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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library
About this guide
These online resources for children - and parents - in grades K - 8 are provided by either The Taft School or researchIT CT,
a program of the Connecticut State Library (and several from the internet too!)
Please Note: If you are off-campus, you'll be prompted to enter your Taft network username and password.
An all-in-one reference library, this includes the complete encyclopedia plus related articles, videos, and websites, as well as a dictionary, thesaurus and world atlas.
Millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, education use.
Classroom Video On Demand
Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips, and result lists can be refined by grade levels 3-5 and 6-8.
Thousands of pages of cultural, historical and statistical information content on the countries of the world. Even the youngest students can get everything they need for a report with assistance from older folk.
Explora for Elementary Schools
An Ebsco research database designed especially for elementary school-age children, rich in graphics with easy-to-browse categories. NOTE: Citations can be exported to NoodleTools.
Explora for Middle Schools
An Ebsco research database designed especially for middle school students, rich in graphics with easy-to-browse categories. It searches across a number of Ebsco databases including History Reference Center, MasterFILE Premier (a journal database), Newspaper Source Plus, Science Reference Center, and Nonfiction eBook Collection for HIgh Schools. NOTE: Citations can be exported to NoodleTools.
Gale in Context: Biography
The ultimate resource for a report on a famous person, this contains over 600,000 biographies from the ancient world to the present. Valuable for even the youngest researchers, although they may need a little assistance from Mom or Dad.
"When in doubt, go to the library." *
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
* remember your mask!
Tools to Raise an Anti-Racist Generation
From the American Library Association
Kid-Friendly Resources from the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and millions of books. The Kid-Friendly page is arranged by broad topics, including Racial Equality Books for Kids.
Common Sense Media
|Common Sense Media rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews.
Resources A-Z (continued)
Gale in Context: Elementary
Formerly Kids InfoBits. For our youngest researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5, GIC: Elementary features a colorful, visually appealing graphical interface. "The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more." KI also contains lots of images, maps, charts, and tables. And Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary too! NOTE: Citations can be exported to NoodleTools.
Includes historical map collections, outline map sets, earth science maps, reference atlases, current events, and games. Includes a virtual field trip library as well as maps designed for Kindergarten-Grade 3. Much content is also available in Spanish for use with language classes and ESL.
National Geographic Virtual Library
Features the entire magazine archive 1888 - present.
Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection of photos, maps, and flags. NOTE: Citations can be exported to NoodleTools.
Audiobooks & eBooks for Kids (and Parents too!)
Provided by the CT State Library's researchIT CT program, RBDigital offers thousands of audiobooks and ebooks. Click +View by Genre to limit to Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Nonfiction, and many other fiction and nonfiction genres, such as fantasy, history, literary fiction, science, sci-fi, sports, travel, women's fiction and more. You can also filter by availability. And go to your app store for the mobile app.
Register for RBdigital by following these simple steps:
1. Create a user name and password.
2. Use ctstatelib20 for the access code.
3. Provide first name, last name, e-mail, and postal code.
5. Click on the register button.