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Online Resources for Learning and Research
Looking for help with homework while you are studying from home?
Check out these online resources – from 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!

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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.

MNopedia

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 Reflections

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.”

Government resources

From art to STEM, this 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.

TeachingBooks: Home Edition Available through September 15, 2020

Writing a book report? Doing an author study of a children’s or teen writer? The site includes 172,000+ resources about children’s and young adult books, as well as insight about authors.

Online help from a librarian

Minnesota librarians are online and ready to help you, 7 days a week!

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AskMN

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.

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Ebooks Minnesota

READ LOCAL! Ebooks Minnesota is an online Ebook collection for all Minnesotans. 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

OverDrive allows member library card holders to read/listen to thousands of Ebooks and audiobooks on their own devices. Tablets, phones, and dedicated reading devices can all access the books on OverDrive.

     

No card? No problem. Sign up for an OverDrive Instant Digital Card for free using just your mobile phone number - or register for a Viking Library System library card online:
https://www.viking.lib.mn.us/card-registration.

TumbleBooks Available through August 31, 2020

TumbleBooks offers unlimited access to Ebooks from any device. Books are available instantly, with no check-outs, holds, or downloads. On laptops, using Chrome is recommended.

      

  • TumbleMath: Math Ebooks for children in kindergarten-grade 6

     

      

hoopla

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.

TeachingBooks: Book Connections Available through September 15, 2020

Book Connections offers 1,000+ complete book readings in video and audio, some narrated by the authors themselves. Be sure to choose the "complete" reading, rather than a short excerpt.

Stories.Audible.com Available for a limited time

The site includes hundreds of audiobooks for kids and families with a mix of education, entertainment, and general-interest titles, from classic to contemporary. The collection includes classics like Winnie the Pooh, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Aladdin, Jane Eyre, and The Call of the Wild.

     

Listeners can access the site from their computers, tablets and smartphones and enjoy selections in six languages – English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese.

There’s no log in and no need to be an Audible member.

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