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The Curriculum Corner @ Adams Library

Online Databases


The Providence Public Library serves as Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center (SRRC) with state funding provided via the Office of Library and Information Services (RIGL 29-6-9). The goal of the program is to provide quality reference services to all LORI member libraries and to all residents of Rhode Island. AskRI is the online portal for all services of the Statewide Reference Resource Center at Providence Public Library. Statewide databases are provided through cooperative purchasing agreements among Rhode Island's library consortia: HELIN (academic libraries), Ocean State Libraries (public libraries) and RILINK (school libraries). These are three databases that may be useful:

  • Learning Express offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and information for public education, higher education preparation, employment, and citizenship.
  • Mango Languages for Libraries is an online language-learning system for such languages as French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and Russian.
  • World Book Encyclopedias: interactive encyclopedias for teachers and students of all ages. Contains all of the content available in the print versions, plus images, videos, primary source materials and more.