Due to continued possible hazardous road conditions, all branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be open reduced hours Wednesday, January 17, from 12pm - 6pm.

School & Beyond

Homework Help

APA Style Tips – From the official homepage of the APA style guide comes these "extended discussions of...complex issues" in regards to APA style and "nuts-and-bolts advice on how to reference electronic media" using APA style.

ScienceLab – "Your online stop for science stuff."

SIRS Researcher – Provides full-text articles on topics such as aging, the environment, substance abuse, and many other social issues. Please call 918-3000 for login and password.

Student Research Center – Articles, primary source documents and other reference materials for researchers in grades 6-12.

World Book Advanced – Designed for high school and college students, a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedic, multimedia, eBook, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.

Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

American Education Services – Worried about paying for school? The American Education Services page offers information about financial aid and loans to help pay for school. Search the site for loan information, or set up a payment schedule for your school loans.

AmeriCorps – "AmeriCorps is the national service program that allows people of all ages and backgrounds to earn help paying for education in exchange for a year of service. AmeriCorps members meet community needs with services that range from housing renovation to child immunization to neighborhood policing." At this site you'll find details about this program and how to apply for it, an application form to print out, and a listing of local AmeriCorps programs arranged by state. You can also read about some of the things that people in the program have accomplished in the past.

College Toolkit – A "one-stop resource for life after high school allowing students to find and apply for scholarships, search through a database of more than 4,000 colleges, and explore 900 careers all in one location. It is one of the most comprehensive sites for life after high school…"

eStudentLoan.com – This site offers a "free service to help students and parents compare the costs of student loans." The LoanFinder, "sorts through a database of lenders and finds the best fitting Private/Alternative loans or federally guaranteed Stafford and Parent (PLUS) loans."

FAFSA on the Web – Fill out the free online application forms (FAFSA, Renewal FAFSA, or Correction Form) and apply for federal student financial aid.

FastWeb: Financial Aid Search Through the Web – "In 1995, an idea was born: use the Internet to help students find scholarships for college. Match each student's background, automatically, with eligibility requirements for scholarships from around the country and advise them about scholarship opportunities tailored to them. All for free."

Financial Aid Information – This very comprehensive guide to financial aid information on the World Wide Web covers a great deal of information. Take a look at "Scholarships and Fellowships", but keep in mind that this covers graduate as well as undergraduate scholarships. The FAQs (frequently asked questions) are also helpful.

Finding Out About Financial Aid – At this site you will get an overview of the Student Financial Assistance Programs, as well as how to apply for aid. Make sure you check out the online version of "The Student Guide," which provides information about financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

Get Recruited By Colleges and Universities – The aim of the Get-Recruited program is simple ... to help make this process work for both students and institutions of higher education ... to bring students together with colleges, universities, graduate schools, and professional schools and help them identify the scholarships and financial aid for which they may qualify.

101 Top College, University and Scholarship Pages – "Features links to free scholarship search services, one of the funniest and best college essays ever written, single college applications accepted by hundreds of colleges, college "matching" data bases, SAT practice tests, traditional African-American colleges, graduate school information, and much, much more."

Test Preparation

DOME SAT Review – a free comprehensive SAT Test Prep program online with a catalog of material including over 100 study guides, a database of 5,000+ SAT vocabulary building flashcards, practice quizzes, and simulated practice tests.

LearningExpressLibrary.com – An interactive database with practice tests and tutorials for many standardized academic and licensing tests, such as the GED, SAT, Nursing, Real Estate, etc. Access: Sign in as new user and create personal account using your library card number as your user name.

ACT, Inc. – "The ACT website provides valuable information about the ACT Assessment, including sample questions and test-taking strategies. Students can also register online for the ACT. Our "Information for Parents" section offers informed advice about the process of choosing a college and applying for financial aid. A new feature on the site is our free online Financial Aid Need Estimator, which uses the most recent Federal Methodology to provide a fast, accurate calculation of expected family contribution and costs at specific colleges."

College Board Online – All the information that you need about the SAT, PSAT, AP, and CLEP examinations. Dates, fee info, test preparation, registration, and scores. Also has other college planning features.

Kaplan – Kaplan Educational Center is a business that will help you prepare, for a fee, for the ACT and the SAT. This site provides online test prep courses, information and free practice exams, detailed information, guidance, and the latest stats and trends on the college admissions process. Warning: lots of ads for Kaplan¹s products.

Most Important Vocabulary Words from Vocabulary University – Practice those pesky vocabulary words with crossword and word find puzzles. The Greek and Latin roots of the words are explored.


Education Planner – Are you hoping to be a student athlete in college? This site can help you choose a school, improve your game, and learn how to succeed in the classroom and your sport!

EduTrek – Prospective students may search a database for schools by state, degree, and subject. The site includes a matching service which returns a list of colleges based on a student's selected educational needs or preferences.

Mapping Your Future – This nicely designed, easy to navigate site provides helpful information about college and career planning, and has sections for middle to high school students, college students, parents, and loan borrowers.

MyFuture – This site has information for high schoolers about getting a job, managing money, and careers with the military.

nextSTEP Magazine - Your Life, After High School – Pick a state/province and a subject, and nextSTEP will give you the college and university information that matches. This online magazine also provides articles related to higher education, advice for college-bound students and tips for scholarships.

Online Degree Directory – A comprehensive list of degree and certificate programs available from traditional universities and colleges, as well as links to virtual and for-profit education companies.

The Princeton Review – The Princeton Review helps students research college and graduate schools, and get test preparation help. Helpful tools guide you in deciding what is important for you in your education, and selecting the best school for you.

Think College – Disabilities do not have to prevent you from going to college. The Institute for Community Inclusion offers advice, a searchable database and discussion groups which can help lead you toward a college degree.

CollegeNET: Internet Guide to Colleges and Universities – Search for a college or univeristy by state/province (Canada), number of students, and tuition range. After you get your list of search results, you can link directly to the Web sites of select schools. Also, browse through a list of colleges geographically. You canalso apply online to select schools.


Volunteer at CALS – Please contact us for volunteer opportunities.

Humane Society – Resources for Students – The Youth division of the Humane Society of the United States.

Action without Borders/Idealist.org – Founded in 1994 and based in New York, Action Without Borders is a nonprofit organization that promotes the sharing of ideas, information and resources to help build a world where all people can live free, dignified and productive lives. Use this site to search its database of volunteer programs around the world.

Care Girl – Care Girl encourages girls to become activists. This web features interviews with girls who are volunteering, links to activist and volunteer organizations and offers real-life stories from those who have had made a difference. The site is a great resource for any girl who wants to have an impact on the world around her.

Do Something – Do Something aims to inspire and energize teens to get involved in their communities and work for positive change. The site provides helpful information on many causes of particular concern to young people. Other features are contests, grants. Enter your zip code to find organizations in your area looking for volunteers!

Global Volunteers – The Global Volunteers organization works for peace through mutual international understanding, centering its work doing one-, two-, or three-week volunteer work experiences in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, or the United States. When local leaders and host organizations make a request, Global Volunteers will send teams of volunteers to live and work with local people on human and economic development projects important to the country's long-term development.

Habitat for Humanity International – Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with and for families in need. Physically work beside others to make adequate and affordable shelter a reality.

Special Olympics – This nonprofit's mission is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities through sports training and competition. Offers volunteer opportunities available at the state, national, or international level.

VolunteerMatch – "Every day VolunteerMatch brings thousands of good people and good causes together. Find a cause that needs your help and let your inner beauty shine."

20 Ways for Teenagers to Help Other People By Volunteering – This is part of a larger site, the Teenager's Guide to the Real World, which you can buy in book-form on this site. Visit this site for twenty quick ways to start helping out through volunteer work in homeless shelters, food banks and more.


CALS Page Job Openings – Join us at the Central Arkansas Library System!

Career Planning at About.com – Dawn Rosenburg McKay, author of 5 books on government employment, hosts this About.com site on how to plan your career, covering topics such as the job search, relocating, balancing work & family, employement law, workplace survival, job loss & quitting, diversity, and advising teens (and parents with teens).

Cool Works – "Live and work where others only get to visit." Has job listings for national parks, amusement parks, resorts, ski resorts, and camps. Look here for a great summer job!

Job Interview Strategies for Teens – This section from Quintessential Careers is targeted specifically to teens, with advice on job seeking, interviewing skills, and resume writing. Other sections of www.quintcareers.com provide advice on many job application questions. There are some fee services, but the freebies are extensive!

JobStar Resume Guide: Resumes & Cover Letters – This site has it all – from explaining what a resume is to resume samples (chronological and functional), cover letters, tips, and so much more.

Part-time Jobs for Teenagers – This page refers to Marshall Brain's book "The Teenager's Guide to the Real World," but you don't need to buy the book in order to learn a lot from this page. It suggests many ways in which teenagers can create a part-time job of their own instead of flipping burgers at the local fast food franchise.

Summer Jobs – "Summer Jobs is a database of seasonal and part-time job opportunities. While the primary focus is Summer employment, other jobs may be posted here as well." It also includes some internships. You can search the database by location or keyword.