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ELM for Elementary Students

The Electronic Library for Minnesota contains a number of databases to help elementary students find reliable, accessible content to complete homework and research projects.

Elementary School Databases in ELM

  • Kids InfoBits
  • Searchasaurus
  • Britannica School Elementary
  • Kids Search

Investigate some of these databases using the steps below.

Step One: The Basics


Use these fact sheets and short videos to get an introduction to the key features of some of ELM’s elementary databases.

Fact Sheets (Note: You can download an editable version of this fact sheet at the bottom of the page)

Kids InfoBits


Short Videos

Kids InfoBits (3:21)

Kids InfoBits ‎(3:21)‎





Step Two: Activities


Use these activities to explore ELM’s elementary databases.Choose an activity below and open up the relevant elementary database to complete the exercises. (Note: You can download editable versions of these activities at the bottom of the page)

Kids InfoBits 



Britannica School 


Step Three: Advanced


For a little more information on these databases, watch these recorded webinars presented by Reference Outreach & Instruction librarians at Minitex (the institution that manages ELM).

ELM AfterSchool: Grades K-5 (30 minutes)
Join us for a 30 minute wind down as we briefly touch upon key resources for the K-5 grade curriculum. Essential search features, content, and application of select ELM databases will be highlighted.

ELM Databases for Grades K-5 (60 minutes)
Do you work with elementary students? If so, you won't want to miss this one hour webinar to find out what ELM databases will work for you and your students in grades K-5. This session will cover K-5 resources, content, searching, and working with results, as well as special features that include homework help and tips on getting started and completing research papers, reports, and presentations.




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