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.
|Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.”
3300 videos explain many subjects.
|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.|
|BC Learning Services offers free services that support student-centered learning for K-12 students, adult learners, parents and educators.|
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.|
|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.|
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.
- 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 BibliographyA 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:
- Write a Bibliography - from WikiHow.
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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.