers, national newsmagazines, plus America’s Obituaries and Death Notices and Genealogy Bank.

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NoveList K-8

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Search for picture books through chapter books by author, title, series name or subject.

• Includes helpful educator’s tools.

Yes

Oxford Art Online

The access point for renowned Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources, covering all aspect of visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Includes biographies of artists and select images of art.

Guided Tour

Yes

PebbleGo

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PebbleGo Biographies, 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.

Yes

Scholastic BookFLIX

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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.

Yes

Science Online

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Diagrams, definitions, biographies, experiments and essays in specific subject areas.

Yes

ScienceFlix

A highly-engaging, interactive, curriculum-driven digital resource with reading levels for students in grades 4 through 9. Includes videos, experiments and information on careers in science. 

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TrueFLIX

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Includes: digital Scholastic True Books, links to further information in Grolier Online and websites about each topic. Non-fiction topics include: continents, ancient civilizations, U.S. government westward expansion, natural disaters, space, human body and ecosystems.

Yes

TumbleBook Library

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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.

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TumbleBookCloud

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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.

Yes

TumbleBookCloud Junior

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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.

Yes

Ulrichsweb

The authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types from around the world.

Yes

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged

Comprehensive dictionary that includes definitions, pronunciations and histories of the words.

Yes

World Book Encyclopaedia

Features include timelines, maps, and interactive indexes. Incluye Encicopedia Estudiantil Halazgos.
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World Book Online

Start here for background research on any topic. Articles are updated with current events information, useful links on the Internet, a monthly calendar of important dates and a Today in History feature.

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World Book: La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book's Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia: features include articles, maps and interactive databases.
Características incluyen articulos, secuencia (fechas) de eventos, mapas y bases de datos interactivas (recursos electrónicos).

Yes