Howard County Library System
Online Learning & Research

Learn a Language
Learn a new language with Mango Languages. Mango provides adult level language instruction in up to 45 different languages and training for individuals in need of English as a second language instruction for 15 separate languages. For youth, use Little Pim, which is designed for language instruction in 15 different languages for children up to age 6.
Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life)
More than 300 six-week career education courses, including:
  • Courses to support business professionals, such as business law, human resources, management, manufacturing, and marketing.
  • Computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced.
  • Courses in parenting, the arts, hobbies.
  • A multitude of health and wellness offerings.
See the course catalog.
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List of Online Research Tools

Online Research

Howard County Library System (HCLS) offers access to thousands of full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles through numerous specialized online research tools.

Homework Assistance and Practice Tests
LearningExpress Library – Take free online practice tests and courses for school and work, including Advanced Placement, SAT, nursing, and teaching. Get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and analysis of results.

Online Homework Assistance (Brainfuse) – Receive free tutoring in math, reading, science, social studies, English/language arts, and writing from teachers with this online service for students from kindergarten through college. English and Spanish speaking tutors are available seven days a week from 2:00 pm until 11:55 pm.

Testing & Education Research Center - Take a variety of free high school, college and career related online practice exams. Sort through thousands of colleges, graduate schools and vocational schools to identify the school or schools that fit your individual needs. Search for sources of college and graduate school financial aid. Take a career assessment to help identify the careers that best suit your interests and capabilities. View online editions of Petersons and Arco test prep books.

Research e-books, magazines and newspapers: