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African American Experience

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Full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of African Americans, as well as the greater Black Diaspora. Great resource for middle school, high school, and undergraduate users. Browse by type of content and by era. 
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History, United States History, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, Area and Cultural Studies, African American Studies
Also included are timelines dating from the 15th century to present, primary and landmark documents, slave narratives, audio and image files, and classic texts, some dating from the 19th century. The classroom resources site includes lesson plans which include a subject index and glossary.
English

American Indian Experience

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Full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of American Indians. Ideal resource for middle school, high school, and undergraduate research on American Indian history. Fully searchable, or browsable by era, tribe, state, and region. 
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History, United States History, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, Area and Cultural Studies, Native American Studies
English

Biography in Context

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Provides biographical information on 650,000+ people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines. For more in-depth biographies of figures from American history, consult American National Biography
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Biography, Reference, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, African American Studies, American Studies
The included Lives & Perspectives Collection supports high-school curricula and university coursework by providing multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that have shaped their lives.
English

BookFlix

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BookFlix pairs classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic. (PreK - 3)  
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Reference
English

Brainfuse

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Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning is an easy, intuitive and engaging resource for all ages and levels. Consists of homework help, skills building, writing lab, foreign language lab, robust lessons from a broad range of subjects. Now includes Online Resume Lab, Career Resources, and Adult Learning Center. Access to this resource is open to all NYPL cardholders linked to to any of NYPL's neighborhood branches.  
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Homework Help
English

BrainPOP

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Watch fun animated online movies that help with school assignments. Hundreds of BrainPOP videos explain a wide variety of concepts in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Art & Music, Health and Technology.  
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English

Explora Elementary

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Searches across content geared toward elementary school students, such as Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia and American Heritage Children's Dictionary.  Includes material previously accessed through Searchasaurus and Kids Search.
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Dictionaries, Homework Help, Encyclopedias
English

Explora High School

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Searches across content geared toward high school students, such as Academic Search Premier and MasterFILE Premier. 
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Art, Business, Government and Law, Health and Medicine, History, Language and Literature, Philosophy, Science, Homework Help, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Technology
English

Explora Middle School

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Searches across content geared toward middle school students, such as Middle Search Plus and Newspaper Source.  Includes material previously accessed through Kids Search. 
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English

FreedomFlix

Dynamic e-books from Scholastic brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history.   
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Government and Law, History, United States History
English

Kids InfoBits

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A child-friendly database which searches across reference books and periodicals covering history, current events, sports, government, and people. 
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Art, Government and Law, History, Science, Encyclopedias
English

Latino American Experience

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Covers history and culture from all the countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula, including content on modern-day Latin American countries, the history of the Hispanic Diaspora, and indigenous peoples. Features peer-reviewed essays, reference sources, primary documents, media, newspapers, and magazines.
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History, United States History, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, Area and Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies
Also included are image, title and subject indexes, and classroom resources which provide additional activities, lesson plans, blogs and essays.
Español

NoveList K-8 Plus

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NoveList K-8 Plus is especially for younger readers with reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for kids in grades K-8. 
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English

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

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Opposing Viewpoints offers material to support differing views and help students develop critical thinking skills on thousands of current social topics in the forms of primary source documents, statistics, websites and multimedia.
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Government and Law, Health and Medicine, History, United States History, World History, Philosophy, Homework Help, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Religion, Area and Cultural Studies, American Studies, Economics, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Technology
English

Pixton

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Pixton is a digital comic creation website for kids and teens. No drawing skills are required—just select from preset characters and backgrounds from a variety of pop culture, literary, scientific, and historical themes. Personalize the character appearances and costumes, choose poses and facial expressions, and write dialogue to tell a story. Comics are saved automatically to a user’s account and can be easily shared or printed from the Pixton site. Patrons will need a library card to sign in through the NYPL website and access their NYPL Pixton account.
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English

Scholastic GO

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Scholastic GO! offers the most comprehensive source of nonfiction content targeted for grades 3 and up – Includes 8 encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science
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English

ScienceFlix

ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. **Patrons should read the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy of this resource before searching.*
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Reference
English

TumbleBooks Library

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Animated, talking picture books. Story books, puzzles and games, audiobooks, and books in other languages are all offered through the NYPL site.    
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Reference
English

U.S. History in Context

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Coverage of the most-studied U.S. history topics including from the arrival of Vikings in North America, American Revolution, Civil Rights movement, 9/11, and the War on Terror through a web-like experience that supports the development of critical thinking and information literacy skills. Noted for access to primary source documents.  
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History, Biography, United States History, Reference, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, African American Studies, American Studies
English

World Book Online Reference Center

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Comprehensive access to encyclopedia articles, web links, periodical articles, animations, maps and more.  
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History, Homework Help, Encyclopedias
World Book Online, from the publishers of the World Book Encyclopedia, provides access over 31,000 encyclopedia articles, 6,000 web links, 25,000 periodical articles, 800 animations and sounds, 400 interactive maps, 100 3-D bubble views, and much more.
English

World History in Context

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From antiquity to the present day, search a broad collection of scholarly analysis and full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents that cover the events, movements, and individuals that have shaped world history.  
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All Branch LibrariesSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business Center
History, Biography, History of Africa, History of Europe, History of the Ancient World, World History, Reference, Homework Help, Area and Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Slavic and Baltic Studies
English