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Gale InfoTrac
Extensive menu of databases on a range of topics in the humanities, business and health.

Educator's Reference Complete
Full-text periodicals for teachers and school administrators

Junior Edition K-12
Designed for students in junior high and middle school. Provides access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Kids InfoBits
Developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Provides an online, interactive learning platform of practice exercises and test, diagnostic tools, and tutorials in math, language arts and Spanish language acquisition.

Issues & Controversies in American History
This source combines authoritative factual accounts with in-depth explanations of opposing points of view and numerous special features, so students and other users can quickly grasp the essentials of even the most complex historical topics.

SIRS Knowledge Source
SIRS Researcher contains relevant, current information on social issues. It includes carefully selected articles, primary source documents, websites, charts, maps, and illustrations chosen for relevancy, currency, credibility, and curricular applicability. It's a great place to start student research.
SIRS Interactive Citizenship presents basic enduring topics and dynamically links them to current information so users can understand how the past influences the present.

Science Online
Science Online is a complete reference database containing thousands of entries covering animal anatomy, anthropology and archaeology, astronomy and space technology, atomic physics, biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth science, environmental science, general science, genetics, health and medicine, human anatomy and physiology, marine science, physics, and weather and climate.


An extensive free resource for curriculum materials, lesson plans, and relevant source material for grades K-12, searchable by subject and grade level. Thinkfinity draws on a wide range of reliable partner websites and links resources to state curriculum standards. Must be seen!

Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Home Learning Association

Home Education Magazine
This online edition of the magazine features essays, articles, and op-ed pieces about homeschooling. Features a FAQ that answers questions about legislation, teaching, networking with other families, and students with special needs. Also recommends books, curriculum resources, links to state laws and regulations, and links to other related sites. Includes archived issues of both the magazine and online newsletter and a printable homeschool guide.

A to Z Home’s Cool
Find links to "the best and most interesting and useful sites and articles about home education on the web." Features homeschooling laws, lesson plans, advice on homeschooling teens, support group and community networking resources, distance learning programs, ideas for field trips, and much more. Maintained by a parent with homeschooling experience.

Waldorf Family Network
A community service project of Michaelmas Farm, a grassroots family-owned initiative with related programs and services based in MA. “Our primary purpose is to act as a vehicle to help foster personal connections, share practical resources, and nourish a sense of community among home learning families who are inspired by Waldorf education and the work of Rudolf Steiner.”

Massachusetts Department of Education


The home school manual : plans, pointers, reasons, and resources
Theodore E. Wade

The Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling
Patrick Farenga
IKE.F223b 2000

The homeschooling handbook : from preschool to high school, a parent's guide
Mary Griffith
IKE.G875h 1999

Family matters : why homeschooling makes sense
David Guterson
IKE.G982f 1993

SUBJECT HEADINGS (search in all Western Mass. Libraries)

Home schooling
Home schooling handbooks, manuals, etc.
Home schooling juvenile literature
Home schooling United States
Home schooling United States handbooks, manuals, etc.

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