St. David's 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 

Wake County Public Libraries

In addition to books, the Wake County Public Libraries provide free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, and to a great number and variety of research databases. You will need your library card and pin number to access these resources.

Wake County Public Library

Media Reviews

Parents looking for information regarding movies, TV shows, books, apps, music, or video games may find the following links helpful when evaluating media for their children.

Common Sense Media Reviews

Common Sense Media is 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; ratings are given based on age appropriateness as well as quality. Parents will of course want to consider their own child and family values when determining the appropriateness of specific media.

Common Sense Media Reviews

Focus on the Family Media Reviews

Focus on the Family’s Plugged In website provides reviews of books, as well as movies, TV shows, games, and music. The following topics are addressed for each book reviewed: plot summary; Christian beliefs; authority roles; other belief systems; profanity/graphic violence; kissing/sex/homosexuality; awards; and discussion topics. Plugged In’s free mobile app is available from the App Store and from Google play.”

Focus on the Family Media Reviews