March 3 – 9, 2019, has been designated by the American Library Association as Teen Tech Week! While many of us older library users have had to learn technology, teens are known as “Digital Natives,” meaning they have used technology their whole lives. However, while most teens can school us in gaming, coding, messaging, and social media, they are often unaware of the free technology tools the Library offers.
When it is time to do that research paper, did you know we have resources to assist with every step of the process? The MCPL website has a devoted page, Homework Help for Teens, that includes links to numerous databases. There are several great things about these databases:
- They provide access to scholarly materials that have been checked for accuracy. In fact, most were previously published as newspaper or magazine/journal articles. We know who the author and publisher of these materials are―compare that to a Google search where you have no idea who created the page!
- The citation is readily available within the document, so citing your sources is easy!
- Many databases include pictures, with citations, for easy use in any paper.
- There are no ads to work around.
- You can save or send the article to yourself for future use.
Another resource that often gets overlooked is Tutor.com. You can access it by using your Library card and creating a free account. Tutor.com can connect you with a live tutor seven days a week from noon to midnight in either English or Spanish. It can provide you with assistance in writing a research paper or learning a new skill. How many of you have spent money to pay for tutoring sessions to prepare for the ACT or SAT? Did you know you can do it for free through Tutor.com? When it’s time to create that first resume or to look for a job, once again Tutor.com will come to your rescue!
One of my favorite parts of the MCPL website is the Online Learning Resources page. Have you ever wanted to learn or improve your skills on software like Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, or iMovie (just to name a few!)? There are classes and videos that can help with that. Just look at all the video tutorials for various platforms that Hoonuit includes in their resources!
If you want to go more in depth than just a video, take a class through Universal Class, Lynda.com, or Gale Courses. All you need is your Library card and a login that you create. The possibilities for learning something new―at your own pace―are endless!
While I write this article to focus on Teen Tech Week, I realize that we all can benefit from these resources. On these cold winter days especially, when there is yet another snow day, expand your learning outside the traditional classroom.
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