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    Grades 4-8 Reference Collection

Books

      Children’s Reference Collection

This online resource is a collection of reference books designed specifically for elementary and middle school age children.  A student can find information on foods and recipes of the world; fashion, costume and culture; countries of the world and U.S. states; history of the United States by decade; and many other topics.

      Kids Search

The Kids Search interface tool combines a state-of-the-art search engine with a child-friendly, graphically rich design that is both powerful and fun to use.  Kids Search makes it easier for students to look for their subjects of interest by automatically searching across all applicable databases simultaneously. Important features and functionality of Kids Search include a, visually appealing look and feel; the ability to search by topic, subtopic, or keywords; simultaneous searching across all subscribed databases; the ability to sort results by relevance, as well as by date; the option of filtering search results by source type; and the ability to add search results, images, or persistent links to searches to the Folder.

       Searchasaurus

Searchasaurus combines the three popular elementary and middle school databases (Primary Search®, Middle Search® Plus and Book Collection: Nonfiction™) into a single a single search engine.  Searchasaurus is an exciting and easy way for young researchers to experience online searching. It is an animated interface with a dinosaur theme that encourages students to enhance and develop basic search methodologies. Students will be riveted by the colorful, animated interface, complete with erupting volcanoes and a dinosaur guide, as they gather information on a wide range of topics. Searchasaurus offers Lexile limiters (reading level), making it easy for students to read and research only appropriately challenging materials.