Homework Help: School Tools You Can Use

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Pencil sitting on pages of dictionaryIf you’re not already aware, your library card provides you with free access to numerous research and reference resources — available online, any time, from any Internet-connected device. Below are a selection of resources that are geared at students…

Britannica Library: This reference staple offers research materials through three levels of access: children, young adults and the reference center for adults. Content includes three encyclopedias, new and continually updated journal articles, primary-source material, multimedia assets, a world atlas and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in English/Spanish. Students will appreciate the “How-To” documents on creating book reviews, presentations, research papers and science reports.

Literati/CREDO Reference: Literati is a good tool for finding topics and basic information in high school or first-year college courses. The site includes over 10,000 “Topic Pages” provide authoritative background information, context and customized links to online reference materials and other vetted library resources. In addition, the site offers Live Homework Help to give real time access to state certified teachers for students in grades 3-12.

Kids InfoBits: Perfect for young learners (grades K-5), the graphical interface of this e-resource helps kids explore age-appropriate, educational content.

InfoTrac Student Edition: Geared at older students, this site provides access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. It also includes age-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

World Book Online: Access encyclopedia articles, maps, science project ideas and more. There is also a Spanish version of the World Book Encyclopedia.

Bloom’s Literature: This resource contains more than 20,000 critical essays from over 500 literary journals and 2,300 scholarly and critical books, including 700 titles published by Bloom’s Literary Criticism and Facts On File. Also included in the database are more than 13,000 biographies, 45,000 character entries, 5,000 synopses of literary works and hundreds of images and videos.

If you need help with these or any of the library’s research resources,  e-mail a librarian or call the Adult Reference Desk at (540) 422-8500 ext. 6862.

Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian, Warrenton central library


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