Children’s Online Resources - Newark Public Library

Children’s Online Resources

Information for Kids

For homework help we recommend BrainFuse (with live tutors) or Gale In Context – Middle School 

You may need a library card to log into these databases! Get one here!

You might need a pin to access online resources!


  • Visit
  • Click on CATALOG (second item in the menu toward the top of the page)
  • Select MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT (top right of page)
  • Fill out the form: choose a PIN of 4 numbers you will remember

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  • Primary Search Use this database for information about animals.
    • Find popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and a giant collection of pictures. Topics include endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, and space exploration. 
  • Science Online Find information about animals.
    • Explore science topics with interactive experiments, diagrams, videos & animations, and book and magazine articles.  Content is available in over 100 languages.
  • Explora: Secondary School
    • Search #Explora for reliable information on a variety of topics: art, music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, sports and more.
  • Explora: Primary School
    • Learn about endangered species, famous musicians, space exploration and all your favorite topics with Explora, a fun research tool available at the library. You’ll find books, news, magazine articles and over one million photos, maps and flags!
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Get online homework help with Brainfuse! On-demand homework help is available every day 2-11pm (except holidays). Online tutors, who speak English and Spanish, guide students through questions so they learn the skills needed to complete assignments on their own.

Brainfuse also offers other services for students and families every day:

  • A library of Common Core-aligned skills lessons (Skillsurfer)
  • Practice tests on a variety of subjects, including the SAT and ACT tests
  • Writing help and analysis
  • Flashcards to help students study common subjects
  • Resources to guide students in selecting a college

And more! Explore the resource from the library or on your home computer.

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  • MAS Ultra Full-text articles from magazines, pamphlets, and reference books.  
  • Masterfile Full-text articles from magazines plus biographies.  
  • Middle Search Plus For middle school students, contains full-text articles, biographies, primary source documents, and images, including maps and flags.
  • New York Times Historical (1851-2011)  Contains articles from the New York Times newspaper. Helpful for locating obituaries and biographical information on well-known people.  
  • Newspaper Source Plus Contains articles from national, international and regional newspapers.  
  • Primary Search A good source for elementary school students, provides articles from nearly 70 popular magazines.
      • Novelist K-8
        This database helps find good books for readers up to grade 8.
      • What Do I Read Next?
        Use this database to search by title, author, story line, character, or award winners to find new books to read
      • Teen Book Cloud
        Books for grade 7 and up. Username: tumble2020 password: A3b5c6
      • Audio Book Cloud
        Audiobooks for all ages. Username: tumble2020 password: A3b5c6
      • Referencia Latina
        Ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes, incluyendo entradas de enciclopedia, imágenes, informes sobre salud; un diccionario, y más de 100 libros de referencia.