Homework & Research Help for Kids

Homework Tips

There are loads of resources to help you with your homework. Library databases have lots of useful information that’s not necessarily available through Google. Plus, you know you can trust this information. Many websites can also help you with your homework, but make sure you’re safe while surfing the Internet, that the websites you find are from reliable sources, and learn how to cite those sources.

Library Databases

The “databases” here have lots of information not typically available through the Internet. You’ll need your library card to log into some of them.

Explora Primary Schools – A research interface for K-5.  Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research. Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas. Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research.
funk_wagnalls_button_200x100 Funk & Wagnalls – For students and adults alike, the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double-clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images and offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas. This database is updated annually.
Khan Academy – “Learn almost anything for free.”
3300 videos explain many subjects.
NoveList K-8 – Kids – Looking for a book in a series? An author who writes books similar to those by your favourite author? Or are you just looking for a book on a particular topic? This online resource can help you! There are over 46,000 books listed in this resource and you can find the ones that interest you by author, title, series or subject. Each listing also includes descriptions and reviews.
BC Learning Services Offering free services that support student-centered learning for K-12 students, adult learners, parents and educators.

Kids Learning Stations

  • Two children’s computers are available in the Children’s Library for kids 11 years of age and under.
  • Computer sessions are a timed half hour to a maximum of one hour per day per child.  Children login with their library card or a guest pass obtained at the Front Desk.
  • Parental permission is required to use the computer stations.  For children with library cards, permission can be given verbally by a parent if he or she is with the child in the library or a note is placed on the child’s library record indicating internet permission has been granted.  Kids without a library card must have a parent or guardian present to give parental/guardian permission and receive a guest pass.
  • Both stations have Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel available for doing homework or other projects.
  • Internet access is provided for and restricted to:

Internet Safety Information

Visit the following websites for useful information on protecting your child’s safety online:

www.safekids.com

mediasmarts.ca/parents

Internet Safety – cybertip.ca

Internet Safety Resources – RCMP

 Websites

Many libraries have reviewed websites and created lists of recommended children’s websites.  Here are a few of our favourites:
North Vancouver District Public Library’s Homework Resources for Kids Recommended websites for homework.
West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Homework Help Separates topics by grade
Great Websites for Kids A collection of amazing, spectacular, colourful and mysterious sites for kids, parents, teachers and other caregivers (from the American Library Association).

We’ve also created a list of recommended fun websites for kids.

Can You Trust That Website?

Anyone can build a website, so you need to make sure the ones you’re looking at are from people you can trust. Here’s how:
Evaluating Websites A How-To Guide for Middle-School Students
Evaluating Websites A Checklist [PDF]

Internet Safety

PBS Webonauts An online game for 8- to 10-year-olds that teaches kids about good citizenship: identity‚ privacy‚ credibility and web safety.
MediaSmarts Games Online games that teach kids in fun ways all about internet safety, privacy and more. From MediaSmarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.

Citing Sources: Writing a Bibliography

What’s a bibliography?
It’s a list of all the books, articles, websites, interviews or movies that you used to create your project or report.
Why do I need a bibliography?
It’s important to give credit to the people whose work you used for your report. And it gives you, your teacher and anyone else who reads your report a chance to refer to those sources for more information.
How do I write a bibliography?
There are different ways you can do this and your teacher will tell you which they prefer (if they haven’t, just ask them).
Write a Bibliography By infoplease