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Information on Plagiarism

What Is Plagiarism?

Types of Plagiarism

How to avoid plagiarism

Consequences of plagiarism


21st Century Information Fluency

British Library Online

Copyright Law and Fair Use

Copyright Law and Fair Use Again

Copyright Law and Fair Use And Again

Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style

Guide to Google Tools – Tips and tricks to using Google services

HippoCampus English – a free, core academic website that delivers rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge.

Learn Zillion requires an account and log in, but it is free. The website has lessons and video tutorials for practically all areas of English/Language Arts in all grades. You can also search by State Standards. For homeschoolers: LearnZillion’s resources and full functionality are available to homeschooled students — just as they are to any other type of user. Simply create an account and begin your learning with LearnZillion. Parents should simply create a “teacher account” here.

Library of Congress Online – 17 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections.

Library Spot  free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information 

Perseus Digital Library  covers the history, literature, and culture of the Greco-Roman world

Project Gutenberg – Free ebooks and e-texts that can be downloaded from their archive sites using the links given in these pages. There are now over 37,000 free ebooks available for download in Mobipocket [Kindle], EPUB, HTML, plain text and other formats.

Turning the Pages – British Library Online – Over 30,000 books  online

Word Frequency Counter – Check the number of times words appear in your writing.


Active and Passive Voice – this page from Purdue OWL explains the difference between active and passive voice in writing. It gives examples of both and shows how to turn a passive sentence into an active one. Also, it explains how to decide when to choose passive voice instead of active.

Daily Grammar – fun, convenient way to learn grammar. By simplifying complex grammar subjects, Daily Grammar is a great teaching tool for both public and home-schooled children, ESL students, and anyone needing to refresh English grammar skills. 

English Club – free website for learners and teachers of English

Go for Grammar Gold – Elementary – grammar lessons for grades 1 – 5 from Harcourt Publishers

Grammaropolis – Elementary – Books, videos, quizzes, games, and apps for learning grammar

Grammar Practice Park Elementary – play games to enhance your grammar

Grammarly Blog – a blog from the folks at Grammarly (who correct problems as you type) about all sorts of issues with writing. Great resource!

Grammarly Handbook – another site from the folks at Grammarly (who correct problems as you type) to help you “find the answers to all your writing conundrums in their handy grammar guide.”

GrammarMan – ESOL – “Grammarman is Verbo City’s defense against grammar crimes. Helped by his friends Syntax, Alpha-bot, and YOU the reader, Grammarman battles tirelessly against the never-ending tide of careless mistakes.”

Oxford University Press American English – Quizzes in English grammar

Quill – provides free writing and grammar activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Verbs: Voice and Mood – from Purdue OWL explains the difference between active and passive voice in writing. It gives examples of both and shows how to turn a passive sentence into an active one. Also, it explains how to decide when to choose passive voice instead of active.

Word Frequency Counter – Check the number of times words appear in your writing.

Literary Devices


Encyclopedia Mythica – encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion

Mythology – The Greek Gods – Information about the Titans, the Olympians, and the Lesser Gods

Mythweb – This site is devoted to the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology.

Nursery Rhymes – Lyrics, Origins, and History – The history and origins of most nursery rhymes reflect events in history and where available this site shows both the meanings, history, and origins of many nursery rhymes.

Perseus Digital Library – covers the history, literature, and culture of the Greco-Roman world

Theoi – a site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art. The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive, free reference guide to the gods (theoi), spirits (daimones), fabulous creatures (theres) and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and religion.

Poetry Resources

Favorite Poem Project – Created by Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, you can see videos of poems read by Americans accumulated from 18,000 entries.

Giggle Poetry – Turn struggling readers into fluent readers

Haiku Society of America – a not-for-profit organization founded in 1968 by Harold G. Henderson and Leroy Kanterman to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku poetry in English.

Modern American Poetry – provides a single clearinghouse for some of the best criticism on the best poets of our time

Poetry 180 – Library of Congress – designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year.

Poetry Foundation – an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Poetry Out Loud Competition Website – Every year thousands of teachers integrate Poetry Out Loud into their curricula. This section has everything you need to run a successful program in your classroom.

Poetry Society of America –  the nation’s oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. They work to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.

Project VOICE – Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay – They are a team of highly accomplished writers, performers, and educators. They have published Amazon bestsellers, been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, to name only 2, They have spoken to audiences from National Poetry Slam stages to TED Conferences, from HBO Television to NPR Radio and Lincoln Center and have several million views online. They teach Spoken-Word poetry around the world. They are phenomenal!

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye “An Origin Story” – A taste of Spoken-Word from the creators of Project VOICE.

The Writer’s Almanac – A new poem every day

Word Frequency Counter – Check the number of times words appear in your writing.


Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults – This list presents audiobooks released within the past two years that appeal to teens.

Best Fiction for Young Adults – This list compiles the best fiction written for teens in the previous sixteen months. BFYA evolved out of Best Books for Young Adults.

Children’s Storybooks – Audiobooks and free books to read for young children, older children, and young adults.

Digital Book – over 100,000 free ebooks and audiobooks

Giggle Poetry – Turn struggling readers into fluent readers

Goodreads – Online “bookshelf” with reviews, recommendations, lists, author interviews and much more.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens – This annual list offers recommended graphic novels that have teen appeal.

Harper Teen – from Harper Collins publishers

Hachette Publishers – from Hachette publishers

LibriVox – Free public domain audiobooks

Lite2Go – Free audiobooks

Loyal Books – –Free public domain audiobooks & eBook downloads

Open Culture – 900 free audiobooks

Outstanding Books for the College Bound – Updated every five years, this comprehensive list provides reading recommendations to students who plan to continue their education beyond high school. The most recent list was released in 2009.

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults – This list encourages young adults to read for pleasure by presenting them with popular or topical books with teen appeal, built around up to four themes.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers – This list suggests items for recreational reading that have wide appeal to teens who, for whatever reason, do not like to read.

Readers’ Choice – Anyone can nominate their must-read YA titles each year in a number of genre categories. Each November, YALSA members will vote on the titles for the final list.

Read, Write, Think – access to the high-quality practices in reading and language arts instruction with free materials

SparkNotes Literature – get help to understand books, write papers, and study for tests

Storyline Online – Videos for elementary students of books being read aloud by famous people.

Storynory – Free audio stories for elementary students – Information and reviews on books of interest to teens

Teens at Random – from Random House publishers

Teens Read – free teen reading resources to explore and enjoy from the Library of Congress

Teens’ Top Ten – This list allows teens to choose their ten favorite books from a list of current titles nominated by teen book groups. Nominations are listed in April. Teens vote for their favorite books in August and September. The votes are tallied and YALSA names the Teens’ Top Ten during Teen Read Week.

Unite for Literacy – For elementary students, see the book, turn the pages and have the book read aloud

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Book Awards and Lists – Book Awards and Selected Booklists

YALSA’s Best of the Best – Links to all award-winning YA books

YALSA Book Awards – List of all individual award-winning books

YALSA Book Finder – search 4,000+ books, audiobooks, and films from YALSA’s book awards and book lists.


Landmarks Son of Citation Machine

Left Brained Poetry Prompts

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Right-Brained Poetry Prompts

Turning the Pages

Webgrammar by Judy Vorfeld

After the Deadline 


Read, Write, Think Student Interactives Writing Help

Word Frequency Counter – Check the number of times words appear in your writing.

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