Welcome to the ELS Media Center!





Free Online Article Searches


an archive of published articles that you can search for free. Constantly updated, it contains the hundreds of thousands of articles dating back to 1998 from more than 700 magazines and journals.

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indexes 140 online periodicals for the past year or sometimes longer). Included are articles from such journals as Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, Popular Mechanics, Fortune , and Scientific American . Search by category or keyword.



Get a different point of view from our neighbors to the north. MagOmania is Canada's Magazine Search Engine, an online database of over 300 of the top Canadian magazines. Also searchable in French.

Other Libraries' Catalogs


Asheville-Buncombe County Public Library System


UNC-A Library

Member of the Western North Carolina Library Network: search the combined catalogs of University of North Carolina -Asheville, Western Carolina University, and Appalachian State University.


Mountain College Library Network

Search the MCLN catalog for materials at Mars Hill College, Brevard, Lees-McRae, Lenoir-Rhyne, Montreat, and Warren Wilson College.

Research on the Internet


Before you Google , try these Internet Directories for reliable, focused, evaluated information!


The Librarian's Index to the Internet

Fabulous! A searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 9,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness.

The Internet Scout Project

Indispensable ! " Librarians and educators do the filtering for you, looking for the online resources most valuable to the education community."

Academic Info

Academic websites intended for high school and college students. Over 25,000 resources listed.

Not as scholarly, but big: covers more than 50,000 subjects with over 1 million links.


Close to 20,000 links to "important university level research and educational tools."

Open Directory

"over 3.8 million sites - 53,056 editors - over 460,000 categories"

The Invisible Web

"Resources that are informative, of high quality, and contain worthy information from reliable information providers that are not visible to general-purpose search engines."

Blue Web'n

Blue Web'n is an online library of 1800 + outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area). Each week 5 new sites are added.


More directories listed, along with an explanation of the differences between directories and search engines. Links to search engines, too.

American Memory

Primary source material (over 7 million items) relating to the history and culture of the US from the Library of Congress.


A Chronology of US Historical Documents

Primary documents! Read the Magna Carta, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, presidential State of the Union and Inaugural Addresses, The Mayflower compact, treaties, declarations of war and surrender documents, and much more! Brought to you by the U of Oklahoma Law College of Law.


The New York Times Learning Network

A free service for students in grades 3-12 , their teachers and parents. Updated Monday through Friday. Students: read the day's top stories or background on current events , submit a letter to the editor, ask a reporter a question and more. Teachers: access daily lesson plans.

Government Information


  • First Gov the U.S. government's official web portal
  • CIA World Factbook: Key facts, statistics, history, maps, demographics, etc. on every country in the world, brought to you by the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Country Studies: Presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of selected countries throughout the world.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: "describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations."


  • Documents in the News reliable government documents about current events as well as an archive that goes back to 1995. Brought to you by the document librarians at the U of Michigan.

Quick Reference Links


MLA Citation Style

A very colorful guide to MLA (the different parts of the citation are color-coded). Brought to you by librarian Robert Delaney of the Long Island University Library.


Landmark's Citation Machine

Having trouble with citations? Use this site to check your cites! Put your information in and the Machine generates an MLA citation for you. Fabulous for those difficult web site cites!


Parenthetical References

Examples and explanations of MLA's parenthetical citation style, brought to you by New York high school librarians .



(links to statistics, almanacs, lists, and other handy information)



(search at the same time: an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, quotation books, English usage, plus links to great books and more)


(great for statistics--ever wondered how many television sets are in Brazil?)


Conversion Online

Convert speed, distance, volume, temperature, currency and more!

Homework Help

Cybrarian (grades 3 - 8)

Kid Info (Student Index)


For Poets and Writers


Poetry and Writing Contests List

Brought to you by Poets and Writers Magazine

Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools

Selected by US Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Keep up with what's new!

Online Poetry Classroom

Access to poetry resources, including poems and exhibits that address movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Modernist poets, and the general development of American poetry in the 20th century.

Cool Stuff


Heavens Above

What's that moving star? It might be the International Space Station, a satellite, a rocket, or who knows what! This site allows you to put in your home town and generates a list of what you can see moving across the night sky, including in which direction it will appear, how many minutes it will take to cross the sky, and how high in the sky to look. All sorts of other astronomical information, too.


Fun Science Gallery

Make your own inexpensive scientific instruments, such as a "one-dollar microscope," a steroscope (see things in 3-D, a telescope, a herbarium, and more!


Peep Research: A study of Small Fluffy Creatures and Library Usage

Peeps (yes, the marshmallow ones) visit a university library and have a series of adventures.


How Everyday Things are Made

"If you've ever wondered how things are made - products like candy, cars, airplanes, or bottles - or if you've been interested in manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, or injection molding, then you've come to the right place. "


Earth as Art: A Landsat Perspective

Beautiful photographs of Earth from the Landsat 7 satellite. A Library of Congress exhibit.


The Power of Ten

Start out in space 10 million light years from the Milky Way Galaxy and zoom in to Earth until you see the inside of a leaf at the sub molecular level.



All trivia, all the time.


The Urban Legends Reference Pages

So your friend just sent you an email that sounds like it could be true, but you're not sure. Check it out here.



See your house from space!


World-Wide Webs

Got some time on your hands? Put a loop of string there instead and make some amazing figures.


How Stuff Works

Learn how everything works, from cell phones to holidays!


Teen Reads, IPL TeenSpace: What to Read, Kids' Picks Book Reviews

What Should I Read Next? Reviews of books written by teens.