Student Research and Homework Help

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  1. For Teens
  2. For Kids

Encyclopedias and Textbooks

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Encyclopedia content designed for students’ homework and research needs. Features multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects, biography, links to world newspapers, atlas, dictionary and more.
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Encyclopedias, almanacs, and textbooks for multiple academic subjects, including Art, Biography, Environment, History, Literature, Medicine, Science, Social Studies, Coding & Computers, S.T.E.A.M., more.

Salem Press  

Writing a paper? Researching a passion project? You can find valuable library tools here.  

Salem Press history titles include a wide range of topics spanning American history and the world. Learn about important moments and figures in our history, or about literature, science, health, and more.

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EBSCO eBook Collection
Mostly non-fiction texts on academic topics, including Literary Criticism, Art, Business, History, Math, Science, more.
Newspaper and Journal Articles 

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Easily search over 17,000 publications from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources covering biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental sciences, history, marketing, political sciences, and psychology. Access articles from Nature, the Economist, the New York Times, and thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.


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Mostly full-text magazine and journal articles, along with reference, newspaper, and audio content.
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Research; includes magazines, newspapers, and reference books geared toward Grades 6 - 8.

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Reference and multimedia content, plus primary sources, about key events and people in U.S. history. Includes scholarly journals and magazines useful to both students and advanced academic researchers.

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eBook collection covering ancient and modern world history, U.S. history, Primary Sources, Pop Culture, and more.


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Information on the most significant people, events and topics in World History. Includes authoritative content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
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The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, from 1704 to today. 

The content in this database is sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications.  Learn more
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The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media.

The content in this database is sourced from more than 17,000 American and global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications.  Learn more
Books, Reading and Literary Criticism

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Discover books based on your mood, interests and reading level, get book reviews, lists of books in a series, and read-alikes.


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Provides access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes more than 130,000 full-text poems and 650,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.
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Features in-depth introductions to the lives of writers and critiques of their works, the history and influence of literary movements and the development of literary genres. Ideal starting point for research papers on literary works and figures.
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A collection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks and audiobooks curated for teen and tween readers.

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eBooks covering Forensics, Animal Science, Energy, Chemistry, Genetics, Physical Science, Space Exploration, and other science topics.


Coding and Computer Science

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Take complete video courses or watch individual instructional videos on hundreds of technical topics. Subjects include: graphic design, web development, photography, animation, digital music production, MS Office, computer software, more. See FAQs.

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Coding and Computer Science Textbooks
eBooks written for kids and teens on a number of coding and programming languages, including: Ruby, Python, JavaScript, PHP, C++ and more.



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S.T.E.A.M. Textbooks 
eBooks on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics for Grades 4-12