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Academic OneFile Tutorial [PDF]
Academic Onefile contains 8,000 academic journals, the majority in full-text, available in HTML and PDF formats. In addition it contains hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content from 1985.

Britannica Online Public Library Edition Tutorial [PDF] Search Tips [PDF]
Britannica Online Public Library Edition contains 4 full encyclopedias, full-text magazine articles, Web sites that have been reviewed and verified by Britannica editors, a homework help section for students, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauruses for children and adults, a Spanish-English dictionary, video and audio content, daily content updates, and more.

Britannica: Escolar
Brittanica: Escolar provides Spanish language reference for primary and high school age students. Separate home pages for each level allow users to tailor the site to their needs, making it the only online Spanish-language database that offers age-appropriate content for everyone.

MasterFile Premier – Natick cardholders only Video Tutorial Part 1 Video Tutorial Part 2
Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications, 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.

PowerSearch Video Tutorial Part 1 Video Tutorial Part 2
PowerSearch lets you use a single search box to get results from 27 separate reference collections. You can search all of these collections or select the ones more appropriate to your need. A great place to start researching a topic, because you can search multiple collections at one time.

Suggested Websites

Online Learning

The Beehive
Learn to use the Internet to find a job or housing, manage your money or health, or further your education.

Coursera
Free online courses from world universities.

EdX
Free online courses from universities.

GCF Learn Free
Learn computer skills and other basic education topics.

Khan Academy
Learn math, science, programming, and other topics with free videos and tutorials.

Massachusetts RMV Practice Tests
Practice tests for the RMV permit test, driver’s license test, and senior citizens’ refresher test. In partnership with driving-tests.org.

MIT OpenCourseware
Free courses from MIT to take at your own pace.

Pic.TV
Videos about health, wellness, financial, education, and lifestyle topics.

Purdue OWL
Learn to write an essay, resume, cover letter, or bibliography.

TED
Fascinating video talks on a wide range of topics.

TV411
Videos for adults learning about finance, math, science, reading, writing, and vocabulary.

Online Research

The CIA World Factbook
Information and statistics about the world’s countries.

Google Scholar
Find scholarly articles

RefSeek
Search engine for doing research online.