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!
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 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 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!
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. 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 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:
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.
TumbleBook Library: Ebooks for children in kindergarten-grade 6
TumbleMath: Math Ebooks for children in kindergarten-grade 6
TeenBookCloud: Ebooks for teens in grades 7-12
AudioBookCloud: Audiobooks for all ages