Homework Help

Homework Help

Homework Help Center at Rincon

Rincon Library is closed. The Homework Help Center is unavailable but will resume when we are able to safely re-open to the public.

The Rincon Library Homework Help Center offers free after school homework helpAdult volunteers assist students of all ages with homework or reading practiceHomework Help runs during the school yearwith breaks during major holidays (check the events calendar). Hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. through December 13th, 2019. For more info, please call the Rincon Branch at 925-373-5540.

Doing research? The links below also 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 and e-resources are different.

 
 

Digital Research Resources

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Academic

  •  ProQuest Homework Central  Research resources for students of varying ages. Includes:
    ○ CultureGrams - Info about world countries, the United States and Canadian provinces.
     eLibrary - Multimedia content for beginning and intermediate researchers.
     SIRS Discoverer - Collection of subjects and topics aimed at enabling younger students complete research assignments.
     SIRS Issues Researcher - ProCon database for students and educators.

Accelerated Reader (AR) Lists

  • AR BookFinder™ 
    Results on book searches display ATOS and interest levels, fiction/nonfiction, summaries, and more. After finding appropriate books for students, search our Library Catalog to see if the books are available.

Ancient Civilizations

  • Ancient China
    Learn about Taoism, explore daily life in four different Chinese dynasties.
  • 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.
  • Ancient Greece
    The BBC created this fun, interactive site on Ancient Greece.
  • Brief History of Assyrians
    Includes geography, language, religion, and a detailed history of Assyrians.
  • 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.
  • Maya Civilization
    This site covers cosmology and religion, writing and hieroglyphics, calendar and more.
  • 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.

Animals

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Timeline of Dinosaurs

Astronomy

  • Amazing Space
    Learn about astronomy, space, telescopes, stars, discoveries. Includes “Tonight’s Sky” constellations, deep sky objects and planets.
  • Explore with NASA
    Astronomy-themed fun facts, videos, and pictures compiled by NASA with links to quizzes and activities for kids to do, learn, and play.
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Biographies

  • Gale In Context: Biography 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.

Biology

  • Gale Interactive: Science use your libray card for this resource
    With 200+ interactive sessions and self-quiz options in biology, chemistry, and earth/space science, this Gale visual tool offers students the ability to explore and manipulate 3D science models to perform virtual labwork on.
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California

  • Calisphere
    The Missions, Gold Rush, and much more including pictures. Provided by the University of California.

California Missions

Cells

  • Gale Interactive: Science use your libray card for this resource
    With 200+ interactive sessions and self-quiz options in biology, chemistry, and earth/space science, this Gale visual tool offers students the ability to explore and manipulate 3D science models to perform virtual labwork on.
  • BrainPOP Cells
    Learn all about cells by viewing an educational film, reading the Q&A, and doing the topically related quiz and activities.
  • 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 four different Chinese dynasties.

Controversial Topics

  • Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints 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.

Countries

  • Countries of the World
    Contains country profiles including details on geography, people and society, economy, energy, communications, transportation, and military. Click on country button to link to a country's entry. The World Factbook is a public domain website from the CIA for grades 5 and up and may be used freely by anyone at anytime without seeking permission so long as it is cited when used.
  • Country Studies / Area Handbook Series
    Developed by the Library of Congress, the Country Studies handbooks cover demographic, political, and social information on countries around world
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Day in History

  • This Day in History
    Find out what happened on today's date in previous years, or enter your birthdate or other day you want to learn more about.
  • Discover & Go use your library card with this resource

    Learn hands on with free and discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions for library cardholders.

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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.

Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia Britannica School
    Find informational articles on a wide range of subjects designed at three different reading levels, allowing students to move easily to material of higher or lower comprehension levels as needed for K-6, middle school and high school. Includes an automated translation tool for over 50 languages, as well as quick dictionary definitions and audio pronunciation – helpful for English language learners.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Escolar
    Provides various subject information for K-6 and middle school in Spanish. Escolar articles are original works, not translations.

Endangered Species

  • Animal Info
    Detailed information about each endangered animal, including habitat, diet, behavior, threats and reason(s) for decline.
  • ARKive
    Multimedia guide to the world’s endangered species with films and photos by the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, and scientists.
  • Kids Planet
    Fact sheets on over 50 endangered species worldwide.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Division of Endangered Species
    A site full of information about endangered animals. Use the "search our site" function to find information on a specific animal.

Environment

  • Climate Kids
    Find answers to questions on global climate change in sections on weather, air, the ocean, fresh water, carbon, energy, plants and animals and technology. Includes educational games, activities, crafts, videos and info on green careers.
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Flags

  • Flag Institute's World Flag Database
    Need a picture of the flag of Kazakhstan? Whatever the country you're studying, you can probably find an image of its flag here.
  • Flags of the World
    Find large color images of national flags accompanied by a description. The World Factbook is a public domain website from the CIA for grades 5 and up and may be used freely by anyone at anytime without seeking permission so long as it is cited when used.

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Greece (Ancient)

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

  • Gale In Context: U.S. History use your library card with this resource
    Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history from a variety of sources.
  • Gale In Context: World History use your library card with this resource
    Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.
  • This Day in History
    Find out what happened on today's date in previous years, or enter your birthdate or other day you want to learn more about.

Human Body

 

  • Gale Interactive: Science use your libray card for this resource
    With 200+ interactive sessions and self-quiz options in biology and chemistry, this Gale visual tool gives students the ability to explore and manipulate 3D science models.
  • Human Anatomy Online - InnerBody.com Click here for those reports about the muscular, digestive, and other body systems. Interactive pictures show the systems and describe their functions.
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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.
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Language Learning

  • Dino Lingo eBooks
    Bilingual language learning stories for kids on OverDrive in English and Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Russian,  Persian, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese. Simple sentences that are easy to read and understand. A great source for building vocabulary.
  • Pronunciator
    There are lessons in every Pronunciator level that are particularly useful to young learners in 60 languages. Look for the Kids icon on Pronunciator lessons, those contain content that is kid-tested and kid-approved.

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

  • 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.
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Maps

  • Regional and World Maps 
    Contains a variety of JPG and PDF maps, by geographic region, covering the entire globe. Also available are World maps, a World Oceans map, and a Time Zone map. The World Factbook is a public domain website from the CIA for grades 5 and up and may be used freely by anyone at anytime without seeking permission so long as it is cited when used.

Maya

Mesopotamia

Missions

Museum Passes

  • Discover & Go use your library card with this resource
    Learn hands on with free and discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions for library cardholders.
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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.
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Science

  • Interactive Scienceuse your library card with this resource
    With 200+ interactive sessions and self-quiz options in biology, chemistry, and earth/space science, this Gale visual tool offers students the ability to explore and manipulate 3D science models to perform virtual labwork on.
  • Lawrence Hall of Science
    UC Berkeley's public 24/7 Science kids page includes a variety of science experiments and activities, games and citizen science opportunities.
  • Science Buddies
    Empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free science project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.
  • Science Projects Books

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Social Studies

  • Encyclopedia Britannica School   use your library card with this resource
    Find informational articles on a wide range of subjects designed at three different reading levels, allowing students to move easily to material of higher or lower comprehension levels as needed for K-6, middle school and high school. Includes an automated translation tool for over 50 languages, as well as quick dictionary definitions and audio pronunciation – helpful for English language learners.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Escolar   use your library card with this resource
    Provides various subject information for K-6 and middle school in Spanish. Escolar articles are original works, not translations.

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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 such 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.
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Test Prep / Support

  • tutor.com use your library card with this resource
    Free online tutoring with library card and computer or mobile device with Internet access. K-12 homework help in math, science, English, social studies and AP test support; Princeton Review expert SAT/ACT test prep. This resource is generously funded by Friends of the Livermore Library.
    FAQs Tech Support

Tutoring

  • tutor.com use your library card with this resource
    Free online tutoring with library card and computer or mobile device with Internet access. K-12 homework help in math, science, English, social studies and AP test support; Princeton Review expert SAT/ACT test prep. This resource is generously funded by Friends of the Livermore Library.
    FAQs Tech Support

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United States

  • America's Library
    The Library of Congress site for "kids and families" is a great resource for assignments about the United States.
  • Gale In Context: U.S. History use your library card with this resource
    Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history from a variety of sources.

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