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Admit it, school’s not all bad. There’s lunch, where you can sit with your friends and talk about whatever. And there’s study hall, where you can do anything but. And you don’t have to go for 12 weeks each year. For the rest of it, like homework, tests, etc., there’s help.
Look here for things to make the hard school stuff more like study hall.
- AntiStudy: Free Book Summaries
Free study guides and notes (like Cliffs Notes) for over 5,000 books that you have to read for class.
- Bartleby: English Usage, Style & Composition
Full-text version of William Strunk's The Elements of Style and other helpful grammar books.
- Book Rags
Book summaries and discussion questions on contemporary classics that your teachers may be assigning such as "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett and "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Searchable dictionary, thesaurus, and quotes.
- Guide to Grammar and Writing
An exhaustive searchable database with help on grammar and writing. Includes everything from adverbs to a thesis statement.
- OWL: Online Writing Lab
This is a good place to begin when you have a writing assignment. This site from Purdue University also helps with poetry and citations. Look here if you are interested in practicing college level writing skills as well. (ooh, scary!)
- OWL: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide
A trusted place for instruction on how to cite MLA style.
- Poetry 180: A poem a day for American High Schools
This site offers poems to read each day of school. Better yet, it teaches you HOW to read a poem out loud. This site is from the Library of Congress and your teachers may be interested in sharing a poem from the site each day as part of your classwork.
Information on poets and poetry and includes audio samples of the poetry.
Shmoop is the cool database for teenagers. Check out what they have to offer in the Literature, Poetry, Shakespeare, or Mythology tabs for everything regarding your English homework, then browse around on the other tabs just for fun (and I mean fun, some articles use a music video posted to reinforce topic ideas).
- Babbel: Enjoy Learning Languages You must sign in with either your email address and create a password or you can connect with Facebook and share your progress with your friends or classmates. Includes online courses and message boards to connect with others learning languages.
- BBC: Languages
This site is has a good video section for advanced learners.
The author of this site has down-to-earth advice on how to study any language.
- Linguanet Worldwide
This site allows you to test your proficiency level in any language.
This site links to websites for over 260 languages (more advanced than just your basic language dictionary).
- The African-American Mosaic Exhibition
A Library of Congress online exhibit of primary source documents on slavery, include many photos.
- Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
"How a Bill Becomes a Law" and other important functions of our government.
- Biographical Dictionary
Need to know a historical figure who was born today? This database has brief articles (most with pictures) on over 28,000 people and is searchable.
- History on PBS
Full videos of episodes on history topics from Public Broadcasting System television stations across the country.
- Ask Dr. Math
A list of common formulas and other math tips from the Dr. Math series of books.
- Cells Alive!
This site includes everything you need to know regarding cells, both plant and animal. It has great animations of the phases of cell mitosis and meiosis as well as camera images of cancer cells growing.
- FactMonster Homework Center: Mathematics
Math homework help includes help with fractions, conversions, formulas and more.
- General Chemistry Online
For first year chemistry students, this Frostburg State University site gives a general overview of basic chemistry and allows you to quiz yourself.
Virtual classroom with videos teaching several subjects including biology, chemistry and other sciences.
- The Physics Classroom Tutorial
Included here you will find practice problem sets for solving and other help on physics concepts.
- PLoS Biology
This is a peer reviewed, open access journal for science articles, many are full text.
- Science Daily
A research news magazine on science.
Help with math questions.
- College Navigator
From the National Center for Education Statistics, you can plug in your college selection criteria into their search engine and it will bring you results of colleges that may be right for you.
- How to Choose a College that is Right For You
An article from NPR on what is the best criteria for choosing a college.
- Peterson's College Search
Featured colleges, articles on top colleges, and other information about the college search.
The student site for ACT test takers.
This test is given at your high school.
Collegeboard's site for the most widely used college admission test.
- Study Guides for TCAP, Gateway and ACT
Practice test questions.
The exam for English as a second language speakers.
- College and Careers @ Your Library
This site has lots of help on how to pay for college. It walks you through the loan process and grant application process.
- Financial aid from the government (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is where to go for government aid for college.
A database for free college grant money.
Allows you to plug in search criteria for scholarships that you could be eligible for.
- Internet Public Library: Research and Writing
This site walks you through the research paper process, from choosing a topic and gathering information, to everything about writing the paper, including the thesis and citing sources.
- Memphis Public Library Databases
Check here for the journals, newspapers, genealogy, biography and literature sources, statistics, history and more among our electronic databases.
A virtual librarian reference desk where you can ask questions and learn about any topic.
- Tennessee Electronic Library
Free to the residents of Tennessee, this set of electronic databases hosts subjects such as genealogy, journals and help with standardized tests.
- Virtual Reference Shelf
Another virtual reference desk where you can ask those questions you might be afraid to in person.
Bring your gently used books to the nearest Memphis Public Library & Information Center location. Proceeds from Friends of the Library book sales benefit the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.