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Homework Help

Research Databases

The Library provides free access to quality encyclopedia, magazine, newspaper or journal articles right here at your computer. Visit our eResources page for a full list our electronic resources. Access to each of these tools requires a username and password. For more information, call the Library Services Desk at (708) 798-0121 for assistance with passwords.

Homework Sites

The Homework Spot
The Homework spot has resources organized by age and subject, as well as an online encyclopedia. It directs you to websites from all over the place that can help you with your assignments.

Quiz Hub
Online interactive learning center with quizzes, strategy games & logic puzzles, and practice exams for various states, including the ISAT.

Citation Guides

Bib Me
Fill in the forms to create your bibliography in bibliography in either the MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian format.

Noodle Tools
NoodleTools is an easy-to-use online tool that will help you create works-cited lists or bibliographies in correct MLA or APA style.

Subject-Specific Sites

American History

Constitution Study Guide
This site provides information about the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Illinois Constitution, and the U.S. flag.

American Memory from the Library of Congress
This Library of Congress's collection of primary documents on a range of topics, as well as astounding photographs.

America's Story from America's Library
Explore the history of the United States through its famous figures, state by state, or several other ways on this site. Recommended for junior high researchers.

Encyclopedia of Chicago
Primary documents and other resources relating to Chicago, put together by Northwestern University, the Newbery Library, and the Chicago History Museum.


Artist's Toolkit
Look at tools that artists use to create their work, and watch videos of real artists in action.

Timeline of Art History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)'s timeline of art history. Learn about art from 20,000 B.C. to the present.

The Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago
View select works from the Institute's vast collection of ancient to modern art from around the world.

The National Gallery of Art
Look at artwork owned by the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.). You can choose to look by school or medium.

Smithsonian Institute Collections
Portions of the collections from the many Smithsonian museums can be viewed online.

Library of Congress Exhibitions
Online exhibitions on a variety of topics, always changing, with beautiful artwork, photographs, historical documents and more.


Today in History
Everything that happened in world history on a particular day. Want to know what happened on your birthday?

Search biographies of over 25,000 famous people - both living and dead.

Black Scientists and Inventors
Succinct biographies of black scientists and inventors.

Celebration of Women Writers
This digital library hosts special collections of women's writing. It also compiles an extensive list of women writers by country, century, and ethnicity.

Women Mathematician Biographies
Biographies of women who have made extraodinary contributions to the mathematics field.

Country and State Websites

CIA - The World Factbook
Maps and all factual data provided for every country in the world. Topics covered include: geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

Geography Home Page
World atlas with maps and geographic information for states, countries, territories, etc.


The African-American Mosaic
This Library of Congress resource guide focuses on colonization, abolition, migration, and the WPA (Works Projects Administration).

Native American Authors Website
Biographies, bibliographies, full text, and more information on Native American authors, searchable by name, tribe, and titles.

American Native Press Archive
Digital library with the largest collection of Native newspapers and documents touching on all aspects of Native life.

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
Extensive list of links on Native American resources organized by subject.

NativeWeb Resource Database - Religion and Spirituality
Resources for study of indigenous cultures around the world.

Website with news, online resources, and more related to Native American college students.

English Literature

A+ Research and Writing for High School and College Students
Step-by-step guide to writing research papers.

Study guides, full text, research articles and more, on the books you're reading in high school. Searchable by author and theme.

Project Gutenberg
The first producer of free electronic books. Search by author, title, advanced search, or browse! Includes over 16,000 full-text e-books!

Library of Congress Exhibitions
Online exhibitions on a variety of topics, always changing, with beautiful artwork, photographs, historical documents and more.

Free online English dictionary, foreign dictionaries, word of the day, crossword helpers, and more.

American Verse Project
Electronic archive of searchable American poetry, from before 1920.

Internet Public Library Literary Criticism
Search literary criticism by author, title, and literary period.


The official website for the state of Illinois. Find state facts, information about living here, state government, and more.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids
Broken into age-ranges, this site has historical documents, explanation of the branches of government and how laws are made, information on the election process, and more!

American Fact Finder, from the U.S. Census Bureau
THE place to find information gathered in the U.S. census. Economic and population data, community surveys. It is all here.

Legislative information from the Library of Congress. Search legislation that is currently in congress, as well as bills, resolutions, treaties, committee reports - all kinds of government documents.

US Census Bureau Homepage
Census data and more, as well as a to-the-second United States population clock.


Algebra Homework Help - People's Math
Pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry are covered here, broken down into topics with solvers, in-depth articles, and lessons.

Lessons, worksheets, and calculators for all kinds of algebra.

Ask Dr. Math
Stumped by a math problem? Dr. Math is here to help. Ask questions and get help solving math problems from Swarthmore College math students.

Examples, lessons, and tips for solving a huge variety of algebra problems.


Encyclopedia Mythica
Online encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion containing over 7,000 articles.

Myth Man
Myth maniacs will enjoy this site, which features myth of the month and myth-related homework help.

Philosophical Dictionary
An online dictionary of philosophy terms and names.


Encyclopedia of Psychology
Learn about careers in psychology, phenomena, organization, paradigms, people and history, publications, and find other related resources.

Approaches mental health from a patient standpoint, with information on disorders, as well as quizzes, research, drugs, news, etc.


Ongoing collection of adherents statistics and religion-related citations. Also spotlights famous adherents.

Looks at religion from a more inspirational and spiritual viewpoint (i.e. not as scholarly), and covers most major world religions.

Internet Sacred Text Archive
A free collection of full-text books related on religion, mythology, spirituality, and related disciplines.

The Pluralism Project
Website of the Harvard University study of the changing religious landscape in the United States.


Endangered Species Program
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service resources helps to answer questions about endangered and threatened species.

Hurricanes Theme Page
Annotated list of links regarding hurricanes and natural disasters all over the world.

The Weather Channel
Whether you're searching for a local forecast or want to scout out weather across the globe, this site will help you out.

Windows to the Universe
Learn about the planet, solar system, and universe, as well as space weather, missions, myths, and so much more.

Chemical Elements
If the periodic table is what you're after, search no further. Element facts and proper citations are given for every known element on the planet earth.

Physics Central
The American Physical Society's site for learning about physics via articles, pictures, news, projects, and links. You can even adopt a physicist.

Online Conversions
Simplify the conversion process with this site, which offers over 50,000 conversions!

Earthquake Information from the USGS
Come here the latest official news about earthquakes, how to prepare, research, and more.

Tsunamis Theme Page
Comprehensive list of online resources related to tsunamis.

Volcanoes Theme Page
Comprehensive list of online resources related to volcanoes.

Volcano World
Come here for the latest volcano news, legends, and gorgeous photographs.

The Biology Project
An interactive online resources for learning more about biology, and its many subdivisions. Most useful for advanced high school biology students.

Cells Alive!
Includes animations, cell cams, galleries, homework tools, and more.

Human Anatomy Online
Tours of the human body, organized by system.

All Science Fair Projects
Hundreds of ideas with complete instructions.

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