Homework Help

Internet Search Engines for Kids : General Homework Help : Animals: Health & Life : Math : History& Social Studies : Reading & Literature : Science

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Internet Search Engines for Kids

DuckDuckGo:  Search engine with less spam results and clutter

Google: A great search engine on the web to find websites containing information on any topic

KidsClick: Web search for kids by librarians intended to guide users to good websites

One Key: A kid safe search engine in conjunction with

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General Homework Help

StarGrolier's The New Book of Knowledge: Reference and current events for elementary school and higher. From home: Click on this remote link. Enter your library card number for the user name; no password is needed.

StarEncyclopedia Britannica: Full articles from the complete encyclopedia. From home: Click on this remote link.

StarFacts on File Reference Suite: Brings together six different reference resources: American History Online, Modern World History Online, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Science Online, World News Digest, and Issues and Controversies on File

StarNewsbank: Search current and past articles from our local Northwest Herald and more through this database, which also includes access to more than 30 popular national magazines.

Fact Monster: Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Homework Center   Lots of great information in different subjects. Also includes information help with research and studying skills, games, and more.

KidSpace @ the Internet Public Library: Here's the place to go for all your general reference needs! There are links to dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and other sites for homework help or just looking things up.

Khan Academy: Video library, practice exercises, and assessments for many topics for all ages. Includes K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry and physics, and history. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long.

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StarGrolier's Amazing Animals of the World: Wild animals and their habitats for elementary and middle school. From home: Click on this remote link. Enter your library card number for the user name; no password is needed.

National Geographic for Kids: Find games, fun activities, and lots of information about the world, its people, and its wildlife. Special section for "Little Kids."

ASPCA Kids: This child-friendly site offers interactive information on pet care, animal issues, poster and essay contests, games, cartoons, and more.  

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Health / Life

KidsHealth: Accurate, up-to-date information about growth, food and fitness, medical and surgical conditions and the latest treatments. You'll find health games, How the Body Works animations, the KidsVote health poll and tons of surprises. Special sections for parents, kids and teens.
It's My Life from PBS Kids: You can read, share, play games, take quizzes, watch videos, and more about Friends, Family, School, Body, Emotions, and Money.

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Language Learning Center

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StarMango Languages: Are you traveling abroad?  Struggling with a language course at school?  Trying to improve your English?  Try Mango Languages!  McHenry Public Library cardholders can access an online language-learning system that teaches conversational skills for 12 different languages, including Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.  There are also ESL courses for those learning English and a translation tool for written text.  Create a Mango account to keep track of your progress in the lessons today!

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A+ Math: This website helps students improve their math skills interactively with games, flashcards, and math word puzzles. Try the Homework Helper to check your homework answers!

Cool Math: Many games and puzzles to make math fun!   

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History/Social Studies
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StarCulturegrams:   Experience cultures, geography, maps, reports & statistics from around the world & all 50 states. Includes a Photo Gallery, Famous People section, and Recipe Collection. From home, click on this remote link.

StarAmerican History Online:  Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience

StarModern World History OnlineCovers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from mid-15th century to the present

StarWorld News Digest: Brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print

StarIssues and Controversies on File:  Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture

StarA to Z Maps OnlineThe worlds largest subscription-based database of proprietary, royalty-free world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps. New maps are added to the collection every month.

Library of Congress for Kids American history and culture, veteran's history: Kids can meet amazing Americans, jump back in time, explore the states, join Americans at play, watch movies and listen to songs from America's past.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids Learn all about the United States' government and history. Includes sections for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

The History Place: This site includes timelines of major events in U.S. and World history, information about historical topics and U.S. Presidents with photos.

The 50 States of the United States: Find a variety of state facts and other useful information! Find links to government and other kids' sites on all subjects. Choose either grades K-5 or 6-8.     

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Reading and Literature
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StarNoveList K-8 Plus: A comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction.  It has a fun design for younger readers.

StarTumbleBooks"eBooks for eKids" Find story books, read alongs, Tumble TV, puzzles & games, and bilingual and foreign language books

Starfall"Where children have fun learning to read!" A free public service to teach children to read with phonics. For children at all levels, from learning the alphabet to reading on their own

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StarScience Online: Includes various areas of science with in-depth definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, videos, and science experiments.

StarGrolier's The New Book of Popular Science:Reference and current events for elementary school and higher. From home: Click on this remote link. Enter your library card number for the user name; no password is needed.

NASA for Students: Explore and experience unique space and aeronautics content! Includes separate sections for grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, and the NASA Kids' Club.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide: If you’ve never done a science fair project before, DON’T PANIC! The Internet Public Library’s Science Fair Project Resource Guide will help you through the whole project by guiding you to a variety of excellent web resources.

Science Net: Features information about science subjects including biology, chemistry, physics, zoology, geology, botany, paleontology, and astronomy.

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