Homework Help

Plano Public Library System recommends these quality resources for homework help.  Click on the images to link directly to databases.

Library Resources

STEAM Kits

Promoting innovative literacy, the STEAM kits offer families a way to experiment and learn together.  Initially created in partnership with University of Texas at Dallas, the selection of kits continues to grow and includes learning components for science, technology, engineering, arts and math to support STEAM-based learning.  Kits are available for preschool, elementary, teen, and adult audiences.

Library Databases

BookFlix

Online literacy resource to help build a love of reading and learning in all children.  Access this database through the library’s website to ensure authentication by Scholastic.

Facts on File

Reference databases on science, history, multicultural subjects, geography, health, and career guidance.  A database of printable forms and curriculum resources for grades K-12 is also available.

fold3

A growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served from the Revolutionary War onward.  This database is available in-library only.

Learning Express Library 3.0

Online practice tests for civil service, firefighter, emergency medical services, law enforcement, GED, FRE, TAKS, ASVAB, real estate, SAT, TOEFL, TASP, plus other occupations/subjects, college prep, software tutorials, and more excellent learning tools.

 

Literature Resource Center – GALE

Content includes literature criticism, biographies, topic and work overviews, reviews, news, primary sources, and literary works, images, and links to audio interviews and reviews covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world.

 

MasterFILE Premier – EBSCO

Contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals, 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an image collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.

 

NoveList K-8

Database about books specifically for younger readers.  Helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

 

Opposing Points of View – GALE

Contains nearly 5,000 current social topics:  primary source documents, statistics, websites and multimedia for contrasting opinions and information on social issues.

 

ScienceFlix – Scholastic

Combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. Access this database through the library’s website to ensure authentication by Scholastic.

 

TeachingBooks

A portal to thousands of multimedia resources that can enhance and enliven reading experiences of children’s and young adult books.

 

Texas Reference Center – EBSCO

Texas specific product comprised of periodicals, reference books, reports, and other content relevant to the state.  Contains more than 75 full text periodicals, 150 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and more.

 

Tutor.com

Live, online homework help from real tutors, every day from 2 PM to 11 PM in English and Spanish.  Subjects include:  math, science, social studies and English.

 

World Book Online

Articles from major newspapers and magazines and The World Book Encyclopedia; photographs, maps, illustrations, tables, animations, and audio/video clips.

Useful Websites

American Memory

Provides free and open access through the internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.  From the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.

Citation Machine

This website arranges your citations based on the information you provide.  Choose the citation style and material type, and use auto-fill or manual entry to create citations.  Fill in any missing information in the final step, and create a citation list.

 

Great Websites for Kids

Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14.  Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria.  The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.  Newly evaluated and accepted sites are added to the database three times a year.  The committee also reviews all sites within the database twice a year to guarantee sites are still relevant, appropriate, and accessible.  Categories include animals, the arts, history & biography, literature & languages, mathematics & computers, reference desk, sciences, and social sciences.

Kids.gov

Brought to you by USA.gov, Kids.gov is the official kids’ portal for the US government.  It links kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.  Kids.gov is organized into four audiences:  Kids (Grades K-5), Teens (Grades 6-8), Teachers, and Parents.  Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the OOH can help you find information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.  Topics include general writing, research and citation, teacher and tutor resources, subject specific writing, and English as a second language.  Also included are MLA and APA guides.

Science Buddies

The award-winning, non-profit Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. Whether your goal is to find a fun science activity for your kids or win the international science fair, sciencebuddies.org puts comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques at your fingertips.

Smithsonian Education

The central education website of the Smithsonian Institution, this website includes resources for educators, families, and students.  Explore resources by topic, or visit the Idea Lab for more exploration.

State of Texas

Offers easy access to government information and more than 1,000 convenient, secure online services, including collaborations with state and local governments.

World Fact Book

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.  The reference tab includes maps of the major world regions, as well as flags of the world, a physical map of the world, a political map of the world, a world oceans map, and a standard time zones of the world map.

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