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.
Careers and Colleges
Learning Express Library – Contains practice tests (GED, SAT, GRE and more), computer software tutorials and job search tools.
Vocations and Careers – This collection 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
- OnlineCollege.org – online degree guides and more
- Online Colleges & Universities in Oregon – complete list of accredited online schools
- The Riley Guide – A central site for career research
- State of Oregon – Student Assistance
InfoTrac Student Edition – provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.
Research in Context – created specifically for middle school researchers, bringing together authoritative content in a variety of formats on one modern, student-friendly, and mobile-responsive interface.
Student Resources in Context – offers cross-curricular content aligned to Common Core State Standards, and presents that material in the way most useful for students. This unique portal provides stellar support for papers, projects, and presentations that reinforce development of skills like critical thinking and problem solving; communication; collaboration; creativity; and innovation.
Homework Hint: Need a magazine or journal article for your research? Use one of the InfoTrac databases above to find one.
Albany WorldCat – Find books and articles in libraries around the world.
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. This premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. Includes non-fiction and audiobooks.
duoLingo – The world’s most popular way to learn a language. It’s 100% free, fun and science-based. Practice online on duolingo.com or on the apps!
Academic OneFile – is the premier source of peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive.
General OneFile – is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.
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 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 and Movies
Fine Arts and Music – provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. The database emphasizes full-text content for publications included in the Wilson Art Index and RILM bibliography.
Resources for Readers
Library2Go Provides access to downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks for a wide range of devices.
Novelist Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. Includes non-fiction and audiobooks.
Accelerated Reader (AR) website from Renaissance Learning helps to find the reading levels and points of your favorite titles. Or use the advanced search feature to browse titles at your interest and reading level, then search the library catalog to see if we have the title.
Lexile® Framework for Reading -useful for Common Core curricula, can provide educators with actionable information about a student’s reading ability. Lexile measures enable educators to match the student with books, articles and other reading resources that will provide the right level of challenge for that student’s ability and goals.
OSLIS-Oregon School Library Information System provides access to awesome research tools, help with MLA citations, and test prep material.
Science and Health
Health and Wellness Resource Center Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos, and articles from 2,200 general interest publications.
Opposing Viewpoints – Provides overviews, pro/con essays, articles from reference books, newspapers, and magazines, and links to websites, podcasts and videos on over 5,000 current social issues.
US History in Context – Provides a complete overview of our nation’s past that covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people. Comprehensive, contextual, media-rich information is provided on a wide range of topics.