Homework Help: Best Bets for Student Research

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With the school year well underway, research papers and class projects are now starting to come due. If you’re a student (or parent of one), one of your first stops on the library website should be our Research page, where you can browse premium resources based on topic or alphabetically by title.

Parent watching over teen child doing homeworkEncyclopedias & Reference is a good place to get started, especially if you’re looking for basic information on a topic or trying to decide what aspect of a subject you want to expand your research on. Many of you may already be familiar with reference staples like Britannica and World Book Online, both of which offer versions for children as well as teens and adults. The library also recently acquired a subscription to Scholastic Go!, which provides credible, accurate, reliable content on almost every core subject as well as access to Encyclopedia Americana, Amazing Animals of the World, Land and Peoples and the New Book of Popular Science.

If you’re not already familiar with Literati/CREDO Reference, a key feature is that it includes over 10,000 “Topic Pages” which 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 from state certified teachers for students in grades 3-12.

Gale’s Research In Context, created for middle-schoolers, and Student Edition, geared at high school students, provide high quality reference content, videos, newspapers, magazines and primary sources that help students complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies and history.

When it comes to exploring hot topics and enduring controversies (capital punishment, immigration, etc.), Opposing Viewpoints presents each side of an issue and helps students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own conclusions.

The library also subscribes to subject-specific resources, including Bloom’s Literature, where you can access thousands of critical essays, author biographies and plot summaries of literary works, and Access Science, the authoritative and dynamic online reference covering all major scientific disciplines.

Of course, just like our books, CDs and DVDs, all of these e-resources are free with your Fauquier County Public Library card!

If you have any questions or would like a demonstration of what these resources have to offer, call (540) 422-8500 ext. 6862, e-mail us, or stop by the reference desk at your local library and a reference librarian will get you started.

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Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

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