Thursday, June 6, 2013

Student Help with Online Databases from the Stratford Public Library

Do you need answers and information for some end-of-the-school-year assignments and projects?  Stratford Public Library’s online databases, offering accurate and up-to-date information, can help!

These databases can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from home or wherever you have Internet access. If you are having trouble accessing a database please call us during open hours at 519-271-0220 or email

 World Book Online for Kids is one such online database.  Every article from the 22-volume World Book Encyclopedia set, plus many more, can be accessed here, complete with sound, images and videos.  Articles are easy to read and cover a wide variety of topics: sciences (including ideas for science projects), countries of the world, history, world religions, people, sports and hobbies, and more.  A dictionary, games, activities and a picture section are included.  A “Maps and More” component offers interactive maps, outline maps and flag outlines which can be filled in and coloured.

The Stratford Public Library also offers EncyclopedieDecouverte (World Book in French), as well as World Book Science Power and World Book Social Studies Power as online databases.

And there’s more.  The New Book of Popular Science, another online encyclopedia, is both educational and fun for children to use.  Information  is easy to read and understand, and is accompanied by pictures, diagrams, science trivia, biographies of famous scientists, science games, puzzles, brain teasers, ideas for hands-on projects and links to relevant websites which have been carefully evaluated.

The PebbleGoAnimals and PebbleGo Earth and Space databases are designed for kindergarten to grade 3 students.  Featuring interactive content, learning activities and games, the databases are attractive, colourful and very easy to use.  (Parents will wonder “Why wasn’t science this much fun when we were in school?”)  Teacher resources are included.

To use these and other online databases, visit Stratford Public Library’s KidsSite.  You’ll need your Stratford Public Library card number (no spaces).

For more advanced information, students in grades 7 to 12 can visit the Teen Lounge.

This review appears in The Stratford Gazette on June 6, 2013. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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