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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 Issues Researcher 
SIRS Issues Researcher provides full-text articles covering the background and current analysis necessary for research and understanding of 360+ current and pervasive Leading Issues. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between on the most researched and debated social issues.



Includes access to history databases American Government, American History, World Geography, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, and World History: The Modern Era.

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.

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.