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Book Collection: Nonfiction - contains informative abstracts and full text for more than 2,000 popular nonfiction books. The database includes full text entries on social studies and science, as well as information on careers, health, sports, adventure, and technology. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
General Reference Center Gold (Infotrac) - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Go Mobile with Access My Library. Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public.
Mango Languages - Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication including English as a Second Language (ESL). Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. Languages included: ESL Spanish, ESL Vietnamese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, and Hebrew.
MasterFILE Premier - specifically for public libraries, this database provides full text for nearly 2,050 general reference publications with full text as far back as 1975. Also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
Oxford English Dictionary - the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources.
Professional Development Collection - for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles and more than 200 educational reports. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
Mobile Public Library Classes and Events- computers, internet, email, photography, finances, etc.
Take a Class - Formal, Informal or Just For Fun
Bishop State Community College - continue your education at BSCC
Community Activities - classes offered on a broad variety of subjects by the City of Mobile's Parks and Recreation Department
Coursera - free, online courses offered by universities worldwide
Excel Easy - An easy to follow tutorial (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) teaches you how to use Excel. Includes related examples and features (300 Examples) on the right side of each chapter.
GetEducated! - an online counseling service and listings of online colleges, internet universities and training institutes
iTunes U - world’s largest digital catalog of free education content. Participating universities include Harvard, Cambridge, Columbia, Princeton and MIT
Khan Academy - not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere
Learn Out Loud Free Course Collection - features over 400 free online courses available on audio and video.
Learn Out Loud Podcasts - educational podcasts on a variety of topics.
MIT Open CourseWare - the materials used in the teaching of MIT's subjects available on online and for no cost
Open Culture - brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community
Road Scholar - opportunities to travel and learn, formerly known as Elderhostel . Includes Family programs.
Spring Hill College Continuing Studies Program - returning to start or complete a degree at SHC
Saylor.org - Take free courses in art history, biology, political science, math, psychology and numerous other topics when you head to this foundation's educational site.
Udacity - offers learners the chance to take free courses from top professors
University of Mobile Center for Adult Programs - four adult degree programs offered by CAP
University of South Alabama School of Continuing Education and Special Programs - opportunities for credit and non-credit classes at USA
Learn a Language
Mango Languages - Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication including English as a Second Language (ESL). Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. Languages included: ESL Spanish, ESL Vietnamese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, and Hebrew. Library card required.
BYKI - Before You Know It - FREE downloadable language audio flashcards and lessons in many laguages and on many topics, fun, too!
Englishlearner.com - practice tests, grammar, games and more
English Pronunciation Practice
The English Zone - a fun site for those learning English as a second language
ESL Resources - English as a second language organized into teacher and student categories, includes magazines, games, etc.
ESL Self-Study Quizzes - 900 quizzes on all aspects of English Vocabulary and Grammar. Many are tied to topics like holidays, places or culture
Foreign Service Institute NEW - the best free language courses available anywhere. The FSI language courses cover over 40 languages from the most spoken in the world to some less well known ones.
iLove Languages - Thousands of links to FREE online language lessons
MyLanguageExchange.com - a social networking site that matches up learners and native speakers online in small groups with lessons planned specifically for online learning
Just In Case You Were Wondering...
eHow.com - With more than 30 categories that cover just about everything, eHow is your one-stop online resource for life's challenges. Professionals in every field come together to offer expert advice, backed by the additional support of a can-do eHow community. Together, they've created a library of accomplishments online–and it's available to you anytime, anywhere.
General Chemistry Online! - An extremely helpful and well-reviewed site containing: Companion Notes, Chemistry Exam Survival Guide, an index of self-guided tutorials, quizzes, and drills on specific topics, & FAQ
HowCast.com - fun, free, and useful how-to videos and guides.
How Stuff Works - articles, quizzes, and puzzles to find out just how things work
Instructables - covers how to in cooking to metal working in informative videos
Investopedia - tutorials and videos to educate on money management and investing
The Library Spot - Reference tools, books and more
MATH-abundance - This is a set of rather in-depth mathematics tutorials, written at the upper-college level. You can go through the tutorials in order, or use the supplied index to find a specific tutorial of interest. Also includes links to other tutorials on the Web.
Mental Floss - interesting articles and amazing facts
Music Education - learn about the instruments, how to read music and more
TED - riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world
YouTube - This link will take you to the "lifelong learning" category in YouTube, where you'll learn more about the lifelong learning process from numerous sources. Zooinverse - take part in real life scientific experiments and learn about various science topics
EasyBib - an easy way to create a bibliography
Guide to Library Research (from the Duke Univ. Libraries) - Learn how to conduct research using this 7 step research process; also use the link to 'Citing Sources' to find examples of how to site bibliographic footnotes using APA, MLA, etc. Note: This is a web guide was created at the Duke University Libraries, links to article databases will not work. Please refer to MPL's Online Resources for articles
How to write a term paper - covers all the steps in the research process: choose a topic, craft a thesis, evaluate thesis and sources, identify a variety of information sources, take efficient notes, begin and organize a research paper, use parenthetical documentation, prepare a Works Cited page, draft and revise a research paper
NoodleTools - an easy way to create a bibliography, subscription required for full version
Online Writing Lab at Purdue University - over 200 free resources for writing, research and grammar
Research and Documentation - a very interesting collection of research tools including full sample papers for the following styles: MLA, APA, Chicago and CBE
Research-It! - Your One Stop Reference Desk
SIRIS - Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
Works Cited 4 U - Creates a formatted bibliography for you, just fill out the form. Uses the MLA style sheet.
Checkout eBooks from Mobile Public Library
Get Free Books - a free ebooks site where you can download totally free, collected from all over the net
Free Ebooks - Free downladable Ebooks in html, pdf and txt formats. ePub and Mobi formats require a VIP membership.
NOLO Books Online - free consumer legal books online to help you with legal issues such as renter's rights, foreclosure, small claims, tickets, probate, etc.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts - a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
Bartleby.com - a supurb collection of searchable full text books ranging from Gray's Anatomy to poetry collections.
Bibliomania - Short stories, books and poetry
Internet Sacred Text Archive - the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.
Classic Reader Short Stories - this site spotlights some of the world's greatest short stories, full text of other works: drama, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Some author portraits and biographies are available. (heavy advertising on the pages)
Directory of Open Access Journals - This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and languages.
EServer Fiction - This site offers works of and about fiction collected from members, contributing authors worldwide, and texts in the public domain.
The Internet Public Library Online Texts Collection -- Read fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc. online
ManyBooks.Net - download out-of-copyright books to a smart device or e-reader
Public Library of Science - a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.
Project Gutenberg - THE place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
Shakespeare - The Complete Works
Complete Works of Charles Dickens - devoted to promoting the study and enjoyment of the life, times, and work of Charles Dickens
The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe
Resources For the Lifelong Learner
Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education - an international partnership of students, academic professionals, institutions, and organizations whose mission is to encourage and coordinate support, education, and advocacy for the adult learner.
eduScapes - Designed for lifelong learners, this site can point you towards online courses, multimedia resources, high tech learning tools, and even library information.
The Encyclopedia of Informal Education - If you're looking for less structured ways to learn every day, this site offers a incredibly rich assortment of opportunities.
National Center for Creative Aging - Who says growing old is boring? This organization can help you live, learn, and stay creative well into your golden years.
Next Avenue - Billed as the place where "grown-ups keep growing," this site can help you learn, grow, and become a better person as you move through life.
Nontrads.com - Find support for nontraditional students on this great site, with articles, a blog, scholarships, and study skill tips to get you motivated to succeed regardless of your age.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - With locations all over the U.S., this organization can be a great resource for those looking to learn without enrolling in a college program.