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College Prep

Introduction

Do you need help preparing for college? The Library can help! All of your college research needs can be found at the Library or on the Library's website. The following books, databases, and web links can help in searching for scholarships, preparing for entrance exams, comparing tuition costs, and much more.

The first step in the financial aid process is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. This video lesson will take you through everything you need to know, step-by-step.

Books & More

Databases

Can't find a database? Try the Databases A-Z Listing!

Academic Search Premier

from EBSCOhost
Arts, humanities, science, social sciences, business, and technology journals, some with full text, and other electronic resources from 1887 to the present. *Online access to Consumer Reports from 1991 to the present.

AtoZ Maps Online

from World Trade Press
More than 100,000 downloadable maps! Perfect for school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. AtoZ Maps Online will also adapt to the screen size of any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

AtoZ the USA

from World Trade Press
Great for state reports, projects, and presentations! AtoZ the USA contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country's people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.

BrainHQ

Exercise your memory, attention, and more! As with physical exercise, brain exercise can help you test your brain and improve your performance in order to feel your best. BrainHQ has more than two dozen brain-training exercises organized into six categories: Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence, and Navigation. Access brain training on most internet-connected devices and at the right level for you and your busy life. Start today!
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Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.


Explora Public Libraries

From EBSCOhost
Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora Public Libraries provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world's leading magazines and reference books, grouped into easy-to-browse categories.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow: Business and People

Connects users with a wealth of highly detailed demographic data, leveraging Census data, consumer expenditures, retail spending, and Mosaic Lifestyle market segmentation groupings to helps users "crunch" data in easy-to-use report formats.

Gale eBooks

Instantly access reference eBooks on many subjects. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7!

HelpNow

from Brainfuse
On demand, anytime, anywhere live tutoring for students K-12. Included is a Writing Lab and Send Question Center, which allows users to receive assistance at any time of the day without connecting with a live tutor. Prep exams and FAFSA assistance also available.

JobNow

A one-of-a-kind job coaching service designed to help you land the job of your dreams! With support for every stage of the job search, you will feel ready for the interview. Starting at the beginning, try resources that will help match your interests and experiences to a career with eParachute. Get assistance with resume building with resume templates and OptimalResume, complete with video mock interviews. Best of all, LIVE Career Tutors are available every day from 2p.m. to 11p.m.

JobsOhio ZoomProspector

Provides free tools for site selection, demographics, and consumer segment information.

Lingo LITE

from World Trade Press
Learn basic vocabulary in 30 languages from native speakers. Each vocabulary entry includes a color photo, a native speaker video, and the word in the local language and your native language. Users can change the interface language at the click of a button.

LinkedIn Learning for Library

LinkedIn Learning has more than 6,600 courses! Learning paths are step-by-step courses, supported with quizzes, practice, and reminders. Examples of learning paths include how to become a web developer, manager, bookkeeper, project manager, small business owner, digital marketer, or digital illustrator.
Get assistance logging in via the LinkedIn Learning App.

Literary Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
With full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works, LRC contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest.

Mergent Intellect

Powered by Hoover''s, a D&B Solution, Mergent Intellect is a flexible web-based application featuring a deep collection of worldwide business information on over 100 million global private businesses. Mergent Intellect offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts & figures, executive contact information, census data, a job search solution, enhanced people and business search, access industry profiles and more.

Method Test Prep

Method Test Prep is a tutoring and test prep organization that serves students worldwide through highly focused, cost-effective online programs, classes, and personalized tutoring.

OhioMeansJobs Assessment & Training Center

from EBSCO LearningExpress
A highly-acclaimed, comprehensive selection of interactive online tutorials, practice tests, articles, eBooks, and high-stakes test preparation all modeled after official tests. The assessment & training center is designed to help students and professionals at all levels of learning achieve their educational and career-related goals.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Provides collections of in-depth, up-to-date trustworthy research on an ever-growing range of topics. Within the OREs, you'll find world-class experts who give you an overview of a subject that you can understand in half an hour of reading or less.

Transparent Language Online (TLO)

A powerful online language learning system that builds all four core skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. With 100+ languages to choose from and English lessons for speakers of over 25 different languages, there is something for every language learner. Mobile apps are available for language learning on the go!
Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.

Treehouse

Treehouse is an online video and interactive learning platform. All content is focused on technology and includes content that teaches mobile, front-end and back-end web development in a variety of programming languages. To create or reactivate your Treehouse account, submit this form. Once your request is processed, Treehouse will send an invitation email to get started.
Online account is required. If you already have an active WCPL account with Treehouse, please log in here. If you are under the age of 13, a parent or guardian must create this account.

Very Short Introductions

The perfect introduction to subjects you previously knew nothing about: from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Globalization to Literary Theory. Very Short Introductions Online brings together titles from this well-known and established print series, via a highly discoverable and fully cross-searchable platform.


Web Links

College Scholarship & Financial Aid
Test prep tips, searching for scholarships and links to colleges by state.

College Scorecard
U.S. Department of Education provides reliable data concerning annual costs, graduation rates, and salaries after graduation for every institution of higher education in the United States. Compare schools based on the measurements that are most important to you.

Money Geek
This guide can help you sort through the maze of options, exploring loan costs, requirements and repayment plans so that you can choose your loan wisely.

Federal Student Aid
The US Department of Education has check lists for students in all grades to help them prepare for college, tips for choosing colleges and careers, information about types of financial aid, the FAFSA form and more.

Financial Aid Info Page
Loans, scholarships, military aid and more.

Next Step Magazine
Information on college, careers, and scholarships in an online magazine format.

Princeton Review
Info on law schools, med schools, internships and more.

College Tuition Compare
Compare cost to schools across the country.

National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.