Batavia Public Library

Batavia Public Library
10 S. Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 879-1393

Mon.–Thurs:    9 am–9 pm
Fri.–Sat.:           9 am–5 pm
Sunday:             12   –  5 pm

Reference Databases

Homework Resources – Reference Databases

Batavia Public Library subscribes to a variety of reference databases that are useful for doing research.

The following reference databases are among the most useful for homework research:

ABC World Food is a food database that contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.

Ancient and Medieval History Online – This resource provides thorough coverage of nine civilizations from pre-history through the 1500s incorporating primary documents, timelines, videos and biographies. Students can research each civilization in depth or use the browse feature for comparison studies. This advanced content will be valuable for both middle and high school students.

With thousands of recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, AtoZ Food America brings United States cuisines to you! 

AtoZ Maps Online: AtoZ Maps Online™ is the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps. Use our more than 100,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports.

AtoZ The USA: AtoZ the USA contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. From Alabama to Wyoming explore the great American experiment with AtoZ the USA.

AtoZ The World: Curious about the world? AtoZ The WorldTM has you covered. With AtoZ The World, information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more is just a click away. With 175 Country Culture Guides covering over 60 topics each, AtoZ The World offers a breadth and depth of content that is unmatched by any other single resource. What will you learn today?

BookFLIX – Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Educate Station-Educate Station provides easy-to-use, comprehensive learning plans with a robust range of extension activities across a wide range of subject areas for students in grades K-5! The standards-aligned learning plans provide all of the support materials, including student-friendly worksheets on subjects like science, math, social studies, and even social-emotional learning.

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep. (formerly Testing & Education Reference Center) – Provides over 300 practice tests (including the ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, AP placement exams, and various career-related exams). It also provides information about scholarships and colleges.

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Full text of over 300 reference books in a variety of subject areas, including history, literature, science, business, and social science. Search the full text of all of these sources at once.
Mango Languages – An online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills for over 60 different languages, including English.

LOTE4Kids –  Get to know Languages Other Than English with LOTE4Kids and experience storytime in your own language!
Choose from thousands of picture books in 50+ languages and help your kids learn a language and engage with reading. Every book is fully animated, with English or LOTE subtitles and fully-voiced narration. New books and languages added every week!

ScienceFlix – ScienceFlix offers thirty complete scientific units each featuring engaging videos to build background knowledge and introduce the topic and key vocabulary. Earth Science, Space, Human Body, Technology, Engineering, and Life Sciences are all covered. Each article is written at three different reading levels to provide access to the most students. You can also find project and experiment ideas, learn about scientific careers, and links to credible sites for further research.

Scholastic Teachables – Scholastic Teachables is an online database of tens of thousands of searchable and printable educational materials. Scholastic’s teacher-authors create and vet thousands of high-quality, ready-to-use resources so that you do not have to spend countless hours searching for reliable content to support your instruction at home or in the classroom.  

Student Resources in Context – Index of reference book, magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles in a variety of subject areas. Also includes images and primary sources. Some full-text.

Tumblemath – a highly accessible database, featuring a variety of books at different reading levels, and math skill levels!

World Book Encyclopedia – Includes quality World Book encyclopedia content through multiple age appropriate platforms including: World Book Kids, World Book Student, an exciting Timelines source for school projects, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos – which contains the full World Book Student content in Spanish. Articles throughout the database can be translated into multiple languages, have video and audio content.

World Almanac for Kids – The World Almanac® for Kids includes exclusive online-only material as well as content from award-winning Chelsea House and Facts On File sets and series. Each subject area provides resources for homework, reports, and projects, and kids can explore age-appropriate topics while developing online research skills with a trusted content source.

Tumble Math is currently available without a Library card. K-12 Student Center and College Center provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation, and writing assistance in over 60 subjects for students from kindergarten through college. No appointment is needed. Tutors are available seven days a week, 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review SAT®/ACT® Essentials to study 24/7.

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep. (formerly Testing & Education Reference Center) – Provides over 300 practice tests (including the ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, AP placement exams, and various career-related exams). It also provides information about scholarships and colleges.

How to log in to reference databases

Inside the Library:
These databases are available within the Library on the Library’s computers.

Outside the Library:

The databases are available to Batavia Public Library cardholders who may access the databases by logging in with their library card number and PIN. 

To log in from outside the library:

  1. Click on the name of the database you would like to search
  2. In the “Library Card Number” box, type the barcode number located on the back of your Batavia Public Library card, without the spaces
  3. In the “PIN” box, type your PIN. (Unless you have changed your PIN, it is the last 4 digits of your phone number)
  4. Click the Submit button

Statement of Mission

The mission of the Batavia Public Library is to provide and ensure access to materials and services to meet the lifelong learning needs of residents and organizations, as well as to create a welcoming place to gather, exchange ideas, and participate in cultural events.

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