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The skill that high-school students have in using the Internet may be harnessed to assist them in doing their homework. Many of these sites are very visual in order to facilitate interaction. Below are some sites, however, that are both accessible as well as highly useful.

General Resources

Graduate with These Helpful Study Skills
Targeted for their own online students, Norwich University offers this well-organized helpful page of resources. Topics covered include time management, notetaking, study habits, writing skills, research, test-taking, and presentation tips.

IPL Pathfinders
IPL Pathfinders are home-grown guides written by the staff of the Internet Public Library which are intended to help you get started doing research on a particular topic, both online and at your local library. They are like having your own private librarian to help you with your research. Presently, Pathfinders are available for the following subject areas: art images, author biographies, composers, creative writing, fairy tales, Greek mythology, literary criticism, multicultural Literature for Children, net art, nursery rhymes, photojournalism, poetry, Russian icons, Spanish literature, stagecraft/ technical theatre, Western philosophers, word and phrase origins, United States government documents, United States law, and United States Presidential information, African-Americans in the Armed Forces, clothing from various eras, Colonial America, historical photographs, history of books and printing, Holocaust denial, Medieval European history, military history, New York City history, student movements in the sixties, United States Civil War history, War in the former Yugoslavia, World War I history, and World War II history. More topics are constantly being added.

WhoWhatWhen - Interactive Historical Timelines
WhoWhatWhen is a database of people and events from 1000 A.D. to the present. It Create timelines of periods in history and of the lives of individuals. For examples, who was alive and what was happening in 1776? Who was born/died on December 25th? Which scientists were contemporaries of Einstein? Which wars were being fought during Mozart's lifetime? Although parts of the site are graphical, the information is still sufficiently accessible to be of use to the high-school or college student.

High School Ace
This site provides free quality educational resources for teens. It features subject guides, reference tools, news, puzzles, quizzes, college prep questions, and college information.

Internet Public Library Ready Reference
The Ready Reference section of the Internet Public Library draws together electronic sources selected for their thoroughness, frequency of update, and ease of use. Sources are annotated and designed to provide quick answers to specific questions. Areas covered include: business, computers, education, arts and humanities, law, and general reference.

IPL Teen Space
With its usual attention to quality, the Internet Public Library has assembled a select group of outstanding sites to help with homework. While they are primarily targeted for the high-school student, they may be of benefit for students who are either slightly older or younger, depending on their needs.

KidInfo.Gov is one of the better organized sites for pre-college students. Material may be accessed by a student's level (elementary, middle, or high school), subject (art, American history, music, computers), or searched by use of either the conventional or the advanced search engine.

Multnomah County Library Homework Help
Although this site, from the Multnomah (Oregon) County Library, provides the usual links to subject-specific assistance, it is noteworthy for directing the visitor in nontraditional directions as well. Links to African-American history are featured with European history; costumes and clothing are presented beside math. In addition, the site has an extensive list of resources -- such as news and current affairs, mythology, and personal finance -- that relate to high-school subjects, although they seldom constitute a course in and of themselves.

Homework Helper
This site, hosted by Bob Drudge, is an excellent list of links of quality homework help sites. Topics include: math, science, English, government and history, as well as related resources.

Researchpaper bills itself as "the Web's largest collection of topics, ideas, and assistance for school related research projects." The site is not a paper mill but, instead, directs students to topic ideas and suggests strategies to make the most effective use of electronic sources.

Schoolwork Ugh!
Despite the author of this site claiming that "This site is no longer being maintained on a regular basis due to lack of time," Homework Ugh is still an extremely well-organized site with lots of high-quality resources. Its list of links is straight forward, complete, and easy to navigate. It does not attempt to answer questions but direct the visitor to where he/she might be expected to locate the best resources. You can find homework help for the following subjects: art, biography, computers, dictionaries and encyclopedias, government, grammar, health, history, languages, law, literature, math, music, mythology, newspapers, philosophy, politics, quotations, religion, science, statistics, and writing.

Virtual Library
This is an overwhelming catalogue of internet sources from agriculture to Western European regional studies which may be accessed either by a key word search or by browsing the catalogue.

"Infoplease is the world's largest free reference site. Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Almanacs, and Homework Help on English, math, history, geography, science, and social studies."

Ask Jeeves for Kids
"A fast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to find answers to their questions online. Designed to be a fun destination site focused on learning and 'edu-tainment,' Ask Jeeves for Kids uses natural-language technology that allows kids to ask questions, such as 'Why is the sky blue?' or 'What's it like to live in space?' in the same way they would ask a parent, friend or teacher. The service combines human editorial judgment with filtering technology to enable kids to find both relevant and appropriate answers on the Web."

A Homework Help Directory
An excellent list of annotated links to a variety of sites, some dedicated to specific subjects while the majority offer general help for homework. Although based in Australia, sources are not restricted by country.

Science and Math

General Chemistry Online
Fred Senese of the Department of Chemistry, Frostburg State University, hosts General Chemistry Online. Included are links to information about Common compounds, exam questions, resources, a tool box, and a glossary. The site is both searchable and browsable.

Rader's Biology4kids
Biology4kids fills a need for a site devoted exclusively to the biological sciences. It is both browsable and searchable. Although much of the site is visual, projects, photos, and resources make this site an excellent stop for the student seeking help in this area.

Mathway: Math Problem Solver
"Free step-by-step math solver answers your pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus homework problems."

Although the authors of this site say, " Our goal is to enrich the public's knowledge of biology and chemistry. We aim to serve everyone from high school students to professional Researchers," the material is tilted toward the more advanced visitor. Dictionaries, links to other Web resources, and material on biochemistry are at the heart of this site.

Rader's Chem4kids
Although this site provides gateways to other science sites, chem4kids itself focuses on chemistry, biochemistry, and other specialties of chemistry. The site is both searchable and browsable and provides activities and downloads.

Science Fair Projects
This excellent site provides numerous, highly valuable sites specifically designed to assist with science fair projects. Not coincidentally, these links are also useful for students and teachers.

Rader's Geography4kids
The designers of this site make it clear that it is concerned with physical geography, or earth sciences, and not countries and their capitals. If you're looking for information about resource management, energy, climate change, or water, you have come to the right place. In addition to being searchable and browsable, it also contains examples of concepts as well as activities and downloads.

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Although HomeworkSpot has extensive sections devoted to elementary and middle school, the high-school section is of sufficiently high-quality to be worth attention in its own right. Links include: English, fine arts, foreign languages, health, life skills, math, science, social studies, Technology, and college prep. In addition, there are many other links to information to improve study skills and help with research.

MadSciNet: The 24-hour exploding laboratory
By selecting the "Ask a Scientist" link on this site, you can get answers to your science questions from a member of the Washington University faculty in St. Louis.

Astronomy Homework Help
Astronomy is especially difficult for visually impaired students because of its highly visual nature. While this site can not completely eliminate this hurdle, it does, nonetheless, help. You will also find links to course materials, such as math and physics, which are associated with the study of astronomy.

Finding Data on the Internet
This site provides the basics for interpreting the most common types of statistics found on the Internet. It, then, guides the visitor to the best sites for locating the raw data. If you are comfortable with statistics, you can skip the explanatory material, but you will still find the site a useful time saver.

Planetary Fact Sheet
This site by NASA's National Space Science Data Center provides fact sheets for every planet and for many minor bodies, including information on mass, rotation and revolution periods, atmospheric composition, magnetosphere information, and much more.

A Periodic Table of the Elements at Los Alamos National Laboratory
This site, sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, provides the periodic table of the elements. Click on an element, and you are lead to material describing it.

QuickMath Automatic Math Solutions
QuickMath is one of the first sites of its kind on the internet. It is the first site where you can simply type in an expression in a fairly intuitive way, hit a button and get the answer. It focuses on more advanced math, such as algebra, differential and integral calculus, matrices, etc. Parts of the site, however, will be more easily accessed if the visitor can see the screen, however.

Science and technology information from Scientific American
By selecting the "Ask an Expert" link at this site, sponsored by Scientific American Magazine, you can ask your scientific questions of an expert in the relevant area. In addition, there are a profusion of links to the most recent research and debate in science.

Science Learning Network
If you are a science teacher or a parent who wants to link your child to excellent science resources on the Internet, this site is for you! "The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education." Funded by the National Science Foundation and Unisys Corporation, this site includes links to many excellent sites designed for children and science educators.

Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Computing
Cornell University's award-winning gateway provides educators and students with links to lesson planning and learning resources in the sciences, mathematics, and the arts. The site caters to students in grades 9-12, although teachers of other levels may find these materials helpful. Topics covered include: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computers, earth & environmental science, engineering, health and medicine, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and much more.

Internet Lessons in Mathematics
This page, hosted by the University of Washington, provides an excellent, up-to-date list of links to sites on all levels of mathematics. The visitor will find information ranging from geometry to calculus with other useful reference sites also included.

Social Sciences

Internet Resources in Sociology
This site, hosted by the University of Delaware, while targeted for the professional, provides numerous, high-quality links of value to any student of the discipline. Of special interest are links to international sites.

Social Studies, Homework Help, Carnegie Library
This site contains a wealth of links to a variety of topics including: archaeology/anthropology, biography, civics, current events, economics, French, German, homework helper, languages, Latin, multiculturalism, music, native American culture, and Spanish.

Country Studies -- Library of Congress
This site contains the online versions of books that were originally published in hard copy by the Library of Congress to analyze the history, culture, and government of approximately 100 foreign countries. While there are some important omissions, if you are looking for information about most countries, especially if it is not a major country, this is a good place to begin.

Social Psychology Network
This is a gateway site with links to a variety of resources in the field of social psychology. It includes links to sites on specific social psychology topics, graduate programs, organizations, professional journals, teaching resources and more.

U.S. Congress on the Internet
This is the official site of Congress. If you want to know what legislation is being considered, how your representative voted, or what a particular committee has been doing this is the place to go. There is an excellent database for searching legislation.

BEN's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
"This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids." Specific links lead to information selected for specific grades.


Historical Text Archive
The Historical Text Archive was created to enable historians to have an electronic storage and retrieval site and to demonstrate the advantages of such sites for the study and teaching of history. At present, it contains over 5,000 links. The site contains annoying commercial clutters but is well worth putting up with the irritation.

Biographical Dictionary
This online biographical dictionary covers over 33,000 individuals from ancient to modern times. The dictionary can be searched by birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, achievements, and other keywords.

Ancient & Classic Cultures - Homework Center
Collection of links to websites about ancient cultures around the world. Includes sites about Africa, Asia Minor, Aztecs, Celts, China, Egyptians, Greeks, Hebrews, Incas, India, Inuits, Muslims, Mongols, Persians, Romans, Viking, and the wonders of the ancient world. From the Multnomah County Library, Oregon.

Language and Literature

EspanOle! Pagina Principal
At EspanOle you will find all you need for the study, teaching, and/or appreciation of the Spanish language, its literature, AP exams, the Hispanic arts, music, people, history, foods, and lands. The site is hosted by Florida’s Spanish teacher of the year for 2001-02.

Free Book - Free Cliff Notes, Book Notes, Summaries & Study Guides
Free Book Notes .com is dedicated to finding all of the sites with free book notes or "free cliff notes" and indexing all the individual free study guides and free book summaries for you on one easy to navigate site. It currently has a database of links to over 2500 free cliffnotes, free book notes, and free book summaries for a wide variety of literary classics from all the major study guide sites (including Pink Monkey, Barron's, SparkNotes, Classic Notes, Book Rags, BookWolf, and Campus Nut) On each individual study guide page, you will find links to all the cliff notes, book summaries, book notes, and analysis for that book. This way any time you need free literary criticism, chapter summaries, or other study help with a book, you can check here first and the site will point you in the right direction.

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
This site attempts "To be a complete annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet." In addition, the visitor can find interesting facts such as the dates of Shakespeare festivals, a family genealogy, and a timeline of Shakespeare's life.

Direct Homework Assistance

Several school districts provide free homework help either through speaking with a teacher directly by telephone and/or by computer. Depending on the program, you may not have to be a resident of the district sponsoring the program to take advantage of its service. Some of our favorites include:
Miami-Dade County, Florida
Rochester, New York
Homework Help from the Toledo Public Library
Pioneer: Utah's Online Library
Fred's Head Companion: Homework Helping Sites On The Net
New York City Department of Education Fact Finder
The link to Blind student assistance
may be of special interest for residents of New York.

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