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Study Skills

Study Skills Suggestions to help you develop better listening, reading, note-taking, writing, and independent study skills.

Study Tips Tips on note-taking, test-taking, organizing, studying for tests and more.

Test Taking Tips, tools and checklists to help make test taking easier. From Western Washington University.

Evaluating Websites From Multnomah County Library

Library Materials on Study Skills

 

Great Resources

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Use cardStudent Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine, journal and newspaper articles and primary source documents, historical timelines, biographies, and classroom topics. Search Tips (PDF)
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Use cardCQ Researcher In-depth analysis of topics in the news ranging from social and teen issues to environment, health, education, science and technology. Features comments from experts, lawmakers and citizens on all sides of the issues.

Use cardGale Virtual Reference Library Reference books online. Great for school work.

Use cardMAS Ultra for High School Research Full-text magazines, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. 
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Use cardMasterFile Premier Covers a wide scope of general interest topics with full-text for general reference publications dating as far back as 1975, reference books, full-text biographies, primary source documents and a collection of photos, maps and flags.
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Use cardMiddle Search Plus for Middle School Research Full-text magazines, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. 
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Denver Public Schools Homework Help Homework resources from Denver Public Schools.

Internet Public Library Reference center, searching tools, subject and special collections.

Multnomah County Library Homework Center Homework topics with links.

Colorado Virtual Library Find homework help all over Colorado.

Khan Academy A library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, history and 317 practice exercises to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. They also have free SAT prep!

Crash Course YouTube Channel Six awesome courses in one awesome channel: John Green teaches you U.S. History and Hank Green teaches you Chemistry. Check out the playlists for past courses in World History, Biology, Literature, and Ecology.

Wolfram|Alpha  More than a search engine. It gives you access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics.

The Denver Public Library has several resources available including reference and circulating books, newspapers, government documents, the Western History collection, and the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library archives. Please call or visit your local branch for more information on using our resources.

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The Arts: Art, Drama & Music Resources

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Art

Artcyclopedia Browse by artist, artwork, museums or movements.

Art History Resources on the Web The history of art organized by date and region.

ArtLex Art Dictionary.

Origins of American Animation From the Library of Congress.

Smarthistory A free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook.

 

Drama and Theater

Teen Monologues From Stage Agent.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia Explore music, theater and dance at the Library of Congress.

Acting and Monologues Acting tips, monologues, improvisation exercises, and study guides for dramatic literature.

HS Tech Stage design and technology.

Theatre History on the Web Access to useful research sites throughout the world.

 

Music

Use cardContemporary World Music Sounds of all regions from every continent.

Use cardAmerican Song Songs by and about American Indians, slaves, cowboys and more. Now includes the African American Song collection.

Use cardClassical Music Library Listen to classical music online!

Use cardJazz Music Library Thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.

Use cardMusic Online Combined search of Contemporary World Music, American Song, Classical Music Library and Jazz Music Library streaming music collections.

Use cardSmithsonian Global Sound Listen to traditional folk, blues, jazz and spoken word recordings online.

Music Theory Lessons, exercises and tools.

Music History 102 a Guide to Western Composers and their Music from the Middle Ages to the Present.

Teoria Music theory tutorials, exercises and articles.

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Biography Resources

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Use cardBiography and Genealogy Master Index Index to biographical information on people by time period, geographical location, and field of endeavor. Fact Sheet (PDF)
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Biography.com Search over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.

Infoplease Biographies Search more than 30,000 biographies in almanacs, a dictionary, and an encyclopedia.

Coloradan Biographies From the Colorado State Archives. Contains biographical sketches of a few famous historical Coloradans.

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Contemporary and historical inductees with a few biographical sketches.

Notable Coloradans Writers, entertainers, athletes, and more.

Biography Book List Out of the ordinary biographies.

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Bibliography/Citation Styles

How to Cite an Internet Source

Easybib.com Enter the information you know about your source, and with a couple clicks, your bibliography will be in the correct format, alphabetized, indented, and labeled.

BibMe The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. Learn the citation rules with their Citation Guide.

Internet Resources on Citing Information on why citation is important, when citation should be used, citation styles, and many citation resources.

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Colorado Resources

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Use cardDenver Post Search the full-text of the Denver Post from 1989 to present.

Use cardDenver Rocky Mountain News Search the full-text of the Denver Rocky Mountain News from 1989 to 2009.

The City and County of Denver Learn about Denver's past and present at the official site of the City and County of Denver.  

Colorado Profiles Get the numbers on Colorado from the U.S. Census.

Quick Guide to Colorado State Government Statistical Information

Colorado State Archives, Symbols & Emblems The official state list of Colorado symbols, emblems, flags and their meanings.

School Research Topics Notable Internet Resources from Colorado State Government.

Colorado Government Includes elected officials, state agencies and more.

Denver Public Library Digital Collections Find some great old pictures of Denver and Colorado from the collections of the Western History/Genealogy Department for your report.

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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Use cardOxford Dictionaries Find the meaning of a word, its origin, and how you might use it most effectively.

Use cardOxford English Dictionary A guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of English words, both present and past.

Use cardFunk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia Over 25,000 encyclopedia entries covering a variety of subject areas.
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Bartleby.com Past editions of online encyclopedias and dictionaries. Can search quotations and a thesaurus.

InfoPlease Retrieve information from almanacs, an atlas, a dictionary and an encyclopedia.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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En español

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Use cardLearningExpressLibrary Recursos para hispanohablantes para mejorar las habilidaded de lectura, escritura y matemáticas, prepararse para el examen de equivalencia de la preparatoria (GED).

Catálogo de la Biblioteca Pública de Denver Haz tu búsqueda en la amplia colección de la Biblioteca Pública de Denver, la cual incluye libros, DVDs, discos compactos, y mucho más. Se pueden reservar los artículos por Internet.

LANIC La misión de LANIC es facilitar el acceso a todo tipo de información basada en Internet relacionada con Latinoamérica.

Use cardWorldCat Catálogo combinado de miles de bibliotecas alrededor del mundo. Contiene millones de descripciones de libros y otros materiales que se pueden pedir prestados.

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Language Arts: Literature & Writing Resources

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Literature

Use cardLiterature Resource Center If you're doing a book report and need some ideas, this is a great place to start. Here you can find critical essays and articles on authors. Find biographies and critical essays on the world's writers from all eras and genres.
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Use cardLiterary Criticism eBooks Download an eBook to your computer or smartphone. Includes CliffsNotes.  Free software required.

Use cardStudent Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine and journal articles, newspaper articles and primary source documents, historical timelines, biographies, and classroom topics. Great for homework. Search Tips (PDF)
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Use cardNoveList Find new fiction titles to read. Search by favorite author, title or series and find similar titles, reviews and reading group guides.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: Literature John Green teaches you literature!

Google Book Search Download full copies of out-of-copyright books like Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Hamlet and more.

Glossary of Poetry Terms

Poetry 180 A Poem a Day for American High School Students.

Sparknotes Created by a group of students at Harvard University, this site has study guides, reference tools, and classic books online - all free!

CliffsNotes: Literature Includes over 200 free “Literature Notes.”

 

Writing

Research and Writing A step-by-step guide from the Internet Public Library.

Writing Skills Tips on writing essays, book reports and research papers.

Purdue Online Writing Lab Resources for the writing process, grammar, punctuation and more.

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Math Resources

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Use cardDownloadable Math eBooks

Ask Dr. Math Good explanations from tutors at the Math Forum @ Drexel University.

Math Archives Web resources on a variety of math topics.

People's Math! Pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Word Problem lessons and free tutors online.

Rader’s NUMBERNUT Math basics explained in simple terms with great graphics.

SparkNotes Math Study Guides Covers everything from Prealgebra to Calculus.

Brightstorm Math Videos Short, to-the-point math videos.

Khan Academy Videos on algebra, geometry, calculus and more.

Cool Math Lessons, practice, games and more.

Introduction to Algebra

Geometry Homework Help

Metric Conversions

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Science & Health Resources

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Use cardGale Virtual Reference Library Full-text science, medicine & health books online.

Use cardStudent Resources in Context Articles and resources on tons of science topics. Search Tips (PDF)
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Use cardGeneral Science Articles Magazines and journals focused on science.
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Use cardScience Reference Center Full text articles from science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals.
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Use cardGreenFILE All aspects of human impact on the environment including global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. 
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Use cardHealth & Wellness Resource Center Information on health, medicine, and wellness. The material is intended for informational purposes only. 
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Use cardConsumer Health Complete Convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

 

Life Science

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit Virtual online frog dissection.

SparkNotes Biology Study Guides Cells, plants, evolution and more.

The Visible Human Project Over 18,000 digitized sections of the human body.

The Biology Project An interactive online resource for learning.

Genetics Dictionary Talking glossary of genetic terms.

Animal Diversity An online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification and conservation biology.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: Biology Hank Green teaches you biology!

Khan Academy: Biology Videos on biology topics.

 

Earth Science

Encyclopedia of Life Global access to knowledge about life on Earth.

Biomes of the World Information on the world’s major communities, classified according to the predominant vegetation and the adaptation of organisms.

This Dynamic Earth The story of Plate Tectonics.

Earth Systems Plate tectonics, biomes, the earth's sphere, rock and water cycles and more.

Geology.com News and information about geology and earth science.

Planet Diary Highlights natural phenomena and current events from around the world.

Overview of the Solar System Our solar system and beyond from NASA.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: Ecology Hank Green teaches you ecology!

Khan Academy: Cosmology and Astronomy Videos attempting to grasp a little bit about our Universe.

 

Physical Science

Periodic Table of Elements Information, images, videos and more.

General Chemistry Online Glossary, tutorials and chemistry exam survival kit.

World Physics Easy to understand topics in all areas of physics.

The Physics Classroom Physics concepts explained with quizzes to test your understanding.

SparkNotes Guides on Chemistry and Physics.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: Chemistry Hank Green teaches you Chemistry!

Khan Academy Videos on Chemisty and Physics.

 

Health

BAM! Body and Mind  BAM! will tell you all you need to know about all the stuff that matters – nutrition, diseases, your body and life challenges.

Diseases and Conditions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medline Plus Trusted information with tutorials, illustrated encyclopedia and the latest health news.

Khan Academy: Health Videos about medicine and the healthcare system.

 

Science Fair Projects

Science Fair Central Ideas for your project and presentation from Discovery Education.

Science Buddies Free science fair projects, ideas, answers and tools.

Sciencehound Science Fair Projects Browse hundreds of projects with complete instructions.

Science Fair Project Ideas Browse ideas from Education.com.

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Social Studies: Geography, Government & History Resources

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Geography and Cultures

Use cardCultureGrams Information about countries and states. Find recipes by country, printable flags and maps, audios of national anthems and more.  

Use cardPoints of View Controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by supporting articles.

Use cardStudent Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine, journal and newspaper articles, and primary source documents. Search Tips (PDF)
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Background Notes Brief articles from the U.S. Dept. of State, which include current information on all the countries and territories of the world.

CIA World Fact Book Facts, figures, history, flags, geography and politics of the countries of the world.

Information Please Information on the United States & countries. Includes almanacs, atlases, and longer articles.

National Geographic Access pictures, video and music of people and places around the globe.

Atlapedia Full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

Flags of the 50 States State flag images, history and law.

A Guide to American Flags Color pictures of historic U.S. flags and state flags.  

 

Government

Use cardCongressional Publications Track bills or find information on members of Congress.

Government 101 Learn how a bill becomes a law, what the President's and Congress' roles are, election process, and more.

Background Notes Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations on countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Khan Academy: American Civics Videos about how government works in the United States.

CIA Factbook Demographics, government and maps of foreign countries.

USA.gov Government made easy.

Colorado Government Includes elected officials, state agencies and more.

City and County of Denver Government and Legislation Find out how Denver's city government is organized and structured.

U.S. Census Demographic, economic and geographic statistics for states, counties, and places.

Browse Government Documents in our catalog

 

History

National History Day Project Pathfinders Guides to help you get started!

Use cardStudent Resources in Context Reference essays, magazine, journal and newspaper articles, and primary source documents. Search Tips (PDF)
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Use cardNew York Times Historical Backfile on ProQuest Contains full-text and images in PDF format of the New York Times from 1851 to three years before current year.

Use cardGale Virtual Reference Library Reference books online.

Use cardAmerica: History and Life Index to historical coverage of the United States and Canada from pre-history to the present. 
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Use cardHistory Reference Center Research full-text articles, historical documents, biographies, maps and photos. Great for students of history.
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American Memory A gateway to primary source materials housed in the Library of Congress.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Focuses on the history, literature, art, music, religion, and politics of African Americans in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: U.S. History John Green teaches you the history of the United States of America.

Crash Course YouTube Channel: World History John Green teaches you the history of the world.

Khan Academy: History Videos about the history of the world.

Library of Congress Resources relating to history including newspapers, maps, sound recordings and more.

The History Net United States and world history through eyewitness accounts, interviews, photographs, and more.

United States History By Era, Region or Topic.

Western History Collection at The Denver Public Library An amazing collection of manuscripts, photographs, maps, art, newspapers and more.

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Current Events & News

Use cardAmerica's Newspapers Full-text of the Denver Post, the Denver Rocky Mountain News and hundreds of newspapers nationwide.

Use cardTOPIC Search Explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms.
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Use cardCQ Researcher In-depth analysis of topics in the news ranging from social and teen issues to environment, health, education, science and technology. Covers all sides of the issues. Great for school assignments.

Use cardPoints of View Controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by supporting articles.

Use cardGreenFILE All aspects of human impact on the environment including global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
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Google News To the minute news updates from over 4,500 sources around the world. Trace the history of a developing issue by clicking on "sort by date" on the advanced search page.

CNN Updated 24/7, get news from one of the world's leaders in online news and information.

Social Issues This is an excellent site of current social issues from multiple perspectives.

PBS News Hour Extra News for students.

Channel One News stories, hot issues and student opinions.

TED Talks Ideas Worth Spreading. Speakers come from a wide variety of communities and disciplines – people you know, like Hilllary Clinton and Bill Gates, but also people you might not know yet, each with an important, vital idea to share.

The Denver Public Library has several newspapers and magazines on this topic. Check your local branch for available resources.

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Technology Resources

Create video, music, games & art in the ideaLAB at the Central Library.

Check out the Computer Class Calendar from our Community Technology Center in the Central Library.

 

Cool Tools

Some tools require creating an account and downloading programs and may not be accessable within the library.

Gimp Image manipulation program.

Scratch Create and share your own interactive stories, games, music and art.

Google Sketchup 3D modeling for everyone.

Dropbox A free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.  

Posterous Spaces  The easiest way to share safely online. Publish to multiple Spaces on the web, by email, or by using our iPhone or Android apps.

Dot Diva Start creating games, animations, graphic design, music videos, and other amazing things right now, using easy-to-learn computer programming and technology tools.

30+ Free Online Multimedia (Photo, Audio, Video) Editors Here's a great list of video, audio and photo editing tools.

Photoshop Express Tools Edit your photos online.

Audacity A free sound editor.

Quibblo A free survey, poll and quiz site that you can embed in your site, blog or Facebook page.

Glogster Poster yourself - Make your interactive poster easily and share it with friends. Mix Images, Text, Music and Video.

Linux Multimedia Studio (LMMS) A free cross-platform which allows you to produce music with your computer.

Hackasaurus Mash up and change any web page like magic.

 

General Computer Science

Whatis.com Encyclopedia of computer terms.

Trainingtools.com Learn how to use all kinds of computer software.

Girl Geeks The source for women in computing.

MacWorld All there is to know about Macs.

PCWorld PCs galore.

Khan Academy: Computer Science Introduction to programming and computer science through videos.

 

Computer Repair

PC Mechanic PC hardware, software and troubleshooting.

Mac Fixit Navigate the ins-and-outs of Mac ownership with how-tos, troubleshooting information, news, reviews, and more.

 

Networks

Wireless How to build a wireless home network.

Setup Tool How to build a home network: includes a Home Network Setup Advisor.

 

Operating Systems

PCtools Guides for Windows.

Linux Reviews A beginners guide to Linux for those with little or no computer experience.

Mac Rumors Guides Information for users who are new or want to know more about the Mac platform.

 

Programming

Java Free online textbook on introductory programming using Java.

PHP.net A PHP manual that includes introduction, installation and configuration, language reference and more.

The Perl Programming Language Free online books, core documentation, extension modules and a large developer community.

C and C++ Programming Designed to help you learn the C or C++ programming languages and provide you with resources to get programming today.

C# "Gentle instruction" to .NET

Mastering Ajax A three part series to understanding Ajax, a productive approach to building Web sites and how it works.

JavaScript from W3Schools.com Tutorials and an editor where you can edit JavaScript code online and click a button to view the result.

Ruby and Ruby on Rails This guide covers getting up and running with Ruby on Rails.

Java Java, java and more java.

Python How and why to get started with Python. Includes a guide for programmers and non-programmers.

Visual Basic Introduction, free downloads and videos.

 

Web Design and Development

Webmonkey Tutorials for beginners and DIY pros.

Google Web Toolkit A development toolkit for building and optimizing complex browser-based applications.

HTML and CSS from HTMLdog.com Beginner, intermediate and advanced tutorials.

HTML and CSS from W3Schools.com HTML and CSS examples, characters and symbols, quizzes, validation tools, statistics and more. (We use this site all the time when we get stuck developing the Library's web sites!)

User Friendly Web Design From the guru of user centered web design best practices: Jakob Nielsen.

Web Design for Mobile Web A three step guide to usability on the mobile web.

Mobile Web Design from Cameron Moll How-to's and savvy conversation.

Introduction to Forms from W3C.org Introduction, elements, labels, submission methods and more.

JavaScript from W3Schools.com Tutorials and an editor where you can edit JavaScript code online and click a button to view the result.

Ruby and Ruby on Rails from guides.rubyonrails.org This guide covers getting up and running with Ruby on Rails.

jQuery for Absolute Beginners 15 video tutorials that teach you exactly how to use the jQuery library.

The JavaScript Source Dynamic scripts that provide brains and beauty to any website.

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World Languages

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Use cardMango Languages Learn a language by conversation. Learn Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese or Brazilian Portuguese and more. Spanish speakers and others can learn English. Log in to continue where you left off, or "Start Learning Now!" 
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Use cardLearning Express Library A new site for Learning Express adds new GED tests along with an updated look for practice tests and courses for all ages, from school age help for tests and skills, to high school equivalency, college prep and college skills, to career skills, citizenship and recursos en español. Create a new account to get started and track your progress. Accounts and test progress does not carry over from the previous site. Please complete courses or tests you've already started in Learning Express 2.0 by June 1, 2014.

Learn Spanish A number of tutorials that deal with basic pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.

iLoveLanguages From Aboriginal to Yugoslov, you'll find translation dictionaries, lessons, native literature, links and much more.

BBC Languages Audio and video courses.

English Study Materials Activities for ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language).

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Your Family Tree: Genealogy Resources

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Ancestry Library Edition Available in the Library only. Images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, immigration lists, and over 4,000 more databases.

Use cardBiography and Genealogy Master Index Index to biographical information in readily available reference sources. 
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Use cardHeritageQuest: Genealogy and Local History Online Complete set of U.S. Federal Census records from 1790-1930 and over 25,000 family and local histories.

Ellis Island Records Search Immigration records.

Family Search Family History Library, Salt Lake City.

RootsWeb Interactive guides and numerous research tools for tracing family histories.

Denver Public Library Genealogy Collection Photos, research tools, obituaries and more.