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Top 10 - Back to School Online Library Resources

As you head back to school, these 10 online library resources can help you succeed. Access them all for free with your library card.

Help now logo.Brainfuse HelpNow Tutoring

Access online tutoring services in English or Spanish. Chat live with expert tutors Monday-Sunday 2 pm to 11:55 pm. Submit research papers for editing assistance. Create your own flashcards and work on group projects in a private virtual study room.


Biography in Context logo with picture of President Obama on right hand side.Biography in Context

Quickly locate information for biography reports. Read full text biographical articles from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books. Learn about people, both current and historic from different fields of endeavor. 


Opposing viewpoints in context logoOpposing Viewpoints in Context

Prepare for a debate or a persuasive essay. Discover statistics, viewpoint essays, and articles from newspapers, magazines and reference books on controversial topics, from immigration reform to offshore drilling.


Literature Resource Center and Literary Reference Center

Come prepared to literature class. Read plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies, short stories, poems and literary term definitions in these resources.


Learning Express logoLearning Express Library

Eliminate some testing jitters by practicing. High school students can practice for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and AP exams in preparation for college or take practice career tests for different trades. Middle school and elementary school students can practice math and reading skills for standardized tests.


Encyclopedia Britannica Public Library EditionEncyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedias provide excellent information on a broad array of topics, including profiles of people, places (countries, states), events and concepts.


Master file powered by ebscohostMagazine Index - MasterFILE Premier

When in doubt, start here. This resource contains full text articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, and reference books on just about any topic.  To limit the search to age appropriate materials, try using the Searchasaurus interface for elementary students and the Student Research Center for middle school students.


ABC-CLION ebook collection logoABC-CLIO eBooks Collection

Examine culture, customs and life in different time periods, different countries and different biomes. eBooks in the Daily Life series, the Culture and Customs series, and the Biomes of the World series are all available in full text in this resource.


Gale Virtual Reference Library logoGale Virtual Reference Library

Young readers can enjoy the Eyewitness series on a variety of topics and read country and state profiles from encyclopedias. Older researchers will discover full text reference books, useful in research for science fair projects, comparative religion assignments, and history papers.


Ask Us Now! Info experts 24/7 Maryland AskUsNow!

Sometimes you just need a little assistance getting started on a research project. Librarians are available 24/7 via chat reference to recommend different resources and to help you develop a research strategy.

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