Whether you're researching your thesis, learning how to change the oil in your car or hunting for a good read, libraries offer enrichment, information and escape. And through Military OneSource, you can explore them without even leaving the comfort of home. With more than thirty different "libraries" at your fingertips, you can get homework help for your child, listen to an audiobook edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" at AudioBookCloud, or test yourself with Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course for military success. Whatever your interest or goal, you're sure to find something to satisfy your reading needs. Here's just a sampling of what's available!
Research and reference
For anyone working on a paper, looking for the answer to a specific question or seeking information on a particular subject, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Online Libraries offer a wealth of resources for research and reference. The General Reference Center brings you articles (many with complete text and images) on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies and more. Search magazines, reference books, newspapers and a variety of other sources all in a single, user-friendly interface.
You can visit the Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center to brush up on current social and political issues, from distracted driving and global warming to offshore drilling and Middle East peace. Track down a long-lost ancestor at HeritageQuest Online, where you can find information on people and places in more than 2.3 million genealogy and local history articles. You can also search the records of the Freedman's Bank, established in Washington, D.C. in 1865, to serve freed slaves.
Service members may be particularly interested in the Military & Intelligence Database, where they can search more than 500 journals, articles, books and magazines relevant to the military community. At News Bank Publications, you'll find online editions of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Federal Times.
Do it yourself
If you like libraries for all the practical information and instruction they have to offer, you'll find plenty of it through MWR Library Resources. Amateur mechanics will want to check out the Auto Repair Reference Center, where they can enter the make and model of a vehicle to retrieve diagnostic information, diagrams and step-by-step instructions for repairing different components. At the Small Engine Repair Reference Center, you can access the full set of Clymer manuals to help you fix your lawnmower, motorcycle, boat motor and more.
If you'd rather plan your portfolio than replace your timing belt, you can become an investment guru at the Morningstar Investment Research Center, where users can get information on stocks and mutual funds, visit the Investment Classroom to hone their investing skills, explore dozens of articles and videos to learn more about the ins and outs of the stock market and much more.
You can also access more practical how-to information on a huge range of subjects from home repairs to travel planning by searching available periodicals within different online "libraries." For instance, you can use the full text of a well-known consumer magazine article to research your next cell phone purchase or access an article from a popular homemaking/lifestyle magazine on little ways to save big money on your grocery bill. Whatever you want to do (or do better), you're likely to find a book or an article to tell you how.
Education or career advancement
MWR online libraries are also a great resource for those looking to advance their education or career. Peterson's DoD MWR Education Resource Center provides test prep for the PSAT, SAT, ASVAB and more. You'll also find last-minute study tips; quick quizzes; techniques for beating test stress; and test information, dates and deadlines.
For service members and their families, Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course "is designed for individuals who want to build a solid academic foundation by improving their math and verbal skills in order to score well on exams, advance their education, and excel in their careers." The course helps users identify their math and language strengths and weaknesses and designs a Customized Learning Path tailored to each individual. A variety of interactive exercises helps you learn each lesson, and you can track your progress with quizzes and practice sets.
Those on the college track might want to check out Gale Virtual Reference Library's College Blue Book. Use the Blue Book to get information on thousands of two- and four-year colleges in the United States and Canada, including degree programs, scholarships, occupational education programs and narrative descriptions.
Just for kids
For toddlers, teens and kids in between, Military OneSource offers online library resources to help children keep their grades up, research paper topics, learn to read or just find a gripping story for a rainy afternoon. Show your kids how to access these online resources and let them explore and develop a lifelong love of books and learning or find an animated picture book to read together with your younger child.
At TumbleBook for Beginning Readers, kids can access hundreds of storybooks and non-fiction titles on a wide range of subjects from animals and insects to fables and fantasy. The Tumblesearch function allows you to search by title, author, subject, reading level and more. Enjoy illustrated and animated books that keep kids' attention, and when you're done reading, TumbleBook offers puzzles to solve, memory and spelling games to play and videos to watch as well. Keep track of your kids' favorite titles using the "My Favorites" function, and put together a playlist of their best-loved books to play one after the other with "My Playlist." At TumbleBook, kids can enjoy hours of fun reading and learning.
Older readers will enjoy all the read-along books, graphic novels and other e-books found at TumbleBookCloud. Just one of many available titles, "The Outside of a Horse" tells the story of a teenager who uses her love of horses to help her father, an Iraq war veteran, recover from the physical and emotional injuries he sustained during his deployment. Kids can also choose from a wide selection of young adult/teen fiction, short stories and classics like "The Great Gatsby."
For kids who could use a little extra help with their algebra homework, Tutor.com may be just the ticket. Tutors are available 24-hours a day, at no cost to students in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, National Guard and reserves, wounded warriors and deployed DoD civilian families. A student works with a tutor in a secure online classroom where they can chat, upload files, browse the Internet and even draw on a shared whiteboard together. Help is available in more than 20 academic subject areas, including social studies, chemistry, English, history and more. Sample tests for the SAT, ACT and advanced placement exams are also available. Better grades are just a few clicks away!
All of the books, magazines, and other resources available through DoD MWR online libraries represent entire new worlds for you and your family to explore-and they're available at no cost to you. Check them out for yourself and see what doors they open for you! Visit Military OneSource and log in to get started today!