Students K-12

Research Databases

  • Biography in Context

    Comprehensive database of biographical information on more than one million people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

  • Britannica Academic Edition

    Encyclopedia content plus multimedia, timelines, world data analyst, country comparison, and the Britannica blog.

  • Britannica Library

    Encyclopedia content for all ages plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, quotations, and primary sources.

  • Britannica School

    Encyclopedia content for all grade levels plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, and primary sources.

  • CAMIO (Catalog of American Museum Images Online)

    Digital collection of works of art from dozens of museums around the world including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center.

  • Explora Kids

    Get help with your class assignments using Explora™, a kid-friendly interface from EBSCO, now available at your library. Learn about endangered species, famous musicians, space exploration and more!

  • Explora Teens

    Did you know that your library offers a fun, easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments?

  • HelpNow

    Brainfuse is the nation's leading provider of one-to-one tutoring to students, offering online tutoring in math, reading, and writing (grades 3-12). Anytime, day or night, 7 days a week.
    Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), with funding from state and federal tax revenues.

  • InfoTrac Student Edition

    Popular high school magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias across all subject areas including an image collection.

  • MAS Ultra-School Edition

    Popular high school magazines as well as encyclopedias, newspapers, primary source documents, and an image collection. Included in Explora Teens database.

  • Middle Search Plus

    Popular magazines, biographies and historical essays, primary source documents, and reference books for middle school students.

  • Points of View Reference Center

    Pro vs. con essays that present multiple sides of current or controversial issues. Plus magazine and newspaper articles, primary sources, and more related to those issues.

  • Primary Search

    Popular elementary school magazines as well as encyclopedias and dictionaries written for kids, plus an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

  • ProQuest

    Search ProQuest newspapers. Full text articles are included.


  • Research in Context

    A middle school-appropriate database of reference works, biographies, magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, and multimedia.

  • Student Resources in Context

    Encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, plus primary sources, images, video, and more for middle and high school students. Includes the InfoTrac Student Edition database. An excellent place to start gathering material for your History Day project.

Children's and Teen Magazines

  • Kids InfoBits

    Popular elementary school magazines as well as encyclopedias and newspapers written for kids, plus an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

Selected Websites


  • SparkNotes

    Study guides and discussion forums offered on various academic subjects. Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots.

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