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Homework Help

These links provide reliable information on common elementary and junior high school assignments. Some require a library card use your library card for this resource when accessing outside of the library.

View the handout "But My Teacher Said I Couldn't Use the Internet" to see why library databases are different.




Accelerated Reader (AR) Lists

Ancient Civilization

  • Daily Life in Ancient Civilizations
    This site provides basic information and links for the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China, with an additional section on Early Man.


  • Animal Bytes (San Diego Zoo)
    All about animals. Search by category, habitat, or location created by the San Diego Zoo.
  • Animal Diversity Web
    Includes information on distributions, natural history, conservation, and economic importance, along with pictures and sounds.
  • ASPCA'S Animaland
    This child-friendly site offers interactive information on careers, animal care, and general information about animals.
  • Insectclopedia
    Comprehensive site about the world of insects ranges from identification to bug cuisine.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Articles in English and Spanish from Ranger Rick; and a homework help section. Use the search box to find the information you need.



  • Biography In Context use your library card with this resource
    Find out about people living or dead. Authors, athletes, stars and scientists are all here. There are often pictures of the person as well. You can get reference books and current magazine articles.
  • Distinguished Women of Past and Present
    This site contains biographies of women from around the globe. Search by name or field of activity.
  • People Index
    Very short biographies of people in world history. Especially useful is the clickable timeline. To return to a previous page, click on the "X" in the top right corner of current page.



  • California Fact Cards use your library card with this resource (Social Studies Fact Cards)
    Covers California counties, explorers, governors, history by decades, indians, missions,mission life and ranchos.
  • Calisphere
    The Missions, Gold Rush, and much more including pictures. Provided by the University of California.

California Gold Rush

  • California Gold Rush
    Based on the PBS series, this site provides a complete history, fun facts and classroom activities.
  • Gold Rush! California's Untold Stories
    All about the gold rush, including information on the mining towns.( Search for "gold districts") From the Oakland Museum of California.

California Indians

California Missions

  • California Missions use your library card with this resource (Social Studies Fact Cards)
    Useful brief information for mission reports.
  • California Mission E-Books use your library card with this resource
    The same books as you would find in print, but use them online. After you choose a book, you will see the record for it. When you click open, you need to put in missions as the username and missions as the password.
  • The California Missions
    Lots of color photos of each mission.
  • California Missions Virtual Tour
    Featuring two histories for each of the twenty-one California Missions.
  • California Ranchos
    Published by the University of California's Earth Sciences Library.
  • California Ranchos use your library card with this resource (Social Studies Fact Cards)
    Social studies fact cards with useful information for rancho reports. Vocabulary is for fourth graders.


  • Science In Context use your libray card for this resource
    Do a subject search for "cell" or a search for keywords such as "cell reproduction" or "animal cell" and choose the type of information you are looking for including multimeda (diagrams, photos, illustrations, tables).
  • Cells Alive!
    Animated pictures of microbes, bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic heroes and villains. The pictures are accompanied by links to more complete texts.
  • Virtual Cell
    Zoom in and out, turn, and cut into and view a plant cell. From the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

China (Ancient)

  • Ancient China
    Learn about Taoism, explore daily life in 4 different Chinese dynasties.

Controversial Topics

  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context use your library card for this resource
    Start here for information, statistics, and different opinions on many subjects. Look here if you need to offer several ideas about an issue.
  • Student Resources In Context use your library card for this resource
    Good for class assignments because it has many different kinds of information in one place. Just enter your subject one time to see pictures including videos plus magazine, newspaper and encyclopedia articles.




Day in History

  • This Day in History
    Find out what happened on today's date in previous years, or enter your birthdate or any other month and day you want to learn more about.



Egypt (Ancient)

  • Ancient Egypt
    The site is divided into ten 'chapters' which address themes or topics relevant to ancient Egypt. The ten 'chapters' are presented on a menu page where the user can choose a chapter by clicking on the word or icon relating to that chapter.


  • Gale Virtual Reference Library use your library card with this resource
    Includes specialized encyclopedias on art, clothing and fashion, the Middle Ages, Colonial America, the Sixties, countries and cultures, environment, and drugs.

Endangered Species






Greece (Ancient)

  • Ancient Greece
    The BBC created this fun, interactive site on Ancient Greece.



Human Body

  • Human Anatomy Online - Click here for those reports about the muscular, digestive, and other body systems. Interactive pictures show the systems and describe their functions.



  • The Inredible Incas
    Learn about the Inca Empire, the people, clothing, roads, weaving, family life, religion, crime and punishment and more.

Internet Guides for Youth

Inventions and Inventors

  • How Stuff Works
    How Stuff Works is a great place to come to learn about how things work in the world around you.
  • Technology Timeline
    This site presents a timeline from 1750 to 1990s of American inventions and innovative achievements. Click on the invention or achievement on the timeline to learn more about it.
  • Who Invented The...?
    A list of inventions and who invented them. Scroll down the page to see a list of inventions, their inventor and the year they were invented.


Lewis and Clark Expedition

  • Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark!
    Join Lewis & Clark on an interactive adventure where students become privates in Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery.
  • Lewis and Clark
    This site is a comprehensive resource Lewis & Clark's expedition. It includes in-depth historical and biographical information. Livermore History


  • Livermore Heritage Guild
    See pictures and learn facts about historic Livermore local structures and famous people such as Robert Livermore.
  • Livermore Rodeo
    Learn the history of the Rodeo by selecting the "Gallery" button.










Rome (Ancient)

  • The Romans
    From the BBC education site, this page explains who the Romans were, what the empire and the republic were, and presents the emperors, senators, Roman leisure, education, and religion. Also includes maps.



  • Science Fair Project Resource Guide  The IPL’s Science Fair Project Resource Guide will help you through the whole project by guiding you to a variety of excellent web resources.
  • Science Fair Books
  • Science In Context use your library card with this resource
    Researching science topics has never been easier -- with Science Resource Center, thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations are just a few clicks away and the latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

Social Studies

  • Social Studies Fact Cards: California Edition use your library card with this resource
    This resource has basic facts about many aspects of California, including missions and Native Americans. It also covers states and countries.
  • Student Resources In Context use your library card with this resource
    Good for class assignments because it has many different kinds of information in one place. Just enter your subject one time to see pictures including videos plus magazine, newspaper and encyclopedia articles.

State Reports

  • 50 States and Capitals
    For each of the 50 states there is a map, and all the basic information you might need to know sSuch as song, congresspersons, population, and other vital statistics.
    Middle School
  • Stately Knowledge
    These web pages will help you find out the basic facts of any state in the Union, including Washington, D.C.


United States

  • America's Library
    The Library of Congress site for "kids and families" is a great resource for assignments about the United States.