Homework & Research Help for Teens

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. You’ll need your library card to log into some of them.

Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.”
3300 videos explain many subjects.
LinkedIn Learning – Your Tutor is Waiting! LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) is an online learning resource, which offers thousands of courses on a wide variety of topics. Learn technology, creative and business skills online. For more information see here.
Mango Language Learning – Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for real communication. It’s the fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language! Visit our Guide to Mango to get started.
Points to the Past – Search primary resource materials, such as maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, periodicals, portraits, correspondence, sermons, poems, and more. Contains materials from sources such as The Financial Times, Associated Press, Illustrated London News, the Smithsonian Institution, Indigenous Peoples: North America, slavery and anti-slavery documents, state papers, 18th- and 19th-century collections, and more. Genealogists, historians, and scholarly researchers will love this.

Websites

Research & Writing Tools

Can You Trust That Website?

When you're doing online research for your writing assignment, you want to make sure that the websites you are consulting are factually-based.
  • Evaluating Information Sources (UBC) - This guide will help you to evaluate resources you use for research, whether it is an online or print journal article, a website, a book, a newspaper article, or other source that you want to cite.
  • MediaBias - There's no such thing as unbiased news. But hidden media bias misleads, manipulates and divides us. AllSides empowers you to understand the role media bias plays in the news and information you consume.

Internet Safety

  • MediaSmarts - Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. Topics include cyberbullying, cell phones & texting, Internet & mobile, queer representation, and more...

Citing Sources: Writing a Bibliography

A bibliography is a list of all the books, articles, websites, interviews or movies that you used to create your project or report. There are several styles of bibliographies, so find out which one your instructor prefers. This is a quick introduction to get started:

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