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.



BrainPOP Jr.


BrainPOP Español

BrainPOP Français

Content Areas: All PK-8

Offers curriculum-based movies and interactive features to be used in classrooms while studying health, reading, math, science, writing, and social studies.

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.

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.


Content Areas: Social Studies PK-12

Introduces the daily customs and lifestyle of cultures all over the world, as well as to their political, geographic, and economic structure.

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.

Explora Secondary

Provides a dedicated search interface for the EBSCO databases owned by a secondary school.

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: 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.


Provides streaming video, audio, and support materials for K-12 classrooms on the arts, mathematics, vocational guidance, language arts, science and technology, world languages, social studies, and health.

LearningExpress Library

Provides a collection of learning centers with practice tests, skill-building courses, exercises, and eBooks on such topics as jobs and careers, software tutorials, elementary math and reading skills, ACT preparation, and personal finance skills.

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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