Databases provide collections of resources. Many of the databases listed below are paid for by the State of Rhode Island and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These databases provide students with access to reliable articles, videos, and more that cannot be found with a Google search.

Tip: When navigating a database, use the subject links on the side to narrow or widen your search.

More great tools can be found at AskRI.org, by clicking on the picture icon!

Choose Animals, Biographies, or Social Studies before you search. Text-to-speech available!

You must be logged into your Google Account or Chromebook to view BrainPOP Jr. resources. There are educational videos and activities on a wide range of topics.

World Book Kids features content and tools developed especially for young students. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.

DK Findout! allows students to learn about a variety of topics from math to history. Many of the articles include interactive diagrams.


The CultureGrams Online Database is a leading reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe. It includes four editions with many interactive features.


Exploring Nature has information with helpful diagrams on topics in science, along with printable worksheets. There is no text-to-speech option.

Time for Kids has many nonfiction articles sorted by grade. Some have text-to-speech support. This website is not searchable.

If you are looking for more detail than provided in PebbleGo or World Book, Ducksters is a good option for biographies.