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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.
Designed with students and educators in grades 6 through 12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides a far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework.
Instantly access reference eBooks on many subjects. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7!
Provides cultural and travel information on over 175 countries. Perfect for students’ research assignments or international travelers looking to learn about their next destination. Feature overview: Historical timelines for research assignments, articles & photos on the typical lifestyle in each respective culture, and recipes of a culture’s most popular dishes! Includes information on popular destinations along with practical guides for transportation & travel essentials for each country
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.
A leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With over 4,500 courses to choose from, create a profile to keep track of your successes and tailor the course listings to your skill set. Mobile browsing is available for on-the-go learning!
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Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview, point and counterpoint argument. Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.
Topics include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources
Current events resource lets researchers explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms.
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Web LinksDigital History
Includes primary sources, quizzes, and easy to access historical information.
Exploring Career Information
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site helps you choose a career based on what you like, then links to the Bureau's Occupational Outlook Handbook for details on the careers you are curious about.
Got questions? The Fact Monster may just have the answers.
How Stuff Works
Cool articles on how everything works, from your body to technology.
IPL Teenspace: A+ Research and Writing
A step-by-step approach to researching and writing papers.
Includes resources for math, science, humanities, and test prep.
Math Moves U
Quizzes and online tutoring in math.
An interactive learning center with homework help and other resources.
Similar to Cliff's Notes - find information about classic books and other topics.