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Almanacs

America the Beautiful

Grades 6-8.  In-depth coverage for each of the 50 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Complete text of dozens of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Biography 

Biography in Context
Biographical information on more than 500,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Biography.com
Biographies of celebrities, historical figures, and more.

Library Spot Biographies
Biographies of celebrities, historical figures, and more.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Americana
General use encyclopedia covering all academic fields and curriculum topics.  Updated quarterly.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Complete text of dozens of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Grades 6-9.  Quick multimedia reference plus current events.  Updated monthly.

English

Literary Reference Center Plus The most relevant information on authors and their works to help you gain a better understanding of literature. Can’t keep the characters in a 19th century novel straight? Try a character map for a visual representation of their relationships. Stumped by symbolism? Get an explanation from literary critics. Looking for a poem or short story? Find the full text here. 

Literature Resource Center Author biographies and critical analysis of literary works.

LitFinder
Full-text and index to thousands of poems, stories, essays, speeches, plays, and other individual artworks.

MagillOnLiterature
Critical literary analysis from a variety of publications including Masterplots and Masterplots II.

General 

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Complete text of dozens of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

eLibrary
For students of any age.  Great for all types of school projects and questions, with articles from multimedia sources on a variety of topics.

New Book of Knowledge Online
Grades 3-8.  Reference and current events for elementary and middle school students.

Research in Context (formerly Junior Edition)
Grades 6-8. One-stop homework center with articles from encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines.

Student Edition
Grades 9-12.  Indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, and sports.

History 

African American Experience Research and homework help on African American history and culture, with hundreds of primary documents, narratives, photographs, and audio clips.

Daily Life Through History
A gateway to historical research on the way people lived in different times and places:  their food, clothing, jobs, pastimes, and more.

Lands and People Online
Grades 6-12.  Encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events.

World Folklore and Folklife

A guide to the origins and development of all aspects of traditional cultures around the world, including myths, urban legends, folk and fairy tales, and foodways. 

World History in Context
Multicultural and global content to support history research requirements.

U.S. History

America the Beautiful
Grades 6-8.  In-depth coverage for each of the 50 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories.

Civil War Era by Proquest
Get a fascinating glimpse of the Civil War era with the complete runs of eight regional newspapers covering 1840-1865.

Pop Culture Universe
American popular culture, past and present.

U.S. History in Context
Primary documents, secondary reference sources, and journal articles covering all areas of United States history from pre-colonial times to the present day.

Newspapers and Current Events 

General OneFile
One-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.  Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold
Quick access to the complete text of hundreds of popular magazines and newspapers plus citations to thousands more.

Infotrac Newsstand
Access to more than 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading publications from around the world.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Dynamic online library of current event topics, presenting the facts as well as the arguments to understand all sides of the story.

This Day in History
Find out what historical events took place today, or any day of the year.

Languages 

Mango Languages
Basic or complete online instruction in dozens of languages, including English for speakers of other languages.

Maps and Atlases

CIA World Factbook
Color maps from around the world available by country or region.

National Georgraphic Maps
Various types of maps available from National Geographic.

Math 

Fact Monster Homework Center – Math
This math site comes complete with a conversion calculator for weights and measures and the first one thousand digits of pi.

Math Mistakes Info
Examples of mistakes along with corrections and brief explanations to improve math skills.  Includes math facts, flash card feature and other math links.

Webmath.com
Step-by-step guide to solving math problems.

Quotations 

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations 

More than 11,000 searchable quotations.

Science

New Book of Popular Science
 Grades 7-12.  Science and technology reference for middle and high school students. 

Science in Context 
Grades 7-12.  One-stop source for all science-related research needs, focusing on key concepts taught in classrooms, including earth science, history of science, life science, and physical science.

All Science Fair Projects
Hundreds of science fair projects with complete instructions.

How Stuff Works Video Center
Brief videos teach how things work from tattoos to what would happen if you shot your TV.

Test Preparation and Tutoring 

Testing & Education Reference Center
Prepare for your future with Testing & Education Reference Center.  From SAT practice tests to college selection to certification test study guides, TERC will help you achieve your potential. 

Credo Reference Live Homework Help: Free tutoring in math, science, reading and writing for students in 3rd through 12th grade. Tutors are available from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Monday – Thursday and 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday.


Jefferson Lab
Virginia SOL practice tests for math and science.