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Reference
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.

http://www.avl.lib.al.us/

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.

http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/virtualref.html

Free Thesaurus
Use this tool for synonyms, antonyms and definitions.
http://freethesaurus.net/

Library Media Handbook
This handbook contains all the library policies established by the MCPSS.
http://www.mcpss.com/Download.asp?L=2&LMID=81064&PN=DocumentUploads&DivisionID=2141&DepartmentID=1993&SubDepartmentID=&SubP=Documents&Act=Download&T=1&I=83516

Occupational Outlook Handbook

This is a great site for finding information about different careers.  The following description comes from the site:

"For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you:

  • the training and education needed
  • earnings
  • expected job prospects
  • what workers do on the job
  • working conditions

In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more. You can also view frequently asked questions about the Handbook."


http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm

Internet Public Library

This is an easy-to-use site where one can find reliable information. 

http://www.ipl.org/

Professional
Schrock Guide
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!

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/

Teacher Vision
A subscription site but there are some "freebies."
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/

Scholastic Book Wizard
A source for finding the right books for your students.  It also features a link to TeacherShare.
http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/homePage.do

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder
Use this to find books with your students' reading ranges.  This site is for teachers, parents, and students.
http://www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx

Shmoop

"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.

http://www.shmoop.com/

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."

http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/attendance-sheets.html

Writing Help
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.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Citation Machine
Use this site to create citations for research papers.  Available formats: MLA, APA,Turabian, and Chicago
http://citationmachine.net/

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.)

http://www.dianahacker.com/pdf/Hacker-MLAupdates.pdf

ReadWriteThink

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.)

http://readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.asp

Harper College Online Writing Lab
This is another resource for grammar and style information.
http://www.harpercollege.edu/writ_ctr/howl_pg1.htm

Science
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. "

http://nsdl.org/

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.
http://www.nsta.org/

History
Active History
This is a subscription website but you can check out a few free units.  The library will be subscribing to this site soon.
http://www.activehistory.co.uk/

British History
"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."
http://www.britannia.com/history/timelines.html

42explore
A thematic pathfinder organized by teacher-made units.  Each unit has 4 resources for support.
http://42explore.com/42exploress.htm

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."
http://www.worldwar-2.net/index.htm

Shmoop
"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.
http://www.shmoop.com/

Math
Shmoop -Pre-Algebra
"Lively Learning Guides by Experts & Educators " 
http://www.shmoop.com/

Literature
Life in Elizabethan England

A comprehensive guide to all things Elizabethan.

http://elizabethan.org/compendium/home.html

F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Centenary celebration of the author hosted by the University of South Carolina.
http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/

42Explore
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.
http://42explore.com/42exploreenglish.htm

PoemHunter.com
A database of poems, songs, artists and quatations.
http://www.poemhunter.com/

Poets.org
A useful site  for students and teachers.
http://www.poets.org/

Absolute Shakespeare

Absolute Shakespeare: "the essential resource for William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre. "

http://absoluteshakespeare.com/index.htm

Shmoop
"Lively Learning Guides by Experts & Educators "
http://www.shmoop.com/

Study Help
Quizlet
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."
http://quizlet.com/

Study Stack

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. "

http://www.studystack.com/

Shmoop
"Lively Learning Guides by Experts & Educators "
http://www.shmoop.com/