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Encyclopedias & Databases

Find quick, reliable information that you can count on. Articles, reviews, news, images, and more.
Access in the Library or from home using your Strathcona County Library card.

Find a complete list of all our Databases for Teens.

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Recommended Websites

Homework Megasites

Great places to get started!

B. J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
This is a great site with over 695 links to educational sites on the Internet. B.J. is grown up now but started his website with his dad when he was 9 years old. 

Fact Monster
Online dictionary, encyclopedia, and homework help. Check out the daily features like "Today in History" and "Monster's Poll".

Multnomah County Library Homework Center
This is a fantastic site! Take a look at the Homework Center. for Teens
If you are a student in Grades 7 - 9, this site is for you! Created by Alberta teachers, this website has dozens of links to sites that will help you with your homework. - Senior High Source
Created for Grade 10-12 students by Alberta teachers. Discover great resources related to your studies! Click on the Compass to keep reference tools like a weekly planner, periodic table, and encyclopedia handy while you are searching.



Evaluating Websites

Atlas of Canada

Atlapedia Online
Maps A-Z.

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  Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet
A checklist of criteria to help you decide whether an Internet resource can be trusted. From the U of A.

Dictionaries & Thesauri


Research Process

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus

Roget's Thesaurus II
Containing 35,000 synonyms and over 250,000 cross-references in an easy-to-use format.

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  Evaluating Web Sites - What Makes a Web Site Good?
Some practical tips from the Homework Center at Multnomah County Library.




Study Tools

Quick facts and figures.

InfoPlease Almanac

World Almanac for Kids
Search by topic or click on Chapters to search by subject such as Geography, Nations, or Science.

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BBC Bytesize
Online games where you can test your skills in math, English, and science in games like Elemental or Whack Attack.

Flashcard maker
From Scholastic.

Citing Your Sources


Study Tips

Citation Guides
Clear examples of five major citation styles, from Long Island University

IPL: Style and Writing Guides
Proper grammatical usage, citation formats & paper writing, from Internet Public Library

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  Links and tips on making the most of your study time.

Homework Helper: Study Skills
There is no secret to being a good student - all it takes is a lot of hard work! Tips on taking notes, reading textbooks, and studying for tests that will help you get good grades!

Study Skills Topic Pages
An excellent website that starts with how to prepare a study space, runs through reading and notetaking strategies, discusses using index cards as study aids and outlines how to keep track of assignments.


Libraries - Teen Resources



Great places to find booklists, reviews, and more homework help resources.

Edmonton Public Library

Calgary Public Library

Richmond Public Library

Toronto Public Library

Vancouver Public Library

King County Public Library

Multnomah County Library



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