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Books and Reading



Literature Resource Center
Biographical information about authors and literary criticism.

NoveList Plus
An extensive database of fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens and children, offering enhanced subject access and full-text reviews, Author Read-alikes, awards, theme-oriented book lists, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, and Feature Articles for a wide range of reading interests.

ProQuest Learning: Literature
Full-text poetry, prose, and drama from around the world.

Reading Lists
Compiled by librarians at the Seattle Public Library



Dictionaries & Encyclopedias



Britannica Online Reference Center
Find authoritative articles on a broad range of subjects. For high school students and adults. Includes the complete encyclopedia, world atlas and data, timelines, dictionaries, quotations, Britannica Kids encyclopedia and more.

Oxford English Dictionary
Guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words.



Health & Safety



Go Ask Alice!
A health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University's Health Promotion Program.

Info for Teens: Planned Parenthood
Award-winning website with information on sexual health for teens and caregivers.

Natural Medicines
High-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition.

NSTeens: Making Safer Online Choices
Learn more about online dangers, including sexual solicitation.

ProQuest Family Health
Magazines and journals related to health and medicine.

Sexuality and health education and support for teens.

Information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up. For teens and caregivers. In English and en español.



History, Biography & Geography



AtoZ the World

Information about 175 countries including culture, history, customs, food, religion, maps, and other facts.

Background Notes
Country and regional reports from the U.S. Department of State.

Biography in Context
Information about people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

CIA - The World Factbook
Country information from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Country reports deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

History Study Center

History references, full-text journals, primary sources, pictures, maps, and videos.

Online encyclopedia of Seattle/King County and Washington State history with links to heritage organizations in King County.






Citation & Writing Guides
A collection of citation, grammar and style guides maintained by the University of Washington Libraries.

Teens Homework Help
Information about The Seattle Public Library's drop-in Homework Help Centers and other resources.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas: A Nonprofit Writing and Communication Center

A nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages 6 to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.



Jobs, Internships & Volunteering



A national service program open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 17 and older. Members serve full or part time over a 10- to 12-month period. AmeriCorps members earn an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans.

Career Bridge
Washington State government website with education programs, career quiz, and labor market data.

Cool Works
Find seasonal jobs all over the world.

Find part time, hourly, and seasonal jobs in the U.S. and Canada.

Resume Builder

Create a resume using an easy, step-by-step resume wizard. Call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 for access code.  

Seattle Parks & Recreation: Teens
Information for teens in Seattle on volunteering and getting work experience, how to get grants and funding, and things to do.

Seattle Youth Employment Program
The City of Seattle Human Services Department's employment and career training program for Seattle residents aged 14-21.

The Seattle Public Library: Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

The Library offers a service learning program at a limited number of branches for high school students who are at least 14 years old.  Service learning enables teen volunteers to serve the community through collaborative projects and mentorship.  A commitment of three months is required and projects start in June, September and January.

The Vera Project
The Vera Project is a music and arts center run by and for youth. Click on "Volunteer" to learn how you can become involved as a volunteer.

United Way of King County - Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Youth volunteer opportunities in King County.

Volunteer and Donate - City of Seattle
Volunteer opportunities with the City of Seattle and community organizations.

Local and national volunteer listings.

WOIS/The Career Information System

Washington state information on current salaries, educational programs, schools and training requirements for various occupations. Includes tools to help you choose a career. Remote access is available - call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 for login information.

Youth at Work
An initiative of the Workforce Development Council Youth Programs of Seattle - King County that sees to create summer jobs for youth.



Magazines & Newspapers



100% full-text magazine and newspaper articles, books, photographs and maps.

General OneFile
A one-stop source for magazine articles on a wide range of topics.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
An online library of current event topics--facts and arguments for and against.

Magazine and newspaper databases in all subject areas.



Schools, Scholarships, Testing



ETS - Educational Testing Service
Links to official test sites for SAT, AP, CLEP, GRE, TOEFL and more.

Finding & Choosing a School (colleges)
The Seattle Public Library's links to resources on choosing a college.

General Education Development (GED) and High School Equivalency (HSE)
Washington state information on eligibility, preparing for the test, testing center locations, and records requests.

LearningExpress Library

Online learning with test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship. Learn software, skills for career advancement, and more.

Scholarships & Financial Aid
The Seattle Public Library's links to Web sites with scholarship information.

WashBoard.org: Washington Scholarship Coalition

The Washington Scholarship Coalition (WSC) is a public/private partnership that includes nonprofit organizations, private foundations and state agencies committed to increasing access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students.



Social Services



Lambert House
Located on Capitol Hill, Lambert House is a center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth and their allies that encourages empowerment through the development of leadership, social and life skills.

Teen Link
If you're a teen and want to talk with another teen anonymously and confidentially about whatever is on your mind, call or email the Crisis Clinic's Teen Link.


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