eLibrary’s default reading level, which is based on the Gunning Fogg Flesch-Kincaid Index. This index provides a number on a scale of 0-21 that reflects the number of words with three syllables, number of words per sentence and more. Documents containing paragraphs with longer words and sentences are thought to be harder to read, and will therefore result in a higher reading level number.
You can search by reading level range. (If you select “Elementary”, the documents will include reading levels 0-6, “Middle” includes 4-10, “High School” includes 8-14 and “Beyond” includes 12-20.) A reading level will be displayed for each document on the results page. You may also sort the result list by reading level so that the less-difficult documents appear at the top.
Note: Pictures and other multimedia are listed with a reading level of 0, and are still included even if you select a reading level range. For example, while selecting a reading level of “Middle” nominally returns documents with levels 4 through 10, documents with a listed reading level of 0 — such as pictures — will also appear.