Elementary, Middle School, and ELL Digital Resources

Research and Reading Resources

(See your librarian for usernames/passwords for these resources.)

EBSCO, in my opinion, is a more user-friendly source for finding academic information for your research. It searches more like Google and seems to be more intuitive – knowing what you are seeking.  Try it first.  

Check out our digital and curriculum resources using TexQuest. This includes GALE research, Brittanica School, and American West. 

 GALE is part of Texquest and includes articles from reference books, magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, as well as videos, images, and audio files.  Results can be read aloud, translated into multiple languages, and many results can also be read aloud in multiple languages.
What is a Primary Resource? (Click on image to go to YouTube video provided by TexQuest.)

 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.

Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines the best of Gale’s reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Britannica Online School Edition  – Age-appropriate features for grades K-5 to start building key research skills. Articles, images, videos, and many other engaging tools encourage students to discover more content within Brittanica School.

Brittanica Middle School Encyclopedia offers relevant article content, multi-media, primary source documents, and journal articles.  Students can easily search among three different levels.  Users can click on a word for the definition, pronunciation, and Spanish translation.  All results can be immediately translated to multiple languages.

**Helpful hint:Teachers and students may join Brittanica Community in order create your own “My Brittanica” account.  Doing this allows you to save content and access lesson plans.  You will need to create your own personal username/password. In the “School Code” box, put the word:  texquest

(For both elementary and middle school students)

Young students will use Brittanica Escolar Online, with its Spanish elementary encyclopedia, images, videos, workspace, an atlas, and interactive learning materials.

American West includes tales of frontier life, of Native Americans, and of vigilantes and outlaws which are of constant interest to students.  In addition, students may find more recent information about urban growth, the environmental impact of westward expansion and life in the borderlands.

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

ELL and Dual Language Resources

(For both elementary and middle school students)

Young students will use Brittanica Escolar Online, with its Spanish elementary encyclopedia, images, videos, workspace, an atlas, and interactive learning materials.

(Primarily for secondary students)

Informe Academico provides access to newspapers and magazines in Spanish and Portuguese. The database offers a wide range of content about Latin America .

(Primarily for secondary students)

Brittanica Enciclopedia Moderna contains over 50,000 articles, plus 4200 images.  It comes complete with a dictionary, atlas, and timelines.  Moderna can be the perfect resource for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.

For Educators Only

Educator’s Reference Complete provides access to academic journals, reports, and many premier reference sources in the field of education. The database includes content in key subject areas including administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing. The majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL THE RESOURCES PROVIDED BY AMARILLO PUBLIC LIBRARY.  Below is just one of many resources for students: