Our librarians are always happy to help visitors to the library with their questions. St. David's libraries welcome all members of our school community to come and browse our collection. For parents looking for advice about which books or media is appropriate for their child, the library staff offers these websites for guidance.
St. David's subscribes to the following databases for our school community. We encourage students to use these reliable resources in their academic research. Passwords are available via the St. David's School portal and from the library staff.
+ For elementary level and above
- +St. David's Online Catalog
- ABC-CLIO history database
- +BrainPOP Databases
- +Britannica Image Quest
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (E-Books)
- Global Issues in Context (Gale)
- Oxford English Dictionary
- Salem History Online
- Salem Literature Online
- +Scholastic GO! (formerly Grolier Online)
- Science Online
- +Webpath Express
- +World Book Online
Authoritative reference content, including primary sources, illustrations, specialized maps, audio and video. The Analyze section supports student inquiry.
- American History (investigates the people, events, and themes of our nation)
- World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (human history from prehistory to the Renaissance)
Educational databases covering all subjects; includes animated movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, and activity pages.
+BrainPOP(for grades 3-8)
+BrainPOP Jr. (content for grades K-3)
+BrainPOP Español (Spanish language version)
+BrainPOP Français (French language version)
Information on countries of the world, the United States, and Canada: history, culture, lifestyle, statistics, interviews, maps, photos, videos, recipes, and more. Kids Editionincluded for elementary level. Updated weekly.
Global perspectives on issues and events of international importance in the modern world, such as government, conflict, economy, science and technology, society and culture, and climate change. Updated several times a day, this a valuable resource for current events.
In addition to archives of over 2,600 peer-reviewed scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, JSTOR includes access to monographs and e-books, pamphlets, manuscripts, letters, images, and oral histories for scholarly research.
A full citation/research tool, it offers MLA, APA, and Chicago Turabian styles. The notecard feature has sections that help students avoid plagiarism. Students’ personal accounts may be retained from year to year.
The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language. Gives the meaning, history and pronunciation of words, and traces their usage through over 3 million quotations.
The e-book content of the print reference sets owned by St. David’s Library. Included are:
- The Decades in America(1920’s through the 2000’s)
- Great Events from History(Ancient World; 17thcentury; 18thcentury; 19thcentury)
- Great Lives from History(Ancient World; 17thcentury; 18thcentury; 19thcentury)
- Milestone Documents in American History (full-text primary sources)
- Milestone Documents in World History(full-text primary sources)
The e-book content of print books owned by St. David’s Library in the Critical Insights Collection, covering the themes, authors, and works of major literature, with a focus on the works studied at St. David’s.
Provides access to thousands of articles in every core curriculum subject, arranged by Lexile level. Includes links to over 80,000 selected websites for students; dictionaries; an atlas; and videos. This is a great source for world newspapers.
Covering the full range of scientific disciplines, this database includes essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, interactives, timelines, biographies, and experiments. Topic Centers provide a starting point for research, and eLearning Modules cover core science subjects.
Provides links to over 105,000 grade-level-specific websites, compiled and reviewed by educators. Integrated into our library catalog, this resource provides instant access to relevant web content for students in grades PreK-12.
Access is through the St. David's Library Catalog
Contains the content of World Book Encyclopedia, as well as maps, multi-media content, primary sources, atlas, and links to websites and magazine articles. Included are timelines, a kid’s search, and a Spanish language encyclopedia.
Virtual libraries open up a world of resources in all disciplines. There are a number of locations on the web that are useful for students doing research, studying or just looking for a book to read. The following is a sampling of websites we have found appropriate for students.
- Wake County Public Library
- International Children's Library
- Open Culture
- Open Library
- Project Gutenburg
Wake County Public Libraries provides free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive and NC LIVE. At the home page, click on Download Library. Be sure to have your library card and pin number handy.
International Children's Digital Library has a free library of over 4,000 digitized children's books in 59 languages from around the world. The eBooks are for children ages 3-13.
Parents looking for information regarding television shows, books, music or video games will find the following links helpful when evaluating media for the children.
Are your children begging to see the new movie that has just come out or asking for a fun new app for their iPad? As a concerned parent, you are undoubtedly doing a bit of research to find out if the movie or app is appropriate for your child. Among the helpful reviewing sites for parents is Common Sense Media, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that reviews movies, TV shows, songs, books, video games, apps and websites. Their staff uses child development guidelines to evaluate media, and ratings are given based on age appropriateness as well as quality. The website provides lots of helpful information for parents. Of course, you are the expert on your child, and you will want to determine whether or not a specific movie, book or app is appropriate based on your family values.
Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family website provides reviews of children’s fiction books to help parents determine the appropriateness of a book for their child. The following topics are addressed for each book: plot summary; Christian beliefs; authority roles; other belief systems; profanity/graphic violence; kissing/sex/homosexuality; awards; and discussion topics. Thriving Family also has a section of reviews for beginning reader through junior novels (ages 4-7) and a list of family-friendly picture books. A link to Focus on the Family's Plugged In provides access to reviews of movies, music, games and TV shows. Plugged In’s free mobile app is available from the App Store and from Google play.