eLibrary: Fact-Finding Resources

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eLibrary is the Nevins Library’s digital collection for children, and is open 24/7.
Start your information quest by clicking on a topic, arranged in two categories: Databases and Websites. Have fun exploring this information!

To use a database, you will need to enter your 14 digit library card number (no spaces). Call 978-686-4080 ext. 26 if you need assistance. To use the list of websites on the topic, click on the link. If you have a library card from other Massachusetts public libraries, you will be able to access some of these resources, but not all.

Encyclopedia Britannica
A comprehensive reference resource with components for students of all ages. A dictionary, a thesaurus, multimedia, and primary source materials.

 

  • Learning Zone for Preschoolers
    Interactive learning for ages 4 to 7 that is fun and developmentally appropriate.
  • Kids InfoBits
    Kids InfoBits geared toward K- 5 students, provides full-text articles from magazines and reference books.
  • Research in Context
    Full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for junior high and middle school students covering current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
  • Scholastic GO!
    Explore nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more across various subject areas.

Websites

  • Fact Monster
    Find information about a wide variety of subjects for homework. Site includes a dictionary, thesaurus, almanac and games.
  • DK Find Out!
    This online encyclopedia is for kids ages 7 to 11. Lots of great content, pictures, sound clips and videos.

Databases

  • TrueFlix
    The entire True Book series covers subjects in social studies and uses videos, audio, images and text.
  • World History in Context
    Explore more than 4,900 years into the past. You will find hundreds of articles about people, events and topics in World History.
  • U.S. History in Context
    This contains information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History.

Websites

Databases

  • America the Beautiful
    Learn about the history, geography, economics, government, and culture of each state and the major territories. Look up state symbols, timelines, and find articles on famous people and places. Check out the games section and test your knowledge of state capitals and famous Americans.
  • Biography in Context
    Find factual information about famous people (past and present) alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images.
  • Mango Languages
    Learn how to speak a different language using a self-paced program. Choose from more than 72 different languages.
  • Muzzy
    MUZZY Club offers interactive learning games and vocabulary lessons for children interested in learning any of the following languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian, Portuguese and Italian.

Websites

  • First Ladies
    Short biographies of our nation’s First Ladies.
  • Gallery of Achievers
    This focuses is on individuals who have shaped the 20th century by their accomplishments.
  • Woman@NASA
    Read short biographies about women who work at NASA. Selected profiles are available in Spanish.

Databases

  • TrueFlix
    The entire True Book series covers subjects in social studies and uses videos, audio, images and text.
  • Amazing Animals
    This online database provides information on animals with color photos and games.
  • Science in Context
    Science related information from magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and website links.

Websites