Online Language Learning PDF Print E-mail
Livemocha script logoHave you always wanted to learn a language? Are you trying to learn one now? If so, a new online interactive language learning resource is now available through the Orange Beach Public Library.

The world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha offers free online language courses in 38 languages including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Mandarin to millions of members from over 190 countries. It also offers extensive ESL (English as a Second Language) support. Because an important part of Livemocha's offering for adults is access to assistance from native speakers in every language, Livemocha also supports a separate platform for children with the same high-quality language learning materials without the social networking component.

It’s easy to use. Just choose the adult or juvenile Livemocha site, enter a valid Orange Beach library card number, choose a language from the drop-down menu and register with an email address and password to log in. It’s accessible anywhere, 24/7. You can find it using the links above or by clicking the Research tab.
Encyclopedia Britannica PDF Print E-mail

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Encyclopeida Britannica World Analyst can be accessed from the library web page.  Users can create tables and charts comparing countries across multiple statistical categories, or focus on statistics for a single country. Data reflects the most recent available statistics.  Compare two countries!  This is just one of the features of the Encyclopeida Britannica Online resource brought to you by your library and the Alabama Virtual Library.  Get home access to Encyclopedia Britannica and other resources with your AVL (Alabama Virtual Library Card).  Come to the library with your valid Alabama Driver's license to get an AVL card today!
Comprehensive Resources PDF Print E-mail

The following websites are recommended by librarians at the Orange Beach Public Library. If you would like to use the online versions of Novels for Students, Short Stories for Students and Poetry for Students, the Orange Beach Public Library provides access to these resources.  To access the Literary Criticism, click on the link and enter your library card number and zip code.  More subscription resources can be found via Alabama Virtual Library (AVL).   These resources are available at every Orange Beach Public Library location, as well as at school, at work, or at home with a valid Alabama Virtual Library card. 

Multi-Source Help

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    Provides access to a variety of reference materials, including The American Heritage Dictionary (Fourth Edition), Roget's II New Thesaurus, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, and more.

  • Encarta from Microsoft
    Provides free access to more than 4,500 encyclopedia articles, a dictionary, a thesaurus, and an atlas.

  • Infoplease from Pearson Education
    Includes free access to the Time Almanac, The Columbia Encyclopedia (Sixth Edition), The Random House Dictionary, a thesaurus, an atlas, white pages, and more.

  • Technorati a popular web log (blog) search engine.  Find a blog or blogs to meet your needs and interests.  Learn about blogging.

Women PDF Print E-mail


  • FemBio
    From the Institute for Women's Biography Research, this database contains information on more than 30,000 notable women worldwide. Site is available in English or German.

  • First Ladies Gallery
    Biographies of every First Lady, from Martha Washington to the present.

  • National Women's Hall of Fame
    Official web site for the 35 year old institution based in Seneca Falls, New York; provides detailed information about its 200+ inductees.

  • Woman's Legal History Biography Project
    Detailed (posthumous) biographical sketches of women in the field of law.

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