The Children's Services Department staff can help you find specific materials and can offer reading suggestions.Please phone (847) 448-8610 for assistance.
- NEW! Brainfuse Homework Help
- Live online help for learners of all ages.
- American Library Association's Great Web Sites For Kids
- Hand-picked by children’s librarians, this ever-growing list also includes sites for parents and teachers.
- Animal Diversity Web
- Succinct information on animal species from the University of Michigan’s zoology department. Great pictures.
- Ask for Kids
- A plain-English search engine that can provide help on many topics. Just type in your question and get an answer!
- Awesome Library
- Large collection of lesson plans and homework resources, arranged by school subject.
- B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
- A delightful collection of over 700 useful sites for elementary and middle school kids, compiled by a 14 year old and his dad, and arranged by school subject.
- Black History Timeline for Kids
- This timeline highlights key events, key dates, and key people from African-American
history that has been designed specifically with kids in mind.
- CIA World Factbook
- Best source for general country information, statistics, maps. They're the experts.
- Constitution On-Line
- A searchable electronic version of the U.S. Constitution
- Copyright Kids
- Produced by the Copyright Society of the U.S. Excellent, jargon free explanation of copyright law, and the many misconceptions about its use. Provides instructions and contacts for getting permission to use copyrighted works.
- Bibliography formatter for kids’ papers.
- Encarta Homework Tools
- Includes subject areas, such as social studies, science, history, math, geography, and arts.
- Encyclopedia Mythica
- An online encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and legend. The browse section is arranged according to world cultures. Includes a search engine for keyword searching.
- e-TAP is a non-profit education corp., whose purpose is to provide K-12 curriculum for the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, and History on the Internet as a FREE service. Our instructional material is designed to assist students, teachers and parents. This course can be used for students’ instruction and for parents and teachers as an aid to help their children and students.
- Firstgov for kids
- Guide to federal government sources for children, includes a homework resource section.
- Four to Explore
- Gives at least four quality sites for researching many topics.
- Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
- Simple steps to help write an essay.
- How Stuff Works
- Authors know what they’re talking about! Meaty information written at a kid’s level with referrals to other good sites on each topic. Covers science, technology, culture.
- InfoPlease Online Almanac
- A little bit of everything. Easy to use, includes an almanac, encyclopedia, calendars, dictionary, atlas, and biographies. Has a homework center and "Fact Monster", a guide to frequently asked schoolwork questions.
- Junior Online Reference Library
- Reference ebooks for middle schoolers.
- A searchable and browsable directory of more than 6,300 Web resources of use to kids and those who work with them. Can search by grade level and school subject.
- NBC 5 Homework Hotline
- Originally created by the Director of the Bureau of Volunteer Programs of the Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Frances
Holliday, the hotline is designed to help children understand concepts they are learning in school and and to assist in
smoothing out the rough spots on their homework assignments.
Volunteers who handle the phones do not give the answers, they work with students to help them arrive at the answers on their own. Whether it’s fractions, word problems or calculus, there is math help at the other end of the phone at the Homework Hotline. Subjects, for which help is also available, also include history, science, reading, social studies, language arts, biology, chemisty, and civics.
The phone number for the Homework Hotline is (312) 645-5555 and the hotline hours are Monday-Thursday, from 5 pm. to 8 p.m.
- SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Info Database
- Information about Sea World and fun animal facts.
- Free online study guides to literature, history, and science created by Harvard students; good for 7th grade and up. Must be registered for certain articles.
- Very helpful problem solver for elementary through high school math. Will actually give answers though!
- The Web Museum
- History of art, with profiles of major artists, and samples of their work.
- Yahoo Kids
- A division of the popular Yahoo catalog, created especially for children.