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Britannica Online Encyclopedia Homework Help

Jumpstart your paper!  Type in your topic to get information from an online encyclopedia called Britannica Online.

Find information on recent events, people, sports, musicians through magazine articles.  The tools listed below will  connect you to articles about your homework topics as well as other things that interest you.  The tools listed below are especially designed for students to make finding information fast and easy.

  • Kids Search — Kids Search makes it easy for students in grades K – 5 to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type – -magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.
  • Kids InfoBits — Kids InfoBits targets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate and visual graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine and reference content.

You may want to find a website on your topic.  The site below organizes websites by subject to make looking for information easy.

  • GREAT WEB SITES FOR KIDSOrganized by subject, this resource from the American Library Association contains hundreds of links to suggested websites for children.

These librarians are just a phone call or e-mail away.

Homework Help

Live Homework Help is now The Tutor.com Student Center with resources for all ages, elementary students through adults. Roselle Public Library cardholders can access this expanded online service anytime, 24/7.

One-on-one help from live tutors is available 4 pm-10 pm, daily. Student and tutor use chat, interactive whiteboards and file-sharing in a secure online classroom to work on math, science, social studies, English, writing, standardized test prep and more. After each session, students can replay and email the session, or print the transcript and whiteboards.

In addition to live help, the new Skills Center Resource Library provides 24/7 access to thousands of worksheets, tutorials, study guides and more.Click here to visit Tutor.com

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Atlases and Maps

  • Altapedia Online - Contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
  • CIA World Factbook - Maps for every country of the world, and huge downloadable maps of the world to print out.
  • Map Machine - Find nearly any place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, and much more.


  • Biographical Dictionary - This dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day. Search by birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, achievements, and other keywords.
  • Biography.com - The online partner to the Arts and Entertainment cable television network, this website features a database of more than 25,000 biographies of notable personalities.
  • President's Hall - Courtesy of the White House, this website provides biographical information on the presidents and first ladies of the United States.


  • dictionary.com - Free online dictionary from the publishers of Roget's Thesaurus of English words and phrases.
  • Etymology Dictionary- This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
  • HandSpeak - A practical sign language online dictionary. Learn to sign the alphabet, numbers and words in American Sign Language. This site also gives information on deaf culture and languages, and it offers some stories in sign language.
  • The Internet Picture Dictionary - Completely free, online multilingual picture dictionary designed especially for ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language learners of all ages.
  • Language Translator
  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
  • NetLingo The Internet Dictionary - An 0nline Internet language dictionary that contains hundreds of words and definitions that describe the technology and community world of the Web. Also includes a pocket dictionary and "smileys" page.
  • The Online Slang Dictionary - Alphabetical list of English slang. Look up a word or add your own.
  • RhymeZone - Rhyming dictionary and thesaurus.
  • Vocabulary.com - Look up vocabulary words.  Improve your vocabulary with their many word games and puzzles.
  • Webopedia - Online dictionary for computer and Internet technology definitions.
  • YourDictionary.com - The largest web of online dictionaries. Includes vocabulary aides (such as acronym, homophone and rhyming dictionaries); multilingual dictionaries for over 190 languages; and specialty dictionaries by subject (such as art, literature and sports).

Forget your textbook at school?

No problem! Stop by the library to use our core textbook collection. Check the list of Area Schools to see if your school has supplied us with the textbooks you need.


  • Bartleby - The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse, providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica - Provides the complete Encyclopedia Britannica online. Search for information on any topic, including arts, business, education, entertainment, health, history, philosophy, politics, religion, science, technology, travel and world.
  • Encyclopedia.com - Includes more than 14,000 articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition for quick and useful information on almost any topic.
  • The Encyclopedia Mythica - An encyclopedia on mythology, folklore and legend. Learn about gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world.


School Subjects



  • Ask Dr. Math - This online question-and-answer forum provides help with classic math problems and formulas.
  • ConvertIt! - This collection of conversion tables will help you "convert just about anything to anything": volumes, area, energy, length, mass, pressure, temperature, velocity, and more.
  • Convert-me - Calculate different types of conversions with this easy-to-use converter that provides multiple conversions with one click. A "significant figures" switch is available for increased accuracy.
  • Math2.org - Provides all types of formulas, graphs, conversion tables, and other math fun.
  • Purplemath - Get help with algebra and even some precalculus. There are worked-out examples, explained clearly, for each topic.


  • Eric Weisstein's Treasure Troves of Science - This online encyclopedia of math and science includes resources for astronomy, scientific biographies and books, chemistry, math, physics, and more.
  • Exploratorium - An online museum with a strong science focus. This site does live webcasts with demonstrations.
  • HowStuffWorks - Provides explanations of how many things work, including VCRs, web pages, and smoke detectors.
  • MadSci Network - Professional scientists answer questions submitted by students of all ages. When visiting the site you can search the database of questions and answers to see if someone else previously had the same question. If the question isn't available in the archives, you can submit the question.
  • Museum of Unnatural Mystery - A slightly bizarre, cyberspace science museum for all ages. Are there really flying saucers? What killed the dinosaurs? Is there something ancient and alive in Loch Ness? The Museum takes a scientific look at these, and other, questions.
  • SciCentral - Maintained by scientists and covering 120 specialties in science, medical research, and engineering, SciCentral.com contains resources for students, scientists, and those in between.
  • Periodic Table - All you'll ever need to know about the periodic table of elements.

Research & Writing

  • A+ Research & Writing - Learn how to research and write a paper using library and Internet resources. A special section called Citing Sources includes information on how to cite print and electronic resources in a bibliography.
  • EasyBib - Free automatic bibliography composer.

Other Homework Websites

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