Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Britannica School Edition

The online version of Encyclopedia Britannica includes thousands of up-to-date articles, biographies, images, videos, audio clips, and primary sources.

World Book Encyclopedia

Provides encyclopedia articles, edited to suit kids and adults, plus activities and games, science projects, biographies, videos, pictures, maps, and resources for teachers.

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Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary

If you are wondering what TTYL or the abbreviation for ok stands for, you’ve come to the right place. This searchable guide will provide you with definitions for acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations and similar contractions.

Ask Me Everything: Facts, Stats, Lists, Records, and More

A book of questions and answers. Sample questions might include:

  • How big is the universe?
  • Which dinosaurs became birds?
  • Why do people love to paint?
  • Why did medieval people build castles?

Find answers to these questions and more in this exciting book that will keep you entertained for hours.

Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary

A combination of reverse-dictionary and thesaurus, with thousands of descriptions of terms organized into subject categories. Look up the description to find the word.

EBSCO Reference eBook Collection

Read non-fiction eBooks in many subjects. Find books and articles for school and homework such as classic literature and poetry, biographies, history, math, language learning, study guides, and more.

Encyclopedia Britannica School Edition

Access the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica for learning about any subject, including thousands of up-to-date articles, biographies, images, videos, audio clips and primary sources. For all grades and all reading abilities.

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Explora is a fun, easy-to-use tool that can help you complete homework and classroom assignments. Discover articles, essays, non-fiction books, videos, and primary source documents for information on a variety of school subjects and related topics, including science, math, history, current events, literature, and more.

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Explora for Elementary School

Explora is a fun, easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments.  With Explora, you will discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.

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Gale eBooks: Non-Fiction Reference (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Browse and search through hundreds of ready reference eBooks on science, history, literature, and much more. The collection includes multidisciplinary reference books, encyclopedias, almanacs, and primary sources.

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Green's Dictionary of Slang

Covering five centuries of the English-speaking regions of the world, this dictionary provides definitions to impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary is the main historical dictionary of the English language. It traces the historical development of the English language. Learn about the meaning, history and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.

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Oxford Reference eBooks

Provides dozens of reference books in a single cross-searchable database. Subjects include history, literature, science, arts, and more. Find in-depth information on African American history, women’s history, fairy tales, children’s literature, decorative and performing arts, and much more.

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Watch & Learn Library - Educational Videos for Ages 3-8

The Watch & Learn Library from Scholastic has hundreds of nonfiction videos, vocabulary, and quizzes for young learners in grades PreK-3. The videos use real-world footage to teach about animals, nature, science, history, and social studies. Closed captioning for each video helps beginning readers. Available in English and Spanish.

World Book Encyclopedia

Provides encyclopedia articles, edited to suit kids and adults. Also includes Spanish resources for elementary school users as well as activities and games, science projects, biographies, videos, pictures, maps and resources for teachers. This trustworthy reference is perfect for school reports and research papers.

Note: There are different portals for different age ranges.

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