Homework Topics

Good Starting Points

More resources for homework grades — K-8 and homework grades — 9-12. For online practice tests and tutorial courses for students, see LearningExpress Library database.
  • BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
    BJ Pinchbeck's site offers links to help students with math, science, computer science, English, foreign languages, social studies, art and music, health and physical education, and research and reference. Links to homeschooling resources are provided for parents, and lesson plans and teacher resources are included for teachers.

  • HomeworkSpot
    HomeworkSpot is designed to be a "homework information portal," covering all curriculum areas and offering a breakdown of resources by grade level (elementary through high school). A highlighted website and special theme areas that vary with the season add a nice dimension to the permanent reference links.

  • Interactives
    This collection of interactive activities focuses primarily on math, science, and social studies topics for students in grades K-12 and college. It is provided by Annenberg Learner.

  • Internet Public Library
    A top-notch resource with special sections for kids and teens. The IPL's pathfinders are research guides to selected topics. If one matches your interest (or your homework assignment), you're in luck! A few parts of this site are highlighted under particular subject topics below.

  • Khan Academy
    The goal of the Khan Academy is to offer "a free world-class education for anyone anywhere." Content includes math; science topics such as biology, chemistry and physics; arts and humanities; economics and finance; and test preparation.

  • Kid Info: Homework Help
    Quality links in a well-organized and clearly designed format. Material is selected for relevance to curriculum requirements.

  • Kids.gov
    Kids can learn about art and music, exercise and health, government, history, jobs, math, science and more through US federal government.

  • Typing/Keyboarding

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  • Academy of Achievement
    Biographies, profiles and interviews of achievers in the arts, business, public service, science and exploration, and sports. You can find a role model based on different criteria or read about achievers in careers that interest you.

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-present

  • Catalog of the Scientific Community in the 16th and 17th Centuries
    Biographical information on more than 700 scientists of this time period.

  • The Faces of Science
    Biographies of African American scientists.

  • Mathematicians
    Search for mathematicians of all time periods alphabetically or chronologically. Many biographies include a photo or portrait.

  • Women's Biographies

    • 4000 Years of Women in Science
      Find biographies of pre-20th-century female scientists throughout history.

    • American Women Through Time
      A chronological presentation of American women's history featuring richly varied source material. Formats include diaries, photographs, engravings, lectures, historical newspapers, links to thematic timelines as well as illustrative audio and video clips. Contents can be browsed or searched by keyword.

    • Biographies of Women Mathematicians
      Short biographical sketches, with reference sources cited.

    • Women of the Hall
      The National Women's Hall of Fame sponsors this collection of short biographical sketches (many with photos) of several hundred 18th- through 20th-century American women. Highlights of their accomplishments in the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science are given.

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Economics and Personal Finance

  • Economics Education & Financial Literacy Videos
    Watch the videos that were produced to help prepare teachers for the Virginia high school course requirement for economics and personal finance. Topics include economics, income, money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing. The videos are between 10 and 20 minutes long and are presented by teachers, university professors or practitioners.

  • Kid's Economic Glossary and Money Meanings
    Scholastic explains basic banking and investing concepts in terms kids can understand.

  • The Mint
    Get ready for the real world by learning how to manage money. Learn how to earn, save, spend, borrow, track, give, invest and safeguard money. Includes quizzes and games.

  • Money 101
    A series of 23 lessons from CNNMoney covering topics such as making a budget, controlling debt and investing in stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

  • MyMoney
    Improve your financial literacy using this collection of US government websites.

  • You Are Here
    A virtual mall where you can play games to learn about advertising, business competition, identity protection and scams.

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Fine Arts

See also the "Arts" publications in Gale Virtual Reference Library database.
  • Art Terms
    For definitions of terms and illustrative examples drawn from the fields of fine art, architecture, the decorative arts and art education, consult the award-winning ArtLex Dictionary or the Art and Architecture Thesaurus On Line . ArtLex offers definitions of approximately 3,300 terms, many supported by visual examples of the technique or object under discussion. The Art and Architecture Thesaurus is text only, but covers more than 130,000 terms in relational hierarchies, and is sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Trust.

  • WebMuseum: Famous Artworks Exhibition
    Includes the profiles of approximately 200 artists from the 13th century to the present, supplemented by a chronological and theme index. Color images of the artists' works enrich the short essays.

  • Timeline of Art History
    Overviews, key events and maps are featured in this geographical, thematic exploration of art from prehistory through the present. The site is sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and features items from its collections as well as links to outside resources.

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Links from the library's list of homework websites.

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Language Arts

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See also English language classes and language dictionaries. To learn a language through the library's online language-learning system, see Mango Languages. For downloadable language study books, see eAudiobooks and eBooks.
  • Ethnologue
    The site offers a wealth of information about the world's languages. Find out where Kathu is spoken, how many people speak Dutch in countries around the world and more.

  • Nations and Their Languages
    The CIA World Factbook lists the languages spoken in each nation ranked by the number of speakers.

  • Online Language Courses

    • BBC — Languages
      Gauge your fluency level in French, German, Spanish or Italian; and enroll in online courses or view interactive videos to further your understanding. The site also provides some information on other languages including Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Greek and Urdu.

    • Chillola - Language Learning for Kids
      A free language learning site for pre-kindergarten and elementary school age children. Kids can learn their first words in categories such as numbers, colors, shapes, animals, food, weather and more. Languages include English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

    • LanguageGuide
      View images and see how the word is spelled while you listen to its pronunciation. The site offers information on 11 languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese).

  • Sign Language

  • WordReference
    This free, online translation dictionary focuses on the language pairs of English-Spanish, English-French, English-Italian, Spanish-French and Spanish-Portuguese although other languages are represented.

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Literature Book.

  • Authors
  • Literary Criticism

  • Authors

    • American Studies
      Under the sponsorship of the University of Virginia's American Studies program, this website presents an online collection of more than 50 classic texts representative of American culture. In many cases, supplementary links to additional materials enrich the electronic version of the original work.

    • Shakespeare

  • Literary Criticism

    • Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
      This site developer describes the contents as "a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics."

    • Online Literary Criticism Collection
      An excellent resource from the Internet Public Library. Originally designed to offer resources for the study of British and American literature, this site has expanded to include materials touching on more than 20 national literatures. Certain sections are still under development, but coverage is available for Canadian, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Latin American, Japanese, Chinese and selective Slavic, African, Australian and classical literatures.

    • Literary Criticism on the Internet
      This site links to legally available, free articles for literary criticism of American and British writers. The articles, screened by a literary scholar, have been published in peer-reviewed journals and books from academic presses.

    • Shmoop — Literature
      Study literature and poetry and be entertained at the same time. Developed and written by Ph.D. and masters students from top universities, Shmoop's mission is to make learning and writing more fun for high school and college students.

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Math Abacus.

Links from the library's list of homework websites.

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Science lab equipment.

Links from the library's list of homework websites.

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See also eLibrary database for transcripts from radio and television.
  • American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank
    More than 5000 speeches including the top 100 political speeches of the 20th century, movie speeches and Christian rhetoric.

  • The History Place: Great Speeches Collection
    Dozens of selected speeches, each with prefatory material to place it in proper historic context.

  • History.com: Speeches
    This site contains hundreds of famous speeches in the fields of politics and government, the arts, entertainment, science and technology, and military/war. Items can be emailed.

  • TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
    More than 1000 videos of free, short talks related to technology, entertainment, design, science, business and global issues.

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More Links

From the library's list of homework websites.

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