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Check out the Youth Leadership Institute

Calling all Kansas City area high school students, check out the Youth Leadership Institute! Sponsored by our colleagues, the Johnson County Community College and the Overland Park Rotary Club Foundation, the YLI is a five-day, hands-on, fun summer program that encourages leadership principles, teaches the value of community service and inspires teens to act. Apply yourself or nominate someone by May 1, 2014.

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Research Tip: Local Resources

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Visit the Kansas State Department of Education for information on homeschooling, virtual schools, building report cards, parent resources and more. All helpfully located in the “Parents” section!

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Research Tip: For New College Students

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College View is a great resource for students, especially new students. Especially helpful is the section about adjusting to dorm life.

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English Companion

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English teachers can use the English Companion site to join online groups, participate in forums and find tools to help teach English.

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Research Tip: College Visits

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Trying to choose a college? US News & World Report offers tips on what to look for in a college visit.

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Research Tip: Transitioning to College

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Heading to college in the fall? Make the transition a little easier by knowing what to expect. Southern Methodist University offers a quick comparison chart.

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Research Tip: Teacher's Resources

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Students or educators needing to find resources for coursework can find primary documents, such as first-hand accounts of the civil war, in the National Archives Teacher's Resources. Teachers will also find summer teaching workshop opportunities. 

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Research Tip: Museumpods

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Check out Museumpods, a site dedicated to podcasts from museums around the world.

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Research Tip: Exam Apps for iPhone

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Need to study on the go? Check out these reviews of exam applications for the iPhone.

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Research Tip: Take Free ACT/SAT Practice Tests

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Get ready for the SAT & ACT! Create an account for LearningExpress to take online practice exams. Exams are timed and graded and offer 2 practice tests for each exam section. Login to LearningExpress now!

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Research Tip: ACT Resources

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The ACT test is coming up! Brush up with one of our many books, the official ACT site, or an online practice exam using LearningExpressLibrary.

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Research Tip: Get the Scoop on Commmunity Colleges

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Interested in attending a Community College? Take a look at the Library's subscription to Washington Monthly - a magazine devoted to Community Colleges. The Sept/Oct issues focuses on their 2010 College Rankings.

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Research Tip: Financial Aid Fair, Oct. 21

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Need the money to finance your education? To start a degree? To finish a degree? Come to the Central Resource Library and visit with financial aid officers from local colleges, Kansas and Missouri 529 representatives, military and FAFSA representatives to discover your options for paying for college--no matter what age you are!

Oct. 21, 2010, 5-8 p.m., at the Central Resource Library gallery area.
No registration necessary.

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Research Tip: Braintrack.com

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Braintrack is an online college and university directory with schools listed worldwide. Users can search by location or degree/certifications. Visit www.braintrack.com.

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Research Tip: Paying for College

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Check out US News & World Report's article on how to pay for college without sacrificing your retirement savings and BankRate's 10 tips for paying for college.

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Research Tip: Free Literature Guides

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Full-text, online literature guides can be found at Cummings Study Guides,  www.cummingsstudyguides.net

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Research Tip: CareerColleges.com

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Find a directory of career colleges and trade schools at www.careercolleges.com

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Research Tip: Study Abroad Resource

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Wanting to go abroad for the summer? StudyAbroadDirectory.com offers plenty of information on finding programs, volunteer work, scholarships, langauge programs and more.

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Mark Your Calendar: SchoolGuides.com

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Search for schools, find preparation tips, a college fair calendar, scholarship information and more from SchoolGuides.com

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Research Tip: Applying for Financial Aid Just Got Easier

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The online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has recently been greatly simplified. Anyone needing help filling out a FAFSA form may attend a Missouri FAFSA Frenzy event, regardless of state residency. Check the site for dates and locations in and around Kansas City through February and March.

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Mark Your Calendar: Financial Aid Fair

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Visit with financial advisors from local colleges, Kansas and Missouri 529 Plan advisors, the military services, banks and a FAFSA representative to discover options for pay for college -- no matter your age.

Financial Aid Fair
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, 5 - 8 p.m.
Central Resource Library

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Research Tip: Exploring Occupations

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Career One Stop has tools to help you match your skills to occupations. They also offer other assessment tools and career tests as well as a certification finder.

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Research Tip: Writing Help

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Need help writing your paper? Check out the online help offered by Dartmouth University.

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Research Tip: Test Proctors

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Johnson County Community College Distance Learning Department offers test proctoring. The service is unavailable during school breaks in May and December.

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Research Tip: Online Tutors for College Students

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The Library's access to Tutor.com is now available from 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., and includes a College Center in addition to the middle school/high school help.

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Research Tip: Find Scholarships

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Need help finding a scholarship for college? Try Sallie Mae's free scholarship search and find more information about Federal grant money on their Web site.

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Research Tip: Join Us for the Financial Aid Fair on Aug. 4

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Are you a college bound high school student or adult returning to college? Come join the fun at the Central Resource Library on Aug. 4 from 4 - 8 p.m., and see what's out there to help you get the money you need! Representatives from area colleges, the military, federal student aid and area banks will be available to help you attain your goals.

Librarians have collected a list of useful books and Web sites to help you plan for college and find financial aid and scholarships (PDF).

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Research Tip: For the New Grad

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Fresh out of school and into the workforce? Need to create a resume or learn networking and interviewing skills? Check out our LearningExpressLibrary for help in those areas and more. All you need is a library card and PIN.

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Research Tip: Choosing a College

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Need help selecting a school, or a group of schools to apply to? Find help at CollegeAnswer, including some helpful steps to evaluating the cost.

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Research Tip: Exactly How Much Should You Save Now to Pay for College Later?

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The College Tuition Planner will help you determine what you need to save on an annual basis to pay for college.

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Research Tip: Preparing for the GRE

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Are you taking, or have recently taken the GRE? The Educational Testing Service offers a library of online preparation materials, including practice tests for easy download, details about how to interpret your score, test taking strategies and more.

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Research Tip: Best Colleges

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Princeton Review's recently updated Best 368 Colleges is available free online.

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Research Tip: New SAT Score-Reporting Policy

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The new policy on reporting SAT scores begins in the spring of 2009. Find how the new system could benefit your college application.

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Research Tip: Enrich the College Experience Through Service

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Many universities and colleges are offering an alternative winter break – an opportunity for students to embark on a week of providing service...

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Research Tip: Writing the Personal Statement

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Getting ready to apply to college? Before you get started, take a look at this article from the University of North Carolina providing tips on writing a personal statement for college applications.

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Research Tip: Best Colleges

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The America's Best Colleges 2009 rankings from U.S. News and World Report are now available.

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Research Tip: For New College Students

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College View is a great resource for students, especially new students. Especially helpful is the section about adjusting to dorm life.

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Research Tip: Study Up on Your Professors

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Heading off college soon? Curious about the professors for your classes? Check out www.ratemyprofessors.com where college students can leave ratings and comments about professors nationwide.

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Research Tip: Buff Up Your Application with a Volunteer Position

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Need more experience or activities for your first resume or a college application? Volunteer at the Library -- get all the details. Or head over to Volunteer Match to find more local volunteer opportunities.

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Research Tip: Studying a Foreign Language

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Most college-bound students are studying a foreign language. The Library offers many resources to help including books, audio CDs or cassettes and popular Pimsleur Langauge programs for download to compatible MP3 players...

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Research Tip: 2008 College Rankings

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The 2008 U.S. News & World Report college and university rankings are now available online.

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Research Tip: Collegeboard.com

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Visit collegeboard.org to find learn more about planning for college, writing application essays, applying to colleges online, finding scholarships and more.

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Research Tip: Federal Student Aid

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Are you interested in applying for Federal Student Aid but aren't sure where to start?...

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Research Tip: Foreign Language Tutors

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Are you studying a foreign language and need additional help or resources? If you are looking for a tutor, first ask at a local university's language lab. They may have students who tutor or a group you can join. You might also find a local club or organization that can offer referrals to tutors or other opportunities.

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Research Tip: Learn About Local Public and Private Schools

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The National Center for Education Statistics provides detailed information on local public and private schools including helpful information such as student/teacher ratio, number of students enrolled by grade and more.

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Research Tip: Reports on Kansas Schools

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The Kansas Department of Education provides annual report cards on Kansas schools summarizing important statistics like attendance, enrollment, graduation rates, crime statistics and more. See the descriptions for the Building, Accountability and Assessment reports for an idea of what each report contains and how they relate to each other.

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