Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to School

It is August, and the kids are heading back to school. Let's get them off to a good start together. The Massillon Public Library has a number of online and print resources available to help with your child's education. Our print collection has books to help with math, language arts, science, social studies, and history. The library's general reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and biographies. The library also has online databases that patrons can access from home with their library card. Below is a few of the MPL databases.

Need to find a tutor? We have a list of local tutors (K-12th grade) posted in the Reference Department.

Tips To Help Keep Them Organized:

1. Be an active parent in your child's education. Keep in touch with your child's teachers. Know the homework policies.
2. Look at your child's graded papers weekly to help identify lessons that your child needs to review.
3. Check the instructor's web site weekly for notes, homework, and test dates.
4. Make a calendar of assignments and tests.
5. Make a copy of the teacher's handouts such as retake forms, notes, and study guides.

Massillon Public Library Databases: To access the MPL databases from home: Go to www.massillonlibrary.org and click on the Research tab, and then Databases. Select a database and enter in the barcode on your library card.

Academic search Premier: Access academic and professional journals for articles.

Biography Reference Bank: Biographies from reference books and magazines.

EBSCO Animals: Information on a variety of animals and animal related topics.

Learning Express Library: Online test prep, practice exams, and review for elementary, middle school, high school, and college prep. This database also has Microsoft software tutorials.

Mango Languages: Learn a foreign language such as Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. Mango has English courses for Spanish speakers and other foreign languages speakers.

Student Resources Center: A student research tool for grades 6 to 12.

Oxford Reference Online: Subject dictionaries and reference works.

World Book: Encyclopedia and reference articles, photographs, and images.

Additional Web Resources:

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): online writing resources, MLA (2009) and APA (2009) writing and citation guides. Articles for subjects specific writing and online OWL Exercises for grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, sentence style, and paraphrasing.

AAA Math: A math tutorial and online resource for math for K thru 8th grade.

Harcourt Math: The textbook company's online math resource for grades K thru 6th grade.

That Quiz: Math practice for arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and trigonometry.

Harcourt Reading: A reading resource for grades K to 6th.

Ohio Kids: A site for Ohio history.

Social Studies for Kids: History, government, and culture.

Internet 4 Classrooms: Grade level help for Pre-K thru 8th and links for Pre-K thru 12th grade.

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