Homework help in the time of COVID-19: tutor.com

Tutor.com is a great resource providing homework help to students in grade school through college. Any ACLA library card holder can access tutor.com via this link: tutor.com/clpgh

Students can create a free account with their library card number. Creating an account enables the student to save their work, pickup where they left off, and connect with a favorite tutor.

Tutors are available to help with different grade levels and subjects. Live help is available between 12pm and 12 am. Other tools include the option to submit a paper for review or drop off a math question.

For college-age and older students, Tutor.com has partnered with the Princeton Review to offer practice tests and video lessons for the: SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT. These resources are accessible under the “Other Tools” tab.

Although COVID-19 has made learning different in 2020, and tutor.com is here to help.

-Kate Straccia, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Newspaper Navigator

The Library of Congress recently rolled out a new research tool in conjunction with their wonderful Chronicling America tool: Newspaper Navigator.

On the landing page for Newspaper Navigator is a great introduction video from LOC Innovator in Residence Benjamin Lee.


Here is a post from LOC that details how Newspaper Navigator came to be and how they envision this resource being a helpful research tool:


Newspaper Navigator allows users to search for visual data across newspapers from 1789-1963. This will certainly become a resource used by those doing family histories, as well as deeper historical research in general.

Jeff, South Park

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Gale Presents: Udemy

On-Demand Learning for In-Demand Skills

Built around learner engagement, Udemy’s platform offers the highest-quality content for the most in-demand skills. Users can select the instructor and content that best addresses their skills need and learning preferences and filter search results on course features, level, duration, topic, and ratings. Smart recommendations based on the learner’s previous in-app activities offer a personalized learning experience with suggested courses relevant to their interests. 

Gale Presents: Udemy* offers more than 6,000 high-quality, on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors across 75 categories for upskilling in the areas of business, technology, and design. Patrons can also achieve personal success with courses on health and well-being, the arts, language learning, and more. 

To keep the content fresh, courses are updated with new material addressing emerging topics. In fact, 85 percent of the collection has been updated in the last two years, ensuring learners are developing skills in the most relevant areas. 

With an app for iOS and Android, users can download courses to watch offline, listen to courses with podcast-style audio, and watch courses using Chromecast or Apple TV. 

A Google or Microsoft email is needed to set up a Gale Presents: Udemy account but personal information is not shared or sold.

Log onto Gale Presents: Udemy to create an account or to find out more information.

*Content is powered by the Udemy for Business collection. 

~ Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Hoopla – helping you learn new hobbies

While running virtual programs I have been sharing all the wonderful e-resources we have to offer to our patrons who are not comfortable coming into the library yet, or their home library isn’t yet fully operational. One resource I’ve been sharing is Hoopla. We all know the amazing things they have to offer. I had not realized the full extent until Tuesday night when I was hosting an open mic night over Zoom and one of our attendees was so excited to share with me all the how to videos he found! So that got me thinking, he found how-to videos for learning guitar and piano…what else is there? SO I went on a Hoopla search and here is what I found!

So whether you are wanting to learn new skills or hobbies,or shaking off the cobwebs, be sure to remember Hoopla for videos as well as e-books and e-audio for all your how-to needs!

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