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The resources featured on this page provide access to reliable sources that are easily filtered by type, date, and reading level.  Best yet, there are built-in citation tools to help you ace that paper!

Remember, just because you are using a computer to access these sources does not mean they are "internet sources."  Many of the results you find will be digital versions of journal articles, reference books and the like.


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Biography Reference Center Biography Reference Center
Comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies.
History Reference Center History Reference Center
Comprehensive full text database designed for secondary schools, community colleges, and undergraduate research.
Points of View Reference Center Points of View Reference Center
Assists researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects.
Science Reference Center Science Reference Center
Comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content.
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Learning Express School Center Learning Express School Center
Sharpen those math, science, and reading skills with practice tests and tutorials.
Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab
Get help with MLA, APA, and general writing mechanics. Excellent for research papers!
Khan Academy Khan Academy
Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners.
OpenStax OpenStax
Open source, peer-reviewed, and 100% free. OpenStax has a wide range of textbooks to help you succeed.

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College Prep Center College Prep Center
Practice tests and tutorials for the ACT, SAT, AP Exams, and more.
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans Federal Student Aid Resources
Comprehensive information on education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies.
College Board The College Board
A mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.