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Adult Education and GED Information:

Career, Education and Workforce Programs – Visit this State of Michigan site for a wealth of information about GED and other Adult Education programs.

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools – Directory of registered trade schools in Ohio. Includes majors, fees, and contacts.

Michigan Proprietary School Unit - Provides information on registered schools in Michigan that provide training in a specific trade, occupation or vocation, usually to individuals beyond the high school level. Students do not receive a degree from these schools, but may earn a certificate of completion.

Apprenticeships – Search by state in this U.S. Department of Labor database for registered apprenticeships.

Citing Sources:

Citation Machine - It's a Citation Machine, you fill in the information and it will turn out the properly formatted citation for either MLA, APA, Turabian, or Chicago  Manual for free.

Easybib – Create MLA formatted citations here for free.

Owl Purdue – Created by the writing lab at Purdue, this site features a wide array of sample citations and explanations on how to properly cite sources in MLA or APA.


Big Future- Learn more about individual colleges, careers and payment methods for college.

College Navigator– Compiled by the Department of Education, this site provides information and resources about postsecondary schools in the United States. Information about tuition and fees, enrollment statistics and campus security is provided.

Michigan College Access Portal - The Michigan College Access Portal provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. MichiganCAP offers students, parents, counselors and adult learners easy-to-use web-based, personalized tools to insure that each step in the process of choosing and applying for college is completed successfully.

Michigan Education Saving Program - Administered by the Michigan Department of Treasury, the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) gives you a way to start saving today to prepare for a child's college education.

Michigan Education Trust – MET allows parents, grandparents, businesses and others to pre-purchase undergraduate tuition for a child residing in Michigan at any Michigan public university or college, including 28 public community colleges.

Security on Campus - Unique non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to safe campuses for college and university students. Find out campus crime stats, the laws governing campus reporting of crime, and preventive measures.

ACT & SAT Preparation and Information:

ACT - Information about the ACT test including registration.

SAT registering and SAT schedules

Kaplan - Offers free practice SAT and ACT tests.

Learn a Test - Offered to Michigan residents ONLY. Practice the ACT, PSAT, and SAT online. Stop into your local library to create your free account for access from any computer with Internet service.

International Study:

Boren Awards for International Study - Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations.

Students Abroad – This U.S. State Department site provides all the information you need to know to safely study abroad.

Study Abroad - Comprehensive directory of study abroad programs, including summer study abroad, internship, service learning and volunteer abroad programs, high school study abroad, intensive language programs and more, all organized by subject or country or city.

Scholarships/Financial Aid:

Student Aid on the Web – Start your financial aid search at this U.S. Department of Education website.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid  - Complete the free FAFSA online at the official government website .

Paying for College : Student Financial Aid – "One-stop-shop" for the administration of Michigan's scholarship and grant programs including the Michigan Promise scholarship.

Fastweb – Create your free profile and access free personalized scholarship matching.  Also find job and internships for college students.

FinAid – Comprehensive source of student financial aid information. – Free scholarship search. - Offers detailed information on various types of school grants, including Pell, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity, minority, and state grants. Includes information on how to apply for each grant and application writing tips.

SallieMae College Answer – Comprehensive planning for college site including college and scholarship search information. Includes counselor and parents section.

GI Bill – Access this official Veterans Affairs website for comprehensive information about the various education benefits available to veterans.

College Rankings and Directories

America's Best Colleges – Access U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings.

Collegeboard – Create your personal profile and access a wealth of college information including college rankings, scholarships, PSAT, SAT, and Advanced Placement test information.

College Confidential  – Access hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and much more. Site also includes a busy discussion forum.

College Data - Your online college advisor! Choose, prepare, apply and pay for college with advice and tools from CollegeData. Get college admission help. Search for colleges & scholarships.

College Navigator–Created by the National Center for Educational Statistics, this site will help you select the right college by allowing you to build a list of schools for side-by-side comparisons.

College Net – Unique site where you are rewarded for your opinions. Create a profile, post to topic/video forums and if others like what you say, they'll vote for you. If you like what they say, you can vote for them. Casting and receiving votes earns you points. Earn the most points this week and you earn the money!

College Prowler – The only college guide written by students for students.  Find out the inside scoop here.

Peterson's College Planner : Student Edition – Find a school, prepare for tests, and access information on scholarships and financial aid.

Princeton Review College Rankings

College Survival:

College Survival Skills from Clemson University

College Health and Safety – Access this U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention website for current information on college health and safety.

BJ Pinchbeck’s College Companion – BJ offers admission advice, but mainly addresses the practical side of college life such as recipes, social skills, study skills, and more.

Parenting a College Student from the University of Michigan


Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary - Merriam-Webster provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations and more.

Roget's International Thesaurus – This easy-to-use thesaurus contains 35,000 synonyms and over 250,000 cross-references.

EncyclopediaSmithsonian – Explore the Smithsonian’s collection here. – Search 49 encyclopedias and 73 dictionaries and thesauruses from one source.

Information Please - Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938.


Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet  -  Produced by Virtual Chase, access criteria for discovering quality in web-based information, commentary on technical trickery, examples of bogus Web sites, and resources for learning more.

Internet Public Library - A University of Michigan project to find, evaluate and select quality information resources, including those for young people.

Language Arts:

Familiar Quotations – Access a wealth of reference material at this site including quotations, verse, biographical information, english usage, and much more.

Language Learning Library  - Your online source for learning a language.

Michigan Authors & Illustrators – Find contact and appearance information for authors and illustrators.

Learning Disabilities:

Bridges4Kids: Building Partnerships between Families, Schools, and Communities – Comprehensive site from a non-profit parent organization providing a system of information and referral for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life. Includes information specific to Michigan.

Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan – Provides advocacy, education, training, service and support of research.


Library of Congress  - Find information about the Library, including its catalog, exhibitions, and services.

Library of Michigan – Access the state library catalog, resources, services, and programs from this page.

Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - The Michigan Network of Regional and Subregional Libraries serving people with visual and physical handicaps offers best-sellers, mysteries, westerns, biographies, how-to books and other types of materials found in a public library. The only difference is that the books are recorded on cassette or printed in braille and will arrive at your door through the regular U.S. postal service.

Online Schools:

Guide to Online Schools – Provides information about distance learning and online education. Offers an overview of each school that details information such as programs offered, accreditations, financial aid, and more. Includes reviews by students.

All Online Schools - Compare top programs, read about each school and request information from the schools you are interested in.


Boarding School Review - Offers alumni reviews, detailed school profiles, and interactive tools to help families research junior and college-preparatory boarding schools.

–Lists over 200,000 public and private schools serving students from preschool through high school and more than 800,000 parent ratings and reviews, GreatSchoolshelps parents make a smart school choice.

Michigan SchoolData
– The Michigan Department of Education annually makes a determination of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all public elementary, middle schools, and high schools in Michigan. This report card system is available to learn about how schools are both performing and improving.

Michigan Department of Education Parent Portal

Parent Teacher Association – PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation.

U.S. Department of Education

Social Studies:

Seeking Michigan – Explore Michigan’s past and present by searching the archives of the State of Michigan for photographs, spoken histories, and documents.

Flags of the World - Color flags of 260 countries with brief country information. Flags are confirmed with the Flag Institute. These flags have been used in many CD-ROM titles that are commercially marketed.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - 2,100 map images, with 700 maps of the United States, and many historical maps.

Graphic Map's World Atlas Library of Maps Flags and Geography Facts - An atlas of maps, flags, geography facts and more.

History Channel - At The History Channel you will find historical information ranging from Great Speeches (in audio) to facts about This Day in History.

Country Statistics - Almost all the data reported in this site are derived, either directly or indirectly, from official statistical systems organized and financed by national governments. The World Bank, in collaboration with many other agencies is actively involved in improving both the coverage of and effectiveness of these systems.

dMarie Time Capsule - Create printable "Time Capsules" for any date in history from 1800-2001. Including news headlines, famous birthdates, top songs, books, TV shows, toys and more. – Created by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said in the nation’s political arena. - Sister site to Fact Check for high school students and their teachers.


Assignment Alert Form - The Monroe County Library System works with area school districts in providing research instruction and materials. It is helpful to know in advance when a teacher has assigned a specific research project. Post your assignment here and the Reference Department will make every effort to provide both electronic and book resources to your students.

MORE - Michigan Online Resources for Educators.

Michigan Department of Education

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification – Access information and study guides for the official Michigan tests for teacher certification.

Teacher's Zone on MCLS Online

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