Homework & Research Help for Kids

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 Primary Schools – A research interface for K-5.  Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research. Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas. Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research.
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.
NoveList K-8 Discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers.
TumbleBook Library – TumbleBooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books with interactive puzzles and games. HAPPY TUMBLING!
TumblebookCloudJr TumbleBookCloudJunior – TumbleBookCloudJunior is an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books! It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools. All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

World Book Early World of Learning – Pre-school–Grade 2
World Book Early World of Learning provides skill-building activities and age-appropriate reference content that easily integrate into the classroom curriculum.  Try out Trek’s Travels, Welcome to Reading, and Know It!

World Book for Kids -K-5
World Book for Kids is an online encyclopedia designed for a younger audience with easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, and engaging activities.

World Book Info Finder –Grade 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.
Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.”
3300 videos explain many subjects.
LearnNowBC is a single point of entry to distributed learning in British Columbia through the use of Edmark Learning Software.
Royal BC Museum Royal BC Museum Learning Portal – This is a window into the collections that kids and adult learners can crack open no matter where they live in the province. It is a dynamic and intuitive website, designed to appeal to the different ways students of all ages choose to learn, featuring video content, audio recordings, fascinating images and compelling stories and articles. It doesn’t matter if a student is a visual learner, someone who wears headphones 24/7 or a lover of the written word – the Learning Portal offers plenty of ways to connect to BC’s human history and natural history.

Multilingual Resources available – click here

Other Websites

Kids Help Phone Logo Kids Help Phone
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.

Many libraries have reviewed websites and created lists of recommended children’s websites.  Here are a few of our favourites:
North Vancouver District Public Library’s Homework Resources for Kids Recommended websites for homework.
West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Homework Help Separates topics by grade
Great Websites for Kids A collection of amazing, spectacular, colourful and mysterious sites for kids, parents, teachers and other caregivers (from the American Library Association).

We’ve also created a list of recommended fun websites for kids.

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 Websites A How-To Guide for Middle-School Students
Evaluating Websites From Talawanda School District
Evaluating Websites A Checklist [PDF]

Internet Safety

PBS Webonauts An online game for 8- to 10-year-olds that teaches kids about good citizenship: identity‚ privacy‚ credibility and web safety.
MediaSmarts Games Online games that teach kids in fun ways all about internet safety, privacy and more. From MediaSmarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.

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 Format Your Bibliography From ClassBrain.com
Write a Bibliography By infoplease

Looking for more information?

Check our Kids page for more information on library programs for kids and other websites to help support kids as they grow up.