- Learning Express Library – database with resume help, SAT & GED test prep, and much more!
- Vocations and Careers – provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.
- College Board -A guide created by the US government
- College Navigator
- Computer skills for college students – info and links
- Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA)
- HowToBecome.org – rich resource of practical info when considering a career field
- Internet Public Library – School & College Student
- OnlineCollege.org – online degree guides and more
- Online Colleges & Universities in OR – complete list of accredited online schools
- The Riley Guide – A central site for career research
- State of Oregon – Student Assistance
Essay and other contests
- JFK Foundation
- “Letters About Literature Contest”
- Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Award – (scroll down to “Award 6”), this prize is awarded for the best unpublished poem by a student in grades 9 through 12 from the United States, $5 entry fee
- Discovering Collection – Assists students to get the “whole
picture” on any curriculum topic.
- InfoTrac Junior Edition – Now with over 330 titles, this periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school.
- InfoTrac Student Edition – With over 1100 titles, this periodical database is designed for high-school students; includes access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books.
Homework Hint: Need a magazine or journal article for your research? Use one of the InfoTrac databases above to find one.
Junior Reference Collection – online reference for homework and research; designed for middle school and junior high students
Student Resources in Context – The ultimate in homework help; includes selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts.
- BJ Pinchbeck’s help with homework
- My Virtual Reference Desk
- Information Please Almanac
- Purdue OWL – Online Writing Lab with resources and instructions for academic writing
- Albany WorldCat – Find books and articles in libraries around the world with a local interface.
- Literary Index – Index to authors and their writings; good resource for obscure authors.
- NoveList Plus – Your guide to what to read and what to read next. If you like to read, read this.
- Pronunciator – Want extra practice with your Spanish or French? Use this database to have fun learning a language. Supports 75 languages.
For more about books and reading, please visit the Young Adult Books page.
- Academic OneFile – Peer reviewed database to academic type journals.
- General OneFile – Database of popular periodicals – a good starting point for homework and research.
- Popular Magazines – Features full-text coverage of 1,000 of the most searched magazines.
Magazine Hint: You can read Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Ride BMX, Game Developer and literally hundreds of other magazines online in the above databases. Use Popular Magazines and General OneFile for fun stuff and Academic OneFile for school research.
Music & Movies
- Fine Arts and Music – Periodical database with emphasis on the arts.
Science and health
- Health and Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module – information to help you make informed decisions about your health.
- Opposing Viewpoints – Pro and Con viewpoints on current social issues
- US History in Context – Comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results
Homework Hint: Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask a librarian! When the library’s open come to a Reference Desk, call us at 541-917-7580, or email us at AskAlbany@cityofalbany.net.