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Don't know where to begin? Here are the basic sources needed to tackle your homework assignments.

Start by getting acquainted with your topic through overviews in encyclopedias and other reference sources. Then, find a variety of sources for your project both online and in print.

  1. Books (Library catalog)
  2. Academic journal articles (See databases below)
  3. Magazine & newspaper articles (See databases below)
  4. Trusted websites (See online resources below)

Find Books

Dewey Decimal System

Find books by searching our catalog by keyword, subject, author, or title. You can also ask a librarian for help at either the Answers Desk or the Youth Library desk on the Lower Level. 

Need to find a fiction book?

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Library Databases

You will need to sign in with your library card barcode number.

ABCMouse.com (Age of Learning, Inc.) EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE ON LIBRARY COMPUTERS

  • Early Literacy, Preschool & Kindergarten Prep
  • Includes free access to: 9,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and more
  • Learning activities across all major subject areas - reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music

Academic OneFile (Gale)

  • Multidisciplinary; High School & College
  • Free full-text access to Academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; reference book chapters; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; and images 

Biography in Context (Gale)

  • Biographies; Middle/High School & College
  • Includes free access to: Wikipedia style overview; primary sources; academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book & encyclopedia chapters; and images

Books & Authors

  • Literature & Book Reports; High School & College
  • Includes free access to: Book reviews, plot summaries, Read-alike recommendations, and author biographies   

Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale)

  • Multidisciplinary; High School & College
  • From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.

General OneFile (Gale)

  • Multidisciplinary; High School & College
  • General interest newspaper and magazine database.

Global Issues in Context (Gale)

  • Social Studies; Middle/High School & College
  • Broad spectrum database of global issues and current events. Perfect for country reports and social studies related coursework.

Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)

  • Health & Sciences; High School & College
  • Discover periodicals and reference book content supporting research in health studies. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.    

Informe Académico (Gale)

  • Multidisciplinario; Escuela primaria
  • Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.    

Kids InfoBits (Gale)

  • Multidisciplinary; Elementary school
  • Magazine and news articles for Kindergarten – Grade 5.

Literature Resource Center (Gale) 

  • Literature; High School & College
  • Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

LitFinder (Gale)

  • Literature; High School & College
  • Covering world literature and authors throughout history, LitFinder contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.  

National Geographic Virtual Library (Gale) 

  • Social Studies; Middle/High School & College
  • Complete archive of National Geographic Magazine, 1888 - Present. Cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

NoveList Plus (EBSCOhost)

  • Book Recommendations; English Literature; All ages
  • Includes free access to: Wikipedia style overview, book reviews, Read-alike recommendations, book discussion guides, and articles

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

  • Multidisciplinary; Middle/High School & College
  • Over 425 topic pages which feature Wikipedia-style overviews; pro/con viewpoints; academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; images; and more

PowerSearch (Gale)

  • Multidisciplinary; High School & College
  • Discover a collection of authoritative periodicals, scholarly journals, newspapers, and reference content.

School Center (Learning Express Library)

  • Multidisciplinary; All ages
  • Tutorials, practice drills, and eBooks in Math, Science, English, Science, and Social Studies

Science in Context (Gale)

  • Science; Middle/High School & College
  • Academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; sample science experiments & projects, statistics, and images  

Student Resources in Context (Gale)

  • Students & Researchers; Homework Help
  • Topic pages cover several academic disciplines including humanities & social sciences, journalism, U.S. history, and world history

U.S. History in Context (Gale)  

  • U.S. History; Middle/High School & College
  • Wikipedia-style overviews; primary documents; academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; images; and more

World History in Context (Gale)

  • World History; Middle/High School & College
  • Wikipedia-style overviews; primary documents; academic/peer-reviewed, consumer & trade magazine, and newspaper articles; radio & television news audio/video archives with transcripts; reference book chapters; images; and more

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Online Resources

All ages:
  • Animal Diversity Web
    Online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.

  • Arizona History
    A collection of resources and web links compiled by the Arizona State government.

  • Centers for Disease Control - Kids & Teens
    CDC and other federal government health websites especially for kids and teens. Find more health & science resources here.

  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world.

Elementary:

  • Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
    Benjamin Franklin is your guide to the U.S. Government. Learn more about our nation, its branches of government, how laws are made and more. Published by the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

  • Great Websites for Kids
    Lists of links to exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Created by the American Library Association.

Middle/High School:

  • American Fact Finder
    American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys. Great for research projects that require statistical data.

  • Eureka Alert! Science News
    An online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society. Features science related news from universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, and corporations.

  • Library of Congress Country Studies
    Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division.

  • MET Museum Timeline of Art History
    The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection.

  • NASA - Grades 9-12
    Features A to Z list of resources For students.

  • National Science Digital Library
    Provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

  • Shmoop
    Hundreds of free learning guides in English literature, math, science, social studies, and the arts.

  • Science.Gov
    Searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.

  • Spark Notes
    More than 500 guides for English literature and Shakespeare, and a vast number of guides for history, math, biology, and other subjects.

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