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California K-12

Public Libraries


WELCOME Public Library Patrons!

Where to start:

Resources for elementary students: CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer
Resources for middle school students: CultureGrams, SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Issues Researcher, eLibrary, Black Freedom Struggle
Resources for high school students: CultureGrams (World Edition), SIRS Issues Researcher, eLibrary, Schools & Educators Complete, ProQuest Research Companion, Black Freedom Struggle




The following resources are ideal for elementary, middle and high school students:

  • CultureGrams: Unique cultural information provided by natives and long-term residents on daily life and social customs around the world. The World Edition is written at a higher Lexile for older grades. Grades 3+
  • SIRS Discoverer Selected articles and graphics and books for social issues for early learners.  Grades 3+
  • 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+.
  • Schools & Educators Complete: Thousands of multidisciplinary ebooks available 24/7. Grade 9+ and educators 
  • ProQuest Research Companion: A tutorial product providing video instruction on the important concepts in information literacy. Grades 9+

CultureGrams Educational Resources


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 for Public Libraries

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

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 Educational Resources

Schools & Educators Complete

Schools & Educators Complete includes a variety of ebooks that support educators at all levels-- including elementary 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:

ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion

ProQuest Research Companion is an intuitive, and self-guided product that supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction occurring in today's libraries and online learning environments. It provides a new foundation and companion to "one-shot" sessions, allowing librarians and instructors to focus on teaching more complex research and writing principles.

Studies have shown that today's researchers are unequivocally overwhelmed with too much information and data—throughout all the stages of the research process. By combining learning modules and quick start evaluator tools into one resource, ProQuest Research Companion helps researchers in their quest to more effectively find, evaluate, and use information. Learn more below:

  • View the Research Companion LibGuide for comprehensive training information
  • Watch a 45-minute webinar, which reviews all aspects of the information literacy resource, complete with resource evaluation tools, assessment components, and administrative features.

The Black Freedom Struggle in the United States