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National History Day: Ready-Made Research Guides To Jump Start Your Research

October 13, 2020 - 12:47pm -- Robin

Every year, National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Communication in History.

Every summer, Denver Public librarians take the annual theme and create research guides on relevant topics to give students a jump start on research.

Back to School: Get More Out of Remote Learning with Denver Public Library’s Online Resources

The Denver school year officially starts next Monday, August 24th, but we all know this is going to be a year unlike anything that has come before. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all into isolation, and classrooms across Denver will be taught remotely until October 16th. The good news: Denver Public Library is here to help. Did you know that most of our homework resources and research assistance can be accessed without ever setting foot in a library? 


Here are some of the ways we can help you get the most out of your remote learning experience.


Boost your database IQ with CQ Researcher

One of the many research tools that DPL offers its customers (that means you, dear reader) is access to a wide range of databases. I hear you asking why you should care. Surely databases can’t possibly be of use to you, a cool teen with nary a care in the world? Au contraire. You know how your teachers are constantly telling you that you can’t use Wikipedia for research, because anyone can hop on and edit it? Or how you have to be really careful about where you find information on the Internet, because approximately 90% of it is hot garbage (at least in terms of research helpfulness)?

You'll Like These AP Readalikes

The school year is in full swing, which means that you, dear reader, most likely have some reading assignments looming on the horizon. Whether you’re in AP classes or not, English teachers LOVE to assign books that are likely to crop up on the AP literature test. But that list is huge, and figuring out which books you might actually enjoy reading can be daunting. Fear not! Here is a list of amazing AP books that read a lot like some much more recent popular young adult titles.

Test Prep Made Easy with LearningExpress

January 22, 2019 - 9:27am -- Dodie

Debating when you should take the SAT or ACT? The perfect test date comes down to scheduling and planning. Consider how much time is needed to prep, how packed schedules can be, and if there are plans to take the test multiple times. Many high schools still recommend taking the ACT the spring of junior year because the content of the Math test includes topics some curricula do not cover before then.

College admission essay: Make them fall in love with you

August 27, 2018 - 4:25pm -- Robin

It's college admissions season. High school seniors around the country are getting ready to submit school transcripts and standardized test scores to their schools of choice and ask for letters of recommendation from trusted adults. They are summing up their extracurricular activities in resumes, and perhaps making a last push to improve their class rank. There is still one important, and sometimes intimidating, piece to the admissions puzzle: the college admissions essay.

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