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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students.

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Biography In Context

Virtually every course of study – from history to science to literature – is ultimately tied to the study of people.

The challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of history’s notables can educate and inspire. Biography in Context brings students face-to-face with their subjects.

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Biography Reference Center

Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.

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Duolingo

Duolingo is a free website and mobile app you can use to learn commonly-spoken languages, including ESL (English as a Second Language), in a game-like setting.

Challenge yourself to devote as little as five minutes a day learning your language, and earn badges for completing skill sets.

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Explora for Middle Schools

Explora is EBSCO's new research interface for schools and public libraries. Middle Schools edition is a student interface designed for use in grades 6 through 8 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

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Explora for Primary Schools

Explora is EBSCO's new research interface for schools and public libraries. Primary Schools edition is a student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

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History Reference Center

History Reference Center is an excellent source for both American and world history that you can access in school or at home from the library.

Content includes hundreds of thousands of entries, including full-text records, primary source documents, biographies of historical figures, multimedia images and video, plus much more.

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Indiana Memory (Indiana State Library)

Visit the state’s collection of original source documents, provided by libraries, colleges and community organizations around Indiana, and learn first-hand about what makes Indiana the state that it is today.

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JCPL Academy - Niche Academy

With the new JCPL Academy, powered by Niche Academy, you will find ready-to-use online tutorials for e-resources such as Overdrive, Goodreads, Learning Express Library, Rosetta Stone, Ancestry and more.

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JCPL Regional News Guide

This Jasper County Public Library-curated resource contains links to newspapers, blogs, radio and television stations that cover Jasper County news, as well as news links for Indiana and the world.
Find original source news articles for papers and research projects with a local focus.

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KHAN Academy

Tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more with video lessons. Math lessons guide learners from kindergarten to calculus. Also check out partner sites such as NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT for specialized content.

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Learning Express Library

Start with the School Center and build and practice skills for logic, reading comprehension and math starting at 4th grade through high school. Switch to the College Preparation Center for test practice for Advanced Placement classes, as well as SAT, ACT, and more. The High School Equivalency Center will also help with GED, HiSET and TASC preparation.

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Literary Reference Center

This full-text database provides a broad spectrum of research information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

Literary Reference Center Plus contains more than 36,000 plot summaries, plus thousands of book reviews, synopses and work overviews, literary criticism essays, and author biographies and interviews.

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Opposing Viewpoints

Fully-cited material for school and college-level thesis papers and other research projects on hundreds of current topics. Get the latest views on current events and hot button topics from newspapers, magazines and reputable published sources.

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Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, Points of View Reference Center provides rich content that can help students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

The database covers 380 topics, with articles that provide:
• Overview (objective background/description)

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Read the Books - AR Lists

Many of the school districts in the library’s service area offer the Accelerated Reader program. Students earn points at school by reading from a list of pre-selected books, and then taking tests about the books.

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Science in Context

Science In Context draws students into the subject matter by integrating pure information with today’s headlines and videos — showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.

Curriculum-aligned Reference Content includes:

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Science Reference Center

Designed specifically for junior and senior high schools, Science Reference Center is an excellent source of reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more.

The resource can be accessed through the dedicated Science Reference Center interface or Explora, which includes all of our library’s EBSCO databases.

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Testing and Educational Resource Center

TERC continues to be a reliable test prep, college readiness, and career development resource available for students and job seekers alike. Click More information link for video tutorials and more.

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What tree is that?

Identify U.S. trees based on leaves, fruits and tree names in this helpful database created in Ohio and later gifted to the Arbor Day foundation. Handy on field trips or for class projects involving tree identification.

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World Book Info Finder

World Book Online Info Finder is the optimal resource for patrons in elementary and middle school coming to the library for help with their homework and research projects. World Book Online Info Finder includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

Videos, tutorials and more

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