Source that gives the definition 
(meaning) of words

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A source for synonyms (words that have meanings that are alike) and antonyms (words that have opposite meanings)
Contains articles on many topics, gives general overview, click here for instructions

Britannica Reference Center - online encyclopedia, click on "Research Tools and Materials" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen for research planning tools and "How Tos"
Britannica Academic Edition - online encyclopedia

Reference books available online (electronic books or "ebooks")

A collection of related information, can include multi-media resources

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) - scholarly research database
Exlplora Teens (EBSCO) - general reference, search multiple databasesprimary sources (instructions)
¡Informe! Spanish Language Interface (GALE) - popular Spanish language and bilingual periodicals

Readers' Guide (EBSCO) - general reference

Research in Context MS (GALE) - general reference (instructions)

Student Resources in Context (GALE) - general reference, search multiple databases; primary sources (instructions and interactive tutorial)

World Almanac / Book of Facts - directory of articles from almanacs and encyclopedias; primary sources

Sources that give different perspectives (sides) of a topic

Issues, Controversy and Society (ABC-CLIO) - in-depth coverage of controversial topics (instructions)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (GALE) -
opposing viewpoints on various topics; includes primary sources (instructions)

Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO) - pro versus con essays (interactive tutorial) - (website) pros and cons of controversial issues

Most up-to-date resources for current events

Infotrac Student Edition (GALE) - general reference from magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias; multi-media

ProQuest News Stand Complete - newspaper articles from hundreds of papers (instructions and interactive tutorial)

Star Tribune (1986 - current) - local newspaper articles

USA Today - 1997 to current

Use these resources for better searching on the web

CIA World Fact Book - provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities

Data USA - search, map, compare and download U.S. data

Google Search Help - Read about Basic Tips then scroll down to Tip 5 for more information on getting the most out of Google

HomeworkSpot - resources for students

I Do Solemnly Swear - Presidential inauguration resources, assembled by the Library of Congress, includes primary sources

InstaGrok - Research any topic, get results in an interactive concept map

Minnesota Reflections - collection of historical images and documents

Newsela - current events, find the article that's right for you

Sweet Search - credible web resources from finding Dulcinea

Sweet Search Biographies - credible biography resources on the web

EBSCO eBook Collection - mostly nonfiction and classic literature



Camio - OCLC's catalog of art images online

Google Arts & Culture - Explore works of art and take virtual tours of museums


Regional Business News (EBSCO) - multiple business resources for areas around the U.S.


LearningExpress Library - a comprehensive database for achieving educational and career goals, includes course work skill building as well as training on popular software to name a few features

Education Planner - start thinking about life after high school

Career Kids - career information for people of all ages MS

CareerShip - "an online career exploration" MS - "Start thinking about life after high school" - find career information for teens and adults MS

Mapping your Future - career planning resources for middle and high school students MS - "figure out what's next"

MyPlan - get information about careers, colleges, majors and more (multi-media)

O*Net OnLine - occupational information network


Alt Health Watch (EBSCO) - holistic approaches to health and wellness

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO) - search both Alt Health Watch and Health Source Consumer Edition

Health Source Consumer Edition (EBSCO) - popular and professionally written information for patients and consumers


PhET - interactive simulations

Science Reference Center (EBSCO) - science reference books, encyclopedias, periodicals and other sources covering science topics