Online Library Resources

Stone Eagles soar with SOAR!

(our new online library catalog, that is!)

To access SOAR, please click here!

Through SOAR, you can see what books are available in the library, read E-books, and check on your account, whether you are in the library, classroom or at home.

You can also make use of many online resources, easily accessed through the reference and database links on the left-hand menu of the SOAR homepage.   Here are just a few goodies available through SOAR:

For an online almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, atlas, and so much more, please visit INFOPLEASE!  (Also accessible through SOAR's "reference" link, on the left-hand menu of SOAR's site.)

For picture files, current events, word-of-the-day, newspaper articles and so much more, please visit REFDESK!   (Also accessible through SOAR's "reference" link, on the left-hand menu of SOAR's site.)

For super homework and research help arranged by topic, please visit KIDS INFOBITS!  (Also accessible through SOAR's "reference" link, on the left-hand menu of SOAR's site.)

For author/illustrator information and fun audio and video of the people behind the books we love, please visit TEACHINGBOOKS.NET! (Also accessible through SOAR's "database" link, on the left-hand menu of SOAR's site.)

For the CPS virtual library, click here.

Passwords cannot be posted on this blog, but please let Ms. Esme know if you need help logging in to any resources.

And though not linked through SOAR...

For great and current book recommendations, please visit KIDSREADS and Ms. Esme's own book blog, THE PLANETESME PLAN

For an amazing resource for information about states, countries and cultures, please visit CULTUREGRAMS ONLINE. (I think this is my favorite!  This is a subscription database.  See Ms. Esmé for password information.)


For an automated citation generator, visit the CITATION STATION (Hey, middle schoolers, you need this!)


And here are a few excellent science fair resources:
SCIENCE FAIR BUDDIES
TERIMORE INSTITUTE'S BEST SCIENCE PROJECTS
SCIENCE KIDS


Put difficult text into language you can understand at REWORDIFY.


And to locate the Chicago Public Library nearest you, visit the LIBRARY LOCATOR.


This page is a work in progress.  Please visit again soon!  And kids, please visit the school library if you need help finding an answer to any question or want to treasure hunt on a topic!  Let's move beyond Wikipedia and the top results on Google.  Learn to search critically, and the world of information will be your oyster!

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