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.

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.
  Global Road Warrior – This database features more than 8 million words of editorial content, over 6,500 color photos and 1,575 maps, all presented in a consistent 92-category framework for each country. Topics include society and culture, travel essentials, business culture, communications and more. Created by an international team of researchers, cartographers and writers, the database is continually updated.
Teen Health & Wellness: real life, real answers
Curricular support and self-help on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.
tumblebookcloud TumbleBookCloud
TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.
WB Reference Centre World Book Reference Centre – Grade 8 and up
World Book Online Reference Center is a powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers. It is loaded with information and features such as the entire World Book Encyclopedia, a dictionary, and local and country research guides. It also has life skills information and guides to conducting your research.

World Book Info Finder – Grades 5-9
World Book Info Finder contains content and features designed for school-age patrons’ homework and research needs. The site features the entire World Book Encyclopedia, a dictionary, a biography centre, virtual tours, and video showcases.

World Book Discover – Grade 6-12 ESL/ELL, learning disabled, reluctant learners
This World Book site features a collection of resources for differentiated learning including read-aloud, text translation, video, and clear easy-to- read information.  This resource is designed to support students working below grade level with research articles, research tools, and multimedia and interactive videos designed to support grade level content. Students are able to create individual accounts to save their research and there is even a life skills component to help students negotiate financial and health.

EBSCOhost magazines & periodicals
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. EBSCOhost Basic Searching [2:25 minutes]

Multilingual Resources:

L’Encyclopedie Decouvert
French language student encyclopedia from World Book.
WB Spanish World Book Spanish Encyclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Spanish language student encyclopedia from World Book.

Homework Websites

The 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.
Ask Dr. Math The Math Forum
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

Other Recommended Websites

  Teen Health & Wellness: real life, real answers
Curricular support and self-help on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.
Kids Help Phone Logo Kids Help Phone for Teens
We are here to help you, not get you into trouble.  When you call us, you don’t have to tell us your name, address, or phone number.
Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Map Province of BC map that shows where Child and Youth Mental Health and substance abuse services are in the province.

 

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

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).
How to Write a Bibliography By A Research Guide for Students
Write a Bibliography By infoplease

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