To access research databases, link to Electronic Library for Minnesota Middle School resources:
Onthe Elm4you page, you may also use the tabs to select by database title.
Here are some databases geared toward Middle School students:
Britannica Middle School: Britannica Online School Edition
teachers and students access to four encyclopedias that ensure
consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. Designed
for all levels of learning, Britannica Online School Edition offers
students a gateway to the resources of Encyclopaedia Britannica
Use EBSCO to search the following databases:
Middle Search Plus:
Middle Search® Plus contains full
text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. Full text is
also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays,
primary source documents, and reference books. An image collection of
over 400,000 photos
, maps, and flags is also included.
Helps elementary and middle school students
find magazine and reference content from the Primary Search, Middle
Search Plus, and Science Reference Center databases. In addition
to periodicals covering numerous topics, these databases contain the
full text of the American Heritage Children's Dictionary, Funk &
Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, and the EBSCO
Encyclopedia of Animals. Intended for grades 2-8.
Designed for public libraries and
K-12 schools, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for 1,700
periodicals covering general reference, business, health
education, general science, multicultural issues, and much more. This
database also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books, over
160,000 primary source documents, and an image collection of photos,
maps, and flags.
Consumer Edition is a collection of consumer health information
This resource provides access to nearly 80 full-text, consumer health
magazines; full text for current, health-related pamphlets; and more
than 130 health reference books.
Student Research Center:
Helps middle and high school students find magazine and journal
articles, reference materials, and multimedia files covering all topics.
Contains the following databases: Health Source-Consumer
Edition; MAS Ultra-School Edition; Middle Search Plus; and Science Reference Center. Intended for grades 6-12.
The Discovering Collection is
designed with the student in mind. It is comprised of more than 28,000
biographies, 18,000 overview essays, and more than 13,500 critical
essays in core curriculum subjects. All of the information is pulled
directly from Gale reference materials and explores literature, history,
biography, science, and social studies with comprehensive content
easily accessible by even the most novice researchers.
Expanded Academic ASAP
Expanded Academic ASAP®
is comprised of more than 3,500 indexed and full-text titles—of which
2,100 are peer-reviewed—in all disciplines including social sciences,
humanities, education, science, and technology. More than 20 years of
backfile coverage and an intuitive interface expedite successful
General Science Collection
General Science Collection contains
over 200 journals covering the latest scientific developments in
particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology, and
hundreds of other areas.
¡Informe! is a database
reference tool providing indexing, images and full text of popular
Hispanic magazines—not just translations. Also included is a thesaurus
and interface that are uniquely designed for Spanish-speaking users.
InfoTrac Junior Edition
InfoTrac Junior Edition is
designed especially for junior high and middle schools and features
titles most critical to their libraries and curriculum including
age-appropriate content from magazines, newspapers, and reference books.
It contains over 300 full‐text general interest and curriculum‐related
magazines, thousands of full‐text newspaper articles from USA Today, Knight‐Ridder/Tribune News Service, and United Press International; reference books; and broadcast transcripts.
Junior Reference Collection
With more than 17,000 biographies, topic overviews, plot summaries, and primary sources, the Junior Reference Collection is
a one-stop database for in-depth coverage of middle grades curriculum
subjects. It covers the most-studied subjects: science, literature,
arts, biographies, and general reference among others and adheres to
national standards while providing access from the classroom, library
media center, or home.
Student Resources In Context
Student Resources In Context is
designed for use by high school students for both homework and in-depth
research assignments. It contains a searchable database of reference
works, biographies, essays, overviews, primary works, images, and
periodical articles from literary, science, health, history, and