Reference Websites

Reference Websites

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 are available to every student and citizen of Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state. (Information from The Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet)

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 questionning process to help decide whether a resource is credible or not.


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.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online

Online Resource of the classic Dictionary!


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

Purdue Owl

Great reference website for students looking for information on how to cite research sources in the correct format. They have the MLA, ALA, and Chicago styles and the different categories.

Gives information about Plagiarism, the consequences of it, and how to prevent it.

Avoiding Plagiarism

From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this website offers more information on how to prevent plagiarism in your research work.


From the Ted-Ed website: 

"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."

From the Homepage:

" 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

(Information from Alabama's Technology Initiatives Fact Sheet)

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).

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Our entertaining & educational videos come with tons of additional resources – Teachers Guides, activities, quizzes, and much more! We also offer Current Events lessons – 2 each school day with vocabulary words and discussion questions.

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