Gainfield Elementary School

GES Reference Desk

Connecticut Digital Library

The State of Connecticut has made available a rich array of electronic information databases. Use your Public Library Card number to access the CT Digital Library from home.

  • iCONN Logo
  • Kids Infobits
  • biography_in_context.gifBiography in Context- Need information about a person? Check this out. Search by name, occupation, nationality, and gender.  (Click here to view Dylan's tutorial on doing a person search in Biography in Context.)

Online Encyclopedias and Databases

You will need Region 15's password to access these encyclopedias from home. See Mrs. Parker if you forgot it.

(Learn how to use World Book Student's Biography Center, Explore Connecticut and timeline features in this tutorial by Jason.)





Biographical Resources

Atlases and Maps



  • Word Central
  • Merriam-Webster Online
  • Visuwords - Graphical dictionary that shows word meaning and how it relates to other words.
  • Rhyme Zone - Rhyming dictionary and thesaurus
  • Little Explorers - A free online picture dictionary of more than 1,100 entries.
  • Word Spy - Learn the definitions of some new words.
  • Forvo - Learn the pronunciations for words in dozens of languages.
  • Wordsmyth - pronounces words, gives definitions, lists synonyms, related words, and roots. 


  • Fact Monster - A great reference site for students that includes an encyclopedia, almanac, thesaurus and dictionary. (Check out Kayla's tutorial on using FactMonster.)
  • Information Please - The adult version of Fact Monster.
  • Kidspace@ The Internet Public Library - Follow the subject headings to great links chosen by librarians.
  • Library Spot - Very handy, well organized ready reference links.
  • Enchanted Learning - Great educational web sites and games that are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning and enjoyment.