Homework Help

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.

Science

The Science Reference Center helps you find reliable information on thousands of science-related research topics, allowing you to search for books, magazine articles, essays, biographies, videos, science animation, and more.

The Learning Express Library includes resources in the School Center to help high school students improve their understanding of scientific concepts.

Tutor.com offers tutoring services to help K-12 students master various scientific concepts.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Science offers thousands of topics covering a wide range of scientific subject, and includes numerous images and charts.

Mathematics

The Learning Express Library includes resources in the School Center to help students from elementary to high school improve their mathematical skills.

Tutor.com offers a math homework drop-off service, short skills/review videos, and practice exams to help students master mathematical concepts.

History & Social Studies

The History Reference Center covers both U.S. and world history topics, featuring full-text entries from historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

The Biography Reference 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.

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

The Learning Express Library includes resources in the School Center to help middle and high school students improve their understanding of social studies topics.

Tutor.com offers tutoring services to help K-12 students master various social studies concepts.

Orem History contains the following publications about the history and historical sites of Orem: Sagebrush to steel: an Orem centennial history 1861-1961; It happened in Orem: A bicentennial history of Orem, Utah; Orem: historic homes and sites of interest; Early Orem homesteader’s profiles 1870-1900; City of Orem: a centennial benchmark;  Tour of Historic Sites in the City of Orem.

Literature & Language Arts

The Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and timeframes. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems.

The Poetry & Short Story Reference Center is a rich full-text database of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, plus thousands of short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets and other sources.

Novels for Students includes important historical and background information to some of the most studied titles in literature. 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? Read essays, find overviews of themes and plots, and meet a book like never before.

Shakespeare for Students gives students access to critical interpretations of the Bard’s greatest works, along with plot summaries and character profiles that help further decode these dramatic masterpieces.

Something About the Author This is the outstanding series that spotlights specific authors and illustrators creating books for young people.

NoveList Guide to Fiction and Nonfiction 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.

The Learning Express Library includes resources in the School Center to help students from elementary to high school improve their English language arts skills.

Tutor.com offers a paper review service, short skills/review videos, and practice exams to help students master English language arts concepts.

Foreign Languages

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. After you register and login, Mango will remember where you left off the last time you visited.

Tutor.com offers tutoring services to help K-12 students master various world languages.

Digital magazines from RBdigital The library’s current digital magazine subscription includes publications in 18 different languages.

Research

Explora for Secondary School is a one stop help on a variety of topics for students 7-12 grade. Topics include Art & Media, English and Language Arts, Business, Careers, Current Issues, Health, History, Math, Science, Social Studies, Sports, and Technology. These are covered in a variety of formats from Magazines to Radio and TV News Transcripts.

Explora for Primary School provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas, including many images and charts.

Academic Search is an excellent place to begin your next research paper. This database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals covering many topics, and includes full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. Some journals are available in full-text as early as 1975.

MAS Complete 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.

Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator, and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

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.

MasterFILE allows students to find full text articles from 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 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.

ProQuest Newsstand 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.

Utah Newspapers is an index of ALL of Utah’s newspaper archives from 2004 to now. Each newspaper provides fully-searchable PDFs of the complete newspapers, which lets you see both photos and headlines. There is a two week delay.

Test Prep

Learning Express Library is the place to go when you are preparing for any upcoming test or exam. From the ACT 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.

Tutor.com offers students test prep materials from The Princeton Review for the SAT and ACT exams, as well as help with several AP exams.

Driver Education Test Prep practice tests based on Utah State DMV materials. The site includes accessibility tools that allow users to employ various learning styles in several languages.

Tutoring & More!

Tutor.com provides free one-to-one tutoring, homework help, and professional development sessions for Orem Public Library card holders.

Universal Class  is a continuing education program with over 500 courses in topics ranging from entrepreneurship to hobbies and crafts.

Creativebug  offers unlimited access to thousands of online art & craft video classes.


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