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.

Online Databases

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

Search the holdings of our library, check your account, set up reading lists, submit book reviews, place holds, and renew books.

+St. David's Online Catalog

ABC-CLIO history database

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)

ABC-Clio History Databases

+BrainPOP Databases

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)

BrainPOP Databases

+Britannica Image Quest

Millions of rights-cleared images, with citations. Great for school projects. Personal account may be set up, which allows for saving images.

Britannica Image Quest


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.


Gale Virtual Reference Library (E-Books)

A selection of reference e-books for multidisciplinary research: history, literature, science, philosophy, and religion.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Global Issues in Context (Gale)

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.

Global Issues in Context


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.


Oxford English Dictionary

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.  

Oxford English Dictionary

Salem History Online

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)

Salem History Online

Salem Literature Online

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.

Salem Literature Online   

+Scholastic GO! (formerly Grolier Online)

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. 

Scholastic GO!     

Science Online

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.

Science Online

+Webpath Express

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

St. David's Library Catalog

+World Book Online

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.

World Book Online 

E-Books & Audio Books Sources

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

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 Library

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.

International Chidren's Digital Library

Open Culture

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural and educational media, including 600 free eBooks, along with hundreds of free movies, online courses, audio books, and more.


Open Library

Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, providing access to many public domain and out-of-print books. Includes 1.7 million scanned versions of books and records for millions more.


Project Gutenburg

Project Gutenberg is a digital library of over 53,000 free eBooks. Includes audio books.


Media Reviews

Parents looking for information regarding television shows, books, music or video games will find the following links helpful when evaluating media for the children.

Common Sense Media Reviews

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.

Common Sense Media Reviews

Focus on the Family Media Reviews

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.

Focus on the Family Media Reviews

GoodReads Book Reviews

Goodreads, whose mission is to help people find and share books, bills itself as the world's largest site for readers. Included are 50 million book reviews by individual readers. Sections include: Readers' Choice Awards; Discussion Groups; Quotes; Ask the Author; and more. A social networking component (free to sign up) allows readers to connect with friends and to build personal bookshelves of books they are currently reading, want to read, and have read. Aspiring authors may share their work and get feedback from other readers.