ProQuest research databases, the TeachingBooks literacy service and online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica are available to every Californian from this website at least until May 31.
Information and materials from ProQuest, TeachingBooks and Britannica are normally available to public school students through their local districts. If you are a district or charter administrator looking to set up access for your students, see the main K-12 Online Content page, for instructions, or email Marybeth.firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact information for ProQuest, TeachingBooks and Britannica is listed below.
If you are a California student or educator who needs access to content right away, just click on the buttons below to access these resources.
Note: Open access to these resources is available only through this specific webpage but you’re welcome to share the web address with anyone in California, or copy www.library.ca.gov/k12-covid-19/
Recorded trainings during COVID-19 school closures
Thank you to the San Bernardino County Office of Education for hosting the training and recording the webinar for future reference.
- Monday, May 11, 2020: Overview of TeachingBooks, Britannica and ProQuest as part of the K-12 Online Content Project (2 hours)
- Wednesday, May 13, 2020: Two-part deep dive, with the first hour devoted to "College and Career Readiness" for grades 7-12, and the second to "Standards and Lesson Plan Supports Online" for grades pre-K to 8 (2 hours)
Want a quick look at these resources? The State Library has a 20-minute overview.
ProQuest (Grades 3-12)
ProQuest offers a variety of research solutions. Quick Access is available for the following ProQuest resources:
SIRS Discover Quick Access
Material and information to help students in Grade 3 to Grade 8 with classwork, homework and research papers.
SIRS Issues Researcher Quick Access
Content presenting both sides of today’s most debated issues, geared to middle and high school students.
elibrary Guided Research Quick Access
Help for students in choosing research topics and finding reliable sources of information.
ProQuest Central Student Quick Access
Articles from scholarly journals on a wide-range of subjects, from STEAM to humanities and social science. Geared toward upper-grade high schoolers.
ProQuest Research Companion Quick Access
Online tutorials to help guide students through the research process.
Schools and Educators Complete Quick Access
Thousands of titles of nonfiction books on academic subjects, ideal for educators.
For more information, visit our California K-12 LibGuide, or contact Support at 800-521-0600 ext. 72971.
TeachingBooks & Book Connections (PreK-12)
Children’s and young adult books brought to life with movies with authors, audiobook performances, activities and lessons.
Resources about children’s and young adult books focusing on the authors.
A cross-cultural range of fiction and nonfiction books.
Content to enrich children’s books, including Meet-the-Author videos, read-along audio, complete book readings and book trailers.
Resources about books for teens including author interviews, discussion questions, and a Reader’s Advisory Tool to find related books.
A one-stop shop for reading and literacy instruction at home for students, families, teachers, librarians and educators.
Encyclopaedia Britannica (PreK-12)
Britannica School offers up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, and other research tools that allow you to easily adjust reading levels, auto-translate in 80 languages, and use the read-aloud tool. Britannica Escolar is PreK-8th grade content that is similar to Britannica School but in native Spanish.
For additional educational website suggestions, please visit the resources that support distance learning page from the California Department of Education’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools. Also consider joining the State Library’s email list for K-12 education supports. Questions may be directed to Marybeth.email@example.com.