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Denver Public Library Research Databases for Kids

For reliable and accurate information, try the following resources. They are available any time to anyone with a Denver Public Library card.

Best DPL Databases for Early Childhood

Scholastic Bookflix: Storybooks on a variety of topics like ABCs, counting, nature, imagination and more are read aloud and are presented along with their non-fiction counterparts for additional context and comprehension. Supplementary tools, like puzzles, word-match, and links to outside sources, accompany each set of books. Ideal grades: Pre-K-3rd. 

Tumblebooks Library: This resource includes print storybook and non-fiction ebooks for solo reading, as well as recorded read-alouds of popular favorites. Interactive elements, like puzzles, games, and language learning/vocabulary building activities are also featured. For students learning English or other languages, there are several book options available in Spanish and French. 

Best DPL Databases for Elementary School 

CultureGrams: This database provides information about countries, flags, food, and culture for over 200 locations worldwide, including all 50 states and Canadian provinces. Highlights include recipes from many cultures, hundreds of video recorded interviews of people from different countries, and quick facts sheets that make this database ideal for preliminary research. 

Explora Kids: This resource provides access to newspaper articles, journals, and reference books on a variety of topics including current events, animals, places, events, and history. Material is searchable by Lexile range, making it easy to narrow sources by grade and interest level. 

History Reference Center: Students can explore a variety of historical periods in this curriculum-aligned database. Articles from peer-reviewed journals, non-fiction books, and multimedia content. Resources are searchable by Lexile range to ensure reading level benchmarks are met. 

NoveList Plus K-8: Wondering what to read next? NoveList provides read-alikes for thousands of popular books that can help kids expand their options for reading for fun. Highlights include recommendations for beginning readers, graphic novels, and audiobooks.

Primary Search for Elementary School Research: This encyclopedic database provides full-color access to 180,000 full-text articles from children’s magazines like Cricket, Ladybug, Highlights, and Junior Scholastic, as well as encyclopedic information on a variety of topics like animals, nature, and science.

Best DPL Databases for Middle School

Explora Middle School: This resource provides access to thousands of articles on many topics of interest to middle schoolers like sports, history, math and science, biographies, geography, and more. In addition to news articles on current events, this database provides access to many high-quality images that can be used for school projects and presentations. 

Gale eBooks: Ideal for research, this database provides access to full-text encyclopedias on history, the arts, religion, social science, and more. 

History Reference Center: Students can explore a variety of historical periods in this curriculum-aligned database. Articles from peer-reviewed journals, non-fiction books, and multimedia content. Resources are searchable by Lexile range to ensure reading level benchmarks are met. 

Middle Search Plus for Middle School Research: This database is ideal for any type of research or homework assignment in the middle grades. Searchable material includes full-text articles from journals and magazines, news footage videos from around the world, and transcripts from interviews that are ideal for examining both sides of important debates. 

NoveList Plus K-8: Wondering what to read next? NoveList provides read-alikes for thousands of popular books that can help kids expand their options for reading for fun. Highlights include recommendations for beginning readers, graphic novels, and audiobooks.

Science Reference Center: This comprehensive science database provides information on hundreds of topics in all scientific areas, including applied sciences, chemistry, physical, earth, and life sciences. Students can browse through popular source books to get ideas for home science experiments and project ideas. 

TOPIC Search: Ideal for sources on current events and controversial topics, this database provides access to news articles, journals, and book reviews to middle school students who want to formulate arguments for debates and research papers. Notable to this database is its inclusion of news media clips and opinion pieces that will help students see both sides of important issues.