Homework & Research Help for Teens

Homework Tips

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.

Library Databases

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.

World Book Encyclopedia
historica canada 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 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 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.

Websites

Research & Writing Tools

Can You Trust That Website?

When you're doing online research for your writing assignment, you want to make sure that the websites you are consulting are factually-based.
  • Evaluating Information Sources (UBC) - This guide will help you to evaluate resources you use for research, whether it is an online or print journal article, a website, a book, a newspaper article, or other source that you want to cite.
  • MediaBias - There's no such thing as unbiased news. But hidden media bias misleads, manipulates and divides us. AllSides empowers you to understand the role media bias plays in the news and information you consume.

Internet Safety

  • MediaSmarts - Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. Topics include cyberbullying, cell phones & texting, Internet & mobile, queer representation, and more...

Citing Sources: Writing a Bibliography

A bibliography is a list of all the books, articles, websites, interviews or movies that you used to create your project or report. There are several styles of bibliographies, so find out which one your instructor prefers. This is a quick introduction to get started:

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