Research Central

Silas Deane Middle School has an extensive non fiction and reference collection in print to support student research. In addition, students at Silas Deane Middle School have access to a number of digital subscriptions/electronic resources for research. We encourage students to use these high quality resources as a first step in research.

All of these resources require usernames and passwords. Students can see the library media staff for a listing of usernames/passwords.

Destiny: Our SDMS Library Catalog

Destiny Online: The Library Media Center uses Follett’s Destiny library software to manage its collection. This database includes an online browser-based card catalog, which allows students and staff to search the collection both from the classroom and from home. In addition, because it is a union catalog, we can view the library collections of other schools in the district. Students can search the catalog without logging in by title, author, subject, keyword, series, or subject. They can also search by Lexile Level. However, by logging in to the Destiny system, using their Google Apps for Education Single Sign On, they have access to enriched features including the ability to:

  • create and save lists of books,
  • view items checked out to them,
  • place holds,
  • make suggestions for "wishes" for the staff to purchase
  • write reviews of books read,
  • recommend books to friends within the school
  • maintain "shelves" for what they are currently reading, want to read, or have read.
  • access eBooks.

Reference and Non-Fiction Research Subscriptions

Scholastic Go!

WPS subscription to New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia, Lands & Peoples, and New Book of Popular Science and includes access to World News and major US News source links. Built-in read aloud feature, images, videos, and links to good websites included.Scholastic Go! Overview

World Book Online

WPS subscription to World Book Kids, World Book Student, and World Book Advanced as well as World Book Discover and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. Built-in translation, read aloud feature, and images and website links as well.World Book Overview.


WPS subscription for grades 7-12 includes feature news stories, and subject specific articles across subject areas. Reading level adjusts to student level. Students can highlight, annotate, take quizzes, and respond to teacher prompts. Students use their Gmail address to access.

Teen Health & Wellness

Provides middle school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, curricular and self-help support on topics such as: diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more. Aligned to state and national standards and reviewed by medical professionals.

PowerKnowledge Life Science

PowerKnowledge Life Science has read content designed for easier science reading (grades 3-6). Includes aloud text, built-in translation, quick video introduction and articles covering all aspects of life science. Overview video for PK Science Suite.

PowerKnowledge Physical Science

PowerKnowledge Physical Science has content designed for easier science reading (grades 3-6). Includes read aloud text, built-in translation, quick video introduction and articles covering all aspects of physical science. Overview video for PK Science Suite.

PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science

PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science has content designed for easier science reading (grades 3-6). Includes read aloud text, built-in translation, quick video introduction and articles covering all aspects of earth and space science.Overview video for PK Science Suite.

Destiny Discover

Free with school Gmail- Shows the school's entire book collection but provides easy access to multiple user, simultaneous use non-fiction ebooks related to health, social studies, and science, Includes some fiction audiobooks as well. Destiny Discover Tutorial

Educational Video Subscriptions

Learn 360

WPS subscription to a collection of vetted, ready to use videos and lessons provided by award winning producers. Students use their Gmail address to sign in. Learn 360 Tutorial.


BrainPOP has over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 17), together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music. BrainPOP Tutorial.


Flocabulary is a learning program for all grades that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum. Content, vocabulary, and more! Students use GMail address to sign in. Flocabulary Overview.

eBook Subscriptions

Overdrive downloadable Audio and EBooks (single user access; downloadable to a personal device)

Follett eBooks within our Destiny Catalog (multiple user access, mostly non-fiction eBooks for research; works well in browser)

Freedom Flix contains "more than 50 social studies units spanning ten core curricula areas, FreedomFlix provides a wealth of learning opportunities. Each unit includes an introductory video, a dynamic ebook, related articles, primary sources, and vetted weblinks that expose students to a range of text types and media on the same subject. Project ideas and games offer more opportunities to learn and engage in class-wide discussions and activities. Watch, read, explore!"