Homework Help/College Prep

Our research databases help you impress your teachers & finish your homework faster!  Type in any keyword (just like a search engine) and you’ll find articles, primary source documents, pictures, sound clips and videos on a wide range of subjects.

Useful Databases for Teens


NEW!  Driving-Tests.org offers free CT DMV permit practice tests, as well as tips for getting or renewing your driver’s license! Check it out today!


exploraExplora Don’t use Google to find information for your homework! Explora will give you trusted resources on most any topic you can think of.



opposingViewpoints_in_contextOpposing Viewpoints In Context (Limited Time Trial) gives up-to-date information, including primary sources, audio, video, and photographs on current controversies.  It showcases opinion pieces from both sides of any major debate, including abortion, terrorism & the war on terror, immigration, gay rights, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and more.  If you like what you find in this database, please let us know so that we can add it to our permanent database collection.

BiographyReferenceCenterthumbBiography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

ScienceReferenceCntrthumbScience Reference Center is a comprehensive research database for high school and middle school.  Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, and technology and wildlife.

TOPICsearchthumbTOPICsearch is a current events database that allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 150,691 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.

AcademicSearchPremierAcademic Search Premier is an enormous collection of the most valuable peer-reviewed full text journals.  This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.

greenfile150GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

HistoryReferenceCntrthumbHistory Reference Center features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, as well as  full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, and nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.  It has materials for grades 1-12 and into college, so students would best be served using this database with an advanced search specific to their reading level.


MAS_UltrathumbDesigned specifically for high school students, MAS Ultra School Edition contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines.  This database also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

newspapersthumbNewspaper Source Plus includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.



Book Collection Nonfiction: High School Edition is a rich research database for school and public libraries. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 2,440 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, ethnicity, disabilities, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more.

Connecticut Digital Collections is a trove of local history resources, including newspapers, digitized local history collections of letters and photographs, court records, and many primary sources.

When you’re ready to start studying for the SAT or ACT (hint: start now!) check out Learning Express Library for free SAT and ACT study tools and free college, scholarship and career info.

OneClickDigitalthumbIf you’re looking for free downloadable audiobooks, iConn’s One-Click Digital is the place for you.  Works with iPhone, Android, PC or Mac computers, and mp3s are transferrable to any device.


LitCritPng Literature Criticism Online has criticism, notes, and commentary on hundreds of bodies of important literary work.



A comprehensive Spanish-language resource offering 49,000 encyclopedia entries, 50,000 images, 2,500 health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and the full text of over 100 hundred reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Its intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to Spanish speakers with limited online research experience. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries.
     Un recurso integral en español que ofrece 49.000 entradas enciclopédicas, 50.000 imágenes, informes de salud 2500, un diccionario Español-Inglés y el texto completo de más de 100 cientos de libros de referencia y decenas de revistas de interés general en una amplia gama de áreas temáticas. Su intuitiva interfaz en español, basada en el tema ha sido diseñado para hacer que el contenido de fácil acceso para los hispanohablantes con experiencia limitada investigación en línea. Actualizaciones diarias garantizan la disponibilidad de los artículos más actuales de una docena de importantes periódicos de 10 países de América Latina.

MedlinePlus: Developed by National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health for consumers needing health information.


Mango LanguagesMango Languages:Designed to help you become conversationally proficient in a wide variety of the world’s most popular languages. Includes an audio feature so you can hear proper pronunciation of words. ESL courses in 12 languages are also available. Download free apps for iPhone, iPod touch and Android and learn languages on the go!


With CultureGrams, you can experience the world with detailed cultural information on more than 200 countries.





Daily Life Through History features the day-to-day lives of average people and places, past and present. Covers food and cooking, holidays and festivals, clothing, housing, religion, music, family life, women’s history. Also includes information on the 50 states. Browse by time period, region or subject. For middle school and older.

World Folklore and Folklife covers myths, proverbs, music, urgan legends, comparative religion, folk and fairytales, literature. For middle school and older.


Whether you’re searching for historical information on slavery or want to know about Will Smith, African American Experience is your source! With WPA slave narratives, music, articles, photos, maps and other documents, the black experience from African origins to the present is brought to life. For middle school and older.

The Latino American Experience is a full-text, multimedia database with both English and Spanish content focusing on individuals of Hispanic origins living in the Americas from pre-Columbian times until the present day. The database contains books, images, primary documents, and links to select Web sites. For middle school and older.

The American Indian Experience offers access to an online library featuring more than 150 volumes of reference content, hundreds of primary documents and thousands of images, including treaties, speeches, traditional tales, and a wealth of maps and photographs. For middle school and older.


Do you like popular magazines like People or Sports Illustrated?  Check out our electronic versions of many popular magazines here!

Check out the full list of databases here.


College Prep Resources @ Your Library

Check out these books and DVDs!


Another great place for helping you get ready for college is the College Board!  They have some great resources on getting into college, choosing a college, and paying for college.

AccreditedColleges.com logoAn easy-to-use website that helps you find accredited colleges in many areas of study is Accredited Colleges.  This breaks down what accreditation is, which colleges have it for which subjects, and compares colleges on a variety of factors, including cost, acceptance rate, campus safety, and more.

Once you’ve picked a college, check out the Writing Center from Accredited Colleges as well as their other resources to help you figure out how to write the best possible college application essay and increase your chances of being accepted into the college of your choice.

The next step after getting in is figuring out how to pay for college.  Check out these great sources of scholarship and financial aid information.

A college resource just for New Haven residents is New Haven Promise, offering scholarship opportunities just for teens in our city.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online: An online database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Available only at Ives Main Library.

The FAFSA website offers more than just the FAFSA application, from helping to choose a career path to step-by-step checklists for college readiness, choosing a school, understanding testing options, and more.

Accredited Colleges offers a free-to-search database of scholarships that can be found based on location, race, renewability, year of study, minumum GPA, and more.


Other great homework resources

bibme-bannerBibMe is a free website that automatically formats your citations in any citation style (MLA, APA, etc.).




Code.org is a free resource to anyone who is interested in learning to code.  They have free interactive lessons that are fun and easy to follow for just about every programming language.  Lessons go from “I’ve never seen code before in my life” to “I’m practically an expert”.  You can strictly follow the lessons or choose to play with the code on your own to make unique programs.



Dial-A-Teacher Need help with homework? Whether you’re a parent or a student, we’re here to help! Dial-A-Teacher is a homework help hotline that operates Mondays through Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Certified New Haven teachers are on hand to answer your homework questions, in both Spanish and English. Call the hotline Mondays through Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 946-6580.

Khan Academy specializes in free math and science learning activities for all grade levels. Students can make use of an extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web. Coaches, parents, and teachers have unprecedented visibility into what their students are learning and doing on the Khan Academy.

New Haven Reads is an organization of volunteer tutors dedicated to helping children and teens in New Haven improve their reading skills through one-on-one attention. If you are 16 or older, they always need more volunteers. They also run a community book bank, where all books are free to take and they are always looking for good donations.


Peter’s Online Typing Course is a free, fun, interactive way to learn typing skills.  Type like the wind with complete accuracy by the time you’ve finished all the lessons, guaranteed!


learnfreeGoodwill Community Foundation’s Learn Free website offers free interactive and video lessons on a range of topics, including technology, reading (for English natives and ESL readers), math, everyday life skills (which nobody probably ever taught you but you need to know anyway), and career subjects.

courseraCoursera offers a large range of classes from professors at top universities.  The classes are taught asynchronously (which means you can start at any time and go at your own pace).





Udacity was one of the first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course), and offers classes related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) subjects. 





edX is a non-profit academy developed by Harvard and MIT, where you can take the same classes students there can take, but for free, and at your own pace.



itunes-uiTunesU provides app platforms from Apple for both taking and building classes, and is compatible with all Apple and mobile Apple products. 


TunesViewer is iTunesU for Android devices.


BeyondPod is another way to access iTunesU for non-Apple users.




TED talks are free and provide a great way to learn something new in a short period of time.  Each talk is less than 20 minutes and focuses on a specific concept.  You can view online or from Apple or Android devices through a free app.  Have something to share with the world?  You can contribute your own 20-minute presentation to TED through TEDx talks, which are independently organized TED events.