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Back to School Resources

Back to School Resources

With the first day of school just around the corner, we thought we’d share four of our digital resources that are great additions to your academic toolkit. If you need extra help on a math problem, language practice outside of the classroom, or sources for a research project, these databases have your back!

Digital Resources

Inspire

Inspire is a large database that is full of diverse educational resources, from historical newspapers to academic journals and articles. This is a great tool to utilize as you are doing research for your classes. Below is a brief overview of how to search for materials in Inspire.

First, type keywords into the search bar. Thousands of results will appear, which can seem overwhelming, but as you continue to narrow your search, you will find items that are more relevant to you. You can click the “Relevance” tab at the top of the results page to adjust the order of items as they are shown to you by the date of original publication.

Next, you can limit the results by an item’s publication date, format (e.g., article within an academic journal, eBook, news article, etc.), topic, and more. An item’s format is listed underneath its thumbnail image.

When you click on an item, you will find a lot of information about it. Read the description to see if the information it contains matches your needs. On the left-hand side of the page, you can either download the entire item to your computer or you can access the content as an online PDF or eBook. You can press the “Cite” button on the right-hand side of the page to copy specific citation styles.

Other Databases

LearningExpress, one of the several resources provided by Inspire, offers eBooks, tutorials, and practice tests for a variety of subjects to help you improve your skills and understanding outside of the classroom. Here, you can find materials to prepare for AP, ACT, and SAT exams, as well as advice about writing a strong college admissions essay.

Mango is an easy and intuitive language-learning resource that offers reading, listening, and conversation-based activities to help you strengthen your vocabulary, pronunciation, and confidence as you master new languages. This is a great tool to use alongside any language courses you take at school!

Scholastic GO! is a database that provides credible articles, videos, and more on several subjects. You can filter your search results by specific mediums, as well as your reading level so that you only see the information that is most relevant to your needs. The “World News” tab at the top of the page provides links to the major news sources in each country, which can be useful if you are looking for articles on current events.

Other Back to School Resources

For more information on homework help and college admissions, head over to the Teen Central page and scroll down to the “Teen Links” section. Don’t forget to utilize the library’s collections throughout the school year by visiting in-person or online via Evergreen.

Finally, be sure to keep an eye on the PGTPL events calendar so you don’t miss any of our upcoming Teen programs. The crafts and games we have planned for you are great ways to destress after a long day at school, while also spending time with your friends and learning something new!