Fauquier County Public Library

Homework Help: Research In Context

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Middle school is an important time for pre-teens and teens to develop research skills that ensure academic success into high school and beyond. Encyclopedias and reference materials geared toward adults probably aren’t the best option for a sixth grader, and simply “Googling” a topic isn’t going to lead to high quality, vetted content that is only available through a subscription. With papers and research projects looming, now is the time to get focused!

Created specifically for students in grades 6-8, Research In Context combines the best reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources and much more. Highly visual and mobile-friendly, the site is designed with younger researchers in mind.

Covering the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies and U.S. and world history, Research In Context features:

  • Engaging reference, periodical and multimedia content
  • Authoritative information from sources like Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic
  • Alignment to national and state curriculum standards
  • Topic pages and overviews written explicitly for middle schoolers
  • Helpful tools that allow students to create highlights, notes and citations and download to Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or a computer

You can find Research In Context on our website’s Research section, in the A-Z list as well as in the Encyclopedias & Reference area. You’ll need your 10-digit library card number to access our research databases. If you don’t have a library card, sign up for one today.

Need more help or not sure where to begin? Email a librarian or call the Adult Reference Desk at (540) 422-8500 ext. 6862. You can also get in-person homework help at the Bealeton library as well as online tutoring in math, science, English and the SAT from Credo. Library closed? Visit our website for more recommended homework help resources.

~ Alison Pruntel, Library Systems Administrator

Want to stay informed about books, websites and events for teens and young adult readers? Check out more from Reading Riot.

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