Student Resources

Education resources for students and their teachers.

Library Databases

The following resources are provided by the Ohio Web Library. Users accessing this from outside the library will be prompted to enter their 14-digit Wilmington Public Library card number.

EXPLORA – For students, teachers, everyone. Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos. Password-protected personal folders that allow users to save search results in a secure and organized holding area. Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools

MAS Ultra – School Edition
Designed specifically for high school libraries, Includes full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines, plus more than 360 full text reference books. Also provides over 85,000 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

Middle Search Plus | EBSCO
Full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines, over 84,000 biographies, over 105,000 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.

Primary Search | EBSCO
Full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

World Book Kids
Thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles selected for appeal and curricular standards, with teacher guides, provide instructions and stimulating ways to use content in the classroom setting or for homework. World Book Kids is designed especially for younger users, English-language learners, and reluctant readers. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read content, bright colors, and a graphical design.
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Homework Help

The following resources are free to use and do not require a library card number.

Ohio’s PreK-12 digital library that offers a variety of content and services—most at no charge—to Ohio’s 1.9 million PreK-12 students, their parents, and their teachers. INFOhio gives students the power to tap into research tools that are age-appropriate, curriculum-related, librarian-tested, and teacher-approved. The information you retrieve will be safe, useful and accurate. The 26 premium research databases contain eBooks, encyclopedias, magazine and newspaper articles, practice tests, poems, plays, science experiments, biographies, websites, images, primary sources, and streaming videos.

KidSpace @ The Internet Public Library
Links to websites that help with homework and are organized by subject.

Generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago Style formats. This fast and free site also includes citations guides. Make sure to double check their work!

FREE – Federal Resource for Educational Excellence
On April 18, 1997, President Clinton asked Federal agencies to determine what “resources you can make available that would enrich the Internet as a tool for teaching and learning.” Now, more than 60 Federal agencies provide hundreds of federally supported education resources available at this web site.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Over 3,300 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.

AR BookFinder
AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his or her own level and reads at his or her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz indicates that your child understood what was read. AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher and librarian then use to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Use this site to search for book titles based on authors, topics, or titles of books.
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Standardized Testing

Tests for High School Students
Most colleges require you to take one of the most common tests, the SAT or the ACT. Check with the colleges you plan to apply to for their testing requirements.

The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. Take practice tests, view test descriptions, register for tests, and find out your scores.

The SAT is an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The SAT has 3 components: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test. Take practice tests, view sample questions, download study plans, register for tests, and find out your scores. Also includes SAT Subject Practice Tests.

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A good way to practice for the SAT tests. Students typically take the PSAT in their junior year of high school. The test also serves as a qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s scholarship programs. The PSAT measures skills in critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Site includes preparing for the test and qualifying for scholarships.

AP Exams
Advanced Placement Exams are usually taken after you’ve completed an AP course in the relevant subject at your high school. A good grade on an AP exam can qualify you for college credit and/or “advanced placement” in college. Most exams last two to three hours and include essay questions and possibly multiple choice questions. The tests are offered each spring. Site includes courses and exams.

College-Level Examination Program tests give you the opportunity to earn college credit in different subjects by taking exams. Not all colleges offer credit based on CLEP tests, and different colleges offer different amounts of credit for the same test. Do you research before commit to an exam. The best source for this information is the school you are interested in.

IB Exams
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year curriculum designed for college-bound high school students. It is accepted by hundreds of colleges and universities in the US and can help you earn college credit.

Ohio Tests

Ohio Department of Education
Includes practice tests, assessments, academic content standards, test results and requirements. Click here for testing materials and practice tests.

Ohio’s Statewide Testing—OAA and OGT
This Web site serves as a starting point for tools that can help in understanding Ohio’s statewide assessments for the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) and for the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT).

  • OAA—taken by students in grades 3-8. Understand what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. Provides actual test questions, more information about Ohio’s Academic Content Standards and assessment system, and additional resources for helping your students.
  • OGT— Help students in high school get ready for the Ohio Graduation Tests. Provides different portals for students, parents, and teachers. Students can take practice tests, see released questions from previous tests, and explore resources for getting the best grade possible.

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Higher Education Information

The following resources detail financial aid information (national and state level), free college course materials, and finding schools in Ohio.

Federal Student Aid
US Government site for college students with information about choosing schools, paying for college, researching careers and majors, and more.

MIT Open Courseware
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides downloadable course materials for hundreds of the classes taught at the university.

OASFAA stands for the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

Ohio Higher Ed
Includes information about finding a college or university in Ohio, preparing and paying for college, State Grants & Scholarships, college profiles and programs, internship database, eTutoring, and much more!

Search for graduate or undergraduate programs of study, online and continuing education programs, and private primary schools using detailed criteria, and find information about the programs and educational institutions running them.