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  • To search obituaries: choose Advanced Search, go to Document Type and check the Obituary box.

Find search tips and more on ProQuest Historical Newspapers LibGuide .

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  • Registration is required for certain modules like The Writing Lab and the SkillSurfer.

Check out the Brainfuse HelpNow tutorial from Niche Academy . Email [email protected] for technical assistance.

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Encyclopedia entries, magazine articles, images and videos for all ages

Britannica Library lets you choose from 3 levels to find information suitable for your grade or reading level. You can search for encyclopedia entries, magazine articles, images and videos.

Britannica Children is for students in grades K-5. Britannica Young Adults is for students in grades 6-8. Britannica Reference Center is for high school and adult researchers.

Check out the Britannica Library tutorial from Niche Academy .

To get an overview of the Britannica Library, view this two-minute video .

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E-Read Texas offers thousands of eBooks that anyone in Texas can access. You don't need an Austin Public Library card. eBooks are always available and you can borrow as many as you'd like.

E-Read Texas offers popular nonfiction, adult and teen fiction, and titles from select Texas university presses.

These eBooks are made available through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's TexShare program .

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E-Read Texas for Kids offers hundreds of eBooks that anyone in Texas can access. You don't need an Austin Public Library card. eBooks are always available and you can borrow as many as you'd like.

Gale In Context: Biography

Gale In Context: Biography contains more than 600,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. Content includes reference sources, videos, audio selections, images, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles.

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Gale In Context: Elementary

Gale In Context: Elementary  provides resources for elementary school student research, grades K-5. Sources include magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries and images.

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Gale In Context: Environmental Studies includes case studies, news articles, reference materials, academic journals and videos.

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Gale In Context: High School includes reference content, biographies, primary sources, multimedia, critical essays, news and academic journals for high school student research.

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Gale In Context: Middle School provides age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines and primary sources for middle school student research, defined as grades 6-9.

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Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Authoritative pro/con articles and essays

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints  provides over 13,000 essays and articles expressing pro/con views, from capital punishment to stem cells to texting-while-driving.

If you need articles for an argument or position paper, points for a debate or essays for a current events report, this site provides these from different sources including books, magazines, journals and newspapers.

Watch these video tutorials for search tips.

Gale in Context: Science

Authoritative information covering all major science topics

Gale in Context: Science  provides authoritative information covering all major science topics. It contains newspaper & magazine articles, reference books, images & videos, science experiments, biographies and dictionaries.

Watch these video tutorials for search tips. 

Gale Interactive: Science

Gale Interactive: Science is a virtual science lab for middle and high school students. The content is paired with interactive 3D models to deliver a virtual laboratory simulation experience.

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Gale Literature Resource Center offers literary analysis, biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world.

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Gale Literature: LitFinder contains literary works and secondary-source materials covering world literature and authors throughout history. Including more than 132,000 full-text poems and 670,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches and plays.

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Gale Literature: Scribner Writer Series contains essays on writers and literary works.

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Gale Literature: Twayne’s Author Series provides in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers.

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Gale OneFile: High School Edition is designed for middle- and high-school students and provides access to age-appropriate, authoritative digital content for classroom assignments. Learners can research magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies.

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Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an interactive learning program aligned with preschool and elementary standards for children ages three to six.

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Gale Presents: National Geographic Kids includes the complete run of the magazine from the first issue in 2009 to the present, as well as books, videos and images. Geared towards students in primary through middle school.

Gale Presents: National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-2020

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LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests and eBooks to help learners of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement; skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science; career certification and licensure exam prep; college and grad school entrance prep; and GED test prep. It can be used on mobile devices.

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* The LearningExpress Library account is not linked to the My APL catalog login .

Check out the LearningExpress Library tutorial from Niche Academy .

The Video Guides can help with using LearningExpress Library.

Life Magazine Archive, 1936-2000

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Newsweek Archive, 1933-2012

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers: El Paso Herald/El Paso Times

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: El Paso Herald/El Paso Times provides full-text articles from the El Paso Times (1881-2009) and El Paso Herald Post (1896-1996).

TeachingBooks for Libraries

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Book Connections  is now TeachingBooks for Libraries .

TeachingBooks for Libraries provides multimedia content to complement children's and young adult books. Resources include audiobook readings, author videos, book discussion guides and lesson plans for over 40,000 books in English and Spanish.

Access is available to anyone in Texas.

TeachingBooks for Libraries has similar content to TeachingBooks.net , and is geared towards public libraries.

TeachingBooks.net

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TeachingBooks.net provides multimedia content to complement children's and young adult books for K-12 students and educators. Resources include audiobook readings, author videos, book discussion guides and lesson plans for over 40,000 books in English and Spanish.

For a similar resource geared towards public libraries, check out TeachingBooks for Libraries .

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Texas Driving Permit Practice Tests from Driving-Tests.org provides free driver's permit practice tests. Tests and handbooks include permit, motorcycle and CDL licenses.

Handbooks are available in Spanish. Click on the handbook's link, then select "Spanish" from the menu. 

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Time Magazine Archive, 1923-2000

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Transparent Language

Transparent Language Online   provides courses in over 110 world languages, American Sign Language, English for speakers of over 30 languages, and KidSpeak courses for children. The instruction is for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language.

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  • Texas A&M University – Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCHATT) – Telebehavorial Care  – helping schools identify and assess the behavioral needs of students and provide access to mental health services.
  • Texas A&M University – Literacy.io Student Video Library – educational videos related to science, history, and language arts for students in 2nd through 12th grade.
  • Texas A&M International University – Student-Created Virtual Learning – helpful ideas for kids to use and learn from home

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  • Gale  offers free tutoring help for high-school and college students.
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The libraries in Montgomery County use a service called “book butler.” You can submit in the ages of your kids and they will put together a collection of books for you to come and pick up curbside. Houston and Fort Bend County also offers a similar service.

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Some of the larger library systems offer free wifi hotspot and electronic rentals. Fort Bend County just started a sign up for renting out wifi hotspots to help parents with virtual learning. Houston has wifi rental too, along with a laptop and iPad rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis. In  Brazoria County , you can rent tablets too. *Note here: check with your library to see if they are renting out electronic materials. Remember, most libraries are closed right now and they are all full of electronics that were once for in-person use. While the website might not say they are renting out electronics online, many are taking items they have in the library that was once for in-person use and renting those out. So, call and check to make sure!

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All library systems offer some sort of book reading club or even DIY classes for all ages. Brazoria County libraries just started up a new program called  Creativebug  that has video DIY classes for use. * Source:  click2houston.com

Statewide & National PK-12 Resources

  • CDC’s Mental Health Resources for Parents  – tips and resources for coping with stress.
  • Child Mind  – insights, resources and expert advice on common concerns and tips for facing challenges many families share.
  • Interdisciplinary STEAM Activities at Home  – creative interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, arts, and math lessons to do at home.
  • Lead4Ward  – School at Home
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)  – resource on supporting children during coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Sanford Harmony  – At Home Toolkit
  • The Kid Should See This  – Smart Videos
  • U.S. Department of Education – Parent Resources  – resources for parents  to help your child’s education
  • Wonderopolis  – Fun Q&A
  • National PTA  – resources and tools for families and teachers who are navigating working, teaching and learning at home
  • PBS for Parents  – resources for parents to help your child learn and grow

School Homework Needs to be More Motivating

There’s an old joke about homework. A teacher says to a student, “How do you like doing your homework?” The student responds, “I like doing nothing better.”

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With the novelty of the new school year now behind us, it goes without saying that kids would rather be doing just about anything other than homework.

Every fall, the same debates persist: Is homework even effective? How much is best? In what ways should parents be involved? But the problem with homework does not revolve around these questions.

The problem with homework is motivation, or the lack thereof, because the major challenge for making homework an effective tool for learning is that even nothing often seems better.

As a researcher focused on teacher and parent practices that support student achievement, I believe that the call to action is clear: Teachers and parents must focus on motivation to make homework a valuable part of the learning process.

Teachers must put more focus on the quality of the homework. Homework is most effective when it relates to students’ existing interests, is meaningful, and is well suited to kids’ current skills. We are all familiar with this learning is easier when the task is interesting and seems important to master.

Studies suggest that teachers who use homework to develop students’ motivation and interest in the subject have students who put in greater effort on homework and demonstrate higher achievement.

The homework itself should be short and frequent, not long and few. Every year there is inevitably a news story about overwhelmed fifth-graders who come home with four hours of homework every night.

This always amazes me because we know from research that students learn better and can maintain motivation when they space out their learning and return to it frequently, rather than attempting to learn everything in one long session.

As students become frustrated or bored with an assignment, they reduce their effort, work less effectively, or give up altogether. Assignments should be short and regular.

Structure is important too. Clear expectations and having a routine can maintain motivation.

When students leave class feeling prepared to do their homework and know what teachers and parents expect of them, they feel more competent and positive about homework.

Studies have shown students who have a clearly defined routine around homework a set time, a set place and a set way to complete homework are more likely to believe they can overcome challenges while doing homework and take more responsibility for their own learning.

It is critical that teachers and parents explain why even the most boring homework is important. Not all rationales are equal, but explaining how information is used by that doctor or engineer in the real world or how the homework could help the student accomplish personal goals aside from just getting a good grade can help students persist even on boring homework.

Parents should also give their kids a little freedom. When kids struggle with homework, teachers and parents sometimes have an instinct to take control by using commands, incentives, threats or just do homework themselves for their kids. These tactics may work in the short term, but they won’t benefit kids for the long haul.

A better strategy is to help kids feel autonomous by giving them some choice about homework and emphasizing that they should work in their own way.

And finally, feedback. Teachers and parents need to provide feedback about the homework product, not the student. Feedback can be tricky when it comes to motivation because inevitably, no one likes to hear about what they did not do well.

But, whatever teachers and parents say about homework, it needs to be clear that they have confidence that the student can improve with effort and that making mistakes is not only tolerated but is a welcomed part of the learning process.

Motivation plays an integral part in the overall value of homework. The sooner parents and teachers focus on strategies to foster motivation, the better. What should be clear to everyone, though, is that homework can definitely be better than nothing.

Erika A. Patall is an assistant professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

A version of this op-ed appeared in the Austin American Statesman .

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How to Manage Homework-Related Stress

Ask students what causes them the most stress, and the conversation will likely turn to homework. Students have complained about homework for practically as long as it has existed. While some dismiss these complaints as students’ laziness or lack of organization, there’s more to it than that. Many students face a lot of pressure to succeed in school, sports, work, and other areas. Also, more teens and young adults are dealing with mental health problems, with up to 40% of college students reporting symptoms of depression and anxiety.  

Researchers and professionals debate over whether homework does more harm than good, but at least for now, homework is an integral part of education. How do students deal with heavy homework loads? It’s become common for overwhelmed students to use an essay service to help them complete their assigned tasks. Pulling all-nighters to finish assignments and study for tests is another strategy busy college students use, for better or worse. 

If you’re a student that’s struggling to get all your homework done, make sure to take care of your mental health. School is important, but your health is more important. Try the following tips to help you stay on top of your busy schedule.

Make a Schedule

Time management is an important skill, but you can’t learn it without effort. The first step to managing your time more effectively is to make a schedule and stick to it. Use a calendar, planner, or an app to write down everything you need to get done. Set reminders for due dates and set aside time each day for studying. Don’t leave assignments for the last minute. Plan to finish your work well ahead of the due date in case something unexpected happens and you need more time. Make sure your schedule is realistic. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to complete each task. And schedule time for hobbies and social activities too. 

Find a Study Spot

Doing homework in a dedicated workspace can boost your productivity. Studying in bed could make you fall asleep, and doing homework in a crowded, noisy place can be distracting. You want to complete as much work as possible during your study sessions, so choose a place that’s free of distractions. Make sure you have everything you need within arm’s reach. Resist the temptation to check your notifications or social media feeds while you study. Put your phone in airplane mode if necessary so it doesn’t distract you. You don’t need a private office to study efficiently, but having a quiet, distraction-free place to do your homework can help you to get more done.

Get Enough Rest

An all-nighter every once in a while probably won’t do you any lasting harm. But a consistent lack of sleep is bad for your productivity and your health. Most young people need at least 7 hours of sleep every night, so make it your goal to go to bed on time. You’ll feel better throughout the day, have more energy, and improve your focus. Instead of dozing off while you’re doing homework, you’ll be more alert and productive if you get enough sleep. 

It’s also important to spend time relaxing and enjoying your favorite activities. Hang out with friends, take a walk, or watch a movie. You’ll feel less stressed if you take some time for yourself.

Don’t Shoot for Perfection

It’s tempting to try to get a perfect grade on every test or assignment. But perfectionism only causes unnecessary stress and anxiety. If you consider yourself a perfectionist, you might spend too much time on less important tasks. Prioritize your assignments and put more time and effort into the most important ones. 

Most people struggle with perfectionism because they’ve been taught they should do their best at everything. But you don’t have to go above and beyond for every assignment. That’s not to say you should turn in bad work. But putting in just enough effort to get by isn’t a bad thing. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be the best at everything. Focus on your most important assignments, and don’t spend too much time and effort perfecting the others. 

Almost all students deal with the burden of homework-related stress. No one enjoys the anxiety of having a lot of assignments due and not enough time to complete them. But take advantage of this opportunity to learn organization and self-discipline, which will help you throughout your life. Try making a schedule and don’t forget to set aside time to rest. When it’s time to study, choose a quiet place where you can concentrate. Don’t neglect your health; if you’re feeling anxious or depressed, talk to a counselor or your doctor. School stress is hard to avoid, but if you take these steps you can reduce homework anxiety and have better control of your time. 

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