Online Learning

Children’s Resources

Abdo Zoom

Read-along audio and colorful pictures help beginning readers go on adventures with their favorite animals, famous people, and important topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Animals (available in English and Spanish) can be easily filtered by geography, habitat, and classification.  Biographies cover a diverse list of important figures from yesterday and today, including inventors, explorers, entertainers, athletes, and activists.  STEAM looks at everything from our bodies to outer space.  Teacher resources suggest activities to use Abdo Zoom in the classroom or for extra learning at home.

Britannica Library: Children’s Research

Britannica Library: Tweens & Young Adult Research

Your library card is your ticket to the award-winning Encylopedia Britannica, where you’ll find encyclopedia articles, multimedia, e-books and other learning resources, with a kid-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface. The links above are perfect for elementary and middle-grade students, but you can access all of Britannica Library here.

 

High School and Adult Resources

Britannica Library: Reference Center

Britannica Library brings a wealth of information right to your computer, with comprehensive, in-depth articles and multimedia on a wide variety of subjects. Britannica Library: Reference Center is perfect for high school students, college students and adults, but you can access all of Britannica Library here.

Consumer Reports

Known as the most trusted source for information and advice on consumer products, this website contains information on making better buying decisions. Users will find advice on saving money, home improvement, personal finances, improving health, and more.

 

ERIC – US Department of Education

The Education Resources Information Center, or ERIC, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is the most complete bibliography of educational materials available. This database of peer-reviewed journals and professional magazines is the perfect place for education students to start their research on a new subject.

HelpNow

HelpNow offers personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) from kindergarten through college.  Students can communicate with live, online tutors (in English or Spanish) using an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images, and graph homework problems.  HelpNow also offers skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can then connect directly to a live tutor to review the topics and questions covered in the quiz.  Users can submit papers and other assignments through the Writing Lab and Send Question Center for detailed feedback without a live tutor.

For students who prefer to work independently and form their own online study group, HelpNow offers a set of collaborative tools – Meet and Brainwave. Meet allows students to schedule their own online sessions using the Brainfuse Meet whiteboard, which is specifically designed for a group setting. Brainwave is a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write, and chat, and send it to others for feedback.

The Adult Learning Center is the adult learners’ version of HelpNow where patrons access GED prep, U.S citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources. Microsoft Office support allows patrons to ask questions about Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. The Writing Lab, Send Question Center and the Skills Building are also included in the Adult Learning Center suite.

JobNow

JobNow features live online coaches who, among other things, assist in resume/cover letter preparation, and help patrons prepare for job interviews.  In addition, patrons have 24/7 access to interview tips and career resources.

 

Mango

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches English speakers real conversation skills for practical communication in 38 languages (from Arabic to Vietnamese).  Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.   Those interested in learning English are taught in 15 languages.

 

Medline

Access 3,500 professional medical journals. This database covers all areas of medicine and includes journals from 1965 to the present.

Niche Academy

Niche Academy has online tutorials on a wide range of topics.  You can learn how to use many of the resources on this page, sign up with Facebook, learn the ins and outs of Pinterest, and much more!  Tutorials are added and updated regularly.

OAIster

OAIster is a union catalog of more than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations developed by the University of Michigan and harvested using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).

VetNow

VetNow provides information and assistance about VA benefits and community resources for veterans and their families.  In addition to veteran-specific information, VetNow has many of the job-hunting and college tools from HelpNow and JobNow

 

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition

Access an unprecedented online collection of information about individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more!  Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. (Note: Ancestry LE is normally available only within the library.  Access from home is being provided for a limited time.)

 

Fold3

Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  With content from the Revolutionary War onward, this continually-growing collection is an invaluable research resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans, and their families, teachers, and battle reenactors.  The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

 

HeritageQuest

Discover the amazing history of you with this comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.  With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

 

Español

Mango

Mango es un sistema de aprendizaje de idiomas en línea que enseña habilidades de conversación reales para la comunicación práctica en inglés e otros lenguajes. A través de la diversión y lecciones atractivas e interactivas, Mango hace que el aprendizaje de un nuevo idioma sea rápido, fácil y muy eficaz.