Homework & Research Help for Teens
There are loads of resources to help you with your homework. Library databases have lots of useful information that’s not necessarily available through Google. Plus, you know you can trust this information. Many websites can also help you with your homework, but make sure you’re safe while surfing the Internet, that the websites you find are from reliable sources, and learn how to cite those sources.
The “databases” here have lots of information not typically available through the Internet. You’ll need your library card to log into some of them.
|Historica Canada – the authoritative source for all things Canadian. Website includes new interactive features such as timelines, a Canada Tweets feed that aggregates updates from history-making Canadians, curated content exhibits and a user-generated content map that invites Canadians to share their own stories.|
|EbscoHost – Search more than 10,000 popular and academic magazines, reference books, plus images, covering all subject areas, from current events and history to the arts and sciences. Many Canadian titles are included.|
|Explora Canada – Information for students of all ages on a wide variety of topics, from history and current events to science and technology. Search a variety of sources such as magazines, encyclopedias, primary source documents and more.|
|Canadiana provides access to the digital collections of Canada’s libraries, museums, and archives. It’s a great single source for Canada’s documentary heritage for researchers, students, and the general public. Now surpassing the 60 million-page mark, it opens the door to books, journals, newspapers, government documents, photographs, maps, post cards, sheet music, audio and video files about our nation’s heritage.|
GreenFILE is a free database with an environmental focus, containing accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.
|Campus Program – University, college and employment resources that guide you from high school to your dream job.|
MasterFile Premier – Search the content of more than 10,000 popular and academic magazines, reference books, plus images, covering all subject areas, from current events and history to the arts and sciences. Many Canadian titles are included. Narrow results by date, subject, publication, etc.
|Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.”
3300 videos explain many subjects.
WebsitesThe following websites that have been reviewed by librarians and are recommended as good starting points to help with your homework:
|Smithsonian Learning Lab||"More than a million images, recordings, and texts from the Smithsonian's 19 museums, 9 major research centers, and the national zoo. It is easy to find something of interest because search results display pictures rather than lists. Whether you’ve found what you were looking for or just discovered something new, it's easy to personalize it. Add your own notes and tags, incorporate discussion questions, and save and share."|
|LearnNowBC||A single point of entry to distributed learning in British Columbia through the use of Edmark Learning Software.|
|Khan Academy||"Learn almost anything for free." - 3300 videos explain many subjects.|
|BC Archives Time Machine||Includes chapters on the Cariboo Gold Rush, First Nations in BC, and Art in BC History.|
|Royal BC Museum Learning Portal||The Learning Portal is the place for learners of all ages to explore British Columbia’s natural and human history through the Royal BC Museum collections.|
|BC Government - Education||Provides loads of support topics, including curriculum and assessment, diverse student needs, and more.|
|Community Learning Network’s Subject Areas||Compiled by BC’s Community Learning Network, the resources on this site are divided by subject areas linked to BC’s curriculum.|
|Multnomah County Library||Homework Guides - This site is a great resource for homework guides on a variety of topics.|
|GradeSaver||Study guides and essay help.|
|Smart Scholar||Resource site for finding scholarships|
|Easy Excel||Tutorials on how to use Microsoft Excel.|
|LearnFree.org||Tutorials on many subject at all grade levels.|
Can You Trust That Website?Anyone can build a website, so you need to make sure the ones you’re looking at are from people you can trust. Here’s how...
|Evaluating Information Sources||From UBC|
|Evaluating Websites||A checklist [PDF]|
|Internet Safety Resources||Created by the RCMP|
|Internet Saftey from MediaSmarts||Topics range from cyberbullying, cell phones & texting, Internet & mobile, queer representation, and more...|
Citing Sources: Writing a Bibliography
What’s a bibliography?It’s a list of all the books, articles, websites, interviews or movies that you used to create your project or report.
Why do I need a bibliography?It’s important to give credit to the people whose work you used for your report. And it gives you, your teacher and anyone else who reads your report a chance to refer to those sources for more information.
How do I write a bibliography?There are different ways you can do this and your teacher will tell you which they prefer (if they haven’t, just ask them).
|Write a Bibliography||By wikihow|
|Online Writing Lab||From Purdue University|
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Check our Teens page for more information on library programs for teens and other websites to help support teens as they grow up.