About Our Databases

Searingtown School Library


Here is an introduction to many of the online databases subscribed to by Searingtown Library. There are databases that are appropriate for every grade level. Remember - you will need your username and password to access the databases. If you have any questions or would like to schedule time in the library or lab, please email me and/or sign up on the Library Google Calendar!


Pebble Go is appropriate for grades K-3 and anyone needing an easy introduction to any of the topics below. Clicking on each topic brings you to a page that breaks the topic down into specific topics. The text can be read by the student or the student can choose to have the text read to them. PEBBLE GO is not compatible with SOLO, however it does offer similar features to SOLO.




Culturegrams is an amazing resource for grades 3-5 (possibly 2). It is the go-to resource for any state/country research. There is a Kid's version; World version; and Provinces version. Students can read text or have text read to them. It should be compatible with SOLO, since it is not flash-based.



The Power Knowledge Science Suite consists of three sections: LIFE SCIENCE, PHYSICAL SCIENCE, AND EARTH SCIENCE. Students can read the text or have it read to them. Photos and videos are included for each topic. This database would be best for grades 4 and 5; possibly 3rd.


Each subject can be clicked on to get to more specific subjects, as in example below.

PK Earth Science


World Book

We subscribe to 5 different World Book Modules, including one in Spanish. All articles have a "read to me" option and all articles can be brought into SOLO.

World Book Early World of Learning

The Early World of Learning contains three learning environments, each targeting a critical area of the development of young learners in early elementary grades. Trek’s Travels offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more. Educator support materials and downloads, including educator content summaries and links to downloadable "Mini-lessons," are available in the Trek's Travels Educator Center. Welcome to Reading provides leveled reading practice to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills (also includes mini lessons). Know It is a child’s first online encyclopedia. Know It provides a richly visual interactive encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with nonfiction topics of interest and importance to them.

World Book Kids

World Book Kids is a general reference Web site developed especially for young students. The site features simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, comparison tools, and a wealth of engaging games and activities. World Book is compatible with SOLO.

World Book Kids features:

• A variety of simple search and browse navigation options
• Thousands of easy-to-read articles with embedded multimedia
• Engaging images, illustrations, and videos
• A tool for exploring and comparing animals
• An Important People feature to help students search and browse through several thousand biographies
• A collection of age-appropriate science fair projects
• Atlas, interactive maps, and outline maps and flags
• A tool for exploring and comparing places
• Over 200 educational games and activities
• Teacher resources

World Book Student

Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, World Book Student includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

Key features include:

• More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles
• World Book Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies
• Thousands of links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors
• Rich multimedia
• Historical features
• Extensive dictionary and atlas
• Correlations to state and provincial curriculum and achievement standards
• Audios, videos, and animations
• Educator tools
• Student activities

Watch a video tour of the site

World Book Discover

World Book Discover offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, with content and tools specifically developed for these students.

The collection includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video to draw students into curriculum-related topics and subjects relevant to older students.

Go to World Book Discover

Watch a video tour of the site

Key features include:

• Easy-to-read articles on topics of interest to middle- and high-school students that include reading comprehension questions to help students focus on key concepts
• An uncluttered interface, easy-to-understand content, and useful activities

• Automated translations into 30 languages
• Text-to-speech feature that allows students to hear text read aloud, increasing accessibility and comprehension
• Timeline and citation builders
• Individual accounts that allow students to save their research
• A section on life skills helps students negotiate financial, health, and housing issues
• World Book Explains, a video series that features World Book editors and expert partners answering students’ questions on various topics
• Correlations to state and provincial curriculum and achievement standards

Go Grolier

Grolier Online include three general reference databases:

  • The New Book of Knowledge, which is suitable for elementary-school and middle-school students;
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, which is suitable for middle-school and high-school students; and
  • Encyclopedia Americana, which is appropriate for high-school students and beyond.

There are also two science-intensive databases:

  • Amazing Animals of the World, which is most appropriate for elementary-school students, and
  • The New Book of Popular Science, which is appropriate for both middle-school and high-school students.

And, there are two social studies-intensive databases:

  • America the Beautiful, which covers state-by-state history and current events for elementary-school and middle-school students, and
  • Lands and Peoples, an encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events for middle-school and high-school students.

Grolier Feature: Pro/Con Debate

A great resource for opinion-based writing.


TeachingBooks.net is a wonderful resource for teachers! There are many, many author interviews; lesson plans; author name pronunciation; CCSS connections.

New This Year -- Soundzabound

Soundzabound is the ONLY royalty free music library which meets
all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education!

Soundzabound Music Library offers a wide variety of music, audio themes and sound effects for grades K -12 and universities that ensures your copyright safety.
Perfect for podcasts, PowerPoint™, videos, news shows, video yearbooks, digital storytelling, presentations, TV broadcasts, web design and more!