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.

  • Fact Monster
    Online almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia and homework help.

  • 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.

  • 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
    Students in K-8 grades can learn about art and music, exercise and health, government, history, jobs, math, and science by reading articles, playing games or watching videos. This site is the official portal of the US government for kids.

  • Typing/Keyboarding

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  • Biography
    This site aims to tell the most "gripping, surprising and fascinating" stories of famous people. Produced by A+E Networks.

  • Infoplease Biography
    Search 30,000+ biographies or browse selected biographies by name or category. Information ranges from brief summaries to longer articles and covers people such as artists, inventors, presidents, scientists and more.

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Economics and Personal Finance

  • EconLowdown
    Free resources help students in elementary, middle school or high school learn about economics and personal finance. Choose filters in the Resources section to select materials based on school level, subject, concept, and English or Spanish language. Provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

  • 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 Essentials
    A series of lessons from CNNMoney covering topics such as getting started with goals, getting a job, buying a car, starting to invest, buying a home, starting a family and retirement planning.

  • 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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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.
  • Alpha Dictionary Language Directory
    Provides links to selected online dictionaries for more than 300 languages.

  • Conjuguemos
    An "online workbook" that lets students practice vocabulary, verbs and grammar. Includes French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish languages. With a free account, students may record grades and keep track of their progress.

  • Duolingo
    The philosophy behind Duolingo is that everyone should be able to learn a language for free. This site offers courses in Spanish, French, German, Italian and other languages.

  • 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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  • 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

      • No Fear Shakespeare
        Read Shakespeare's language side by side with a modern English translation. More than 15 plays as well as the Sonnets are included. Provided by SparkNotes.

      • Shakespeare's Monologues
        Browse or search this database of Shakespeare's monologues.

      • Works of the Bard
        View the collected works of Shakespeare in full text. Use the search engine to find particular words or phrases (for example, in which play or poem would you find cauldron AND bubble).

  • Literary Criticism

    • Online Literary Criticism Collection
      This site includes links to critical and biographical websites about authors and their works. This collection, which is part of the ipl2 website that closed in June 2015, will no longer be updated.

    • 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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Links from the library's list of homework websites.

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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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