Homework & Database Help

These are some excellent databases that students in Middle School and High School can use for homework help which are provided by the Michigan eLibrary.  Simply click on the image or the title of the database for access.  Also, please take a look at our Online Resources A – Z or Online Resources by Subject to browse the library’s entire collection of databases.

Biography in Context

Biography in Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it is continuously updated to ensure students have access to the latest information.  

Biography Reference Center

Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies.  

Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability.  

CultureGrams

CultureGrams provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on hundreds of countries, as well as the U.S. states and Canadian Provinces. Each World Edition report is written by a native or long-term resident of the country, in coordination with a CultureGrams editor. The Kids Edition, States Edition, and Provinces Edition reports are written by CultureGrams editors but with extensive input from reviewers. Each report covers 25 categories, including history, religion, family, economy, gestures, current events and more.  

Driving-Tests.org

Driving-Tests.org for Libraries includes the following information specific to Michigan: 11 car practice tests; 9 motorcycle practice tests; 10 commercial vehicle practice tests; 3 online driving manuals: car, motorcycle, and commercial driver license (CDL); FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions.

eBook High School Collection

Designed specifically for high school students and educators, eBook High School Collection contains more than 10,000 e-books that support a quality learning experience across all academic subject areas, including history, language, literature, science and technology. Content includes a selection of classic literary works, important historical documents and general reference materials. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators. Titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards.  

Explora for High Schools

Explora for High Schools provides hundreds of popular magazines and reference books for high school students. This resource covers subjects such as art, history, sports, and music. Explora for High Schools includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, as well as photos, maps, and flags.  

Explora for Middle Schools

Explora for Middle Schools provides hundreds of magazines and reference books for middle school students. This resource includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents. Subjects include history, current events, science, sports, and biographies, as well as photos, maps, and flags.  

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.  

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library features online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more. To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.  

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.  

MAS Complete

Designed specifically for high school libraries, [db_link]MAS Complete[/db_link] contains full text for more than 540 popular, high school magazines. MAS Complete also provides more than 440 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an image collection of over 502,000 photos, maps and flags.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Continuously updated pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, periodical articles, tables/charts/graphs, and more.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques — including contemporary content from the finest publishers.  

Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, Points of View Reference Center provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.  

Political Science Complete

Designed specifically for students, researchers and government institutions, Political Science Complete covers political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse.  

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.  

World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.  

 

Finally, if you need help understanding a book or citing some information SparkNotes and Easybib are great resources for students to utilize.  

  • SparkNotes Study guides and message boards for a variety of subjects and books.
  • Easybib Citation generation in the latest editions of MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.
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