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The online databases described below are subscriptions licensed by the Baltimore County Public Schools or the MD K-12 Digital Library for use by students, staff, and parents in school or from home. Fee-based database digital content, unlike most content found on the free Internet, represents authoritative content from reference, periodical and multimedia information resources. An investigation of a subject or research project should always include information located in these fee-based databases. The organization of these databases is exceptional and the powerful search features ensure success in locating information on almost any subject.

To access these databases from home, a login ID and password are required. Your Library Media Specialist can provide you with a handout which has all of the user ids and passwords for remote access.
America the Beautiful
            America the Beautiful
 
America the Beautiful is a searchable database with a variety of information about the states and territories of the United States. It was designed especially for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students although the content will be useful for junior-high students as well. America the Beautiful Online is composed of highly visual, fact-filled, interest-driven material.
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            BrainPop
BrainPop includes hundreds of animated movies developed according to national standards for K-8. BrainPOP covers the core curriculum subjects in: SCIENCE, ENGLISH, MATH, SOCIAL STUDIES, TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH Each movie is accompanied by a 10-question interactive quiz, experiment, comic strip, timeline, and printable activity page.
 
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            BrainPop Jr
 
BrainPOP Jr. provides educational movies and homework help for K-3 students. Each animated movie has quizzes, games, vocabulary, and activities for kids. BrainPOP Jr. is a great resource for developing critical thinking and inquiry skills.
         
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            SIRS Discoverer
SIRS is an award-winning, general reference resource for young researchers that makes learning fun and intuitive. SIRS helps students in grades 1-9 develop their research, writing, language and computer skills. The database includes carefully selected full-text articles and images from more than 1,600 domestic and international newspapers, magazines and government documents.
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            netTrekker
netTrekker provides more than 180,000 hand-selected, educator-approved resources and images – organized by grade and readability level and aligned with our state standards. It also has a read-aloud feature that reads highlighted text out loud to students.
world book
            World Book Online
The World Book is a searchable encyclopedia. It is updated on a monthly basis so that you can find the most recent information on a wide variety of topics.
Spelling Bee

Destiny
Destiny allows students to read eBooks online and find library books that are in the school library.  


Tumbelbooks

Tumble Book Library
This is an online collection of animated, talking-picture e-books that teach children the joy of reading. The digital e-books are created by adding animation,sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book that students can read, or turn on narration and have read to them.

The subscription allows students and staff unlimited access to the entire collection from school,library, and home to over 300 TumbleBooks, 40 Read-Along Chapter Books, 160 TumbleGames,and non-fiction books plus TumbleQuizzes and Teacher Resources. Old time favorites such as "The Paper Bag Princess” as well as newer award-winning titles like the "Diary of a Worm" are just a click away. Many titles are also available in French and Spanish.

 Tumble Books Cloud Junior
Tumble Book Cloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! It's designed specifically for kids in grades two to six. Subscriptions include unlimited access, from any device with an internet connection.
            Tumble Books Junior

NBC Learn

NBC Learn
NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, is dedicated to making historic stories, images and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers, students, and parents.
NBC Learn has more than 12,000 stories from the NBC News archives dating back to the 1920s. In addition, collections are updated with current events every day.