Digital materials can be found through the database list on the Library web page:
ResearchIt CT, Connecticut’s state library online, allows you to read full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals.
- Newspapers/Magazines: Follow our links under “Magazines”, “Popular Magazines”, and the different newspaper headings, to see publications ranging from the New York Times to People Magazine, provided by Amity, local town libraries, or the CT State Library. (Our local libraries even have some digital magazines in Spanish!)
Some titles available include Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Consumer Reports on Health, Atlantic, Backpacker, Bonjour, Ebony, Field & Stream, Inc., Jet, Outdoor Life, Saturday Evening Post, and Ski.
- eBooks and Audiobooks at RB Digital: You can find free ebooks and audiobooks through ResearchIt CT’s “A-to-Z” list. Sign up for an RB Digital account from inside school, and access it anywhere. If you sign up from home, you will need to gain entry into RB Digital the first time with your local library card number as authorization.
- More free eBooks and audiobooks can be found through other public web sites, or sources like Project Gutenberg. These books may not have the pretty formatting of a print book, but they have the basic text, and are a great alternative, especially for classic literature, like Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”, the Koran (Al Qur’an), and Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”.
Online Tools for Reading
Rewordify allows you to paste in complex text, and convert it into text that substitutes more difficult words with a simplified form.
Newsela is a news source that allows you to change the reading level of any article, view definitions for words, and create word lists and quizzes. For most options you should create an account. Paid accounts give even more features.