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USA TODAY Classroom e-Edition

The USA TODAY e-Edition combines the best of both worlds: a robust, user-friendly platform featuring the speed of the Internet and the organization of a newspaper. In using USA TODAY, students develop higher-order thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis to arrive at new solutions. Current, “real world” information reinforces concepts and motivates students to learn.


State Journal Register - NIE e-Edition
The State Journal Register is not sending newspapers to the schools anymore.Instead we have a subscription to the State Journal Register's NIE e-Edition (internet-based edition)

Ask your teacher for the login and password. This password can be used by faculty and students. If you ever have trouble with a password please contact your teacher or Michele Romence.
Simply click on the URL to get started.
Once you have accessed the State Journal Register's NIE e-Edition, take a minute to read what is on the right side of your screen this will just give you a little more insight to the NIE e-Edition.
You will also find a "how to" link at the top of the right hand side of your screen for even more information.

Web based encyclopedias and dictionaries


Who should use this database?
Those looking for reference information and articles on a variety of topics.
What kinds of materials are referenced in the database?
15 encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including:

Alternative Energy, 3v, 2007 (9781414405070)
American Decades, 10v, 2001 (9781414411163)
American Law Yearbook: A Guide to the Year's Major Legal Cases and Developments, 2011 ed., 2012 (9781414463407)
CaseBase: Case Studies in Global Business, 2012 (9781414490489)
Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd ed., 8v, 2003 (9780028658827)
Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed., 15v, 2005 (9780028659978)
Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed., 23v, 2004 (9780787691240)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 4th ed., 6v, 2011 (9781414486918)
History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide, 6v, 2003 (9780787691592)
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 6v, 2005 (9780684314525)
Novels for Students Vol. 16: , 2003 (9781414428093)
Novels for Students Vol. 15: , 2002 (9781414428086)
Novels for Students Vol. 14: , 2002 (9781414428079)
Novels for Students Vol. 13: , 2002 (9781414428062)
Novels for Students Vol. 12: , 2001 (9781414428055)
Novels for Students Vol. 11: , 2001 (9781414428048)
Novels for Students Vol. 10: , 2001 (9781414428031)
Novels for Students Vol. 9: , 2000 (9781414428024)
Novels for Students Vol. 8: , 2000 (9781414428017)
Novels for Students Vol. 7: , 1999 (9781414428000)
Novels for Students Vol. 6: , 1999 (9781414427997)
Novels for Students Vol. 5: , 1999 (9781414427980)
Novels for Students Vol. 4: , 1998 (9781414427973)
Novels for Students Vol. 3: , 1998 (9781414427966)
Novels for Students Vol. 2: , 1998 (9781414427959)
Novels for Students Vol. 1: , 1998 (9781414427942)
Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, 4v, 2007 (9780028661001)
Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans: A Guide to Education-Related Financial Aid Programs for Students and Professionals, 29th ed., 3v, 2012 (9781414463322)
UXL Encyclopedia of Drugs and Addictive Substances, 5v, 2006 (9781414406190)
Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, 13th ed., 5v, 2012 (9781414490908)

WorldBook Online

We now have access to World Book Online. Every computer in the school should be able to just login to the website, and it should just work.
To use it from home, please see your teacher or Michele Romence for the Username and Password.


"The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge."

Merriam-Webster Online (Merriam Webster dictionary on-line)

To look up a word or phrase select a reference below, choose a search type from the drop-down menu, type your word in the search box, and click on the search button.

Webster's Third New International Dictionary Unabridged
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition
Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus Merriam-Webster's French-English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia
Merriam-Webster Atlas
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary
Merriam-Webster's Style Guide


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