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Online Resources for Learning and Research
Looking for help with homework while you are studying at home?
Check out these online resources – from online tutoring for all ages to reliable digital articles to 24/7 online library reference assistance to free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.
Sources for authoritative articles
Go beyond Google to find reliable information!
eLibraryMN: Student Research
Grab your library card. You will need to logon with your library card number.
No card? No problem. Register online: https://www.viking.lib.mn.us/card-registration.
This top-notch research site provides access to encyclopedia, magazine, journal, and newspaper articles – as well as images, videos, audiofiles, and Ebooks.
Materials are organized by level: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College.
This online encyclopedia for reliable information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history is a project of the Minnesota Historical Society and its partners. Find hundreds of articles, images, timelines, and more!
Minnesota Digital Library
This is a great site to delve into primary sources, from photos, documents, and maps – all related to Minnesota history.
Teachers: Be sure to check out the Primary Source Sets, which explore “a variety of topics related to Minnesota history and culture….Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across Minnesota, these sets use letters, photographs, advertisements, oral histories, postcards, newsletters, papers, speeches and more. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to twenty primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide which includes classroom discussion questions and activities.”
From art to STEM, this Government Information for Children (GIC) subject guide includes free web-based research materials from the federal government for elementary through high school students. Check out “Ben's Guide” for insight to the workings of the U.S. Government.
There is even information on how to cite government information sources for research papers.
Online help from a librarian
Minnesota librarians are online and ready to help you, 7 days a week!
This online service provides information and research help available to all Minnesota residents and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Librarians from around the state of Minnesota and the country staff this virtual reference desk. If they can't answer your question, they will have a local librarian follow-up via email.
You may need your library card if the librarian guides you through eLibrary Minnesota during your session.
Free eBooks and audiobooks
Find many informational books for school projects, as well as fiction and picture books for children and teens.
READ LOCAL! Ebooks Minnesota is an online eBook collection for all Minnesotans through the BiblioBoard platform. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction.
Ebooks Minnesota is a joint project of Minitex and the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services. The collection was made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
OverDrive downloadable ebooks and audiobooks
The Viking Library System subscription to OverDrive allows member library patrons to read/listen to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines on their own devices. Download the Libby app to read and listen on your tablets, phone, and dedicated reading devices.
No card? No problem. Register for a Viking Library System library card online:
The Viking Library System subscription to hoopla gives library card holders access to downloadable audiobooks, Ebooks, movies, television programs, comics, and music. Up to 5 items may be checked out per month.
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