Online Databases

These content resources, sometimes referred to as "library databases," provide teachers, school librarians and students with a massive amount of digital information: magazines, books, scientific research, newspaper articles, photos, videos and more — all aligned with the standards that California has created for its schools.
NOTE: Login information is only needed when working from home.


World Book Online:

Username: sierra

Password: sands

Introductory Video: World Book Student Overview


The following resources are provided by the California State Library's K-12 Online Content Project (now called COMPASS).

 Encyclopaedia Britannica logo

Encyclopaedia Britannica is the classic reference compendium of summary informational articles on a wide range of subjects. The online offerings are crafted by research experts and updated continuously — more than 1,000 new articles per month.

Britannica School is the go-to site for K-12 research. Britannica School offers an automated translation tool for over 50 languages, as well as quick dictionary definitions and audio pronunciation.

Britannica Escolar is the leading knowledge-building resource, made for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish. Escolar articles are original works, not translations.

Encyclopaedia Britannica:

Access ID: sierrasands

Passcode: ssusd


Gale logo

Environmental Studies: Broadens student understanding of environmental
issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia

Environmental Studies

Science: Allows students to manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand biology, chemistry, earth, and space science concepts. 


National Geographic Kids: Allows students to adventure in science, nature,
culture, archaeology, and space.


 ProQuest logo

ProQuest is used by researchers and librarians around the world. ProQuest has a growing content collection that encompasses 90,000 authoritative sources, six billion digital pages and spans six centuries. Students have access to various ProQuest collections through this project.


Username: ssusd

Password: Sierrasands#1

Summary of ProQuest offerings: Students - California K-12 - LibGuides at ProQuest


TeachingBooks logo features a suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Databases include:

Book Guides & Lesson Plans Diverse Books Meet-the-Author Videos and Book Readings Resources for Award-Winning Books
Username:  ssusd
Password:   teachingbooksK12
Introductory video: 3-Minute Overview