CISD Middle School Databases


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ABC-CLIO Information Services

American Government

American History

Daily Life Through History

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras

World History: The Modern Era

ABC-CLIO subject-specific databases are organized into curated topic centers aligned to social studies curricula. These topic centers scaffold the learning process with three types of resources that collectively increase students’ capacity to learn: essential background information, critical analysis, and primary and secondary sources.
In ABC-CLIO Solutions, expert content, intuitive organization, and impactful tools combine to make a difference in student learning.

Adam Matthew Digital

American Indian Histories and Cultures

American West

Presents a collection of materials about Native Americans from the collections at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the American West from the Everett D. Graff collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Britannica School

Made for today’s digital classroom, with extensive, up-to-date information sources, Britannica School is specially designed for differentiated instruction, allowing students to move easily to material of higher or lower reading levels as needed.The content of Britannia School is reliable, age-appropriate, updated continuously and closely correlated to all curriculum standards.

Britannica Image Quest

More than three million rights-cleared images from over 60 of the best collections in the world are now available from one site—Britannica Image Quest. Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, and other leading names have joined with Britannica to provide the best and broadest collection of proprietary educational imagery. Teachers can use the images in their classroom activities while students turn to the site for homework assignments and school projects.

Britannica E-Stax

Improve reading comprehension and provide additional sources for research with Britannica’s ever-expanding e-book collection. With titles ranging from early childhood through high school, our informational e-books are Lexile-leveled and cover the entire curriculum, from language arts, math, science and social studies, to sports, music, art, and many other subjects, including Spanish and bilingual titles. E-Stax also provides citations, social/ sharing options, and the ability to take notes, bookmark, highlight, and save.

Cavendish Square Digital

Earth and Physical Science: Provides essential information about chemistry, physics, and earth and space science for student researchers.

The Elements: Discusses the origin, discovery, special characteristics, and importance of the 117 known elements, from aluminum to zirconium.

Exploring Earth and Space Science: Features information on the fields of astronomy, physics, geography, geology, and more.

Exploring Life Science: Examines topics that are relevant to life science in the twenty-first century and does so in a readily accessible and highly visual manner.

Life Sciences: Includes coverage of life science topics such as agriculture, anatomy, biochemistry, biology, genetics, medicine, and molecular biology.


World Edition: Cultural reports for more than 200 countries each include 25 categories such as land and climate, history, personal appearance, greetings, dating and marriage, family, diet, housing, holidays, economy, education, and health.

Kids Edition: This collection of more than 100 country reports teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them. Each report includes up-to-date, engaging cultural information, complete with images, historical timeline, fun facts, and sections on history, population, "life as a kid," and more.

States Edition: These colorful and easy-to-read state reports help upper elementary-aged students understand the diversity and history of each U.S. State and the District of Columbia. Reports includes maps, flags, symbols, and timelines, plus sections on history, economy, geography, population and more.

EBSCO E-Book Collection

Browse and select e-book collections for your school library. School collections contain high-quality fiction and non-fiction titles across a diverse range of subject and topic areas—ensuring that you’ll find the right e-book collection to meet your school library’s needs.

GALE: Research in Context

Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.

Research In Context provides engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content supporting national and state curriculum standards for grades 6 to 12 in language arts, social studies, and science. Middle school students will benefit from an interface that delivers a combination of the highly visual design and navigation preferred by younger users as well as the authoritative content and user-focused tool set needed to support middle school assignments and coursework.

GALE: Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

How your users research is just as important as what they research. While other eBook platforms direct users to title-level results, GVRL is designed to cross-search all of your eBooks to pinpoint relevant material. The result? They spend less time looking for credible information, and more time diving into it.

Offer your users an award-winning, hassle-free eBook experience —anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

GALE: Infotrac Newstand

InfoTrac Newstand provides access to authoritative, reliable digital content from magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books appropriate for middle- and high-school students and covers a wide range of subjects, including science, history, and literature.

GALE: Kids Infobits

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today's young learners. It's a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a modern, graphical interface, great new content from trusted sources, more intuitive navigation, improved resources, and much more.

GALE: National Geographic Kids

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 Kidswill take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

GALE: Opposing VIewpoints in Context

This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more.

GALE: Science in Context

Science In Context is an engaging online resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. Drawing students in with captivating subject matter, Science In Context showcases how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues ranging from bacteria to obesity and weather.

The collection includes millions of full-text articles that includes national and global publications as well as 200+ experiments, projects, and top reference content.

SIRS Discoverer

SIRS® Discoverer® is a multidisciplinary database specifically designed for elementary and middle school learners, researchers, and educators covering curriculum areas such as current events, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. All newspaper, magazine, and reference content is 100% full text, editorially-selected and indexed from over 2,200 reliable, high-quality domestic and international sources. The collection includes integrated educational Websites and reference materials such as the Compton’s by Britannica encyclopedia and DK Eyewitness books. is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. Their online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.

World Book Online

World Book Kids

World Book Student

World Book Advance

World Book Timelines

World Book Discover

World Book Ninos

World Book combines technology with traditional editorial excellence to produce authoritative, trustworthy and unbiased information. The content is carefully curated and meticulously written to be easily understood. World Book publications help to build fluency and increase comprehension. Illustrated with attention-grabbing photos, useful diagrams and maps, the books are designed to engage even the most reluctant reader. This collection of resources kindles a lifelong learning habit for every reader.

Campuses may offer additional databases in MackinVIA. Contact your Librarian for more information.

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