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. Patron Login required on specified sites. Please visit or contact the Library if you require a login setup.

Academic Search Premier – offers access to video content from the Associated Press, the world’s leading news agency. Videos relevant to the search terms appear in a carousel in the result list. With footage from 1930 to the present and updated monthly, this collection of more than 60,000 videos covers a wide variety of topics.
MasterFILE Premier – contains full text for general reference magazines and publications that cover a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues. PDF backfiles are available as far back as 1922 for key publications including American Libraries, Foreign Affairs, History Today, Library Journal, National Review, Saturday Evening Post and more. In addition, Science News is available in HTML back to 1975.
Canadian Reference Centre – Access “Canadian content” in domestic and international magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books. Also includes biographies and a large image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History and reference books such as the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of Animals. Full-text magazines include Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia – For students and adults alike, this database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics.

Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas. This database is updated annually.

Canadian Student Research Centre – Provides several customized Canadian features, from new source types (such as Canadian and International Magazines, Canadian and U.S. Newspapers). Limiters include lexile (reading level) and grade levels adjusted to Canadian values.
Canadian Reference Centre – Provides easy access to full text for an optimal research experience. Users will find this database helpful for research on Canada or to keep up with current events in Canada. This database also includes international content for research on Canada’s global involvement.
Khan Academy“Learn almost anything for free.” 3300 videos explain many subjects.

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."
Khan Academy “Learn almost anything for free.” - 3300 videos explain many subjects.
Ask Dr. Math The Math Forum
Kindergarten to Grade 12 | Manitoba Education Provides loads of support topics, including curriculum and assessment, diverse student needs, and more.
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.
Youth.gc.ca Youth.gc.ca is all about helping youth 15 to 30 years of age. It is THE place to tap into a wide variety of information.
Community Learning Network Educational resources for K-12 arranged by category with over 1,200 links. Includes links to Home Pages of schools around the world.
Smart Scholar Resource site for finding scholarships.

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

Post Secondary Education Resources

Canada's SchoolNet The Federal government's page on education. Includes many useful links.
CollegeNET Contact information for celleges and universities in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Information about financial aid, scholarships, online applications, and standardized tests is available. Links are available to those colleges and universities with websites.
Community Learning Network Educational resources for K-12 arranged by category with over 1,200 links. Includes links to Home Pages of schools around the world.
Red River College Homepage of Red River College
University of Manitoba U of M's homepage.
University of Winnipeg U of W's homepage.
 

Driver’s Education –   a free tool to prepare candidates for the Manitoba driving licence written knowledge test.

Looking for more information?

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