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  • Stop by Adult Services at the library and ask for help finding the information you need. And don't forget that you can also use our computers to work on your class projects.
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  • Take a look at our fantastic online databases (Library card required).

With our online resources, you can discover just about anything. Use our online encyclopedia and other resources to find full-text articles on thousands of topics.

Check out these helpful homework links.

Alpha Dictionary
This site links to hundreds of online dictionaries - including translation databases for nearly three hundred different languages. If you need grammar advice, or help with any question about words, this is the place.

Ask a Librarian (Library of Congress)
Have a reference question that your local librarian can't answer? Ask the librarians at the Library of Congress for help. Questions can be sent by e-mail, or via chat during designated times.

Back to School Center (from Information Please)
This site is a handy go-to for all your educational needs, offering study tips, homework help and more.

Chemicool: Cooler Than Absolute Zero!
An easy reference for chemistry class, this periodic table offers useful facts about each element.

Citing Your Sources / UI Writers Workshop
Finalizing that research paper? This University of Illinois handbook summarizes and illustrates the bibliographical formatting rules for two different citation styles: the American Psychological Association (APA) style and the Modern Language Association (MLA) style.

Dewey Browse
Find websites on a broad range of subjects, organized by their Dewey Decimal Classification number.

Fact Monster (from Information Please)
The Monster offers handy tools like an online almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia and atlas, as well as fun facts, homework help, games and quizzes. It even shows how to cite Fact Monster as a reference source for your school paper!

Internet Public Library, Teen Division
Whether you're looking for reliable websites for your school project, seeking homework help, wanting to participate in a poetry wiki, or seeking answers to those Frequently Asked Embarrassing Questions (FAEQs), you can find it here.

A kid-friendly web search site designed by librarians with both category and Dewey Decimal search options.

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Have writer's block? Need help with that research paper? This great site includes everything you need to write a great paper, including citation formats.

If you've exhausted everything else, try the RefDesk - it has everything but the kitchen sink - time zones, conversion charts, horoscopes, maps, quotations, recipes, area codes, etc.

Teens (Grades 6-8)
This is the U.S. government's official website for kids and teens.

Virtual Reference Shelf (Library of Congress)
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