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Alabama's Free Live Online Homework Help Service: HomeworkAlabama.org. This service offers free homework help from subject specialists in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English. Grades 4-12 and College Intro. HomeworkAlabama also provides resume writing help and more for adults. HomeworkAlabama.org is provided free of charge to all residents of Alabama by APLS (the State Library of Alabama) and your local Public Library with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Available Sunday - Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Requires a JCLC card.
Tutorials
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Description
Skill-building and test preparation materials for standardized tests. Interactive practice exams based on official exams. Scoring and analysis of practice test responses. Basic skills, college preparatory, civil service, GED, and some specific careers.
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Requires a JCLC card.
Tutorials
Video Tutorial - ASVAB Test  Video tutorial by BPL on YouTube focusing on the ASVAB examination (length 9:23)
Video Tutorial - General Tutorial  Video tutorial by BPL (length 8:02 )
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The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama’s history, culture, geography, and natural environment. It was developed through a partnership of the Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University.
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Publicly Available.
Databases for Students
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Watch, Read, Learn!

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

See the minimum requirements to use BookFlix.

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Requires a JCLC card and residence in Birmingham, AL.
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This classroom-tested online resource is designed specifically for young learners. Students can choose to Play, Explore, Read, or Draw. Your students will find engaging and developmentally-appropriate activities including an interactive atlas, learning games, engaging audio and video, and effective vocabulary builders. The Britannica Learning Zone teaches concepts such as geography, time, shapes, numbers, and reinforces relevant vocabulary, all in a fun and safe online environment. There is also an area where students can demonstrate their creativity and practice what they've learned.
Availability
Requires a JCLC card.
Description
Britannica Online School Edition offers teachers and students access to three complete encyclopedias, the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia that ensure consistency with classroom-topics and age-appropriate language. Teacher and student tools are also included such as video, media, journals, magazines, interactive activity guides, lesson plans, an Internet guide and downloadable student activities. The School Edition has 118,000 articles, 22,000 images, 2,000 video clips, 24,000 biographies and detailed maps of 196 countries. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus and Spotlight features are also a part of this resource.
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Requires a JCLC card.
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The complete text of EBSCO's Encyclopedia of Animals available in a searchable database, including general informational articles, taxonomic classifications, and photographs of thousands of animal species. Available through Kid's Search.
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Requires a JCLC card.
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Alabama's Free Live Online Homework Help Service: HomeworkAlabama.org. This service offers free homework help from subject specialists in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English. Grades 4-12 and College Intro. HomeworkAlabama also provides resume writing help and more for adults. HomeworkAlabama.org is provided free of charge to all residents of Alabama by APLS (the State Library of Alabama) and your local Public Library with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Available Sunday - Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Availability
Requires a JCLC card.
Tutorials
Description
Magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text). Information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, etc. High school.
Availability
Requires a JCLC card.
Tutorials
Sample Searches  HTML document
Description
Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Availability
Requires a JCLC card.
Tutorials
Fact Sheet  PDF document
Sample Searches  HTML document
Description
Offers young students an easy-to-use and graphically appealing search experience. The Basic Search screen highlights topics such as art, geography, math, science, and social studies, and includes the ability to search for images and videos from the toolbar.
Availability
Requires a JCLC card.
Description
Readthebooks.com covers K-8 grades. It contains reading lists for the Birmingham-area schools. You can find books to read by topic or reading level. The majority of the books are Acclerated Reader (AR) books.
Availability
Publicly Available.
Tutorials
Video Tutorial  Video tutorial by BPL on YouTube (length 6:50)
Description
School topics and current events from articles and graphics from more than 1,400 U.S. and international magazines, newspapers and U.S. government documents. Research ideas, activities, biographies, photo essays, country facts, almanac, dictionary, thesaurus, and current events. Middle and elementary school.
Availability
Requires a JCLC card.
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