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Media Center


Joy Wensmann, Media Asst

Creating Effective Presentations

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
Links to tools to cite your sources and avoid plagiarism (MLA & APA).
Issues & Controversies helps students and researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. Presented in a balanced, pro/con format, each article presents the key facts, arguments, history, and current context.

Contains full text essays and articles that present multiple sides of over 250 issues.  This should be the first place you look if you are researching a controversial topic.

A nonprofit educational organization that provides nonpartisan facts, well-researched pros and cons, and a platform for critical thinking on today’s hottest topics to millions of students, teachers, and others.
This search engine enables students to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for you to find primary sources.

Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

We're a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life.  A great site for homework help and recipes!

These databases are provided to all students by the State of Minnesota.  You can access all of these databases at home or at school.
High school edition of the encyclopedia as well as magazines, websites, and videos. Great resource for factual information and images.

Reference articles, literary criticisms, timelines, primary source documents, audio and video clips, maps, images, flags and more

This database contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and other reliable sources.
EBSCO MegaFile:  A multi-disciplinary database providing full text for over 19,100 total publications. Coverage spans every area of academic study and general interest subject area and offers information dating as far back as the 1800s.

Provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
Learn just about anything for free using the KhanAcademy’s bank of exercises and videos.  Free SAT Prep!
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.

El texto completo de 50 de los más populares periódicos y diarios de habla hispana y bilingües, incluyendo el periódico en español El Nuevo Herald (Miami, FL).
Almost all of our eBooks are licensed for unlimited simultaneous users.  This means that you are able to assign these books to your classes.  Login with your Google credentials to check out books.  Guest credentials are:
Username:   becker     Password:  bulldog

Search for a book you have already enjoyed and we will give you other people's book recommendations.  Each one has descriptions and reviews from Amazon and

Each weekday, we scour the internet for age-appropriate news stories that will interest students in Grades 1-12, then invite them to take quizzes or post comments.  Articles are lexiled.

Full-text articles from many newspapers, including: Star Tribune, Washington Post, NY Times, LA Times and Wall Street Journal.

Ancient and Medieval History Online
 provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the 1500s, with special Topic Centers on key civilizations and regions, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome; ancient and medieval Africa, Asia, and the Americas; and medieval Europe and the Islamic World.
 Spanning our nation’s history—from prehistory to the present day—American History was developed and curated by leading editors and scholars in the study of American history. It is composed of a variety of learning assets, including articles, images, primary source documents, timelines, videos, and slideshows.

Freerice is a website where you can play multiple-choice quiz games, and for every question you answer correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated via the World Food Programme. Choose from English vocabulary, multiplication tables, pre-algebra, chemical symbols, English grammar, SAT, foreign language vocabulary for English speakers (French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish), human anatomy, geography, the identification of famous artwork, literature, quotations, and world hunger.

**Create an account so you can track your track your totals and challenge your friends!