CMS Online Databases

  • Explora
    Check out Explora for Secondary Schools for grades 7 & 8. And Explora for Primary Schools for grades 5 & 6. Explora provides access to newspaper and magazine articles, country reports, books and encyclopedias, biographies, state and province reports, primary source documents, and photos, maps and flags.  

Need an easier reading level? Check out Primary Search through Searchasaurus for magazine articles.

  • K-8 eBook Collection
    The eBook K-8 Collection contains over 7,900 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core Curriculum Standards (for participating U.S. states).
  • Points of View
    Choose "Points of View" if you are writing a persuasive essay or working on a debate or mock trial. Provides a series of essays that present multiple points of view on current issues. Primary source documents are available on this site.   

This database uses dramatic readings of plays to help students gain reading fluency, understand core concepts, and internalize content. With ties to curriculum correlations and a wealth of surrounding material, including activities, lesson plans, and mini-inquiry projects, Dramatic Learning ties World Book’s differentiated content to a way of learning that excites students and teachers alike!

Designed for high school and college students, World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.  This version includes a text to speech feature. 

  • Student World Book Online Reference Center
    The redesigned and upgraded version of World Book Online Reference Center, includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more. Text-to-speech is included in this version. 


  • World Book Discover
    This version of World Book is designed for differentiated instruction, includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video.
  • World Book Kids
    This verson of World book features content and tools developed especially for young students. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.
  • World Book - Living Green 
    Offers explanation of green building and transportation; examines cause and effects of pollution; and gives overview of major ecosystems.
  • World Book - Early Peoples
    This database explores the history and cultures of early civilizations like Egyptians, Mayans, Greeks, and Romans.
  • World Book - Inventions and Discoveries
    This database examines the greatest discoveries in several fields.
  • Glossopedia This free multimedia, interactive environmental science encyclopedia from Globio is designed specifically for children ages 7-12. And here's a nice part: no ads.


  • Rhode Island's Statewide Resource Center.  


  • EBSCO Professional Collection
    Attention Teachers! You have increased access to ERIC and the EBSCO Professional Collection database, both of which are reached through the "Teacher Resources" link.