Teen Reading Buddy Training

Wed. Jan. 25 at 6:30pm Register now!

 

Telestration

Wed. Feb. 8 at 3:30pm
The Teen Action Committee is back with their next program – a fun visual version of Telephone!

 

Complex Coloring

Wed. Feb. 15 at 3:30pm
Color with us in our fancy coloring books, or bring your own – ages 12 and up.

 

Homework Help

STUDY AIDS

BASIC RESOURCES 
OWL – The Purdue Online Writing Lab with 200 free resources on writing, grammar, style and ESL help.
Quotations – Brainy Quote lists famous quotes by topics and author.
American Speeches – Audio and transcript of 100 most famous speeches plus search tools.
Encyclopedia Britannica – Search its list of popular topics for articles, links, videos and images.

GENERAL STUDY HELP
Free Book Notes – Gathers notes from 20+ sites including Cliffnotes, PinkMonkey and SparkNotes.
Khan Academy – Instructional videos and tools for math, science, economics and humanities topics, for students and educators.
Lumosity – Brain games to test and improve your memory and cognitive functions. iPhone App
My Homework Planner App – Keep track of assignments
RefDesk: Homework Helper – Refdesk  indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources, since 1995.
Internet Public Library for teens – Librarian recommended academic resources plus answers to embarrassing questions.
SAT Question of the Day iPhone App – Seven most recent questions.
Shmoop – Study tools, learning guides on multiple subjects and test prep for high school students.
Sparknotes – Study guides and Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots Mobile App
Cliffnotes – 300 complete literature guides with chapter summaries and analysis, plus notes for other academic subjects.
MAS Ultra, Primary Search and MasterFILE
A Research Guide for Students – Award-winning site written by educators and librarians on writing, research and presentations.
Study Guides and Strategies – Comprehensive sites with links and tips on how to learn, study and be a better student
The Write Site – Interactive journalism and writing site for middle school students
How to Study – Tips for high school and college students on how to study and take tests by subject
99 Online Learning Resources – Top resources for upper high school and college students

COLLEGE & CAREERS

General Information
CollegeBoard – The key site for information about college planning search, financial aid, entrance exam registration and study resources.
Big Future: College Search – Search tools help students research, prioritize and select colleges to consider.
College Rankings – U.S. News Annual Rankings of Top Colleges and best values
Kiplinger Rankings – Annual rating of best public colleges and best value colleges in U.S.
NJ Colleges & Universities – NJ State of Higher Education portal with alpha links to each school and general information.
Online Colleges – NJ and national list of schools offering distance learning for a degree
Common App – Common college application form used by 500+ colleges.
College Confidential – Research and compare colleges based on students’ priorities
Peterson’s College Planner – Covers every step of college and grad school search process. Search by major, college type.
NJTransfer – Planning Transfer from Community College to NJ College/University

Careers
Career OneStop – U.S. Dept. of Labor site for students’ career exploration
College Majors & Careers – College Board description of common majors with match to schools.
NJ Works – Career, training and job search resources for NJ library card holders, from the NJ State Library

Financial Aid
College.gov – US Dept. of Education site for Federal student aid.
Financial Aid Toolkit – US Dept. of Education site with searchable online financial aid resources database for teachers and students.
FAFSA – Federal  site for student aid, workstudy and scholarship applications
Fastweb – Scholarships, Financial Aid, Student Loans and Colleges
College Cost – US Dept. of Education site analyzes colleges with the lowest & highest costs and fees

ENGLISH (Writing & Literature)

Grammar
Common Errors in English – Explains common English usage errors and how to avoid making them.
Elements of Style – Strunk’s classic work online, with focus on the rules of usage and composition violated most often.
Guide to Grammar and Writing – Many online links to handouts about grammar.
GrammarBook.com – Helpful grammar and punctuation rules with real-world examples.

Writing & Citing
Avoiding Plagiarism – This Purdue Online Writing Lab offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.
The Writing Process – Links for Grades 7-12 instructors and students.
Purdue Online Writing Lab – More than 200 free resources covering writing, grammar and mechanics with style guides.
APA Research Style Crib Sheet – Guide to crafting college papers in the  American Psychological Association format.
EasyBib – Free generator formats, alphabetizes, and prints bibliographies.
Chicago Manual of Style – Provides recommendations for the style of digital content.

Literature
Shakespeare – Ocean County Library created this comprehensive site about his life and works.
Swipespeare Mobile App – Swipe a word from Shakespeare’s work for its definition or search the app dictionary.
TeenLit – dedicated to publishing teen writing, as well as book reviews by teenagers.
Teenage Writers – A community for  teens who enjoy writing and aspire to be better at it.
Contemporary Authors – EBSCO (need library card# to log in) about the life and work of novelists, playwrights, journalists, poets and scriptwriters. Get the EBSCO App
Literary Reference Center – EBSCO (need library card# to log in) with synopses, reviews and analysis of literary works.
NoveList – EBSCO (need library card # to log in) reader’s advisory for fiction with readalikes and discussion guides.
Poet’s Corner – Comprehensive collection of poetry indexed by author, title and subject.
Poetry 180 – Provides a poem a day so students can hear or read a poem on each day of the school year.
Library of Congress – Poetry and Literature Center fosters the public’s appreciation of literature, administers the Poet Laureate position, and provides programs.

MATH

WebMATH – Generates  step by step answers to specific math questions and problems entered by a user.
Khan Academy – Instructional videos and tools for math from Grade 3 to college-level, for students and educators
Mathway Mobile App – Instant answers to math problems.
Math2.org – Mathematical tables on-line and downloadable.
Ask Dr. Math – A free question and answer service for math students and their teachers.
A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions.
Create a Graph – Explains and illustrates different graph types.
Math.com – Free math lessons and math homework help from basic math to algebra, geometry and beyond, including calculus.
MacTutor’s History of Mathematics –  Archive covering famous people, concepts and the development of mathematics in various cultures.
WolframAlpha – Free help with solving math problems, shows work and has a mobile app.
Math Homework Help – Free live help with math problems, within a few hours of posting.
Quick Graph Mobile App – Scientific graphing calculator – gives 3D and 2D images of graphs in different colors
Online Conversions – An online resource for weights, measures, calculators, converters. Over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions
Algebra Equation Calculator – Enter an equation into the calculator and it will expand (simplify) and solve the problem.
Algebra.com – Math homework problem solvers, math lessons and free tutors online.

SCIENCE & HEALTH

World Science U – Short video explanations, short and longer courses on science concepts.
Southern California Orthopedic Institute – Patient education information on body parts and orthopedic topics.
Khan Academy – Instructional videos and tools from earth science to physics, from middle school to college level.
Inner Body -Virtual human anatomy website with detailed models of all human body systems.
3D Brain web & App – Explains parts of brain and delves into disorders, damage, case studies and research links
Whole Frog Project  – A virtual, interactive frog dissection website, with movies, sounds, and information.
Cells Alive! – A visual tour of cells, bacteria, viruses and their interaction with one another. iCell App
Merck PSE Mobile App – Interactive Periodic Table and specifics on elements.
Endangered Species – Web site of  Endangered Species Program, within the Fish & Wildlife Service.
Volcanoes Online – Ultimate guide to volcanoes from Thinkquest.
About.com – Geology – Facts and photos on everything from the Earth’s core to outer space
PopSci Periodic Table – Pictures of the elements and the people who discovered them.
MyChemistryTutor – Ask students and teachers about problems you’re having or about experiments you’re just learning.
Physics.org – Physics  in the everyday world, Physics Evolution, clickable map, Equation toolbox, Common questions,

Science Projects/Fun Stuff
Amusement Park Physics – Explores how the laws of physics affect amusement park ride design
Science of Baseball – Physics and mathematics of baseball.
Science Buddies – Science fair project ideas, step by step on how-to-do a project, discussion board, and science fair tips.
Science Fair Project Ideas – Step-by-step instructions for designing and performing an experiment.
Halloween Chemistry Ideas – Make fake blood, turn water into blood, change the color of fire, and more.
GreenFILE – EBSCO  (need library card# to log in) research on human impact on the environment.
How Stuff Works – Explores the world of everyday science.

Space/Astronomy
NASA for Students – Updates on NASA missions and latest news from space. NASA App
Smithsonian – U.S. and Soviet rivalry in space from military origins to the race to the moon.
Sky and Telescope Magazine – News, astrophotography and observing tips, plus video and podcast guides to the night sky.

Health
ToneTeen – The kid’s and teen’s resource for health and fitness.
Teen Health and Wellness – Provides straightforward, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more.
Medline Plus – Health information for teens from the National Library of Medicine. Easy access to health topics.

GEOGRAPHY

CIA World Factbook – Geography, people, government, transportation and the economy for countries and territories around the world.
50states.com – Key state symbols, state information and comparisons.
Atlapedia Online – Full color physical maps and political maps plus key facts and statistics for countries of the world.
Information Please Almanac – A vast compendium of statistics and up-to-date facts and figures on many topics.
Nation Master – Country statistics, maps, flags, graphs and  comparative charts.
National Geographic –  Provides maps, photos, videos and daily news stories, as well as articles and features about animals, the environment, cultures and history.
U.S. State Department’s Background Notes – Fact sheets on diplomatic and economic relations between the US and foreign countries

Flags
Flags of the World – Information on the flags of all the nations of the world.
Guide to American Flags – Pictures of current and past national and state flags. Includes flags of the Revolution, the Confederacy and possessions and territories.

Maps
Color Landform Atlas of the United States – Maps include satellite information, color reliefs, old state maps, and links to outside resources.
Historical Maps of New Jersey – Rutgers site features New Jersey historical maps and aerial photo portal.
Map Machine – Use National Geographic tools to explore the world, learn about human and physical patterns and make your own maps.
National Atlas of the United States – Maps on a broad variety of topics depicting American resources and life.
United Nations Cartographic Section – UN Peacekeeping maps and country profile maps.

State Information
IPL’s U.S. Stately Knowledge – Facts about the United States & the District of Columbia.
Stateline.org – Pew Center daily publication features news about politics and social policy, focusing on state government.
USA QuickFacts – US Census facts about the people, business, and geography of the United States.

GOVERNMENT

Government and Politics
The White House – Information about the White House and US government.
Presidents of the United States – Background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events
Congress – legislation, Congressional Record debates, members of Congress, legislative process educational resources.
Country Profiles – BBC News guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories.
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Grades 6-8
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Grades 9-12
USA.Gov – Official web portal for information on government resources, services and forms for citizens, businesses and government.
GovEngine – Links to official executive, legislative and judicial branches of government websites.
Congress on the Internet – Congress.gov THOMAS site is the source for federal legislative information.

Branches of Government
Three Branches of Government – Learn about the US Government and its executive, legislative and judicial branches.
Congress for Kids – Engaging activities to teach children about US Congress.
Federal Judiciary Homepage – Sections on the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.
NJ Courts Online – Learn about the NJ Court system.
Oyez! – Database on major constitutional cases heard by US  Supreme Court, with multimedia resources
Supreme Court of the United States – Official site of the Supreme Court
How Our Laws are Made – THOMAS site describes the legislative process and House rules

Historical Documents
American Originals – Online exhibit of original documents of  US government selected from the National Archives.
Charters of Freedom – Information on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents – US historical documents from pre-colonial to present day.
Declaration of Independence – signers’ biographies, and other people, events, and acts.
To Form a More Perfect Union – Documents from  Continental Congress and  Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789.

Census and Elections
U.S. Census Bureau
The Living Room Candidate – Presidential campaign commercials since 1952 including video clips and election results.
Project Vote Smart – Free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting
U.S. Presidential Elections: 1789-2012 – popular and electoral votes in each election, issues in the election and turnout.
State and Local Government on the Net – Frequently updated directory of official state and local government websites.

Foreign Governments & Leaders
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments – The Central Intelligence Agency publishes an online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments, updated weekly
Political Resources on the Net – frequently updated directory of official state and local government websites.
Rulers – Heads of state and heads of government of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.

BIOGRAPHIES

American Presidents –  Biographies and photographs from the official White House website.
Biography Online – Famous, inspirational and influential people who have helped change the world
Biography Collection Complete – (need library card # and your pin to login)
Biographical Dictionary – Information on 33,000 notable people from ancient times to the present.
Classical Composers Archive – Biographies and reference guides for famous composers with music and some video clips.
African American Biographies – Brief biographies from Brittanica’s Black History site.
Famous People by State – Searchable directory for all 50 states.
Mathematician Biographies – Brief biographies for most important mathematicians in history.
National Inventors Hall of Fame – Index of inventors with brief biographies.
Time Magazine’s Most Important People – The most influential individuals, good or bad, in the past century.

HISTORY

Best of History Websites – Award-winning portal with annotated links to 1,200 history web sites and activities.
HistoryWorld – Narrative world history and interactive world history timelines.

Current Events
CNN: Student – Online daily news site geared to middle and high school students with discussion topics provided.
Point of View Reference Center EBSCO (need library card # for login) 200 topics with opposing viewpoint discussion.
Newspaper Source Plus EBSCO (need library card# for login) articles from 700 newspapers.

Timelines
dMarie Time Capsule – Create printable Time Capsule that list headlines, prices, entertainment for any date from 1800 to 2002.
Hyperhistory Online – Navigates through 3,000 years of world history with timelines of civilizations (plus maps), people, and events.
Year by Year – Find statistics, award winners, headlines, important events, population figures for every year, from 1900 through present.

American History
Africans in America – America’s journey through slavery presented in four parts: historical narrative, images, documents, and stories.
Making of America – Digital library of primary sources in 19th-century American history from antebellum period through Reconstruction.
Veterans History Project – Makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans.

Primary Sources (See also Government)
100 Milestone Documents that Shaped America – From the National Archives, includes images of original primary source documents.
Digital History – Enhances history teaching and research through primary sources, an online textbook, reference resources, and interactive materials.
History Central: Primary Documents – Hundreds of primary source documents on American history.
Avalon Project – Yale Law School digital library of documents relating to law, history and diplomacy.
History and Politics Out Loud – Listen to famous speeches made by influential leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries.
World War I – Encyclopedia of extensive links to battles, weapons, homefront, history and much more.

World History
Exploring Ancient World Cultures – Resource with chronologies, essays, links, and images for cultures, wars, and significant figures in ancient and medieval history
The Holocaust Cybrary – A people’s history of the holocaust and genocide.
Life in Elizabethan England – Everyday life in Tudor England : food, occupations, pastimes, religion, fashion, manners, and education
Middle Ages – BBC site traces all facets of feudal life through 7 sections.
Renaissance – Explore the forces that drove this rebirth in Europe, with a focus on Italy.
The Story of Africa – BBC World Service introduction from an African perspective.
World Statesmen – Statesmen and world leaders since 1760, arranged by region and country.

ART & MUSIC

Music Websites for Youth – Music Teachers Nat. Association compiled these resources for teachers, students and parents.
Symphonies – Overview of composers, tineline, history of the symphony and recommended music sites.

Instruments
Orchestra Instruments – Naxos site describes each instrument and history of the orchestra.
Philharmonia Orchestra – The Philharmonia’s expert players guide you through the intricacies of the instruments they play.
ThinkQuest – comprehensive guide to the instruments and layout of the orchestra.
Connexions – An introduction to the instruments of the modern Western orchestra.

Music
OnMusic Dictionary – Music dictionary is searchable by music term or composer name.
Library of Congress National Jukebox – Audio files of music from the early 20th century for online listening.
Introduction to Reading Music – Uses simple terms to introduce the most important topics in reading music.

Sheet Music
Johns Hopkins Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection – Scanned images of public-domain music from 1780 to 1980, with focus on 19th Century popular American music
Library of Congress – Music for the Nation – Popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music.

Art Links
Artcyclopedia – Navigates you through art resources searchable by subject, artist, medium, and more.
Art History Resources – In-depth hyperlinked lists of resources divided by time period and style, created by art history professor Witcombe.
ArtLex Art Dictionary – definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art and visual culture, with  images, quotations and cross-references.