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Research and Citations

Sometimes it takes more than a Google search to find the right information. ESM subscribes to research databases built for K-8 learners. Using these resources, students can find primary sources, videos, encyclopedias and more.

Research Databases

*Note: databases require login information that can be obtained by contacting ESM's library media specialist: Mrs. Cole.

Britannica School

Britannica School Edition provides encyclopedia entries for students at different levels of understanding, with levels for Elementary, Middle and High School.

Requires a login and password. Contact Library Media Specialist Mrs. Cole for information.

ResearchIT CT is the state of Connecticut's research database. Anyone with a library card from a Connectiut library can access it. Through ResearchIT CT, students can access newspapers, magazines, databases, historical documents, and much more.

Although the Internet is home to vast amounts of information, and is useful for some types of searches, ResearchIT CT provides access to millions of pages of reliable, vetted content which is typically not available on the free web. ResearchIT CT also provides tools for more precise searching and managing search results, and access to reQuest, the statewide library catalog.

To log into ResearchIT CT at home, you need a library card. If you need help getting a library card, contact your local library or see the library media specialist.

World Book provides thousands of articles, multimedia entries for students at different levels including kids, student and advanced.  There are interactive maps, research tools, biography center  and timeline builders.

Requires a login and password. Contact Library Media Specialist Mrs. Cole for information.

BrainPop

Animated videos and games narrated by a young man and his robot. Hundreds of videos in the subjects of Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, and Health.

Requires a login and password. Contact Library Media Specialist Mrs. Cole for information.

Tumblebooks

Best for Pre-K through 3rd grade. Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. Includes lesson plans, quizzes, educational games, and puzzles. Tumblebooks has books in English, Spanish, and French.

Requires a login and password. Contact Library Media Specialist Mrs. Cole for information.

PebbleGo

Four research databases containing information on Animals, Earth and Space, Biographies, and Social Studies. Entries are enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting, and audio/video clips. Designed for K-3 students.

Requires a login and password. Contact Library Media Specialist Mrs. Cole for information.

Selected Search Engines

A search engine for images and full-text educational materials specifically geared toward elementary students. Students can either search for a specific topic such as "Johnny Appleseed" or "Monarch butterfly" or navigate categories from U.S. history to math and science. 

Requires a Connecticut library card to use.

Searches magazines, books, and academic journals. Features a great collection of short biographies on famous people. Made available through iConn. 

Requires a Connecticut library card to use.

A customized search engine that accesses only websites that have been pre-approved by teachers and school librarians. 
Citations
A free online bibliography creation tool that automatically generates a citation in MLA style for websites, books, magazines, and anything you can think of to be cited.

A free online bibliography creation tool that generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago styles by typing in some basic facts about the media.