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Alabama Learning Exchange


Award Winners

Alabama Camellia Award 
Caldecott Medal 
Michael L. Printz Award 

Newbery Medal Winner 

Awesome Library Links

Homework Alabama 
The Learning Network

Created for students and teachers in grades 3 through 12...The Learning Network is a free news service that provides news summaries, quizzes, and even daily lesson plans.

Bibliographic Resources
APA Style 
Citation Machine 
Citing Sources 
Easy Bib 
Guide to Grammar and Writing 
Seton Hill University 
Career Readiness
Alabama Works

The AlabamaWorks Career SUCCESS Guides will help you learn more about the upcoming high-demand careers and their salary ranges, the steps you need to take to reach your career goals, and the resources available to help you get there. There are sixteen guides, one for each career cluster. Each guide also features six short bios of Alabamians who volunteered to share their story and path to their current work role right here in our great state.

Copyright Websites

Copyright and Schools

This website gives helpful information about copyright laws. 

U.S. Copyright

The United States Copyright Office, and the position of Register of Copyrights, were created by Congress in 1897. The Register directs the Copyright Office as a separate federal department within the Library of Congress, under the general oversight of the Librarian, pursuant to specific statutory authorities set forth in the United States Copyright Act. Earlier in the Nation’s history, from 1870-1896, the Librarian of Congress administered copyright registration (at that time mostly books) directly, and earlier still, from 1790-1896, U.S. district courts were responsible for doing so. Today, the Copyright Office is responsible for administering a complex and dynamic set of laws, which include registration, the recordation of title and licenses, a number of statutory licensing provisions, and other aspects of the 1976 Copyright Act and the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. By statute, the Register of Copyrights is the principal advisor to Congress on national and international copyright matters, testifying upon request and providing ongoing leadership and impartial expertise on copyright law and policy.


American Heritage Dictionary 
Biographical Dictionary 
Cambridge Dictionary Online

Search Cambridge Dictionaries Online 


Type a word and click search!

Merriam Webster Learners Dictionary 
Merriam-Webster Online

Search the dictionary at Merriam-Webster Online. 


OneLook dictionary search!

The Science Dictionary 
Your Dictionary.com

The last word in words 




One of the world's most trusted sources of information on every topic imaginable - from the origins of the universe to current events and everything in between. 

Everything for Book Lovers
Book Spot 
BookSpot.com is a free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the Web.It contains links to bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news and more. 
Free E-Books
Classical Notes 
Classic Reader 
Elegant e-books 
Free eBooks 
Full-text Free Books 
Many Books 
Online Books 
Project Gutenberg

Over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. 

Rare Book Room 

We are the preeminent internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

Open Culture

Download 800 free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smart phone or ereader. Collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including works by Asimov, Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Neil Gaiman, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf & James Joyce. Also please see our collection 900 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free, where you can download more great books to your computer or mp3 player. 

For Families
Teachers and Families 
National Geographic Photo of the Day 
World Atlas 
History Websites
Best History Reference Websites

This website has a great list of reputable website to research Historical topics. 

Best Websites for the Progressive Era

The website has many resources linked to reliable information for research on the Progressive Era

Library of Congress- Progressive Era

Progressive Era Resources from the Library of Congress


Great website to research literature and history

The Progressive Era

Specific information about the Progressive Era

Smithsonian History Explorer

Smithsonian's History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history.

The site is designed for use by K-12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers, families, and individuals interested in lifelong learning.

History Explorer's resources focus on learning history by "reading" objects for the stories they hold about the nation and its many peoples. Learning activities feature artifacts selected from over 3 million items in the Museum's collections, and draw on the expertise of the Museum's renowned curatorial staff."

Trip Line -Make Interactive Map

Thanks very much for visiting. We've worked very hard to create something unique with Tripline, and I hope you enjoy what we've built so far. The product is still in Beta and we release new features regularly, so if there's something you'd like to see, please contact us. I'm pretty busy, so I'll respond as quickly as I can.

Your Plans Become Your Stories

One of the earliest concept slides I put together had a simple statement: "Planning is a creative process." And like any creative process, planning travel begins with an idea, moves on to a sketch and details are refined over time. You're never really done, and it's never perfect. So I wanted to build Tripline as a way for you to create your initial sketch, and make the product flexible enough to let you turn a fun sketch into a refined plan. And, the cool thing is that if you use Tripline that way, you already have the framework of a story to tell. Just add photos, a bit of text and share with your friends.

Internet Resources on Citing

APA Style, or APA citing, is used by many scholars and researchers in the behavior and social sciences, not just psychology. APA Style is a way to format citations. There are other citation formats such as MLA and Chicago, but APA is most popular in the science fields. Following the same standard format for citations allows readers to understand the types of sources used in a project and also understand their components.


The Modern Language Association's Handbook is in its 8th edition and standardizes the way scholars document their sources and format their papers. When everyone documents their sources and papers in the same way, it is simple to recognize and understand the types of sources that were used for a project. Readers of your work will not only look at your citations to understand them, but to possibly explore them as well.

Trademark of a Good Writer 
Alabama Virtual Library 
Area Library Search 
Athens-Limestone Public Library 
Athens State University 
Calhoun Community College 
The Library Spot

Library Spot is a 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.

University of North Alabama 
Local, National & World News
Alabama Live 
Athens News Courier

The News-Courier is the only daily newspaper in Limestone County.

Decatur Daily

News from the Tennessee Valley. 

USA Today 
Online Reference Resources
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary 
Google Scholar

Helps students find relevant research articles for their research paper or project. 

Website Evaluator

This website helps students and researchers evaluate websites by taking them through a step by step questioning process to help decide whether a resource is credible or not.


This website helps build vocabulary for all students of all levels. It has interactive quizzes. 


"There are two types of TED-Ed lessons. The first, TED-Ed’s award-winning original lessons, represent collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators. Each collaboration aims to capture and amplify a great lesson idea suggested by the TED community. The second type of TED-Ed lesson can be created by any website visitor, and involves adding questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube. Both types of TED-Ed lessons are used regularly – in classrooms and homes – to introduce new topics to learners in an exciting, curiosity-inspiring way."


Teacher.org is dedicated to supporting teachers. From providing free lesson plans to mapping out teacher discounts, we want to help teachers thrive in and out of the classroom. We are committed to assisting teachers in order to foster deeper engagement and opportunities for students to excel. We want to do our part in making the lives of today's busy teachers a bit easier.

That is why we offer a wide range of free teacher tools and resources. Ranging from sensitive topics such as religion and holidays to professional development, our Teacher Guides and Articles will help new and current teachers tackle the art of teaching. Our Lesson Plans for Teachers are engaging and based on standards, so that teachers can easily incorporate them into an existing curriculum. The Teacher Discounts section will help you save your hard earned money as you make purchases for yourself or your students. The Scholarships for Teachers section is a great tool for anyone who is continuing their education.

ALEX- Alabama Learning Exchange

ALEX is the free, state educational Web portal designed to provide the best, high-quality resources and one-stop shopping for Alabama's teachers, principals, parents, and students.  Over 38,000 Web-based interactives and panel-reviewed Alabama Teacher lesson plans linked to Alabama's official Courses of Study are available for all teachers to use in their classrooms immediately.  This award-winning Web portal contains a wealth of additional resources to enhance learning in every content area--all digital, all online, all completely Alabama's. (Information from Alabama's Technology Initiative Fact Sheet)

Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, & Students Statewide(ACCESS)

ACCESS is a statewide distance learning initiative that uses technology to deliver free, high-quality multimedia courses to students in Grades 8-12 across the state of Alabama, regardless of where they attend school. This program provides access to high-quality instruction by certified and highly-qualifed teachers; a statewide network infrastructure that delivers quality learning opportunities through quality of service deliver; cutting edge technology and additional multimedia and tools to enable teachers to enhance instruction; and a wide range of courses that are available to relatively few Alabama students today. Course offerings include basic core courses, advanced and honors courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, dual credit courses, electives, and remediation and supplemental resources. These courses are taught via the Web, interactive videoconferencing, and a unique blended approach that seeks to addresses the individual learning styles of all students. (Information from the Alabama Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet).

Educator iPad Apps

This website is a great reference site for teachers and students to research apps that are mostly free to use on their iPad, iPod, iTouch, devices.

Technology in Motion

Technology in Motion (TiM) provides FREE onsite job-embedded professional development for teachers to promote the use of technology in teaching and learning. The program offers services, materials and training that support teachers' professional growth in effective teaching practices, the creation of technology-rich learning environments and project-based learning.


HippoCampus is a free educational resource provided by ACCESS Distance Learning for teachers to support online, blended, and classroom instruction.  Teachers may search across disciplines, link to the NROC-hosted media from within a LMS, or use the tools at the site to customize a version for their own students.  HippoCampus allows teachers to:

  • Browse the contents of a course, including readings, assignments, and assessments
  • Search for multimedia course content using a standard text search
  • Create their own HippoCampus site with custom subject and textbook lists, bookmarks, and announcements

Intel Teach

Intel Teach is a proven, worldwide professional development program that helps educators enhance 21st Century learning through the effective use of technology.  The program delivers a range of offerings which includes both in person and online instruction and incorporates relevant and useful online tools and resources. The program promotes 21st century learning skills critical for student success in today's knowledge economy: skills such as digital literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. (Information from the Alabama Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet).

Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC)

AETC is a state technology conference dedicated to the professional development of educators.  The conference features nationally-known and home-grown experts that deliver presentations and hands-on workshops on current topics in the use of instructional technology.  Additionally, the conference hosts one of the largest vendor shows in Alabama featuring state-of-the-art hardware and software for education. (Information from the Alabama Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet).

eLearning Alabama

eLearning Alabama is Alabama's implementation of the e-Learning for Educators Initiative, a project initially funded through a federal Ready to Teach grant and multi-state collaboration between nine state education agencies and associated public broadcast stations, eLearning Alabama partners are Alabama Department of Education (Technology in Motion/ACCESS) and Alabama Public Television. eLearning uses a Web-based model to provide effective professional development that leads to gains in teachers' content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and increases in the achievement of their students. (Information from Alabama Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet)

ALMO- Alabama Library Media Online

The Alabama Department of Education advocates exemplary school librarians and library media programs in public schools in Alabama to ensure that students, faculty, and staff have access "to information that is appropriate to student development and features diversity in perspective, format, and interest"(Literacy Partners, 1999, hope. 3) This website has been developed to provided librarians throughout the state with valuable resources needed as a School Librarian and a resource for questions on library issues. (Information from Alabama's Technology Intiative Fact Sheet).


Presentation Resource Links


Breakout EDU

The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas.


Learn how to maximise Canva for your business or your personal brand. Get inspiration, learn how to get started, and create your own beautiful designs using Canva.


Engage Students With Video


Kahoot! brings fun into learning, for any subject, for all ages. Create, play and share learning games for free!


Words won’t do it justice. Neither will a simple video. But here’s our best attempt at defining why Prezi is the better way to present.


Create a study set and tell us when you need to know the material, and Quizlet Learn will kickstart your studying with an adaptive plan that charts your progress, helps you stay motivated with encouraging checkpoints, and keeps you on track with helpful study reminders.


Record pixel-perfect screencasts.

  • Capture your entire desktop, browser tab or webcam
  • Narrate with your built-in or external microphone
  • Customize your resolution or FPS
  • Record offline



Smore makes it easy to design beautiful and effective online flyers and newsletters. Smore has over 1 Million users creating over 100,000 flyers and newsletters each month. 


Tellagami® is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video.


With ThingLink, teachers and students can easily enhance images and videos with additional notes, photos, audio, video and other multimedia content. Students acquire visual presentation skills and communicate through digital storytelling across grade levels, on any device.

Touchcast Video Maker

With TouchCast Studio, you have a full-blown TV studio at your fingertips. Use the green-screen feature to place yourself against a background or inside content. Or step inside a virtual set. Read from a scrolling script. Add titles. Annotate. Record your video, edit it, and share securely. Livestream it privately to a small group, the whole company, or publicly to the entire world.

Trip Line

Your Plans Become Your Stories

One of the earliest concept slides I put together had a simple statement: "Planning is a creative process." And like any creative process, planning travel begins with an idea, moves on to a sketch and details are refined over time. You're never really done, and it's never perfect. So I wanted to build Tripline as a way for you to create your initial sketch, and make the product flexible enough to let you turn a fun sketch into a refined plan. And, the cool thing is that if you use Tripline that way, you already have the framework of a story to tell. Just add photos, a bit of text and share with your friends.

The Quotation Page 
Renaissance Place / AR
Renaissance Place 
Research Tools
Citation Data Form 

A form to collect bibliographic information about your sources.  Use the information from this form to create your Works Cited or Bibliopgraphic page.

Citation Machine 
"Citation Machine is an interactive web tool designed to assist high school, college, and university students, their teachers, and independent researchers in their effort to respect other people's intellectual properties." 
KnightCite Citation Composer 
MLA Citation Guide 

This guide is designed to help you learn “MLA style,” outlined in the Modern Language Association’s MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (http://mlahandbook.org).

Noodle Tools 
Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab 
Series & Sequals Book Database
YA Books in A Series 
Books in a Series compiled by the Monroe County (Indiana)Public Library. (children's series) 
Translation Engines
Google Translate 
Virtual Reference
Dib Dab Doo

A smarter, safer way to search the Internet designed for kids. 

Kids Click

A kid friendly search engine for students. 

Writing Help /Research Help Websites
A Research Guide

We're here to help you write your research papers. Scholars and librarians have collated some of the best resources for literary research and we have the latest styleguides to guide you through footnoting, referencing and bibliographies. Explore our in-depth resources for key literary works or visit our ask & answer section to submit your research dilemmas. 

Avoiding Plagiarism

A guide on how to avoid plagiarism 

Easy Bib

Generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography

Save hours by making a Works Cited page automatically!


Grammarly makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.


Catches what spell checkers, grammar checkers, and human editors miss

The Hemingway App

Want to make your written content easier to read? Paste your content into this free web app, and it'll assess your writing and identify opportunities to make it simpler.


A website dedicated to helping define plagiarism and how to avoid it and cite resources properly. 

Purdue Owl

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

Purdue Owl Sample Citation Page

Writing Sample of a Citation Page

Purdue Owl Sample MLA Format Paper

Sample of an MLA Formatted Paper

SAS Writing Navigator

Writing Navigator is a suite of tools that guides and supports you in all four stages of the writing process

Website Evaluator

Helps students evaluate a website to figure out whether it is a reliable resource or not. 

Son of a Citation Machine

Citation Machine™ automatically generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and thousands more! 

WLHS Online Library Catalog
Writing Tools
Acrostic Poem Maker 
Alabama Virtual Library 
Citation Machine 
Easy Bib 
Owl Online Writing Lab 
The OWL at Purdue offers online handouts covering writing, research, grammar, and MLA and APA style. 
Purdue Online Writing Lab 
Trademark of a Good Writer 
Young Adult Reading List
Best Books for Young Adults 
Best Fiction for Young Adults 
Great Graphic Novels 
Mid-Continent Public Library 
Newbery Medal and Honor Books 
Outstanding Books for the College Bound 
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 
Printz Award 
Quick Picks For Reluctant Young Readers 
Readers' Choice 
YALSA'S Teens Top Ten