There is a wealth of information available online, but not all of it’s accurate. If you’re a student, evaluating which search results are trustworthy and what sources provide quality information can mean the difference between a passing or failing grade. So where can students go for accurate information? Right here, at the library’s digital branch!
The library subscribes to many authoritative online resources from trusted companies covering a variety of topics. These tools are all fact-checked by professionals and are family-friendly. You can use all of them for free, through this website. Below are a few we recommend for students.
Use the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology to find information on all sciences from anthropology to zoology.
Biography in Context
Find biographies of more than 340,000 notable people with citation information, plus photos, videos, magazine and newspaper articles and more.
Discover maps, statistics, photos and famous people from all over the U.S. and the world. There’s an edition just for kids. Plus, you can create customizable data tables to help put facts into perspective.
Find articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework from leading magazines, academic journals and encyclopedias.
Access test preparation materials for elementary students through adults, including these tests and careers: ACT, ASVAB, civil service, EMS and paramedics, firefighting, GED, GMAT, GRE, law enforcement, PPST, real estate, SAT, U.S. citizenship.
SIRS Issue Researcher
This general reference database contains thousands of articles on trending global issues like privacy, health, crime, politics, civil rights, education and energy production.
Transparent Language Online
This online tool can help you learn over 80 languages and offers help learning English for non-native speakers.
World Book Online Reference Center
Articles from the familiar print encyclopedia are enhanced here with multimedia, maps, editor-reviewed websites and more. This resource includes a Spanish encyclopedia, and editions aimed at kids and students.
Early World of Learning
Find narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games and reference material.
Access animated, talking fiction and nonfiction picture books in English, Spanish and French as well as chapter books and graphic novels.
A special section lets you tap into electronic picture books and chapter books for kids.
We hope you’ll explore other study tools available here, too. Look at the topical list in our “Research & Learn” section to find out what else is available. All you need is your free library card to take advantage of these resources. Don’t have a card yet? Youth under 18 years old or adults can sign up for a card at any of our libraries or bookmobiles. Adults can also apply online.