Alabama Virtual Library
Access reliable databases for free on a newly designed, friendlier site. This also has a link to the Oxford English Dictionary. The American Heritage Dictionary and Roget's Thesaurus can be found under SIRS Discoverer. You no longer need an AVL card to use this service from home: AVL uses geo-location to verify that the user is in Alabama. To get the best and most relevant information, look at the tutorials on how to search the databases under the training section.
Library of Congress Virtual Reference
This link goes to the Library of Congress's Virtual Reference Shelf, which has many helpful websites listed. The Language and Literature section has guides to many of the popular documentation styles. Be sure to check out the Librarian's Index to the Internet, too, for trustworthy websites.
Use this tool for synonyms, antonyms and definitions.
Library Media Handbook
This handbook contains all the library policies established by the MCPSS.
NetTrekker is a great research tool. It works like Google to find sites that will help you with all your school subjects; but, unlike Google, it is divided into helpful subjects and all the sites it links to have been checked for accuracy and usefulness. It is available from home- just use the link on the Murphy home page to log in (the state ID number on your student ID is your username and the password is "mobile").
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning. This guide covers all subject areas, offering sites, lesson plans, rubrics, and more. The Discovery Education site also contains other sources of teacher support. Check it out!
A subscription site but there are some "freebies."
Scholastic Book Wizard
A source for finding the right books for your students. It also features a link to TeacherShare.
Accelerated Reader Bookfinder
Use this to find books with your students' reading ranges. This site is for teachers, parents, and students.
"Who is Shmoop? Stanford, Harvard, & Berkeley Ph.D. students who want you to kick PSAT butt and take names. "
This subscription website offers 100s of free learning guides on many subjects.
Vertex42 Printable Attendance Sheets
"Need a free attendance sheet for tracking attendance at meetings, clubs, work, school, or church? We have a number of different types of attendance sheets as well as sign-in and sign-up forms."
Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Commonly known as OWL, this is a great source of help for all types of writing. Look at the Grades 7-12 section as well as the documentation guides.
Use this site to create citations for research papers. Available formats: MLA, APA,Turabian, and Chicago
MLA Updates - Downloadable
This link will take you to a website with a downloadable packet that explains how to correct cite material in research papers.
(Thank you to Mrs. Bateman for this site.)
This web site has good graphic organizers for all kinds of activites in the English classroom: "ReadWriteThink offers a collection of online Student Materials to support literacy learning in the K-12 classroom. These interactive tools can be used to supplement a variety of lessons and provide an opportunity for students to use technology while developing their literacy skills" (ReadWriteThink). The NCTE and the International Reading Association are supporting partners
(Thanks to Mrs. S. Johnson for this link.)
The National Science Digital Library
"The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
As a national network of learning environments, resources, and partnerships, NSDL seeks to serve a vital role as STEM educational cyberlearning for the nation, meeting the informational and technological needs of educators and learners at all levels. "
National Science Teachers Association
This is the web site of the professional organization. There is a specific page for high school teachers that features a list of free resources.
This is a subscription website but you can check out a few free units. The library will be subscribing to this site soon.
"This section presents the sweep of British history in chronological form, broken down into discrete time periods. Select the time period below that interests you most."
A thematic pathfinder organized by teacher-made units. Each unit has 4 resources for support.
World War -2
"The website includes an exhaustive day by day timeline, covering every event that occured during World War 2, by military theatre and in chronological order from 1939 through to 1945, which gives a fascinating insight into the most devastating war in our history."
"Who is Shmoop? Stanford, Harvard, & Berkeley Ph.D. students who want you to kick PSAT butt and take names." This subscription site offers 100s of free learning guides on various subjects.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Centenary celebration of the author hosted by the University of South Carolina.
This is a project-based collection arranged by units with 4 on-line resources for each unit. This site is useful for many areas of language arts and for other subjects.
A database of poems, songs, artists and quatations.
A useful site for students and teachers.
Absolute Shakespeare: "the essential resource for William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre. "
"Lively Learning Guides by Experts & Educators "
From the web site: "Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 2.5 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. It's the best place to play educational games, memorize vocabulary and study online."
This site is like Quizlet. Read the options below to see what you can do on this site:
"Find flashcards to study or create your own flashcards.
Study flashcards or use the other activities such as matching, crosswords, hangman, scrambled word, or bug chase.
Study flashcards anytime and anywhere by printing your flashcards or by using them with applications on your cell phone, PDA, or iPod. "
"Lively Learning Guides by Experts & Educators "