Student Resources

These web sites and online resources can be a big help for school work, assignments, and projects. The library pays for the ones with a * next to them, so you'll need your library card number and password or PIN to use them from home. Your default password is your last name in ALL CAPS.

For more general resources, visit the Information Resources page.
General Reference / Homework Help
  • ALA Great Websites - Reliable websites from all over the internet selected by members of the American Library Association. Organized by subject and indicates age level.
  • eLibrary * - In library | From home - More than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, and books, plus thousands of maps, pictures, websites, and multimedia in one user-friendly tool.
  • Fact Monster - A homework center and reference site for students from Information Please. Organized by subject, or head to their reference desk for encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and atlases.
  • Gale Virtual Reference * - Search over 50 subject areas with one click.
  • Information Please - Free online research, reference, and homework help. Information divided by subject and resource type, along with a homework center and back to school section with quick facts and helpful tools.
  • Internet Public Library - A guide to reliable Internet resources created as a public service organization. Resources are organized by subject, publication type, or those directed to kids or teens. If you have a question, you can ask a volunteer librarian who will give you help by email!
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom
  • MasterFILE Complete * - Full-text general interest resources.
  • Newspaper Source * - Cover-to-cover full-text for today's leading newspapers.
  • ProQuest * - A collection of research databases that covers magazines, newspapers, and journals and can satisfy the research needs of K-12, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and casual public researchers.
  • SIRS Discoverer * - In library | From home - Animals, arts, science, or sports--whatever the topic make research a blast with books, magazines, videos, pictures, websites, and more.
  • Sparknotes - Study guides to literature, history, math, biology, and other subjects for upper level high school and college students. Multiple ways to study online, with eReaders, or with books, along with blogs, test prep, quizzes, and interactive community features.
  • Teen CyberSmarts - Learn how to safely manage your online identity with this interactive eBook program. Sign in with username llml and password llml or click for more info.

K-12 Online Schools
Test Preparation

  • Gale Courses 6 Week Online Courses - Free online class for test preparation for the GRE, SAT/ACT, GED, Praxis, and LSAT with expert instructors and class discussions.
  • Varisty Tutor - Practice SAT, ACT, GMAT and more.
  • Khan Academy/SAT - Practice and Study help.
  • GRE & Psychology - Study resources for the GRE and psych grad students.
  • College Board - Information on standardized tests PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP Tests. 
  • Number2.com - This website offers online test preparation courses free of charge. It includes user-friendly tutorials, practice sessions that match each student's ability level, a vocabulary builder and more.
  • College Planning Resources - Free SAT prep videos, online courses and practice tests as well as math, reading, writing and general SAT tips and strategies.


Government
  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government - A service of the U.S. Superintendent of Documents, Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, the Government Printing Office's official online version of legislative and regulatory information. This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers.
  • Kids.gov - The official kids' portal to the U.S. government. It links to over 2,000 web pages from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared toward the learning level and interest of kids.
Reading & Literature
  • Cliffs Notes - Online version of the popular literature study guides with quizzes, apps, and test preparation materials.
  • Gale Virtual Literature Collection * - Encyclopedias of American and world literature, authors, literary movements, with analysis and criticism.
  • Literary Reference Center - Critical review and help with most studied works and authors.
  • NoveList * - Trusted source of expertise on reading recommendations.
  • NoveList K-8 * - Book recommendations for young readers based on reading level and interest. 
  • ProQuest Learning: Literature * - In library | From home - More than 180,000 searchable works of literature, 3,000 author pages with biographical information, criticism, reviews, and multimedia resources.
  • QuizList Interactive - Find books in the school library that students can use for Reading Counts quizzes.
Science & Math
  • Exploratorium Digital Library - Videos, images, articles, and activities on a host of topics connecting science and math to real life from this innovative San Francisco science museum.
  • NASA for Students - Podcasts, educational videos, current developments, research tools, and images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Space Place - A joint effort of NASA and other technology and education partners with facts, videos, activities, games, and quizzes about space related topics.
Social Studies & History
  • CultureGrams Online * - In library | From home - A resource exploring the world's cultures and peoples with main sections focused on countries, states, Canadian provinces, and kids' information.
  • History Study Center * - In library | From home - An online resource from ProQuest providing a vast collection of electronic versions of primary (firsthand accounts, official records, letters) and secondary (research, other historians' work) sources for the study of history. For high school students and above.
  • National Geographic Education - NatGeoEd, an expanded and updated library of National Geographic's popular educational content, highlights their iconic media and expert resources aligned with education standards. Included are interactive maps, blogs, encyclopedia, games, videos, news, and activities.
Universities & Colleges
  • Online Colleges and Universities in Washington - Comprehensive guides to finding and comparing online schools from elementary school to college.
  • Online Colleges/Washington - Offers student guides, and in-depth analyses of current online education trends.These include resources and tips on topics ranging from financial aid and accreditation, to study skills and career planning.
  • Affordable Colleges Online - Help identify colleges, degree programs, scholarship opportunities that fit financial needs and college accreditation. 
  • College Rankings - Compilation of ranking services, with extensive reviews of such services. From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Education and Social Science Library.
  • Financial Aid, Scholarships & Student Loans 101 - Gain a general understanding of the options when paying for college
  • Washington Colleges and Universities - Learn about Washington state's public and private colleges, universities, community and technical colleges, and career schools. Compiled by the Washington Student Achievement Council.


* These references are tools that the library pays to use and you will need to enter your library card number and last name in all capital letters to access them from home.