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

Kids Search – Kids in grades 3-8 can have fun searching for information in children’s magazines, reference books or a large image collection. Type in key words or browse in topics such as Arts and Crafts, Geography or Sports.
Searchasaurus – Dinosaurs help children in grades K-3 (and their parents) to find information in children’s magazines, reference books and a collection of photos, maps and flags.
Primary Search – Provides students with encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. In addition, the database includes full-text popular magazines including those from Cricket Media, such as Ladybug and Spider. Other magazines include Highlights, Junior Scholastic and dozens more.
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

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.