Do Your Research!

There are lots of online resources you can use to get information for school projects and homework. Here are some ideas for ways to use them.

Find a book

The eiNetwork Library Catalog will let you search for books in libraries throughout Allegheny County. Use the yellow CATALOG SEARCH box at the top of this page. The Access PA Online Catalog is available to search for books in school libraries and public libraries all over Pennsylvania. These books can be requested from your local library.

Online Databases Especially for Kids


Pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction books, offering an engaging way to link fact and fiction, reinforce early reading skills, and introduce children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
Use this fun, easy-to-use resource to find full-text articles from more than 80 of the most popular elementary school magazines. Discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.
Browse or search only the children's titles available from OverDrive. Like the main site, which still includes all of the children’s materials, the OverDrive for Kids page includes ebooks, eaudio and some evideos too.
TumbleBooks add animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books, producing an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you. You'll also find chapter books, math stories, puzzles and games, and videos. All content is available for PCs and Macs. Some content is also available for use on iPhones/iPads. To access, select "mobile" from the "Choose" menu in the top right corner.


Create your very own story using my StoryMaker. You control the characters and objects, my StoryMaker creates sentences for you or you can enter your own words. Once you are done with your story, you can print it out.


Interactive online language learning program for children. Learn English, French, Italian, German, Mandarin or Spanish, with more languages coming soon.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh children's librarians lead parents and their young children through a variety of rhymes and songs.
Got homework? Get online help every day from 3 pm to 10 pm from real tutors for grades 4th and up in English, math, science and history.


A virtual trip to the zoo for elementary school-aged children, with interactive information on over 1,200 animals.
Aimed at elementary and middle school-aged children, America the Beautiful includes "profiles" (biographies) of famous Americans.
Current and historic photos and graphics from the Associated Press.
Well known general reference encyclopedia, suitable for high school students and up.
Students and other information seekers will find articles, links to credible websites, images, maps and more through this collection of resources. Teacher's guides, lesson plans, worksheets, and other teaching resources are also available.
Authoritative articles and multimedia resources such as maps, panoramas, photographs and videos across all subject areas. Geared towards middle school-aged children.
Kids Search
Countries, cultures and current events of the world are examined in this resource intended for middle school and high school students.
Full text for a variety of popular middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.
General reference encyclopedia designed for elementary school aged children includes biographies.
In-depth science, health and technology research and news of use and interest to middle school-aged children, teens and adults.
Information about more than 38,000 fiction titles of interest to students in grades K-8. Full text reviews from professional journals and book talks for selected titles are available in this database.
Primary Search
Science Experiments and more. This database will not only help you find a science experiment but it will provide definitions, diagrams, facts, timelines and essays, too.
Full-text articles and graphics from newspapers and magazines for elementary and middle school students.

Find a word

Merriam Webster's WordCentral ( offers a dictionary, thesaurus and rhyming dictionary.

Cite your sources

Learn how to cite your sources at EasyBib.

Haven't found what you need?

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