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California K-12: Middle Schools


The following resources are ideal for middle school students:

  • CultureGrams: Unique cultural information provided by natives and long-term residents on daily life and social customs around the world. Kids, States, and Providences editions are suitable for grades K-6; World edition supports grades 7+.
  • SIRS Discoverer: Selected age-appropriate articles on topics of interest to upper elementary and middle school students grades 4 - 8.
  • SIRS Issues Researcher Selected articles and graphics on the enduring and talked-about issues of the day. Grades 6+.
  • eLibrary: A massive collection of digitized newspapers, magazines and images with editorialized topic pages to aid with navigation. Grades 6+.
  • Black Freedom Struggle features primary-source documents related to people and events in African American history. Grade 6+

Additionally, Schools & Educators Complete contains professional development materials for educators. (For the best user experience, use the URL provided by your school district.)


CultureGrams is an engaging, easy-to-use resource that helps kids learn about the world's cultures. Lean more using the resources below:

  • For a comprehensive overview of CultureGrams, view our LibGuide. On the product education page, you'll find recorded webinars and short e-learning modules. 
  • Get a quick overview by watching this 4-minute overview.
  • In CultureGrams. don't forget to review the Teaching ActivitiesNote: users must be authenticated to access this link.
  • Find Scavenger Hunts and "train-the-trainer" materials on our K-12 Education Coursepack LibGuide.


SIRS Discoverer

SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database providing age-appropriate, authoritative, curriculum-aligned content and features for use by students and educators in Elementary and Middle/Intermediate Schools. It supports assignments such as biography reports, animal reports, and research on controversial issues. A wealth of information is available below:

SIRS Issues Researcher

SIRS Issues Researcher provides background and current analysis necessary for research and understanding of 360+ current and pervasive Leading Issues. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between on the most researched and debated social issues. The content is tagged with Lexile reading levels and subject headings and includes 3000+ interactives, maps, timelines, and primary sources. Find more information below:


eLibrary is a user-friendly general reference tool that provides content, context, and pathways to beginning users as they research a topic. With eLibrary's Research Topics, users can review the best content, curated by editors. The "guided interface" browse experience is highly visual and intuitive; additionally, users can search eLibrary content on the ProQuest academic platform ( alongside other resources, like ProQuest Central Student. Find out more:


Schools & Educators Complete

Schools & Educators Complete includes a variety of ebooks that support educators at all levels-- including secondary educators. Note that there are two ways to access this content: through the Ebook Central platform (using a link provided by your school/district) or through the ProQuest academic platform. More information is available below:

  • Schools & Educators Complete resides on the Ebook Central platform. To learn more about using this interface, visit the Ebook Central  LibGuide 
  • Watch a 20-minute recorded webinar
  • Watch this 3-minute video with tips for accessing ebooks on the ProQuest academic platform
  • To use this resource remotely, users will need to create personal accounts. More information is available here
  • Learn about using a bookshelf, below:

Black Freedom Struggle

The Black Freedom Struggle in the United States