Homework & Research Help for Kids
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.
The “databases” here have lots of information not typically available through the Internet. You’ll need your library card to log in.
|Canadian Encyclopedia – A comprehensive information source about Canada and Canadians, for students, the general public and scholars. Includes articles written by experts, as well as web links and multimedia clips. The web site also includes links to the Youth Encyclopedia of Canada and Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. No library card is required to access these resources on the Internet.|
|Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.”
3300 videos explain many subjects.
|Explora and Explora Primary Canada – EBSCO’s interface for schools and public libraries, supporting both student research and classroom instruction.|
|Primary Search – provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles); information dates as far back as 1990.|
WebsitesMany libraries have reviewed websites and created lists of recommended children’s websites. Here are a few of our favourites:
|North Vancouver District Public Library’s Homework Resources for Kids||Recommended websites for homework.|
|West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Homework Help||Separates topics by grade|
|Great Websites for Kids||A collection of amazing, spectacular, colourful and mysterious sites for kids, parents, teachers and other caregivers (from the American Library Association).|
We’ve also created a list of recommended fun websites for kids.
Can You Trust That Website?Anyone can build a website, so you need to make sure the ones you’re looking at are from people you can trust. Here’s how:
|Evaluating Websites||A How-To Guide for Middle-School Students|
|Evaluating Websites||A Checklist [PDF]|
|PBS Webonauts||An online game for 8- to 10-year-olds that teaches kids about good citizenship: identity‚ privacy‚ credibility and web safety.|
|MediaSmarts Games||Online games that teach kids in fun ways all about internet safety, privacy and more. From MediaSmarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.|
Citing Sources: Writing a Bibliography
What’s a bibliography?It’s a list of all the books, articles, websites, interviews or movies that you used to create your project or report.
Why do I need a bibliography?It’s important to give credit to the people whose work you used for your report. And it gives you, your teacher and anyone else who reads your report a chance to refer to those sources for more information.
How do I write a bibliography?There are different ways you can do this and your teacher will tell you which they prefer (if they haven’t, just ask them).
|Write a Bibliography||By infoplease|
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Check our Kids page for more information on library programs for kids and other websites to help support kids as they grow up.