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Academic Research Resources


Alameda Free Library Access the library's catalog, databases, expansive TEEN SERVICES section, and

Alameda County Library Everyone who lives in Alameda County - THAT'S YOU! - can obtain an Alameda County Library e-card and use the large selection of databases and other links.

College of Alameda Excellent Research Guides, Information Literacy Tutorials, links to subjects, and federal and state government information and documents

Oakland Public Library Access to online databases, guides to authentic and reliable subject links, and super TEEN information links and book lists

UC Berkeley Library Access to academic journals and articles, as well as online and email research assistancep

Internet Public Library One-stop shopping for extensive links to endless subject areas - AMAZING! Includes a terrific TEEN section that includes lots of help for research and writing.

Library of Congress Includes valuable links to subject area encyclopedias, information on U.S. History and U.S. government and legislation, access to the World Digital Library, and resources for students like Portals to the World



Never judge a book by its movie.   ~ JW Eagan

What's another word for thesaurus?        ~  Steven Wright

Customer: I am looking for a globe of the earth.

Librarian: We have a table-top model over here. 

Customer: No, that's not good enough. Don't you have a life-size one? 

Librarian: [pauses] Yes, but it's in use right now.'




Before beginning a research project, review these suggestions so that your internet searches will be more organized, efficient, and productive.
These are links to valuable search engines and sites containing reliable and authentic information.
Here you will find sites and guides for accurate source citation.
Guide to Grammar and Writing From Capital Community College, Connecticutt, help for composition, paragraph construction, and research papers (interactive)
Writer's Web From Writing Center, Univ. of Richmond, help getting started, focusing, editing first drafts.
Owl: OnLine Writing Lab:  From Purdue University, with lots of great information about writing, creating a thesis statement, creating citations, etc



Username: alameda    

Password: ausd

Alameda Free Library Research Code

Use your AUSD google ID  and the code you received from the library to access all the databases available through our free public library.  


Get the code form the Student Center.




Teens review books on Voicethread

ALA Young Adult Reading Lists
Several different book lists, from Reading for the College Bound and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, to lists of prize winning teen literature.

Reading Rants
The original web site has been transformed into an interactive blog. Check out the titles; respond to the reviews or write your own.

Favorite Teenage Angst Books
Unusual book lists and reviews, plus links to CoolBits, author web sites, and much more. Post your own response or reviews in the Interact section. Check for your favorite author web sites in the Links section.

Book reviews, author talks, polls, award winners, and more -- this web site has it all. Participate in the monthly poll, or check out the potcasts and videos.

Historical and multicultural YA books

This site offers a wealth of links to multicultural and historical books, organized by culture, theme, and author