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Tools for Students.

Pierce County Library has online tools you can use for research, homework help, FAFSA help, tutorials, reading suggestions and more! All you need to access any of these tools is a free library card. If you have forgotten your library card number or PIN, contact your local library.

Tools for Elementary Students

Online Homework Help >

Live, online, professional tutoring available 24/7. Students communicate with a tutor via interactive whiteboard. Other services include a Writing Lab, flashcards, games and study guides.

NoveList K-8 Plus >

Reading recommendations for school and for fun.

OverDrive >

Access e-books and e-audiobooks through OverDrive online, the library’s catalog, or download OverDrive’s Libby app to your device.

ResearchRocket >

Articles from familiar kids’ magazines and news sources. Search by topic, reading level, and/or source material type.

TumbleBooks >

Experience animated storybooks, read along with a narrated chapter book, read digital comics. Builds reading and comprehension skills.

Gale In Context: Elementary >

Encourages kid’s natural curiosity and gets them excited about learning; introducing them to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content. Learn to use Gale in Context Elementary with video tutorials.

CultureGrams >

Current reports on 190 cultures around the world including information on history, geography, customs and the daily lives of people.

Tools for Middle/High School Students

Access World News >

A collection of news sources covering a wide array of topics.

Context: Biography>

Biographical essays, articles, images and media on historical and contemporary people.

Context: Opposing Viewpoints>

Controversial issues are given a factual overview with essays, articles and media files covering both sides of the debate.

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep >

Practice tests and study guides for standardized tests, including the SAT and GED.

Online Homework Help >

Live, online, professional tutoring available 24/7. Students communicate with a tutor via an interactive whiteboard. Other services include FAFSA help (located under Expert Help, Featured Service), Writing Lab, flashcards, games and study guides.

LinkedIn Learning >

Video-based classes focused on business and tech skills. Choose from hundreds of topics to learn new skills or update current ones.

OverDrive >

Access e-books and e-audiobooks through OverDrive online, the library’s catalog, or download OverDrive’s Libby app to your device.

Pronunciator >

Language learning tool that includes 150+ languages with personalized learning plans, media, study guides and quizzes.

Science Online >

Learning modules for a wide range of scientific topics. Includes experiments, data, videos and diagrams.

TeenBookCloud >

Tween and teen fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, drama, poetry and videos – available immediately without wait times.

Gale In Context: Middle School >

A combination of reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, and primary sources. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more. Learn to use Gale In Context Middle School with video tutorials.

Gale In Context: High School >

Explores topics within business and economics, geography, government, history, literature, science and health, social issues, and more. It integrates reference content, biographies, primary sources, multimedia, critical essays, news, and academic journals. High School’s content is updated daily allowing students to research the most current science and events. Learn to use Gale In Context High School with video tutorials.