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Gill Library Online Databases

To support and enhance the learning process, ESD offers a comprehensive array of online databases. For login information, please contact Upper School Librarian Mary Jo Lyons.



Britannica ImageQuest
Millions of images that are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use – ideal for student projects and school websites.

Soundzabound Music
A wide variety of copyright safe music and sounds suitable for all educational applications.



Encyclopedia Britannica Online

World Book Online

Enciclopedia Universal en Español 
A resource for students learning Spanish, bilingual students, and native Spanish speakers.

Encyclopedia of World Biography - EBook 
A resource for biographies with over 7,000 entries.

Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.



Academic Video Online
Academic Video Online (AVON) gives unlimited streaming access to almost 70,000 videos in discipline areas like health sciences, education, business, career planning and student success, performing arts, and American History from publishers like BBC, PBS, A&E TV, 60 Minutes, Royal Shakespeare Company, BroadwayHD, John Wiley & Sons. A+E Networks, and Bloomberg. 

A comprehensive site of over 30 subject-specific databases covering the entire curriculum. Highlights include Literary Reference Center, NoveList, Science Reference Center, American and World History Reference Center, Business Source Complete, Medline, ERIC, and Academic Search Complete with articles from peer-reviewed journals.

E-Library is a user-friendly general reference database suitable for users of all skill levels. It features full-text magazines, newspapers, books, radio and television transcripts, maps, pictures, and web-links for further reference.

Gale Group 
Gale Group provides a large index of sixteen unique curriculum-focused periodical and reference databases for users of all ages. Especially good for literary research are Scribner’s Writers Series, Twayne Author Series, and Literature Resource Center. Kid’s Edition and Junior Edition are provided for younger researchers, and Informe is a Spanish language database. University journals are indexed in Expanded Academic.

JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references.

ProQuest is an advanced research index of more than 2,000 full-text magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

SIRS Researcher provides selected full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political and global issues from domestic and international publications. Features include Editor’s Top Pick, Spotlight of the Month, and American Model United Nations. SIRS Discoverer and Discoverer Web Find offers the same format of information for younger students.



American History
From the explorers of the Americas to the issues of today’s headlines, American History investigates the people, events, and stories of our nation’s evolution.

Ancient and Medieval History Online
Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

The Crusades Reference Library – Ebook 
A three-volume resource covering multiple topics and aspects of the Crusades (1095-1272) including biographical articles and primary source material.

An interactive database for World and United States culture with links to a photo gallery, famous people, and recipes.

Historical Newspapers 
ProQuest Historical Newspapers delivers the complete run of several newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times from 1851 to 2001. It offers an unparalleled online resource for the study of historical events, social and consumer history, economics, literature, technology, and more. 

History Behind the Headlines – Ebook 
A six-volume resource of important background information that sets the stage and the context of long-term ethnic, religious, political, territorial and economic conflicts existing between nations today.

History of World Trade Since 1450 – Ebook 
Starting with the Age of Exploration, this resource examines how the hunt for new markets and wealth led to global colonization, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of capitalism, as well as what effects imperialism had on the global economy. It includes primary sources.

Major Acts of Congress – Ebook 
A three-volume set that examines landmark pieces of legislation, explaining the historical factors that led to the proposal of each act.

Milestone Documents in American History 
A primary source database whose coverage spans from 1763-2003 and is searchable by keyword. Included in the retrieved information is a timeline, questions for further study, related documents, and a bibliography as well as a copy of the original document.

World History - Modern Era
Within more than 15,000 primary and secondary sources, this database explores the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; the global impact of the Industrial Revolution; and the last 100 years of conflicts and international cooperation. Organized chronologically and thematically.



Science Online
Science Online offers comprehensive coverage of the full spectrum of scientific disciplines in a variety of useful formats including articles of recent scientific events and discoveries, experiments, images, videos, and animations.