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 Teens Homework Help


We take the "work" out of Homework!  The librarians have scoured Fotolia_35489554_XS.jpgthe web and the library databases to bring you the very best tools to help you complete your homework and assignments.  Visit these websites and databases using your library card. 

In order to access library databases from outside the library, you will need to have a library card and PIN registered in Carver County.  
Clicking on the links below for access outside the library will prompt you for your last name, library card number, and PIN.  
Forgot your PIN? Call your local branch during open hours and we will reset it for you.  Click here for branch locations, hours, and contact information.
HOMEWORK RESCUE--Get online homework help from an expert tutor. For grades 3-12, Homework Rescue is available from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week, in English and in Spanish.

Databases: Countries and Geography

Websites:  Countries and Geography
  • Background Notes
    Country summaries from the U.S. State Department include facts about the people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations.
  • World Leaders
    Extensive list of chiefs of state, cabinet members, Ambassadors to the U.S. and permanent members to the United Nations. Updated weekly by the CIA.
  • CIA World Factbook
    Information and maps for each country of the world.
  • Countries of the World
    Fast facts, geography, history, government, and important people in each country. From Information Please Almanac.
  • Country Studies
    Over 100 online versions of Country Studies provided by the Library of Congress. For the most up to date country profiles click on “Choose a Country Profile.”
  • Map Machine
    This site from National Geographic features physical, political and country maps; flags, statistics and brief country profiles.

Databases: Current Event & News

  • InfoTrac Junior Edition
    Designed for students in junior high and middle school, InfoTrac® Junior Edition offers magazines, newspapers and reference books (most full-text) about current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
    Click here for in-library access
    Click here for access outside the library
  • MasterFILE Premier
    Read full text articles from more than 1,900 popular and general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural periodicals. It offers indexing and abstracts for an additional 2,510 periodicals. The database also contains full-text articles from book reviews, reference works, travel books, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
    Click here for in-library access
    Click here for access outside the library
  • Points of View Reference Center
    Research current events from multiple perspectives.  The database provides 255 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.
    Click here for in-library access
    Click here for access outside the library

Websites: Current Events & News

  • CNN
    Up to date U.S. and world news.
  • WCCO News
    Covers local news, weather, sports, business, community, and personality profiles.
  • Star Tribune
    Free site to recent Star Tribune articles. Registration is required. For older articles, you may access our NewsBank database at any Carver County Library.
  • Pioneer Press
    Free site to Pioneer Press articles from the past seven days. For older articles, you may access our NewsBank database at any Carver County Library.

Databases: English & Writing

Websites: English & Writing

  • Citation Machine
    Automatically generates citations using MLA and APA styles.
  • Familiar Quotations
  • Over 11,000 searchable quotes from the past and present.
  • Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
    Learn more about grammar and punctuation from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University .
  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
    Easy access to a dictionary and thesaurus. Also provides audio pronunciation.
  • A+ Research & Writing
    The Internet Public Library takes you through six clearly explained steps for writing a research paper. The Info Search section guides you through learning library research, Web research, and much more!
  • Sparknotes
    Online study guides on literature and other subjects, written by Harvard subject specialists.
  • What is Plagiarism?Explains the importance of citing sources. QuickStudy Guide from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Websites: Government

  • Ben’s Guide to Government
    Includes information on the branches of government, how laws are made, the election process, and much more. A service of the U.S. Government.
  • Firstgov
    The official gateway to all U.S. government information, this is a searchable database of over 500,000 Web pages from the U.S. Government and Military.
  • State Government Information
    Information about each state's government, plus maps of states and some information about local governments.
  • Thomas
    Legislative information from the Library of Congress. Full text of new bills and public laws.
  • Government 101
    Learn how a bill becomes a law, the roles of the President and Congress, the election process, and more.
  • Project Vote Smart
    Biographical information and voting records for all U.S. elected officials as well as information on candidates for office. For information on Minnesota government click on “my state.”

Databases: History & Biography

Websites: History & Biography
  • Free web resources for History Day projects
  • The New Deal Network
    This site contains hundreds of primary sources related to the Depression era and the New Deal, including letters, photographs, posters, political cartoons, government documents, speeches, and more. You can also find background information on New Deal programs.
  • American Memory
    Search, browse and learn from the Historical Collections for the National Digital Library at the Library of Congress. Includes thousands of historical documents, maps, photographs, movies, and prints.
  • Best of History Sites
    History websites reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness. Covers prehistory through modern times.
    Biographies of 25,000 people – past and present.
  • Famous Trials
    Famous trials throughout history are reviewed. Includes primary sources.
  • Historic Figures
    From the BBC, this site provides biographies of the movers and shakers of history.
  • InfoPlease Biography
    More than 30,000 biographies from Information Please Almanac. Search by name or subject.
  • Native American Indians: Facts for Kids
    Information on over 50 Native American tribes.
  • Native American Web Sites
    Over 100 Web sites about Native American tribes collected by the Multnomah County Library, Oregon.

Databases: Magazines & Newspapers

Websites: Magazines & Newspapers
  • Star Tribune
    Free site to recent Star Tribune articles. Registration is required. For older articles, you may access our NewsBank database at any Carver County Library.
  • Pioneer Press
    Free site to Pioneer Press articles from the past seven days. For older articles, you may access our NewsBank database at any Carver County Library.
  • Minnesota Newspapers Directory
    A complete list of Minnesota newspapers arranged alphabetically by city, then by the newspaper's official name. Includes separate list of online newspapers.
  • NewsLink
    A directory of magazine, newspaper, radio, television, and major news services. Includes links to national and international newspapers by region.

Databases: Math & Science

  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
    Find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on many health-related topics such as fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, alcohol and drug abuse, and prescription drugs. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites.
    Click here for in-library access
    Click here for access outside the library
  • Science Reference Center
    Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

    Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.
    Click here for in-library access
    Click here for access outside the library
Website: Math & Science
  • Ask Dr. Math
    Browse the archives for answers to math questions or ask Dr. Math your own math related question.
  • Create a Graph
    Create and print or save graphs and charts for homework papers and projects.
  • Graph Paper
    Need some graph paper to complete a math problem? You can print out different types from this site and you'll be ready to go!
  • IPL Science Fair Project Resource Guide
    A great place to start, the Internet Public Library provides a collection of web site resources that give examples of and instructions for science fair projects.
  • Math League Help Topics
  • A handy reference guide for math topics such as decimals, fractions, geometry, introductory algebra, and more. Includes examples, definitions, and explanations.
  • Science Web Sites
    Tons of Web sites about all different areas of science collected by the Multnomah County Library, Oregon.

Databases: Minnesota

  • NewsBank Newspapers
    Get full-text content of local and regional newspapers: Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, St. Cloud Times, and the Duluth News Tribune newspapers. Paid advertisements are excluded.
    Click here for in-library access
    By subscription agreement, database available for in-library use only.
Websites: Minnesota
  • Minnesota
    State symbols, history, trivia and more fun facts from the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
  • Minnesota State Demographic Center
    The Minnesota State Demographic Center provides yearly population estimates and long-term projections each decade, and analyzes and distributes data from the federal government and other sources to monitor key trends. The State Demographic Center serves as a liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau and as a resource to all Minnesotans to find the demographic data they need to make smart decisions.
  • Minnesota Historical Society
    Find photos in the Photo & Art Database. Learn more about Minnesota people, places, and history.
  • Minnesota Web Directory
    A list of Minnesota web pages provided by Metronet, a Twin Cities multi-type library organization.
  • North Star
    The official Minnesota state Web site. Start here for community information, lake maps, loon calls, more.


Important Note:  Carver County Library is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the information provided on external websites. The inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement by the library of that website.