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Online Databases

  1. Pebble Go: Contains information ideal for K-2 Social Studies.  Interactive and intuitive to use.
  2. US History in Context: Find information on US History from a variety of resources.  Use the  Browse Topics tab.  Contains Newspaper, magazine, eBook, Primary Sources, Interviews, multimedia....I would suggest using the Browse Topics tab.  Click on a topic.  On the right hand side is a box of resource types- choose Primary Sources. 
  3. Biography in Context: Find biographical information from a variety of resources.  Use the  Browse Topics tab.  Contains Newspaper, magazine, eBook, Primary Sources, Interviews, multimedia...
  4. Kids InfoBits: General reference resource database for students.  Click on subject area or do a keyword search.  Contains Newspaper, magazine, eBook, Primary Sources, Interviews, multimedia...
  5. Gannett Newsstand: contains access to the Democrat and Chronicle Newspaper archives from 1999 through today.  Use the search limiters on the right to narrow to Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. 
  6. Opposing ViewPoints in Context: Presents both sides of current social issues.  Contains Newspaper, magazine, eBook, Primary Sources, Interviews, multimedia...This context is written at a higher level and may be most appropriate for teacher's to search.   
  7. Scholastic Go!: Includes the following databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, New Book of Knoweldge, New Book of Popular Science, Lands and People, America the Beautiful, Amazing Animals of the World.  
  8. World History in Context: Similar to US History in Context, but focuses on the world.  This is included due to needing a global perspective at times.


**In addition to eBooks, your school library will have various print resources that you will find helpful and beneficial**

Video Streaming

  • In the past you may have used just Learn 360....NO LONGER THE CASE!
  • Learn 360, CCC!, PBS Learning Media are all video streaming companies
  • Each school has a generic student log in to access streaming video

WebPath Express via Follett Destiny

  • Contains over 85,000 websites picked by professionals for students to use.  Can narrow search results by grade range.
  • Two ways to access:
    • Click WebPath Express along the left hand side
    • Do a search in the library catalog and then choose the Web Sites tab on the top right corner.
  • Brockport Middle School

Primary Source Websites

  1. New York Heritage.  This is a collection of primary source documents (correspondences, directories, maps, newspapers, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks and yearbooks) culled from libraries (public, academic, some K-12 schools) across the state.  It is funded by the NY3Rs which receives funding from NYSED’s Department of Library Development.
  2. New York State Historical NewspapersThe NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's unique history.
  3. American Memory.  This is from the Library of Congress.  There is a huge collection of information found here.
  4. Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  This is a fairly new site which is trying to tie in all the various online sources from libraries, archives, and museums across America.  Note- the New York Heritage resources are not in here yet, but they are working on bringing it over.  This is a HUGE site that is easy to get lost in.
  5. New York State Archives. 
  6.  100 Milestone Documents.  The following is a list of 100 milestone documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.
  7. Teaching with Primary Sources Treasure Box.  Each American Treasures boxes and Resource CDs is based on a specific topic from American history. The American Treasures boxes consist of a Resource CD, printed documents and images from the Library of Congress and ideas on how they can be incorporated into the classroom.
  8. Newspaper Map.  Navigate around the world to read newspapers translated in English.
  9. History Unbound.  locate and review documents that conform to the Social Studies New York State Common Core standards and improve student preparation for the NYS Regents Examinations by pointing to the Library of CongressPrimary Sets, New York Heritage collections and secondary literature including lesson plans and web-based and regional face-to-face workshops on inquiry based learning. 
  10. World Digital Library.  Search 11,324 different items from 194 different countries from 1200 BCE to 2000 CE.