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Homework Help

Below you will find databases that have thousands of books, magazines, journal articles and more — great for homework assignments, research, and other fact finding assignments. They are available 24/7 with a library card.

Need help? Ask a librarian!

Getting Started

If you are stuck on a subject and don't know where to start, try the following online libraries. They cover a wide range of topics and provide multiple resources you can choose from.

  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - Search through 25,000 encyclopedic entries on a variety of subjects.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - This library has a collection of printed resources that can be searched online. Topics include, science, history, biographies, and more.
  • MasterFILE Premier - Full text articles from journals, primary source documents, and reference books. There are also a large variety of photos that you can add to your research assignments.

General Resources

These libraries cover a variety of topics, useful for science, language arts, and other school subjects:

  • Biography in Context - Do you need to learn more about a famous scientist? Writing a report about an author or historical figure? This library has over 600,000 biographies taken from reference materials, magazines, and other multimedia sources.
  • Book Collection: Non-Fiction High School Edition & Middle School Edition - Each of these contains more than 2,000 full text books that cover subjects from art history to zoology. The search allows you to find books with images and related subjects that might be helpful for your research and you can save, export, and print your findings for further study.
  • Credo Reference - An easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.
  • Explora - Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students succeed in their research.
  • Read It! - More than 1,000 articles, written especially for English language learners on topics such as history, civics, literature, science, and life skills. Articles are short and written to support reading skills and help students and adults build background knowledge, conduct research, and improve study skills.
  • Research in Context - If you can't get to the physical library to do your research, this is a great first stop for history, science, literature, social studies, and other subjects. The easy-to-use search features makes it simple to find primary source articles required by many instructors.
  • MAS Ultra School Edition - Are you stuck with a difficult research topic? You will find information from magazines, encyclopedias, newspapers, primary source documents, books, and more in this massive online library. This library also contains pictures, maps, flags, and other full color text that you can use for your assignments.

History and Social Studies

  • CultureGrams Online - Are you looking for information specific to certain countries? CultureGrams has over 190 countries with information on maps, statistics, recipes, and more. Included is information about all 50 states.
  • Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives - If you are looking for primary resources for WWI, WWII, Revolutionary War, African American history, Native American History, and more? Then this library is for you. Find information in newspapers, files, historical texts, and documents that will enhance your research project.

Language Studies

  • Mango Languages - Need some help with your language classes? This database is a one stop shop for improving your conversation skills in 64 different languages. You will need to create a free account to get started.


  • Literature Resource Center - Find exactly what you need with full text articles, essays, book reviews, biographies, stories, interviews, and poems. You can search a specific author or a specific title and listen to interviews.


  • Learning Express Library - This online resource will help you develop your math skills with practice tests, worksheets, and tutorials. Click on the school center to access materials specific to your grade level.


  • Science Reference Center - Stuck trying to find the perfect science fair idea? Science Reference Center can help you find just what you need with printable photos, magazine articles, and information from popular science reference materials.

Test Prep

  • Learning Express Library - This online resource will help you study for your upcoming ACT and SAT tests. There are additional materials to help with homework, computer skills, and job preparation.