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Finding the right information is easier when you know where to look!

DATABASES:
A database is a resource of materials that require your library  card number and your 4 digit pin.  If you don’t have a PIN, you can create one. If you forgot your PIN, you can reset it. If all else fails, call the library at 855 – 3444, or email Brian at Director@PawlingLibrary.org for help.

WEBSITES
These websites were gathered to help you find what you need, as well as provide you with tools for school and life.  Check out these websites for all kinds of cool things.  Scroll down or click on one of the topics to get started.

Topic List
Suicide Prevention and Emotional Help, Biographies, Newspaper Articles, Current Events, Historical Research, Health, Online Encyclopedias, Test Prep, Tutoring, High School Equivalency Diploma, Financial Aid for College, Citation Help, Dictionaries, Classroom Help, Learn a Language, Presentation Help, College Help, Cars, Magazines, Other,

SUICIDE PREVENTION AND EMOTIONAL HELP

Cry for Help:  This website contains websites, hotlines and information for teens and parents.  Please check this out.

BIOGRAPHIES


A biography is a history of a person’s life.

In our databases you can find articles describing the lives of tons of important people from ancient history to today. These databases also include articles from newspapers, magazines, and books.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

A newspaper article can be used to prove how and when something happened, as background information on a topic, or to demonstrate an author’s opinion on a topic.  If you need a newspaper article for a research assignment, you can search our newspaper databases.  In our newspaper databases, you can find the latest articles from newspapers all over the world.

CURRENT EVENTS

Our Current Topics databases provide the latest info on hot topics and issues. You can use these to find opinions and facts and pros and cons views about hot-button issues.

These databases gather articles and information from newspapers, magazines, and journals on subjects like politics, science, technology, and education.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

opposing viewpoints in context logoOpposing Viewpoints in Context covers today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Use this database to research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

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Pro/Con Debate from Grolier Online

You can also check Grolier Online’s Pro/Con Debate Archive for more current issues and debate topics.

HISTORICAL RESEARCH


Use our historical research databases for information and viewpoints on historical events and to find primary source documents.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS


An Encyclopedia is a book or series of books that cover a lot of different subjects. Our digital encyclopedias cover even more. Encyclopedias are a great place to start your research on any topic.

Our digital encyclopedias also include video and audio content.

CIA World Factbook

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CIA World FACTBOOK provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map

 HEALTH


The content on WebMD content isn’t necessarily harmful, but there are more options out there, and you should consider these resources as more sound when doing your research and completing your assignments.

TEST PREP RESOURCES


Testing & Education Reference Center

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Features over 300 practice tests, study materials,  and courses covering AP, TASC, & HSPT High School exams, SAT, PSAT, & ACT prep tools, and scholarship searching.

College Board allows you access to SAT help, testing times, college/university information     (11th grade + ).

PSAT/NMSQT practice for the PSAT/NMSQT ( the test that many students usually take before the SAT)  (10th grade + ).

ACT you can register, practice, and prepare for the ACT (11th grade +).

New York State Past Examinations – Use these past exams to study for your tests.

 TUTORING


Mr. Liao is  retired teacher offering tutoring services at the library for free. Mr. Liao can work with students in 5th Grade and up. Email Kate at teen@pawlinglibrary.org or call us at 855-3444 to get information or schedule and appointment.

COLLEGE, FINANCIAL AID, SCHOLARSHIP and MORE


Finaid

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FinAid was established in as a public service to provide the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web. Visit Finaid’s award wining site for more info.

Federal Student Aid

federal-student-aid-dot-gov-loogPart of the U.S. Department of Education, which is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. The office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school. Visit the site to learn about your eligibility for funds and how to apply.

New York State HESC

hesc logThe New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is the State’s student financial aid agency that helps people pay for college by administering numerous grant and scholarship programs, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), offering college funding guidance, and administering a highly successful College Savings program.

 

GED / High School Equivalency Diploma /
Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)

Test Assessing Secondary Completion

The General Educational Development (GED) test has now been replaced by the Test Assessing Secondary Completion for people looking to receive a high school Equivalency Diploma.

To prepare for the TASC, try our Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success and The New York State Education Departments Study Materials.

Scholarships are displayed on this website (11th grade +).

Khan Academy SAT and class help through videos  (11th grade +).

Peterson’s allows you to search for colleges and universities that match your needs             (11th grade +).

SUNY colleges that you can attend (11th grade +).

NYC colleges and universities (11th grade +) .

Colleges and Universities in the United States  has a list of colleges and universities in the U.S.     (11th grade + ).

CITATION:

EasyBib automatically cites your sources for you (middle school- college).

OWL gives you information on how to properly cite sources (APA, MLA, Chicago), use grammatically correct sentences, etc. (high school – college).

ZOTERO : A downloadable program that will store articles and files, inserts quotes and citations for you and so much more.  Take this program with you from High School to College!

DICTIONARIES:

Merriam-Webster allows you to look up the definition and sometimes the pronunciation of a word (middle school +).

OneLook: A dictionary search engine, this site searches all the different dictionaries on the web and returns all the websites that define your word.

CLASSROOM HELP

Worldatlas allows you to interact with maps (middle school +).

Regentsprep.org gives you access to interactive tests, lessons, and Regents Exams             (high school).

Math is fun gives middle school and high school students access to homework help/review (middle school + ).

Dr. Lemon gives you access to great review sources for Spanish class on this website           (high school).

Google Scholar allows you to access some online research articles for school (high school +).

Bartleby gives you access to online texts and sources (high school +). Great for English.

CNN this website is a good way to keep up with current news just in case you have a project on current events in your classes (middle school +).

Ask a Scientist  – Science of all kinds.  Start your science inquiry here. It could be for your science project or for your own curiosity. m Search all the past questions and then ask one of your own.  Real scientists answers your questions!

Google Cultural Institute:
There are three sections of the institute.

The Art Project is a collection of artwork and exhibits that can be viewed in great detail by a multitude of artists.  It also includes some virtual tours of different galleries. You can search by museum, artist, and artworks.  Explore the world of art from your computer.

Historical Moments: This section explores significant moments in history with items, documents and pictures.  There are only specific moments that are in this collection, so it would be a great start to a project topic or to just explore events you don’t know much about.

World Wonders: This incredible resource allows you to explore lands far away.  With pictures and resources for the different locations you can explore or even walk around these sites.  With the option to search for a location it is quick to find out if what you’re looking for is there.

LEARN A LANGUAGE

Mango Language Learning Software
This software is completely free to use with your library card.  It will help you learn, keep track of your progress and get you speaking a new language in no time!

PRESENTATION HELP:

InstaGrok allows you to make interactive presentations. For each presentation you can add links and information to each section/branch of your presentation (middle school + ).

Prezi allows you to make presentations online (middle school +).

Dipity is another interactive presentation option. You can watch videos, collaborate with others, and prepare for certain classes by joining the timeline (high school, possibly middle school + ).

Fakebook is an online source that allows you to post status updates (like Facebook) for the topic that you are interested in (middle school +).

Wordle allows you to make a word cloud. For example, if you are talking about English class, you can have different words associated with English around the word “English”                   (middle school + ).

Pinterest allows you to pin ideas. For example, you can pin educational resources               (middle school +).

CARS:

DMV Written Tests: practice tests for the New York Driver’s Examination to help you prepare for your written exam

Defensive Driving: courses for defensive driving are available online or by dvd from several different companies in NY.  Take the 6 hour online course to lower your car insurance or reduce points on your license.  The link takes you to a list of companies so you can shop through them and pick the best one for you!

Kelley Blue Book:  This website will allow you to look up the values of cars, if you are looking to buy, sell, or shop around.

Chilton Online Library of Repair Manuals A Database for trouble shooting and step by step instructions on fixing your car!

MAGAZINES:

Teen Ink:  A magazine that is written BY teens for teens!  Don’t miss out on this!

Other

Delicious allows you to bookmark resources and websites that you find helpful (high school +).