Welcome to the Student Center!
The Student Center organizes the online resources provided by the Library and various other online resources found online for students in one convenient page. These resources are all available for free and can be accessed at home or at the Library. If you have any questions or issues accessing the websites, please contact us at 334-774-5480 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for All Students
Fact-Checking Resources for Students
- Factcheck.org - Great for high school students who are fact-checking politics.
- Snopes.com - Probably the most well-known of fact-checking websites. Use some caution as headlines can sometimes have mature themes.
- Hoax-slayer.com - This site operates very similarly to Snopes. Like Snopes, use caution with younger students, as there can be mature headlines. Hoax Slayer focuses on email hoaxes and social media hoaxes.
- OpenSecrets.org - Focus is on political spending. There are unmoderated comments on the site, so use caution with younger students.
- Politifact.com - A nonpartisan fact-checking website that evaluates the accuracy of political statements.
- Poynter.org - A news site focused on analyzing coverage from various sources. It was not specifically created for kids/teens, but the content contains great newsworthy analysis.
AVL provides ad-free, safe, and reliable information from databases for all Alabama residents 24/7 free of charge. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state. AVL is a legislated entity that is funded by the state's Education Trust Fund.
NEW!! As of February 2019, the AVL website incorporates a Discovery Search tool! This allows students to search multiple databases with a single search! There is now no need for repetitive searching in the individual databases!
Whether you need help with Math Homework, an English Paper, or Preparing for a Test, Homework Alabama can help!
Homework Alabama offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners. Get help in math, science, English, social studies or writing from a live tutor. Tutors are available 3p.m. - 10 p.m., seven days per week. The Tutor.com SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7. The services can be accessed from an Alabama public library, from your home computer or from your mobile device.
LearningExpress is an online learning platform that offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and e-books covering all grade levels and subjects. It has resources for K-12 and college students to help improve math, reading, science, logic, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and public speaking skills. There are preparation guides for applying to colleges, taking standardized tests like the GED, SAT, and ACT. It also has resources to help adults find jobs, improve work-related skills, and learn more about and prepare for various occupations. Learning Express is available remotely to all Alabamians.
**When registering for an account, please leave institution as "Alabama Public Library Service".**
The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment. Recognized nationally for its excellent content, it was named a “Best of Free Reference” by the Library Journal, regularly featured in Family Tree Magazine’s annual listings of best sites, and was awarded the Alabama Historical Association’s inaugural Digital History Award. Encyclopedia of Alabama is available remotely to all Alabamians.
PBS LearningMedia is a resource for students to explore and learn about a variety of topics, such as history, the arts, and more through videos. Age levels for materials are specified from PreK -12th grade.
Resources for Children
Fact monster is a tween destination for homework help and facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education, and health. Highly ranked in search engines, Fact Monster contains an encyclopedia, almanacs, games, quizzes, research tools, holiday features, lots of self-made microsites for books, and more.
KidInfo.com's Homework Helper is a FREE homework helper which provides quality Pre K-12 educational websites, videos, and Powerpoints. The site also links to informative, interesting, challenging, and educational kids' games.
Features different people, animals, and places each month with facts, games, activities, and related links.
Since 1996, BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper has been the curator of the best free education and homework resources for students, teachers and parents. My dad and I created a homework resource site that was visited by more than 10,000 students, parents and teachers every day.
With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Below you can find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.
Resources for Young Adults
All the best resources
We want you to be able to get the best resources, no matter what subject or publisher. One publisher might cover math really well, while another is better at teaching science.
More than videos
It's important that concepts are presented to you in a variety of ways, not just one type of video. Today you might listen to a rap song, tomorrow you might be playing a game on the same topic!
Personalized for you
Sit back, relax, and let us automatically pick the exact resources you need to help you prepare for the exam, based on your score.
This site offers help with writing research papers, including MLA and APA formats, book reviews, and more.
HowtoStudy.org provides a variety of resources on study skills, time & stress management, test taking skills and more to help you succeed in school!