Library Resources

Resources available at The Novus Academy library

All Grades
Elementary School
Animals
  • Animal Fact Guide
    Learn interesting facts about animals around the world. The site includes animal videos such as a rare pygmy hippopotamus at an Australian zoo and a wildlife blog.
  • National Geographic Kids
    Includes information about animals, insects, dinosaurs, and more. There is also a Homework Help section and information about geography.
Arts
  • DSO Kids: Dallas Symphony Kids
    Welcome to the Dallas Symphony Orchestras “magical world” of musical fun and learning for students, parents, and teachers. The music room is filled with information about musical instruments, composers, and music periods as well as the Dallas Symphony. Look for games, activities, and a library of music clips highlighting composers, instruments, musical notes, and national anthems from selected countries.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: #metkids
    Discover fun facts about works of art, hop in our time machine, watch behind-the-scenes videos, and get ideas for your own creative projects.
History and Biography
  • America’s Story: Library of Congress
    “America’s Story from America’s Library” wants you to have fun with history while learning at the same time. We want to put the story back in history and show you some things that you’ve never heard or seen before. The stuff you see comes from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The Library is the largest in the world and has millions of amazing things that will surprise you.
Language Arts
  • DuoLingo
    Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, and English. Totally fun and 100% free.
Math and Computers
  • Code.org
    Code.org is a site designed to support the learning and teaching of computer coding. Features Hour of Code, a special program designed to teach beginners how to code. Through well thought out tutorials people of all ages can learn Scratch, Hopscotch, Java, and other programming languages.
  • Cool Math 4 Kids
    Coolmath4Kids is an amusement park of games, lessons and more, designed to teach math and make it fun.
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy offers practice exercises and instructional videos about math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
  • The Mint
    Launched in 1997, the site provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

    Sections on this site have been designed for families. Most pages are written in a kid-friendly style so families can work together – or older children can work independently in learning money lessons. However, some sections have been developed exclusively for teachers and parents.

  • Study Jams
    A free Scholastic site that provides engaging multimedia lessons on math and science, ranging from basic algebra problems to more complex concepts like scientific theory and evidence.
Reference
  • Fact Monster
    Factmonster.com combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and homework help for kids. Subjects include World, U.S., People, Science, Math, and Language Arts.
  • Merriam-Webster Online
    Aside from the wonderful access to the dictionary and thesaurus, this site offers words games and a word for the day.
  • Reference.com – A Free Online Encyclopedia & Information Reference
    Reference.com is a portal of language reference tools. Resources available on the site include an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, translator, and Spanish language tutorial. Additional resources include word games, such as crossword puzzles, and a quotation finder. The various tools of the site can be accessed by clicking on the buttons at the top of the page. Each tool can be searched by using a basic search box.

    Dictionary definitions and thesaurus terms are taken from established sources, such as the American Heritage, Harper Collins, and Random House dictionaries. Encyclopedia entries are provided by the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and Wikipedia. Special features include a blog, a daily crossword puzzle, a crossword solver, and a mobile app for the site’s online dictionary

Science
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy offers practice exercises and instructional videos about math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
  • Study Jams
    A free Scholastic site that provides engaging multimedia lessons on math and science, ranging from basic algebra problems to more complex concepts like scientific theory and evidence.
Social Sciences
  • Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
    Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government.
Sports
World
 
Middle and Upper School Resources
Animals
Arts
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: #metkids
    Discover fun facts about works of art, hop in our time machine, watch behind-the-scenes videos, and get ideas for your own creative projects.
  • SmartHistory: Art and Art History
    Experience the history of art from the Paleolithic period to the present in guided videos and scholarly essays, divided into sections by cultures, styles and themes.
Current Events
History and Biography
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures
    Explore manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers right up to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century. Browse through a wide range of rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, to historic maps and travel journals.
  • American West
    Explore the fact and the fiction of westward expansion in America from the early eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Browse a wide range of rare and original documents including printed books, journals, historic maps, broadsides, periodicals, advertisements, photographs, artwork and more.
  • Biography.com
    With over 7,000 biographies and daily features that highlight newsworthy, compelling and surprising points-of-view, we are the digital source for true stories about people that matter.
  • The Handbook of Texas Online
    Comprehensive source of articles relating to all aspects of Texas history.
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections
    American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
Literature and Languages
  • CliffsNotes Literature
    Having trouble understanding Shakespeare or 1984? CliffsNotes FREE study guides are written by teachers and professors for students as a supplement to their reading. Over 300 titles available.
  • CliffsNotes Study Guides
    Understand basic math and biology, as well as advanced topics like Organic Chemistry and Statistics. Whether you’re studying sociology, differential equations, or French II, these free CliffsNotes articles can help you when doing your homework, writing papers, or taking tests.
  • DuoLingo
    Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, and English. Totally fun and 100% free.
  • EasyBib
    Create a bibliography and citation online.
  • OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab
    Offers over 200 free tutorials and resources about writing, grammar, and citation.
  • Shakespeare for Kids
    Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare lives on in classrooms everywhere. He is the most commonly taught author in American schools, and his works continue to challenge and stir new generations of readers.
  • SparkNotes
    SparkNotes Guides: Our guides contain thorough summaries and insightful critical analyses. We offer more than 500 guides for English literature and Shakespeare, and a vast number of guides for history, math, biology, and other subjects. Our most popular guides now include quick quizzes, so you can test your retention before the test.
Math and Computers
  • Code.org
    Code.org is a site designed to support the learning and teaching of computer coding. Features Hour of Code, a special program designed to teach beginners how to code. Through well thought out tutorials people of all ages can learn Scratch, Hopscotch, Java, and other programming languages.
  • Convert-me.com
    A conversion tool for weight, time, length, area, speed, pressure, and other things.
  • CoolMath.com
    Coolmath.com offers “math for ages 13-100” — explanations that are easy to grasp on topics like algebra, pre-calculus and more.
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy offers practice exercises and instructional videos about math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
  • The Mint
    Launched in 1997, the site provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

    Sections on this site have been designed for families. Most pages are written in a kid-friendly style so families can work together – or older children can work independently in learning money lessons. However, some sections have been developed exclusively for teachers and parents.

Reference
  • Merriam-Webster Online
    Aside from the wonderful access to the dictionary, this site offers words games and a word for the day.
  • Reference.com – A Free Online Encyclopedia & Information Reference
    Reference.com is a portal of language reference tools. Resources available on the site include an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, translator, and Spanish language tutorial. Additional resources include word games, such as crossword puzzles, and a quotation finder. The various tools of the site can be accessed by clicking on the buttons at the top of the page. Each tool can be searched by using a basic search box.

    Dictionary definitions and thesaurus terms are taken from established sources, such as the American Heritage, Harper Collins, and Random House dictionaries. Encyclopedia entries are provided by the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and Wikipedia. Special features include a blog, a daily crossword puzzle, a crossword solver, and a mobile app for the site’s online dictionary.

Science
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy offers practice exercises and instructional videos about math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
Social Sciences
  • Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
    Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government.
  • Congress.gov
    Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public.
World
  • Olympics Official Site
    Find the winners of every event in every Olympics since 1896–along with slide shows and videos, career profiles of renowned athletes, virtual exhibitions about the ancient and modern Games, Olympics news, and descriptions of each sport.