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Library resources for back to school, or a career change

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No matter your age – if you’re headed back to school (or headed for any career change) – your nearest branch of the Multnomah County Library will help with your homework.

Whether you are in a library building or sitting at your own computer, all you need is a library card to open a world of homework help. Here are just a few resources to get you started!

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Just like a traditional print encyclopedia, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia database is a great homework and general research resource for kids, teens and adults. Articles cover a wide variety of topics ranging from history to life sciences, geography to visual arts. Special features embedded within the encyclopedia include historical timelines with quick links to related articles, and The Brain Jam — a monthly magazine featuring current events.

LearningExpress

There is something for every student in the “LearningExpress Library”. This powerful resource includes a collection of more than 1,000 practice tests and skills tutorials for standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GED, LSAT, ASVAB, and U.S. Citizenship. LearningExpress allows users to take timed and scored practice tests, explore career information and brush up on basic skills in math, reading, writing and social studies. Leveled material is aimed at students from 4th grade through adult. LearningExpress accounts are free with your Multnomah County Library card.

Live Homework Help

Stuck on a homework assignment? Online live tutors are available to help in more than twenty subjects, including Math, Science, English, and Social Studies. Live one-to-one help is available to Multnomah County Library cardholders, 2-10 pm daily. Tutoring is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, for elementary students through adult.

To access these resources, visit the Research section of the library’s website at: multcolib.org/research

Computer Classes

The Sellwood-Moreland Branch Library will be offering computer classes starting again in September; other branches have them too. Introduction to Computers teaches basic computer skills including using the mouse and keyboard, working in Microsoft Windows, using Microsoft Word, surfing the Internet and using e-mail. This course is ideal for someone who has a little experience with the computer but wants to know more. Tuesdays, September 3-24, 10 am-12:30 pm.

“Spreadsheets” introduces you to the basic functionality of Microsoft Excel 2007 and other spreadsheet products. You will learn basic terminology and how to create, edit and save a workbook. The class will end with practical activities, such as building a budget worksheet. To participate, you must have word-processing skills. Tuesday, September 10, 5:30-7:30 pm. Labs will be set up in following weeks to practice skills learned.

Both classes require registration. You can register online, in the library, or by calling 503.988.5234. Count on your local branch of the Multnomah County Library to help you get done what you need to do.