Reading Resources
Gardendale High School OPAC

Search the resources provided by the Gardendale High School Media Center.

Jefcoed Overdrive eBooks

Please sign in to check out eBooks and Audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

Jefferson County Library Cooperative

The mission of the JCLC website is to inform the public of the services and resources, and to provide access to the 40 public libraries in Jefferson County, Alabama

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks:  choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

No fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful, we kindly ask you to donate a small amount so we can buy and digitize more books. Other ways to help include <a text"="" href="">digitizing more books, <a text"="" href="">recording audio books, or reporting errors.

Over 100,000 free ebooks are available through our Partners, Affiliates and Resources.

Alabama Virtual Library

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.

If you enjoy the benefits that AVL brings to your school, college, library or home, please take a few minutes to thank your local legislators for providing this resource for the State of Alabama.


Free Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts

Library of Congress

Good Reads

Deciding what to read next?

You’re in the right place. Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.

Writing Resources
Paper Rater

Online Paper Grader

  Reasons to Use Paper Rater

  • 100% FREE
  • It's simple - just copy and paste your paper in the box below
  • View detailed stats about word choice, grammar, spelling, and more
  • Your paper will be analyzed immediately in real-time

EasyBib Citation Tool

The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator

How to cite in 3 steps:

  1. Select your source & search for it.
  2. We'll automatically cite it for you.
  3. Repeat to build your bibliography!

Citation Machine

Online Writing Lab

Welcome to the Purdue OWL.  We offer over 200 free resources including:

  • Writing and Teaching Writing
  • Research
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Style Guides
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Job Search and Professional Writing


Basic Steps in the Research Process

Modern Language Association

A+ Research and Writing

Print vs. Online Resources

Current Event Sources
The Birmingham News

The electronic edition is an   exact replica of The Birmingham News in electronic form and is available in   all counties. It differs from in that you can page through the   entire newspaper on-line just like the printed version you receive at your   door step. Any Questions Email Go Rockets!

USA Today

Our digital edition has excellent features.  First and foremost it is the exact replica of the USA TODAY print edition.  However, the features have surpassed the print edition:  Audio read back of articles, text and graphs enlargement, download of individual articles that can be printed separately and even emailed, archives of articles by subject, video and much more!


Print Friendly

PrintFriendly cleans and formats web pages for perfect print experience. PrintFriendly removes Ads, Navigation and web page junk, so you save paper and ink when you print. It's free and easy to use. Perfect to use at home, the office, or whenever you need to print a web page.


  • Print Preview: Optimizes and displays content for print.
  • Edit Before Printing: Remove images, text, and print only what you want. 
  • Print or Save as PDF: Print now, or save for later as a PDF.

How to Use

Cloud Storage
Dropbox only comes with 2GB of free storage,   but you can get more storage by bringing new users to Dropbox.


Works the way you do

With SugarSync, you decide which folders you want to sync and where you want to sync them.

SugarSync works in the background so your most important data is always backed up and available to you — regardless of your location or the computer you are using. You can start editing a file on your office PC and finish it on your Mac at home.

Sync to the cloud for offline file access

SugarSync continuously syncs and backs up files from your computer to your secure Personal Cloud.

You can edit files on your computer while it is offline and SugarSync automatically syncs the changes the next time your computer is online. You can relax with the confidence that you are always using the most recent versions of your documents.

Sync shared folders for seamless online file sharing

Now when you collaborate with other people, your changes can be synced between your computer and theirs. When teams share project folders, changes made by one team member are automatically synced to others on the team. You can share entire folders of photos with family members, or share documents and files with your clients. Imagine the possibilities!

Google Drive
Google Drive takes the tried and true Google   Docs cloud-based office software and adds simple, easy to use file storage to   it. As Google has continued to improve Drive, I've grown to quite like it.   Like Dropbox, Google Drive automatically syncs with the cloud so that   everything is consistent across all of your devices. Google Drive offers 15GB   of storage that includes your email.

You say you want privacy for your cloud   storage? Well, Mega promises that, but I feel better about SpiderOak's   chances of delivering it. SpiderOak has no clue what you're storing. The   client software, which supports Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X in PCs, and   Android and iOS, encrypts everything before it hits SpiderOak's servers. Just   be sure to make a note of your password because SpiderOak can't help you with   that either. Offers 2GB free account.

Microsoft Skydrive
Like most of the cloud services, SkyDrive   lets you save, share, and access files, but on most operating systems, you   must use it through a browser — IE by choice, but it will work with others.   However, SkyDrive does work hand-in-glove with the Windows 8 file manager. It   also works well in partnership with Microsoft Office. Like Google Drive, it   comes with its own cloud-based office software: Office Web Apps.

Box's basic free version offers 5GB of free   storage. You can sync files between your Windows/Mac PCs and the cloud, and   vice-versa with the Box Sync program. Box also supports Android and iOS   devices. It does not, however, integrate with your file systems.

Email Permission form to be completed, signed and returned to your teacher

Online Learning

Edmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential. ||Online College Courses for Free
About Coursera
    We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top   universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for   free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only   thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best   professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
    Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education   that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower   people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their   families, and the communities they live in.
    Our Courses
    Classes offered on Coursera are   designed to help you master the material. When you take one of our classes,   you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own   pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive   exercises. When you join one of our classes, you'll also join a global   community of thousands of students learning alongside you. We know that your   life is busy, and that you have many commitments on your time. Thus, our   courses are designed based on sound pedagogical foundations, to help you   master new concepts quickly and effectively. Key ideas include mastery   learning, to make sure that you have multiple attempts to demonstrate your   new knowledge; using interactivity, to ensure student engagement and to   assist long-term retention; and providing frequent feedback, so that you can   monitor your own progress, and know when you've really mastered the material.  
    We offer courses in a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities,   Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science,   and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your   career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, we hope there will be   multiple courses that you find interesting.


General Links

At NaNoWriMo you can:

  • Write a novel in a month!
  • Track your progress.
  • Get pep talks and support.
  • Meet fellow writers online and in person.

Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary

Visuwords™ online graphical   dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other   words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how   words associate.

Resume Writing Live Binder

GHS Reading Survey

Suggest an Item for the Library

Technology Request

Staff members and community members can request information or help related to technology.


Green's Links about NaNoWriMo

These links have been collected over the past 3 years. Some may be broken or not to correct stuff. Email me if there is a problem with a link.

Young Writers Program Workbook


Google Drive

Scrivener NaNoWriMo Page

Focus Writer Download

Portable App can be run from your USB drive.
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