After a cold, gray winter, it's invigorating to see signs of new, fresh things. While flowers aren't blooming and trees aren't budding quite yet, several of our favorite online resources have gotten a facelift. If you're a student preparing for a specific exam, a dedicated lifelong learner, or just want to explore something different, check out the following to feed your eyes and mind.
LearningExpress Library has a new platform for its collection of practice tests, video tutorials, courses, and eBooks for all ages in many subjects. If you're looking to ace the 2014 GED, a professional licensure exam, or 4th grade, start here to find tools to enhance your skill set. It has Recursos en Español, SAT, ACT, and GRE prep, and job search tools. If you've already been using LearningExpress Library, you will need to re-register on the new platform to keep track of your progress. Best of all, it's now tablet and mobile phone compatible, so you can brush up on your skills wherever there's an internet connection.
The print Encyclopaedia Britannica is a venerable source of knowledge and information, with its first publication in the late 1700's in Scotland. It has evolved into Britannica Library, a multimedia portal with authoritative articles, downloadable videos, and useful tools to organize your research. It's also fun to browse through the entries and images. Their new look has different sites for children in grades K-5, young adults in grades 6-8, and the reference center for high school and adults. You can choose different reading and grade levels for the same topic from any of these sites. It's a great place for anyone in the family to start a project.
Oxford Dictionaries has added pizzazz and fun to its source for logophiles. It has reliable definitions and synonyms for English words and terms, and you can find answers to questions about usage, word origins, and punctuation. On the same site, you can search dictionaries for Spanish, French, German, and Italian. If you want to know where names for different currencies came from, or which Charles Dickens character you are, spend some time browsing around.
All of these can be used anywhere with an internet connection and an Austin Public Library card. Check out our Virtual Library for other eLearning sites, and be sure to Ask a Librarian if you have any questions.
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