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ABC Mouse (Login required - click here)
    Check out ABC Mouse for award-winning educational games, puzzles, books and other fun interactive learning activities for kids age 2 to 6. It’s free to use in the Ames Public Library!

    For in- library use only. Click here to access ABC Mouse


Academic OneFile (Login required - click here)
    Academic OneFile offers access to millions of peer-reviewed, full text articles for a variety of academic subjects.

America's News/Ames Tribune (Login required - click here)
    Explore a specific issue such as bullying, literacy and homeschooling or compare viewpoints on topics such as health, education, government, history, politics and more. Also includes Current Events and Special Reports for research assignments as well as magazines such as "Newsweek" and "Popular Science."

Brainfuse
    Stuck on a tough homework assignment? Need writing assistance for that class paper? Want someone to proof read a rough draft? Upload it in the writing lab and their experts will get back to you within 24 hours. Braiunfuse offers virtual live tutoring, study groups, flashcards, and can even help create a study plan.There are even resources for lifelong learners, too.

Britannica Library (Login required - click here)
    Conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects, or explore your interests. Britannica Library includes special sections for children, young adults, and adults.

GCF LearnFree
    If you need a quick brush up on your Microsoft Office or other technolgoy skills GCF LearnFree is the place to start. Check out their more than 125 self-paced tutorials for math, career, reading, every day life skills, and more.

InfoTrac Student Edition (Login required - click here)
    InfoTrac Student Edition has great resources for high school students doing research on current events, the arts, science, pop culture, health, government, history, sports, and more.

Khan Academy
    Khan Academy's mission is to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and they’ve partnered with institutions like NASA and the Museum of Modern Art to do so. Create an account and you'll have access to videos, exercises, and your own learning dashboard as you study at your own pace.

Kids InfoBits (Login required - click here)
    If you're in grades K-5 and doing research start here! Kids InfoBits is easy to search and has lots of articles and pictures on current events, art, science, health, government, history, sports, and more.

Learning Express Grades 4-College (Login required - click here)
    Provides interactive skill building courses in math, reading and writing, as well as a broad range of practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB Core. Additionally, provides over 770 of the most up-to-date test preparation and skill-building resources and includes self-paced study, instant scoring and diagnostic feedback.

Little Pim (Login required - click here)
    Little Pim is the fun, easy way for kids ages 0-6 to learn a new language. Come explore with Little Pim, the adorable cartoon panda, as you discover a new language!

To access Little Pim log in and select 'KIDS' under the 72 Languages header.

    Note: download the Mango app to use it on your iPad. Works best on Firefox and IE.


Mango Premier (Login required - click here)
    Watch your language (literally) with Mango Premier, the first and only language learning resource to teach through film. Language learning has never been this much fun.

    Note: download the Mango app to use it on your iPad. Works best on Firefox and IE


Novelist Plus (Login required - click here)
    NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

Research in Context (Login required - click here)
    Middle-schoolers, you have your very own database for research right here. Start your online search right here with info on science, social studies, government, history, literature, and more.

TumbleBookLibrary (Login required - click here)
    Want a fun, 21st century alternative to print picture books? TumbleBookLibrary has a great interactive collection of stories with sound, music, animation, and narration. Have your favorite book read as you follow along and enjoy the story. Be sure to check out their book of the day here