Pierce County Library System offers tools to help students

As students return to the classroom, the Pierce County Library System offers its Tools for Students program, http://tools.pcls.us, which provides in-library and online resources including live tutors for free.

Tools for Students includes in-depth research tools, biographies, science experiments, math picture books and many other resources. Access to all of these resources is free with a Pierce County library card, https://www.piercecountylibrary.org/ecard.aspx?id=1502.

Tools for Students:

  • Homework Help: Speak with professional real-time, online tutors and get expert help on essays to calculus.
  • Research Rocket: Articles from familiar kids’ magazines and news sources. Search by topic and reading level.
  • Gale Biography in Context: Review brief biographies with links to articles in newspapers, magazines and websites.
  • Gale in Context for Elementary, Middle and High School: Learn with a combination of reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines and primary sources. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and more.
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Compare opinions, articles and reference materials about controversial topics.
  • Science Online from Infobase: Discover experiments, videos, biographies and science research.
  • Pronunciator: Learn more than 160 languages.
  • SIRS Discoverer: Access research for middle and elementary school students incorporating articles from 1,400+ publications and selected topic websites.
  • Booklists: Improve student-reading levels for every grade with accelerated reader lists–books available in libraries, curbside and online.
  • Science to Go backpacks: STEAM books and activities for grades K-5 in backpacks.


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