Online Databases and eBooks

Not all resources will be interesting or appropriate for all students. As with any online experience, parents and teachers should monitor what students are viewing and assist them in learning to choose the best resource for their need.

Online Databases and eBooks

These databases and eBooks are centrally purchased for the use of all Fairfax County Public Schools students and staff. Many schools purchase additional databases. Please see your school's librarian for more information. Home access requires a password. See your librarian for a password list.

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Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History

Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History brings the past to life with a curated collection of images and documents directly from the Smithsonian archives and Gale’s leading digital collections. Selected to meet the rigor of U.S. History curriculum, this unique resource brings together critical and hard-to-find materials into a single experience. Primary source overviews authored by Gale contextualize the artifacts, while critical thinking questions allow for easy addition to any lesson plan.
Spotlight on Ancient Civilizations; Egypt, Greece, Rome

Spotlight on Ancient Civilizations; Egypt, Greece, Rome

Interactive eBooks covering the empires of Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome that examine the major aspects of each culture, such as its government, its economy, and its religious practices. The collection examines the unique technological innovations achieved by each empire and how its geographic place in the world influenced its history. These easily navigable interactive eBooks include maps, timelines, primary source information, videos, quizzes, biographies and more, and help give readers a closer look at life in the civilizations of the distant past.
Spotlight on Civic Action

Spotlight on Civic Action

How does civic participation strengthen communities, governments, and individual rights? Learn about productive civic engagement by exploring the history, principles, and foundations of American democracy. Readers will learn how people participate in our society, whether through volunteering, voting, or activism. Designed to show readers how they can actively participate in American society, this set will inspire readers to change it for the better.
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Spotlight on Earth Science

Go on a journey around the planet to witness many amazing natural locations and fascinating forces that shape and reshape our planet. Study Earth’s landforms, erosion, oceans, weather, and much more.
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Spotlight on Ecology and Life Science

Discover essential life science concepts, including adaptations, migration, natural selection, and more. Learners will see the relationship between living creatures and their environment.
Spotlight on Immigration and Migration with a statue of liberty in the center of the circle

Spotlight on Immigration and Migration

This set shines a light on immigrants and migrant groups in America from colonial times through the 20th century. Readers will delve into the push/pull factors that caused them to leave their homes for the new land.