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Homework Help for Teens

 
Admit it, school’s not that bad.  There’s lunch, where you can sit with your friends and talk about whatever.  There’s study hall, where you can do anything but.  Plus, you don’t have to go for 12 weeks each year.  Then, here’s the dreaded homework, projects, and exams. Don’t worry! Look here for things to make the hard school stuff more like study hall. 

CURRENT EVENTS

Breaking U.S. and world news
 
Questions and answers about criminal justice
 
Trends, statistics, and polls on current topics including technology
 
Activism for student rights
 

ENGLISH & LITERATURE 

 
AntiStudy: Free Book Summaries 
Free study guides and notes (like Cliffs Notes) for over 5,000 books that you have to read for class.
 
Bartleby: English Usage, Style & Composition 
Full-text version of William Strunk's The Elements of Style and other helpful grammar books.
 
Book Rags 
Book summaries and discussion questions on contemporary classics that your teachers may be assigning such as "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett and "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri.
 
Dictionary.com 
Searchable dictionary, thesaurus, and quotes.
 
Definitions of common literary terms
 
Guide to Grammar and Writing 
An exhaustive searchable database with help on grammar and writing.  Includes everything from adverbs to a thesis statement. 
 
Quick and clear video explanation for structuring your essays
 
A guide to Shakespeare related information on the internet
 
OWL: Online Writing Lab 
This is a good place to begin when you have a writing assignment. This site from Purdue University also helps with poetry and citations.  Look here if you are interested in practicing college level writing skills as well. (ooh, scary!)
 
OWL: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide
A trusted place for instruction on how to cite MLA style.
 
Poetry information and webcasts
 
Poetry 180: A poem a day for American High Schools 
This site offers poems to read each day of school.  Better yet, it teaches you HOW to read a poem out loud.  This site is from the Library of Congress and your teachers may be interested in sharing a poem from the site each day as part of your classwork.
 
Poets.org 
Information on poets and poetry and includes audio samples of the poetry.
 
Free ebooks of many classics
 
Shmoop 
Shmoop is the cool database for teenagers.  Check out what they have to offer in the Literature, Poetry, Shakespeare, or Mythology tabs for everything regarding your English homework, then browse around on the other tabs just for fun (and I mean fun, some articles use a music video posted to reinforce topic ideas).
 
Free online study guides for many assigned titles old and new. Just don’t forget to cite them as a source. Yes, your teacher can tell if you don’t read the book.
 
Information about poets and their works including audio clips
 
Performance poetry for teens
 

 
FOREIGN LANGUAGES
 
You must sign in with either your email address and create a password or you can connect with Facebook and share your progress with your friends or classmates.  Includes online courses and message boards to connect with others learning languages.
 
BBC: Languages 
This site is has a good video section for advanced learners.
 
iforeignlanguage 
The author of this site has down-to-earth advice on how to study any language.
 
Free audio and video Japanese lessons.
 
Extensive free Spanish lessons with audio examples.
 
Linguanet Worldwide 
This site allows you to test your proficiency level in any language.
 
Pronunciator provides both guided and self‐directed instruction for 80 foreign languages, and ESL for 50 non‐English languages, along with a Course  Designer which allows for the creation and deployment of custom courses by educators.
 
This site offers free tutorials and audio clips to enhance your Spanish speaking abilities.
 
Explore this rich site and learn multiple foreign languages, which includes audio clips to enhance your speaking abilities.
 
Type and you shall receive. Whatever you want to say in another language is right at your fingertips.
 
World Book in Spanish
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos en Linea.
 
YourDictionary 
This site links to websites for over 260 languages (more advanced than just your basic language dictionary). 
 

 
HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES
 
ARKANSAS HISTORY
 
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture
Information on all aspects of the state’s history and culture.
 
BLACK HISTORY
 
Biographical information on influential African Americans
 
America's journey through slavery presented by PBS
 
The African-American Mosaic Exhibition 
A Library of Congress online exhibit of primary source documents on slavery, include many photos.
 
Multimedia look into the Harlem Renaissance
 
CIVICS
 
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government 
"How a Bill Becomes a Law" and other important functions of our government.
 
Information about candidates and ballot issues
 
Explanation and history of the electoral college
 
Biographical and procedural information for the Supreme Court of the United States
 
Current information on the executive branch of government
 
GENERAL
 
            Biography Channel
Search over 25,000 biographies of well known people, many entries include multimedia features.
 
Biographical Dictionary 
Need to know a historical figure who was born today?  This database has brief articles (most with pictures) on over 28,000 people and is searchable.
 
Information rich in visual media content from the History Channel
 
History on PBS 
Full videos of episodes on history topics from Public Broadcasting System television stations across the country. 
 
Large collection of primary documents and an extensive and carefully chosen list of online history resources
 
Solid basic biographical information from the InfoPlease Almanac.
 
U.S. HISTORY
 
Explore American History with hands-on activities, exhibits, lessons, historic documents and artifacts.
 
Watch episodes online covering many key events in US History
 
Materials about the historic places, people, events, and ideas that make America
 
Information on notable women in many different fields
 
Study guides for major topics in American history
 
WORLD HISTORY
 
Interactive timeline and other extensive information on British history
 
Electronic versions of key documents in European history
 
Timelines and histories of a variety of nations and peoples
 
Articles about key historical events from around the world
 

 
GEOGRAPHY
 
Explore the people and culture of the many nations of Africa
 
Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and more for 266 countries
 
Travel information and interesting facts about destinations all over the world
 
Basic facts and maps plus many entries include features, photos, and video
 
Federal exchange program to build understanding between Americans and people in countries with large Muslim populations
 

 
MATHEMATICS
 
BASIC MATH
 
Ask Dr. Math 
A list of common formulas and other math tips from the Dr. Math series of books.
 
FactMonster Homework Center: Mathematics 
Math homework help includes help with fractions, conversions, formulas and more.
 
Ten steps that really will help you improve your math grade, many of them work for other subjects as well.
 
WebMath 
Help with math questions. 
 
ALGEBRA
 
Voice and animation take you through solving a extensive variety of sample algebra problems.
 
Lessons and worksheets to help you understand and practice your math homework.
 
Free video blackboard explanations of algebra topics.
 
Sometimes a different explanation from your textbook can help. Purple Math has clear lessons on most major algebra topics.
 
GEOMETRY
 
Reviews the basic terms and concepts
 
Illustrated definitions of terms used in geometry
 
Basic geometry lessons
 
Explanations of many common geometry calculations
 

 
MUSIC
 
Artist information and discographies for all types of music
 
Information about composers, eras, and muscial terms
 
Information on a wide variety of musical intruments
 
Lessons on music theory basics and beyond
 
The influence and meaning behind the important songs in popular music
 

MYTHOLOGY
 
Encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion
 
The fact and fiction of Arthurian legend
 
49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations and illustrations
 
Exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art
 
Not all myths are ancient, get the facts on urban legends
 

 
PREPARING FOR COLLEGE
 
COLLEGE SEARCHING
 
College Navigator
From the National Center for Education Statistics, you can plug in your college selection criteria into their search engine and it will bring you results of colleges that may be right for you.
 
How to Choose a College that is Right For You
An article from NPR on what is the best criteria for choosing a college.
 
Peterson's College Search
Featured colleges, articles on top colleges, and other information about the college search.

STANDARDIZED TESTS
 
ACT
The student site for ACT test takers.
 
Offers GED, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, graduate school exam, and U.S. Citizenship study aids alongside help with career search, computer skills, and more! Also available in Spanish.
 
PSAT
This test is given at your high school.
 
SAT
Collegeboard's site for the most widely used college admission test.
 
TOEFL
The exam for English as a second language speakers.
 
FUNDING
 
College and Careers @ Your Library
This site has lots of help on how to pay for college.  It walks you through the loan process and grant application process.
 
Financial aid from the government (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is where to go for government aid for college.
 
Grants
A database for free college grant money.
 
Scholarships
Allows you to plug in search criteria for scholarships that you could be eligible for.
 
Tuition Funding Sources: Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.
 

 
RESEARCH
 
Internet Public Library: Research and Writing
This site walks you through the research paper process, from choosing a topic and gathering information, to everything about writing the paper, including the thesis and citing sources.
 
Check here for the journals, newspapers, genealogy, biography and literature sources, statistics, history and more among our electronic databases.
 
RefDesk.com
A virtual librarian reference desk where you can ask questions and learn about any topic.
 
Virtual Reference Shelf
Another virtual reference desk where you can ask those questions you might be afraid to in person.
 
World Book
Encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases.
 

 
SCIENCE
 
BIOLOGY
 
Biological information for thousands of animal species including habitat and scientific classificatio
 
Cells Alive!
This site includes everything you need to know regarding cells, both plant and animal.  It has great animations of the phases of cell mitosis and meiosis as well as camera images of cancer cells growing.
 
Clear and helpful information on genes and cells including interactive and video features
 
Step by step frog dissection photos and videos
 
PLoS Biology 
This is a peer reviewed, open access journal for science articles, many are full text.
 
Take a virtual look through the brain, heart, skeleton, and digestive tract in English or Spanish
 
CHEMISTRY
 
Easy to understand chemistry explanations
 
Information about the elements including properties and compounds
 
General Chemistry Online 
For first year chemistry students, this Frostburg State University site gives a general overview of basic chemistry and allows you to quiz yourself.
 
Chemistery study guide
 
The chemicals behind common items like silly string and nail polish
 
High quality tutorials on a variety of chemistry subjects
 
GENERAL
 
HippoCampus 
Virtual classroom with videos teaching several subjects including biology, chemistry and other sciences.
 
Short biographies of many influential inventors
 
Science Daily 
A research news magazine on science.
 
PHYSICS
 
Handpicked database of physics sites that have been checked for accuracy
 
Physics study guide
 
Understand the fundamentals of physics
 
The Physics Classroom Tutorial 
Included here you will find practice problem sets for solving and other help on physics concepts.
 

 
VISUAL ARTS
 
Large collection of art information links searchable by artist name, name of work, and museum name
 
A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
 
Art activities and information for teens from The Museum of Modern Art
 
Online exhibits and activities designed for students on a variety of art topics
 
A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 11th to mid-19th centuries
 

 
WORLD RELIGIONS
 
Overview of major world religions
 
Searchable online Bible.
 
Catholic information and news, including information on saints
 
Text from a variety of world religions. Includes alternative religions.
 
Frequently asked questions about Judaism
 
Information on world religions including sources for further information