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Need to find information for a report?  Struggling with a homework assignment?  Explore an online library resource or librarian recommended website!

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Online Information Resources

Biography in Context

Biographies from Gale Group sources and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.  Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

CultureGrams Online

CultureGrams provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on hundreds of countries, as well as the U.S. state and Canadian Provinces.  Information about each country, state and province is written and reviewed by natives and updated every year to ensure that it reflects the most accurate information.  Each report covers 25 categories, including history, religion, family, economy, gestures, current events and more.

eLibrary Elementary

Tailors all the media types and search functionality of eLibrary for the young reader.  Students use the colorful, graphical search interface to find the answers they need from more than 130 magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, weblinks, and audio/video titles, all selected as appropriate for elementary school studies.

General Reference Center Gold

General interest database.  Use to find articles from newspapers, reference books and periodicals, many with full-text and images.

Infotrac Junior Edition

This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online

Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.

PebbleGo

PebbleGo, the award winning PreK - 2 database for reading and research, includes database options for Animals, Earth and Space, and Biographies.

PebbleGo Next

PebbleGo Next is the next step for researchers ready to graduate from PebbleGo to more robust content. PebbleGo Next covers content appropriate to grades 3-6 curriculum content at a reading level geared to those students with built-in reading and research tools such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. PebbleGo's initial module covers States and American Indian studies.

SIRS Discoverer

A children's database of articles, books, video, audio on all topics.  The interface is appropriate to children and includes reading levels, teacher's help pages, over 3,000 maps, and more.

World Book Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning is the premier online learning resource for preschoolers and children in early grades, encompassing three interactive learning environments for kids:

  • Trek’s Travels - offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
  • Welcome to Reading - provides leveled instruction to help young readers develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Know It - offers a richly visual kids’ online encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them.

World Book Kids

Designed with younger readers in mind, this resource has engaging images, illustrations, and other rich media content that help bring the text to life for younger readers. Interactive games and activities bring learning and fun together. audio clips of bird songs, popular and classical music, and national anthems enrich the learning experience.

World Book Online for Kids

Developed especially for young public library patrons, this resource offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.

World Book Online Info Finder

Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs, this resource features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

World Book Online Reference Center

Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs, this resource features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures. Featuring more personalization and customization options than any other World Book site, World Book Timelines also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

Online Reading Resources

Books & Authors

Designed to help you decide what to read next.  Search by character, topic, setting, time period, genre, title, author, and series.  Includes over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner, and librarian's favorites lists.  Titles include both fiction and non-fiction.

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in the classroom.  Use favorite book titles and authors to find additional books to read or use in the classroom.

PebbleGo

PebbleGo, the award winning PreK - 2 database for reading and research, includes database options for Animals, Earth and Space, and Biographies.

eBook and eAudiobook Resources

BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

EBSCOhost eBooks K-8 Collection

Beginning reader-friendly fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun.  Picture books, homework topics, languages learning.  Online help is available too.

OneClickDigital

Download and listen to classic titles using your computer or supported mobile device.  New users will be asked to create an account and authenticate using your Orion Library card.

OverDrive for Kids

OverDrive for Kids, or Kids' eReading Room, shows only kids’ content.  No adult content will appear in the search results.  All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, AT scores and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns.  All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.

TrueFlix

An online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process.  All of the True Book titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.  TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which kids can read, or have read to them.

TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks!  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!  It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

World eBook

World Book’s ebook collection includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. World Book eBooks are always available with no holds required and can be read in World Book’s customized online viewer.

 

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