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Research & Learning Resources

Oak Park Public Library Online Resources

Students using a Fenwick desktop or Fenwick wifi can access Oak Park Public Library's online resources, which includes excellent research databases such as Academic Search Premier, Science Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, newspaper archives and much more!

JSTOR

JSTOR is a digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, nearly 20,000 books, and two million primary source objects. The articles provide students and teachers with peer-reviewed scholarly research.
When accessing JSTOR from home, please use the following username and password. (PLEASE NOTE: The login is case sensitive):
Username: fenwick
Password: gerobohe

EBSCO’s Readers’ Guide

EBSCO’s Readers’ Guide Full Text Mega (H.G. Wilson) is a comprehensive tool for educators, students, and researchers that provides unparalleled access to current events coverage, curriculum support, and access to quality full-text periodicals. Subjects covered include art, business, computers, politics, religion, science, and much more.

When accessing EBSCO from home, please use the following username and password:
User ID: student
Password: Fenwick

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center contains more than 370 topics, each with an overview (background/description), point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis, which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances the students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic. 
Available in its own user friendly interface, Points of View Reference Center provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints with more than 1,600 main essays, leading political magazine, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. 

When accessing Points of View from home, please use the following username and password:
User ID: student
Password: Fenwick

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online allows users to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. With Grove® Music Online as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (revised 2011), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more-extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users. Both of these sources are included in subscriptions to Grove Music Online.

When logging in, please use the following username and password:
Username: fenwickhsmusic
Password: fenwickhsmusic

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today. Through a single, elegant gateway users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove® Art Online, the Benezit® Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.

When logging in, please use the following username and password:
Username: fenwickhsart
Password: fenwickhsart

The Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is the world’s most comprehensive dictionary of the English language. It covers words from across the English-speaking world, and traces the development of English from the earliest records to the present day.  It’s a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words, both present and past.  One can find present-day meanings in the OED, as well as the history of individual words—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

When logging in, please use the following username and password:
Username: fenwickhsart
Password: fenwickhsart


Additional Educational Sites

FirstSearch

FirstSearch is an OCLC service that connects users to information and records from 13 databases, including ArticleFirst (OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals), ERIC (journal articles and reports in education), and WorldCat.
To access First Search, please use the code and password below: 
Authorization code: 100-108-542
Password: Friars

GENERAL EDUCATION

Smithsonian Education

Topics include: Everything Art; Science & Nature; History & Culture; People and Places
You can never go wrong with the Smithsonian! There is so much information on every topic. The Smithsonian Education website offers sections for families, students and educators.
Tip: The section for Educators includes a browse-able lesson plan area (searchable by subject, keyword or grade level) and IdeaLabs, student interactive tutorials that enhance the use of the site.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. Take a look at the site's interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help you dive deeper into a topic and have fun too!

Library of Congress

Need books, information, sources, or ideas? The Library of Congress website has over 13 million digitized primary source items. Teachers, students, parents and the community can all find something here.
Tip: Visit the American Memory section of the site to browse 100 separate collections arranged by topic.

SCIENCE

Science Through Molecular Modeling 

Amazing Science

Human Anatomy

The Biology Project

An online interactive resource for learning Biology from the University of Arizona. Main sections: Biochemistry; Cell Biology; Chemicals and human health; Developmental Biology; Human Biology; Immunology; Mendelian Genetics; Molecular Biology.

Sodaplay

Warning: This site is seriously addicting, so don't go here unless you can spend the next several hours in creative play that will teach you something about the laws of physics. Described as a combination digital erector set, physics lab, and interactive puzzle, gives you a chance to see how changes in gravity, friction, and spring stiffness affect animated constructions of lines and dots.

HISTORY

History Central

History Central boasts a time line of world history, a section devoted to America's wars and a snappy nation-by-nation gazetteer. It has more than 400 primary source documents which can give students an authentic feel for the events that have shaped America's past.

New York Times Learning Page

National Geographic Online