Resources for students - graphics for presentations and papers

Need a photo or chart to spruce up that research paper or presentation?

You’re sure to find one among the 3.5 million images in the Associated Press (AP) Multimedia Archive. This database allows you to search or browse AP images from as far back as 1860 – then download, email, or print them to use in your assignments.

Find the AP Multimedia Archive in the General Interest section of our Research page. You can also access the database from home with your Library card.

Homework Helper on Steroids

If anyone you know will be writing research papers this year, be sure to tell them about Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. From Animal experimentation to War crimes, from Global warming to Same sex marriage, it's hard to imagine a topic not covered here, and hundreds of articles can be accessed.

Another of our gold-mine databases is General Reference Center Gold where as of today you will find 42,575,731 articles "updated as recently as recently as Sept. 11, 2007."

ACT/SAT Test Practice on Thursday, September 6

Taking the ACT or SAT soon? LearningExpressLibrary can help you get ready. Join us 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Quick facts about countries for students (and parents)

Looking for information about different countries? Find quick facts about geography, government, history, and more in the SIRS Discoverer database. See country flags and maps, too!

Find SIRS Discoverer in the Kids & Teens section of our Research page. Once you’re on the SIRS homepage, choose Countries from the Database Favorites menu on the right side.

You can access SIRS Discoverer from home with your library card.

Little Useful Tricks For Finding Stuff You Like

Looking for a new great read? Give NoveList a try. For instance, say you love-love-love Walter Mosley, but you've read everything by him. Well, Novelist can give you a list of similar authors. Not only that, it can explain to you how they are similar. Just go under our research tab to see our list of databases and click on Novelist.

Now, say you're looking for this great book that was really popular 3 years ago only you can’t remember the title or author; or this CD from 1982 that had this blue cover...; or what was that movie last summer that everyone saw but you? Infoplease is this super online encyclopedia that has tons of info, including a year by year account of events (including popular books, music, and movies that came out)! Check it out to jog your memory. So how do you get there on our site? Go under 'Research' and then on the left click on 'AADL Select Sites'. Go under 'Decades', and there it is: Infoplease year by year.

SAT, GRE, and MCAT – oh my!

If college or graduate school is in your future, so are entrance exams.

While you’re studying for those tests, check out LearningExpressLibrary.com. This database offers online practice tests for the SAT, GRE, MCAT, and others, as well as general tutorials in math, reading, and writing skills. Best of all, AADL cardholders can access all the practice tests from home!

Find LearningExpressLibrary.com in the College, Careers, and Education section of our Research page.

Resources for Landlords & Tenants

As the University of Michigan fall semester approaches, student move-in begins!

Whether you’re a landlord preparing a rental agreement or a tenant looking to sublease your apartment, the Michigan Legal Forms database can help. The database provides downloadable sample letters and legal forms in a variety of categories, including Real Estate and Landlord-Tenant forms.

Access Michigan Legal Forms in the Legal Resources section of our Research page.

E-books (and more) for kids!

If your kids are clamoring to use the computer this summer, check out the activities available in the Tumblebooks Library database. The Tumblebooks e-books, audiobooks, puzzles, and games can be accessed from home with your library card.

Find Tumblebooks in the Kids & Teens section of our Research page. Select a category on the Tumblebooks homepage to get started, or choose the index list to browse for your favorite authors and titles.

Expand your magazine collection - instantly!

Looking for that article from December’s issue of O, The Oprah Magazine? Want to see what was in Time last month? You can access the full text of these magazine articles electronically through the General Reference Center Gold database. Library cardholders can even search from home!

Find General Reference Center Gold in the General Interest section of our Research page. Once you get to the database, choose the advanced search link. Enter your search terms, and enter a magazine title in the 'limit by publication’ box.

And, as always, visit any of our branches to browse our print magazine collection.

Find a New Favorite!

Read everything by your favorite author? Let the NoveList database help you find a new favorite!

Take a look at the Author Read-Alike section in NoveList -- enter an author’s name and find books from other writers with similar themes, styles, or characters.

Access the database from the Arts, Literature, & Humanities section of the Research page. Once you’re in NoveList, choose the tab labeled For Readers, then click Author Read-Alikes. You can even search the database from home with your library card.

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