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Homework Help

The Library provides resources to assist you, whether you’re working on an in-depth project or just have a quick question.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, then contact a librarian for personal service. You can come in person, call the Library at 847-663-6603 during library hours, text your question to 847-920-4575 or email teen@nileslibrary.org.

Name Description Use At Home?
Article First

Look up magazine and journal articles from 1990 to the present with selected full text, in this database from OCLC.

Yes
Biography in Context

Contains nearly a million biographical entries spanning almost every course of study. This resource also includes the full text of Contemporary Authors and Authors and Artists for Young Adults.

Yes
CQ Historic Documents

Historic Documents is an annual compilation of primary research material, keyed to approximately 70 important events for the United States and the world. Each primary document with full citation and relevant web links is set in context with supporting history and background, providing a valuable resource to students for current events back through 1972.

Yes
Encyclopedia Americana

Authoritative, in-depth information on a wide variety of topics for high school and higher.

Yes
Facts.com

Research tool for middle and high school students that includes a collection of national and world news coverage from 1940 through today; the World Almanac and World Almanac Encyclopedia; Issues & Controversies, in-depth pro and con coverage of today’s top issues; and Today’s Science, science news written especially for students.

Yes
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Includes articles, photos, an interactive atlas, magazine articles, videos, animations, primary source documents, and major news stories. Of special interest to students in grade 4 and up.

Yes
Grolier Online

Allows you to search through several online encyclopedias at once: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, New Book of Knowledge, New Book of Popular Science, America the Beautiful, Amazing Animals of the World and Lands and Peoples.

Yes
La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre

Una enciclopedia para hispanohablantes y estudiantes españoles. Simplemente haga clic en el enlace de al lado. An encyclopedia for Spanish speakers and Spanish students.

Yes
Lands and Peoples

Countries and cultures of the world for middle school, high school and up.

Yes
LearningExpress Library

Note: Learning Express has been updated and all users must create a new account. Find interactive test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GRE, SAT, ACT, civil service, military, law enforcement, real estate, U.S. Citizenship Test, and other exams. Use for career exploration and workplace skill-building. Find essentials to building a resume or cover letter. Includes test prep for elementary school and high school students.

Yes
Literary Criticism Online

Read what the critics and reviewers said about thousands of books in this invaluable resource for students and readers.

Yes
Live Homework Help

Students in Grades K-12 or college-intro or adult learner can talk with a tutor online between 3PM - 10PM seven days a week.  Get help with math, grammar, science and other subjects.  This service is also available en Español.

Yes
MasterFILE Premier

Full-text articles from over 1,900 magazines, from 1975 through the present. Also includes reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.

Yes
New Book of Popular Science

Science and technology plus science in the news for middle school, high school and up. Great for science project research papers.

Yes
New World Encyclopedia

This encyclopedia from Funk & Wagnalls contains over 25,000 entries is a good general resource covering an array of topics.

Yes
Oxford Art Online

This digital edition includes everything from the 34-volume print edition of The Dictionary of Art, with some additional content, too.

Yes
Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Yes
Oxford Music Online

This resource covers the entire history of music from Bach to the Blues with articles and music biographies.

Yes
Science Reference Center

This great source for science fair research includes science encyclopedias, reference books, magazines, and other resources.

Yes
Test Practice from Tutor.com

Practice worksheets and tests for all grade levels.

Yes
World Book Online Info Finder

Reliable information for school-aged students to help with their homework.

Yes
World Book Online Reference Center

A great general encyclopedia for researchers and information-seekers.

Yes
WorldCat

The OCLC catalog containing all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Offers millions of bibliographic records for books, audiovisual material, etc.

Yes