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Academic Search Premier
  • A multi-disciplinary, full-text, academic journals database.
  • Comprehensive, a great 1st choice for college-level research
Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Great reference titles available 24/7.
  • Including, Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Science of Everyday Things, Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained.
  • Save, print or use the ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech) to have content read aloud or download in MP3 format.
Khan Academy
  • A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
  • Students can make use of an extensive video library, interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with access to the web.
  • Videos cover K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.
Learning Express Library
  • LearningExpress is for students, adults changing career paths, or anyone who wants to improve their computer, job, or study skills.
  • Find tutorials, study guides, practice tests, videos, and ebooks, and more!
  • Includes sections on interviews, résumés, job searches, and cover letters.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda)
  • An online library of instructional videos and full courses in photography, marketing, audio, finance, web design, and much more
  • Includes software instruction for Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, and more
  • Track your course progress and print certificates of completion after finishing a class
  • If using the LinkedIn Learning mobile app, our library code is :  jplak
Oxford Premium Reference Collection
  • More than 100 reference titles (ebooks) and 50,000 entries (articles) from the Oxford Companion series.
  • Interdisciplinary subject area coverage.
  • Includes criticism guides on American, African, English, Classical Irish Literature and more.

Your first stop for when you get stumped!

  • Live Tutors available seven days a week from 12 PM (noon) to 2am Alaska Time, other resources available 24/7.
  • Covers math, science, social studies and English for all grade levels.
  • Real time paper proof-reading/ editing.
  • Requires Flash on your computer with pop-up blockers turned off.

Elementary School

  • Short videos featuring animated characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts from Science and Technology to music and more!
  • Checkout the new GameUp feature for great educational games.
  • BrainPOP supports individual, team, and whole class learning.
  • Offered through the Alaska State Library - to request a password in Alaska, call 1-800-440-2919
BrainPop Jr (K-3)
  • Where learning gets animated!
  • Same great BrainPop educational content but targeted at K-3 students.
  • BrainPOP supports individual, team, and whole-class learning.
  • Offered through the Alaska State Library - to request a password in Alaska, call 1-800-440-2919
Explora for Grades K-5
  • Come here first for school projects!
  • Explore animals, arts and music, biographies, geography, language arts, math, science and health, social studies and more!
Novelist K-8
  • This resource will help you decide what to read next, help engage your younger readers and encourage reading success!
  • Fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens.
  • Expert reading recommendations from librarians and school media specialists.
  • Connections to curriculum requirements for reading, listening, and writing.
  • Read-alikes for every title, author, and series.

Middle & High School

Explora for Grades 6-12
  • For papers and research reports -- check out articles, videos, news, and more.
  • Thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.
History Reference Center
  • This database provides full text for 2,000 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.
Points of View Reference Center
  • Covers controversial topics, providing an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument) for each one
  • Offers a Guide to Critical Analysis, which helps the reader evaluate the arguments given on each side of the debate
Science Reference Center
  • Easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content including full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias and reference books.
  • Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, technology and wildlife.
Student Resources in Context
  • Provides information on a broad range of topics, people, places and events.
  • Includes magazine articles, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio, and more