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September 2011

What’s New · Online Homework Help at the Library

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Yep, it’s that time of year again...homework assignments...research fair projects...standardized tests.

But we have some good news: the Library has all sorts of great online resources designed expressly to help students! Access them 24/7 from home--all you need is your library card and PIN!

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great resource to use when you’re looking for statistics, magazine and newspaper articles, images, and web resources about social issues such as euthanasia, censorship, and capital punishment.

ProQuest is the first place to begin when you need full-text articles from thousands of well-known magazines and newspapers.

Learning Express Library and the Testing and Education Reference Center have interactive online practice tests and tutorials. Tests include the PSAT, ACT, PSAT, SAT, and a variety of AP exams.

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U.S. History in Context includes thousands of primary source documents (letters, speeches, legislative acts, etc.), magazine articles, digitized maps, and photographs.

Literature Criticism Online, an indispensible resource for literary criticism, combines ten award-winning, multi-volume reference sources into one cross-searchable database. Coverage spans the centuries from classical to contemporary, and includes every major literary genre, including poetry, drama, short stories, and children’s literature.

Facts on File Science Online can be searched by subject area (chemistry, earth science, environmental science, forensic science, space and astronomy, etc.) or type of resource (diagrams, science experiments, videos, etc.).

Kids InfoBits is designed to help elementary school students with research. It includes magazines, newspapers, and reference books on the arts, science, health, people, government, history, and sports. Articles are labeled easy or more difficult to read.

Student Resources in Context contains thousands of primary source documents, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, biographies, and essays.

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CultureGrams offers reports about the history, daily life, and customs of world cultures. Reports typically include a regional overview, maps, statistics, flags, biographies of well-known people and a recipe collection. The Kids and State edition articles are appropriate for grade school students.

Please see the research databases section of our webpage for a complete list of resources for students.

Homework Chat

Use Homework HelpNow or KnowItNow to work with tutors or librarians on specific homework problems and questions. Homework Chat is for students in grades 3-12 and is available every day from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. KnowItNow24x7 is available 24/7.

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Text a Librarian

Use your cell phone or handheld device to text us a question! To use the service, start the body of the text with the keyword askus, followed by a space, followed by your question. (For example, askus what are 3 great books on the civil war?). Send your text to 66746


Teenspace includes links to homework-related resources for students, book reviews and booklists submitted by teens, and monthly feature articles.


Our website for kids offers them a place to contribute book reviews, listen to electronic storybooks from Scholastic BookFlix or TumbleBooks, connect with our homework chat service, and access a large collection of “librarian approved” homework websites.

Last, but not least—

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, call or stop by your local library and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you!