User Group: Grades 5-8

American Decades

A cross-disciplinary source for junior and high school users who need to analyze periods of contemporary American social history.

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Cities of the United States

Provides vital information on 199 of America’s top cities . City-specific profiles organize pertinent facts and data.

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Digital Public Library of America

Discover 33,092,706 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.

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Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

Articles on food and its place in human culture and society. Find entries on everything from food preparation, distribution, holidays, cultures, nutrition and health.

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Explora Middle School

Designed specifically for middle school, Explora Middle School is a full-text database of popular magazines, reference books, and primary sources covering many subjects, including history, science, and health. It also includes over a million photos, maps, and flags.
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Gale Ebooks

A collection of electronic specialized encyclopedias and reference books on a wide variety of subject areas that can be searched individually or as a whole.

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Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual & Unexplained

Information on topics relating to magic, witchcraft, the supernatural and other mysterious phenomena with a thorough look at the history of each topic, people and practices, popular literature, television programs and movies related to the subject.

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Grzimek’s Animal Life Encycolpedia

Features articles that familiarize readers with animals found everywhere on the globe, detailing their life cycles, predators, food systems, overall ecology and much more.

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Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution

Covers evolution in detail and explores it from a scientific viewpoint. Includes comprehensive coverage of recent ideas and discoveries in the field of evolution.

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EBSCO History Reference Center

History Reference Center

Full-text content of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, video, and other history reference materials.

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Human Diseases and Conditions, 3rd ed., 2017:

Presents information on numerous diseases and conditions. Articles include a definition of the disease or condition, an explanation of how it works in the body, information on causes, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment or cure, and lifestyles.

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Parent Education Learning Center

Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA)

IDLA is a supplemental course provider for the Idaho public school system. All school districts in the state can register and manage students for IDLA courses through their designated school-employed site coordinator. IDLA opens up a world of options for scheduling, supplementing their current course load, or providing the right balance between digital and in-person education.

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STACKS - Idaho Digital Resources

Idaho Digital Resources

A searchable, centralized collection of digital publications that are created by Idaho state agencies for the purpose of public information.

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State of Idaho Logo

Idaho Statehouse Tour

Take an online tour of the Idaho statehouse. Along with video and photos, background information about the building is provided.

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LearningExpress Library: Grades 4-8 Educator Resources

The resources here can help students and educators in elementary and middle school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.

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EBSCO Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center

Provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

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EBSCO MasterFile Premier

MasterFILE Premier

Covers a vast array of general reference subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.

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EBSCO Middle Search Plus

Middle Search Plus

Designed for middle school libraries, Middle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science, and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps, and flags.

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Ebsco Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source Plus

Full text coverage of major newspapers, videos, and podcasts covering critical news topics.

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Notable Sports Figures

Takes a close look at the people in sports who have captured attention because of success on the playing field, or controversy off the playing field.

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Novelist K-8 Plus

For readers in Grades K-8, find fiction and narrative nonfiction reading recommendations by book titles, author, genre, series, or key plot points. Ready-to-go read-alike lists for popular titles.

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PBS Learning Media

PBS LearningMedia

Free, curriculum-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for K-12 educators, curated by Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

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Real Life Math

Helps students better understand commonly studied math concepts by illustrating their use in everyday life. Designed to support mathematics curriculum.

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Real Life Math: Everyday Use of Mathematical Concepts

Math concepts are presented with multiple examples of how each is applied in everyday environments.

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Classroom Idaho Edition

Scout: Idaho Edition

Full length videos from Idaho Public Television in areas of adventure, culture, natural resources, Idaho, conversations with writers, and more.

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EBSCO TopicSearch


Content explores current events, social, political, economic, scientific, and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom.

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UXL Encyclopedia of Science

This resource provides information on scientific theories, life forms, inventions, controversies and discoveries.

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UXL Encyclopedia of Weather & Natural Disasters

Includes content covering weather basics, climate, natural disasters, and the effects of human activities on the weather and advances in new technology.

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WorldBook Student

World Book Student

Encyclopedia content designed for students in middle grades. Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, Student includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

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