Online Research


Looking for authoritative and reliable resources for your assignments? Google might seem like a “no brainer” at first, but keep in mind that many of the results or “hits” may not meet your teacher’s assignment criteria. Databases provide reliable sources, such as, articles from magazines, reference materials, academic journals, video clips, images, primary sources, and critical essays. 

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Online social studies curriculum including digital textbooks, references, and commentaries is now available to TISD teachers and students.  ABC-CLIO integrates these three essential resources into fourteen online databases rich with multimedia.


The CultureGrams Online Database provides anytime access to the World, Kids, States, and Provinces editions, photo and slideshow galleries, videos, interviews, recipes, famous people biographies, and graphs and tables.  

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

All students can use Britannica Online School Edition for its encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and video resources. Encyclopedia Britannica has 3 levels: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. 

Enciclopedia Universal en Español

Enciclopedia Universal en Español offers resources in Spanish for all ages in two unique interfaces, each with its own comprehensive encyclopedia: Enciclopedia Universal en Españolfor high school ages and up and Enciclopedia Juvenil for ages 6-12. 

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is a Spanish language reference tool for beginners. The site offers search and browse options, hands-on activities, The World of Animals, a Spanish visual dictionary, and bilingual features for switching between Spanish and English. 

Gale Databases

Gale  provides authoritative content for students looking for reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. 

Research in Context

Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

World Book

An up-to-date encyclopedia containing thousands of pictures, maps and cross-reference links. The five modules are:  Kids, Student, Advanced, the student Spanish language encyclopedia, Enciclipedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, and Timelines, where you can view different timelines or create your own.