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Tutors use a white board, multi media resources and IM chat.  There is no audio component.
Use your home computer, mobile device or come to the library during these hours.

Help is available for: Experts are available in:
Grades K- 12 English
Parents assisting students Social Studies
Writing Workshop for help with research papers, resumes, cover letters and essays

For help using it, contact the library (401-847-8720) or view this short tutorial

Classic Tutoring

  • Available 2-10 pm every day
  • Sessions usually last approx. 20-25 minutes

Essay & Resume Drop-off (account required)

  • Can be uploaded 24 hours a day
  • Students must allow for a 24-hour turnaround time
  • Tutors will review and provide feedback and critique of areas that need work
  • TUTORS WILL NOT PROOFREAD OR MAKE CORRECTIONS for essays, but they will for resumes and cover letters.

Math Drop-off (account required)

  • Allow 24 hours for turn around
  • Will help with 1 problem only—2 problems max

Tutors want to ensure understanding but are very particular about not doing the students homework for them

Future features:

  • Working on an “honor code” that students must agree to prior to using tutor.com that ensures they are not just using the service to complete their homework
  • Full Length SAT and ACT Practice Test and scoring– the owners of tutor.com also own the Princeton Review. Should be ready end of October or the beginning of November

The Skill center can be accessed even when tutors are not online

Most services are offered in both Spanish and English

You do NOT have to sign up for an account to access this service.  The library has a paid subscription being offered FREE to you.

You can open a FREE ACCOUNT if you find a tutor you liked and access notes from past sessions.  This is the only way to track your tutors; they can never track you.

 Find An Article

Friendly teen librarians at the Newport Public Library have culled our on-line subscription resource collection to find what’s most useful to you.  Here they are, by category.

Biographiesresearch or reading

Be Green

Current Events

On-Line Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

General Research


Just Curious

Learn a Language

Literary Research

Newspaper Research

To help you relax, some links just for fun.

General Research

Academic Search Elite for in-depth research projects search over 8,200 academic and scholarly journals.

Library of Congress digital collection.

MasterFile Premier should be used for most general topics and school assignments. Search over 1,950 popular magazines and journals. This resource also contains biographies, primary sources and an image collection.

Point of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides more than 270 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.

Explora for Secondary Schools is designed especially for kids in grades 6-12 and allows them to choose to research in a multitude of formats and categories, including Arts & Literature, Biographies, Business & Government, Current Issues, Geography, Health, History, and Science/Math.

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Encyclopedia Britannica (in library)(from home)
An expanded version of their website offering the COMPLETE CONTENT of this classic encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World looks at Islam’s role in the modern world, doing so in the context of the religion’s history and development over the last 13 centuries. Containing thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more, this new encyclopedia fills a need in this key area of religious studies.

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism examines the anthropological, sociological, historical, economic, and scientific theories of race and racism in the modem era. Delves into the historic origins of ideas of race and racism and explores their social and scientific consequences.

Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia
The online F&W Encyclopedia provides over 25,000 entries, covering a variety of subject areas.

Oxford English Dictionary: a definitive record of the English language.

World Book Encyclopedia
Select World Book Student, the version created especially for you. Or, for specialized research, check out a World Book Specialty Site or Digital Library.

World Book Encyclopedia with library card
World Book on-line for Verizon FIOS customers and out-of-state Rhode Islanders.

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Newspaper ResearchNewspaper

New York Times Click on “news” and select “New York Times”.

New York Times Historical 1851-2007  Click “historical newspapers”.

Newport Mercury articles and information from 1758-1846.

Providence Journal (1982 to the present.)
Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Providence Journal. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections.

RI Historical Newspapers Newspapers printed in RI between 1732 and 1921.  Newport Mercury and Providence Journal are part of this database.

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Literary Research

Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames. It combines information from respected reference works, books, and literary journals as well as original content from the publisher.

Reference Guide to World Literature
Covers writers from the ancient Greeks to 20th-century authors. Includes biographical-bibliographical entries on nearly 500 writers and approximately 550 entries focusing on significant works of world literature. Each author entry provides a detailed overview of the writer’s life and works. Work entries cover a particular piece of world literature in detail.

Shakespeare for Students
Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare’s Plays and Poetry – Collection of essays by Shakespeare scholars that have been selected for students at the high school or undergraduate college level. Each entry includes an introduction; a plot synopsis; a character list; a discussion of the work’s principal themes; information about the style and literary devices used; a conversation about the work’s historical context; and a critical overview.

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Other Specialized Research & Learning

American National Biography offers portraits of more than 18,700 men & women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped the nation.

Biography in Context includes 600,000 biographies and brings users face to face with historical figures and today’s most studied newsmakers via videos, audios and images

Biography Reference Center  lets you locate biographies of interest by browsing key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication, and more than 30 genre categories including actors, artists, authors, current world leaders, explorers, and scientists.

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 612,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 9,100 records.

History Reference Center features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. The database also includes full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Learning Express lets you achieve your educational and career goals! Each center has the tools you need for success – practice tests and entrance exams for both educational and career institutions, skill-building exercises, interactive tutorials, ebooks, and expert strategies and advice. Take practice tests for the SAT’s, to get your GED, nursing exams, military exams, and many more careers!
You will need a RI college or public library card to access this database from outside the library.

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. You can gain a very basic understanding of the language or progress up through more challenging levels. Mango languages also provides a translator page.

Topic Search is a current events database that allows you to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other popular topics from today’s classrooms.

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Just Curious

Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) database contains the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information in the market. The database covers more than 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to present. Content includes millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 110,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, over 180,000 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing, specifications & maintenance schedules, Labor Time Guide & Estimator, AutoIQ, Quick Tips (a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance), Diagnostic information and much more. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are continually added to the product. All of the content in Auto Repair Reference Center has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Consumer Reports is available through the MasterFile Premier database. Click advanced search and enter Consumer Reports in the publication field.

Heritage Quest (in library) (from home) allows you to research your own family history for school or for fun.

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.  You can gain a very basic understanding of the language or progress up through more challenging levels.  Mango Languages also provides a translator page.
You will need a RI college or public library card to access this database from outside the library.

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Just for Fun

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks

Indieflix streams movies from film festivals and independent filmmakers, including Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca

novelist is your guide to fiction reading. Find book awards lists, author biographies and personalized recommendations based on authors, series and subjects you enjoy.

 Video Hound’s Golden Movie Retriever reviews movies that are available on DVD or VHS. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.

Zinio provides your faorite magazines digitally for iPad, IPhone, Android, Mac and PC.

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