Homework Help for College Students & Teens
Need to write a research paper or study for a test? You can find all this and more online, from sources that your teachers will respect. Find full-text magazine and newspaper articles, complete short stories and poems, biographies, online encyclopedias, and more with Orem Public Library.
Practice Tests & Preparation
Learning Express Test Preparation Library is the place to go when you are preparing for any upcoming test or exam. From the SAT to AP exams, Learning Express provides practice exams and skills improvement materials. For each practice exam you complete, you'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.
History, Geography, & Current Events
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a variety of global issues, topics, and current events for people who want to know what's going on in the world today and why. There are over 190 country portals which tie together specially selected news, expert regional perspectives, video, reference, country information. This will be of use to travelers, students, and anyone who may want to stay in touch with what going on around the world.
Online Magazine Articles
TOPICsearch contains full text for over 105,000 articles from 1,622 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, magazine articles, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.
Magazines/MasterFile Find full text articles for nearly 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, full text from 86,017 biographies, 105,786 full text primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily.
MAS Ultra This is a great place to begin any high school project. MAS Ultra includes many full text articles, some dating back to 1975, and access to reference books, biographies, and huge image files. Begin your next paper here.
Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags.
ProQuest Newsstand This database indexes 1,379 national and international newspapers, including the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for 35 national & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 375 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. These include Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Greek; and English as a Second Language for Spanish speakers, Portuguese speakers, and Polish Speakers. This interactive program and allows you to save progress with your user account. The first time you use Mango, you will need to register with an email address and your library card and PIN number. After you register and login, Mango will remember where you were the last time you visited.
Biography Resource Center integrates award-winning biographies with related full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as tens of thousands of images, reference books, and links to vetted websites. Search for people---both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor---based on name, occupation, nationality, etc. You can use this online resource to find authors, pop culture icons, politicians, and many others.
Something About the Author This is the outstanding series that spotlights specific authors and illustrators creating books for young people.
Science Encyclopedia Gales’ Science Encyclopedia offers thousands of topics covering a wide range of scientific subject, and includes numerous images and charts.
World Book Infofinder offers access to full-text World Book entries and many photographs, maps, and charts. A special section on exploring Utah that provides links to applicable encyclopedia articles and information on the state, biographies of important Utahans, and information about the State’s economy and population. This online reference resource also includes an atlas and a dictionary.
World Book Reference Finder provides tools for gathering and using information, including dictionaries, current events from Reuters and PBS, Computer and Web Tutorials, Life Skills, Government Resources and more.
Shakespeare for Students Studying Shakespeare? With this e-book, you'll have access to critical interpretations of the Bard's greatest works, along with plot summaries and character profiles that help further decode these dramatic masterpieces.
Novels for Students Reading To Kill a Mockingbird or Tom Sawyer? Not sure where to start your paper or how to study for a test on the book? Novels for Students includes important historical and background information to some of the most studied titles in literature. Read essays, find overviews of themes and plots, and meet a book like never before.
Reading for Fun
NoveList Guide to Fiction & Nonfiction Love fiction? Find your home here. NoveList will help you answer the fundamental question for all readers everywhere: What should I read next? Contains lists, reviews, feature articles, and more. Search by authors, plot lines, series, reading level, etc., and find out other books you are sure to enjoy.
OverDrive Download best selling audiobooks, eBooks and videos from OverDrive 24/7 to your PC at home, in the office or from anywhere in the world. All you need is your library card to get started.
One Clickdigital E-Audiobooks Download best selling audiobooks, eBooks and videos 24/7 to your PC at home, in the office or from anywhere in the world. All you need is your library card to get started.
College Blue Book Still considered the premier guide to 2 and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada, including distance education programs, and their programs, degrees, and financial aid sources.
Health Source - Consumer Edition provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Gain access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
Career Information Center provides career information for the experienced worker, student, guidance counselor or novice job-hunter. Includes job profiles, career issues, sample application letters, resumes, and a directory of institutions offering training.
Scholarships & Loans is a guide to education related financial aid programs for students and professionals.
- New York Times Book Reviews: Perhaps the most respected book review source.
- National Public Radio's Book Site: Includes reviews, interviews, book discussions, and selected excerpts.
- IndieBound: This website brings together independent, local booksellers from around the country. The Indie Next list is a great place to read bookstore owners' favorite new titles.
- Book Page: A monthly review publication that provides free online access to each month's reviews and interviews. The Book Page goal is to "the best books for readers of all types."
- Nancy Pearl Recommends: Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust and Book Crush, and former Head Librarian for the Seattle Public Library, reviews and recommends fiction on her excellent website.
- Kidsreads: This website, recommended by the American Library Association, includes reviews, best of lists, and even book group discussion kits for children. A good all around resource for parents and kids.
- The Internet Movie Database: IMDb is the largest database of movie information. Includes cast lists, user reviews, and purchasing information.
- Rotten Tomatoes: This website rates movies based on an average of critic's reviews. A good place to get an overview of a film's critical reception.
- MRQE: The Movie Review Query Engine literally lists links to movie reviews, and, where available, an overall rating. A great place to access many reviews on films, including classics.
- DVD Review: As more and more films are released on DVD and Blu-Ray with various special features and extended or deleted scenes, it is helpful to read reviews of each edition and new release to choose the best. Also a good place to learn when your favorite movie is due out.
- Roger Ebert: The only movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, Ebert is one of the longest-running and most respected film critics currently writing in America. Read his newest reviews, classic reviews, and be sure to read some of his "Great Movies" reviews.
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops Movie Reviews: This resource is a good place for parents attempting to determine the suitability for a film or television program for their family. Reviews include a summary, some comments on performance, and an overall rating as conferred by the conference.
- Christian Spotlight on Entertainment: Another resource for people interested in evaluating movie content with an eye to family appropriateness. Ratings include both notes about any issues of morality and possible objective content, and a review of each film's quality and artistic value.
- All Music: The premier music review site. Search by album, artist, or song to read reviews, find other music you may like, or to learn more about the genre.
- National Public Radio's Music Site: Includes reviews, songs, interviews, and more.
- MetaCritic for Music: Like Rotten Tomatoes does for film, Meta Critic brings together many reviews of a new album or artist to for an average of critical responses. A good place to find and link to a number of reviewers.
- Zooglobble: A great resource for parents interested in finding good music for their children (that won't drive them crazy, either). Reviewer Stefan Shepherd's reviews of children's music has been featured on NPR and in Wired and Real Simple magazines.
- NPR's Book Tour: Each week, this podcast from National Public Radio includes contemporary authors of fiction and nonfiction discussing and reading from new books.
- NPR's Book Podcast: This bi-weekly podcast pulls from many National Public Radio shows to present a collection of author interviews, reviews, and other literary news. Episodes are released every Monday and Thursday.
- The New York Times Book Review Podcast: NY Times Book Review Editor Sam Tanenhaus speaks with editors, critics, and authors about new books.
- The Library of Congress presents the National Book Festival: Listen to authors like Geraldine Brooks (author of March and People of the Book) or filmmaker Ken Burns discuss books and reading. This podcast collection includes both the 2007 and 2008 Book Festivals.
- Just One More Book: This podcast about "the children's books we love and why we love them..." comes out three times each week, and includes interviews with children's authors and illustrators, along with reviews of new books. A charming and informative broadcast.
- Storyline Online: Members of the Screen Actors Guild read entire children's books for free on this charming videocast, featuring illustrations from each book. Readers include actors like Lou Diamond Phillips, Elijah Wood, and many more. Storyline is entirely free and available to anyone with an Internet connection.
- Library of Congress Webcasts: From time to time, the Library of Congress hosts authors, educators, and other experts as they discuss their work or area of expertise. From a discussion of the Declaration of Independence to Langston Hughes' poetry, these webcasts include both video and audio, and are a real national treasure!
- C-SPAN Podcasts: Listen to "After Words", where nonfiction authors discuss their newest titles. Visit The American Political Archive and listen to recordings from America's past (for example, excerpts from Lyndon Johnson's presidential recordings). Or just browse any of the other political and literary podcasts made available by C-SPAN.
These author interviews were conducted by Orem Public Library staff. Please enjoy!
- Amy White
- Justin Wheatley
- J. Quin Monson
- Mette Ivie Harrison
- Brandon Mull
- Katharine Coles
- Sarah Eden
- Julie Olson
- Carol Lynch Williams
- Lisa Mangum
- James Goldberg
- Nathan Hale
- Josi Kilpack
- Rick Walton
- Jess Smart Smiley
- Chris Crowe
- Bryce Moore
- Dan Wells
- Jessica Day George
- Brian Doyle
- Dr. Susan Rugh
- Jennifer Holm
- James Dashner
- Ally Condie
- George Handley
- Jed Henry