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Articles and Databases

Article and Database Resources for Homework
The Library offers free access to a number of sources that will help with homework assignments. These sources include full text magazine articles (many more magazines then a library could purchase), subject databases, and online encyclopedias. If you need assistance using any of these sources, Reference staff are available to help at your local library!

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - Designed for high school students, this draws on a variety of sources including the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, to offer pro and con articles, statistics, topic overviews, and primary documents related to controversial topics.


Local School Assignments

California Reading List
teacher has told you to read books from this list, here's where to find them. To search, be sure to have your "reading list number" and choose "interest level" to find books at your grade.

Countries/United Nations Assignment
There are many places to find information on the United Nations and specific countries. You can find information in books, magazine articles and on web sites. Here are some links to useful web sites, with descriptions of them.

Decades Report
The "Decades" assignment just got a bit easier.... the links gathered here are the Library's choice of best web sites on the social, popular and political history of each decade in American history from 1900 to 1990s.

Internet versus Databases vs dbs revised2.pdf
But my teacher said I couldn't use the Internet: Why the library's subscription databases aren't the same as the open web.

Kid's Place
Alameda County Library's "Kid's Place" has homework help links that may also be useful for upper grades.

Primary Sources on the Web
Do you need "primary sources" for a report or assignment? Here are some good places to look.


Literary Criticism

Literature Resource Center
Combines Gale Group's core literary databases in a single online service. You'll find biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.

Literary analysis of classic and contemporary literature.

Online Literary Criticism
Internet Public Library's literary criticism collection. Searchable by author or title.

Shmoop - Shmoop delivers the goods on literature, poetry and history to make your school life easier. Kick start a paper for English Literature classes with the Writing Guide; get the important facts and understand many sides of the argument and dive into a number of themes in the Deep Analyses section. Shmoop also has timelines, people, viewpoints, suggested links, online discussion and useful writing tools.

Online study guides. Covers many classics…written by Harvard students.


General Homework Sites

Allen County Public Library Homework Help
A great index of common assignment topics. Click on links under Homework Help.

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
550+ homework links by subject.

Internet Public Library's Pathfinders
Pathfinders are home-grown guides written by IPL staff which are intended to help you get started doing research on a particular topic, both online and at your local library.

San Jose Public Library's Homework Help Site
Librarian-selected useful sites for common report topics.

Schoolwork Ugh!
Get help with your homework, for grades 7 and up.

Yahoo StudyZone
A well organized site with tons of links to help with homework problems.