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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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
- Newspaper eLibrary * - 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 high school, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and casual public researchers.
- ProQuest K - 12 * - In library | From home -A variety of special and general research sites designed around school subjects in literature, history, current events, geography, etc.
- 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
- Varsity 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.
Reading & Literature
- Cliffs Notes - Online version of the popular literature study guides with quizzes, apps, and test preparation materials.
- NoveList - Discover books readers are likely to enjoy based on what they know they like.
- 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.
- 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.
Science & Math
- 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.
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.
- 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.