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Library Databases

You will need your library card number to access these when you are not in the library.

Search Catalog: Over 192,000 books and other resources you can get at your local library--or online via free library ebooks. You can also request books to be sent to your nearest branch or suggest new books for the library to purchase.
Gale Biography in Context: Research materials for over 528,000 individuals. Articles from magazines, newspapers, and books with current and historical information.
Gale Opposing Viewpoints: Primary sources, pro/con essays, court case overviews, and other reliable information on controversial topics, current events, and social issues. Good information for speeches, essays, reports, and other presentations.
World Book Online: A complete online encyclopedia and many other research tools, including a dictionary, primary sources, pathfinders for homework help, tutorials, newspapers, current events and much more.
Testing & Education Reference Center: Take practice tests and study for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GED and many other high school/college exams
Infotrac Student Edition: Almost 24,000,000 articles from magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Art & Music

Architecture Through the Ages - Learn about architecture from Ancient Egypt to modern times.
Art Safari - An interactive site from the Museum of Modern Art that invites visitors to express what they see.
Explore Art - Select information about more than 1200 artists, subjects, and art types from the Getty Museum.
Hands on Crafts - An online art studio with interactive craft projects.
A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments - Descriptions, pictures, and sound clips of 32 different instruments from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Music Notes - The theory, history, styles, professions, and instruments of music; includes games.
Operapaedia - Find out everything you ever wanted to know about opera, including biographies of composers, summaries of specific operas, and more.
San Francisco Kids Fun with Music - Explore the instruments of an orchestra, visit the music lab, and more.


A&E's Biography - Search the database of over 25,000 names, find the most often asked-for biographies, and play biography-related games.
American President - Profiles of all U.S. presidents, including personal facts and brief biographies.
Biographies - Historical people related to American History.
Sports Illustrated Top 100 Female Athletes - Biographies of the top 100 female athletes in history, as rated by Sports Illustrated.
Time 100 - Biographies of Time magazine's 100 most important people of the 20th Century.

Current Events

Google News - Up-to-the-minute news items from over 4500 news sources, arranged by relevance.
National Public Radio news - Read or listen to current news stories.
ABYZ Newslinks - An easy-to-use directory of newspaper websites from around the world.


RhymeZone - Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus
Word Central - An assortment of fun word-related activities, along with an online dictionary.

Homework Help 101

Awesome Library for Teens - This site offers help in many subjects; it can be accessed in six different languages.
BrainPOP - Movies for the visual learner! Science, math, social studies, English, health and technology are covered in a visual format.
High School Ace - Subject guides, reference collection, newspapers, and more.
Homework Spot - Subject-specific resources for English, math, science, social studies, art, music, technology, foreign language, health, and more.
Internet Public Library - The Internet Public Library's web site for researching and writing term papers

Language Arts

Quoteland - Find quotations on any topic, or identify the author of your favorite quotes.
SparkNotes - Discussions of plots, characters, and themes in various classic novels.
Encyclopedia Mythica - An encyclopedia of articles, definitions, and images on mythology, folklore legends, and more.
Folklore, Myth, and Legend - Everything you want to know about Aesop and his fables, King Arthur, the Arabian Nights and many other myths and legends.
The Academy of American Poets - Listen to a poem in the listening booth, read the poems of your favorite poets, check out the events calendar to learn about poetry happenings across the nation.
A+ Research & Writing Guide - Find out how to research and write your reports and papers.
Grammar - Definitions and examples of various parts of grammar.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant - Sections on choosing a topic, organizing, revising, editing, and documenting, as well as a focus on argumentative, exploratory, and informal essays.


Ask Dr. Math - Math problems from algebra to trigonometry.
Calculus - Practice calculus problems.
FunBrain! - Math games for all ages!  


Exploratorium's Online Exhibits - Fun, interactive exhibit of visual illusions. - Quality science information from the U.S. Government
California Geology - Current information about the geological state of California; learn about mineral resources, earthquake engineering and geologic hazards.
The Nine Planets - An overview of the history, mythology and scientific knowledge of each of the nine planets.
Plate Tectonics - watch an animated clip of the continental drift to see how the modern world was formed. Click on a specific time period for information on plant and animal life of that era.
Basic Genetics - Information on various aspects of genetics, including an animated tour of "the basics"
BBC's Interactive Human Body & Mind - Learn about organs, muscles, the skeleton, and nervous system in a fun, interactive way.
Biology and Evolution Theory - The Theory of Evolution explained.
The World's Biomes - An introduction to the major biomes on Earth. 
Chem4Kids! - Information, interactive activities, and downloads on every "element" of chemistry. 
Fear of Physics: Physics Explained - Lose your fears with these clear explications of physical phenomena.

Social Studies & Geography

BBC News World Edition: Country Profiles on news, history, politics, event timelines, and economic background of world countries. Includes print, audio, and video pieces from the BBC archives.
Country Background Notes - Basic information on countries from the U.S. Department of State.
Country Reports - Clear images of world flags with corresponding maps, plus quick facts on each country.
Civil War Maps - Over 2,000 maps and charts from the American Memory project at the Library of Congress.
Geography Merriam-Webster Atlas - A good site for world maps.
Maps and Geography - A comprehensive location for maps from National Geographic.

Government & History

The Presidents of the United States - Brief biography and picture of every President, links the site with information on all the first ladies, quizzes and interesting trivia facts, and current information on happenings at the capital.
State and Local Governments - Mega and individual state links to local government from the Library of Congress.
African American Mosaic - A Library of Congress source for the study of Black history and culture.
American Memory - A gateway to over 7 million digitized primary and historical source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States in the Library of Congress collection includes photographs, manuscripts, rare books, maps, recorded sound, and moving pictures.
America's Story - Appealing site all about our nation's history from the Library of Congress.
Charters of Freedom - View the primary documents containing the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and numerous other American documents.
Historic Speeches - Read the famous speeches that have influenced and shaped the United States from its foundation to present times.
This Day in History - Find out what happened this day in US history, or on your birthday, from the History channel.
13 Originals: Founding the American Colonies Overview of the original thirteen colonies, including numerous maps and links to more resources.
The History Explorer at Colonial Williamsburg introduces you to the people, places, and life of colonial America.
The Age of Imperialism - An overview of America's policy of expansionism in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Discovering Lewis and Clark - Includes a synopsis of the expedition, as well as maps, journal selections, photos, animation, and sound.
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record - A thousand images selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery.
Reconstruction: The Second Civil War - Companion site to a PBS American Experience program that shares the extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans as they struggled to shape new lives in the aftermath of the Civil War.
The Underground Railroad - An interactive adventure in pursuing freedom as a slave in the 1850s, resources and links are included too.
Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories - A number of recordings of former slaves, interviewed between 1932 and 1975, are made available by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.
Not For Ourselves Alone women's movement - Explore the women's movement with a focus on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony from the PBS show, narrated and rich with visual images.
The New Deal Network - Information, primary sources, and images on the public works and art projects of the New Deal, designed for middle and high school students and teachers.
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans - An online exhibit of Japanese internment from the Smithsonian Institution.
Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore - More than 50 photographs, organized under topics such as "Birmingham" and "Martin Luther King."
Remembering Jim Crow, the companion site to an American Radioworks documentary about Jim Crow segregation, with interviews, sample Jim Crow laws, and links to related sites.
Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education - The history of segregation, the battle for education, and the events leading to the historic decision are chronicled on this site.
The Civil War this site includes battle histories, a timeline, maps of the period, biographies of various leaders, and the texts of the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Civil War Timeline Illustrated timeline of Civil War events.
The Great War Understand the history and effects of World War I from PBS, with interviews with historians, additional resources, and recommended sites.  

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Dogpile A search engine that searches search engines! Results displayed by most popular or by specific engines like Google, Yahoo!, Ask Jeeves, and more. Also search audio, video, images, yellow and white pages.
Google - Search Web sites, images, directories, news stories, catalogs, and more.
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