Secondary Resources for Students

Alternative Energy

Introduces students to issues surrounding current energy sources and alternative energy options.

Biography eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • American Women Writers
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990
  • Business Leader Profiles for Students
  • Contemporary Black Biography
  • Contemporary Hispanic Biography
  • Women in the World

Biography in Context

Biographies from Gale Group sources and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.  Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Books & Authors

Designed to help you decide what to read next.  Search by character, topic, setting, time period, genre, title, author, and series.  Includes over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner, and librarian's favorites lists.  Titles include both fiction and non-fiction.

eLibrary

Search more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts -- plus thousands of maps, pictures, educator-approved websites from Homework Central, and top-quality multimedia files.

Infotrac Student Edition

This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

LearningExpress Library

Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons 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 test prep, GED® test prep, and more. To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.  

NoveList Plus

Locate books to read and learn more about fiction books and authors through Author Read-alikes, Feature Articles, Book Discussion Guides, and Book Talks.  

OneClickDigital

Download and listen to classic titles using your computer or supported mobile device.  New users will be asked to create an account and authenticate using your Orion Library card.

SIRS Renaissance

Provides dynamic information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts. Full-text articles are selected from more than 1,500 domestic and international publications. Many articles are accompanied by full-color images, including art reproductions, photographs, and illustrations. Lexile Reading Levels have been integrated.  

World Book Kids

World Book Kids is the premier online resource developed especially for young users. The site has been optimized for tablets and features image-based navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of images and videos as well as a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities.  

World Book Online Info Finder

Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs, this resource features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

World Book Online Reference Center

Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs, this resource features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures. Featuring more personalization and customization options than any other World Book site, World Book Timelines also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

World eBook

World eBook by World Book includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. World Book eBooks are always available with no holds required and can be read in World Book’s customized online viewer or downloaded to supported mobile devices.  

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