Make homework easier

Posted: Monday, April 6, 2009, 9:05 am

Did you know Worthington Libraries offers research databases that can help you with your homework?

Our online research tools for students cover subjects ranging from history to science to biography to culture and more. Information in these databases is up-to-date and authoritative, so you can be sure you're finding the correct answers to your toughest homework questions. And best of all, they are available 24/7 here on the Worthington Libraries Web site — all you need is a valid library card!

Are you writing a paper on manatees and all the books are checked out? For information on manatees and all sorts of other animals, visit EBSCO Animals. The online version of the Encyclopedia of Animals, EBSCO Animals offers in-depth information on various species and other topics relating to animals as well as photographs. (Did you know that manatees can weigh up to 1500 pounds? Find out more by visiting EBSCO Animals and searching for "manatee.")

Need to find out the largest industry in the state of Kansas? Try Culturegrams States Edition to get information about the 50 states and the District of Columbia including history, culture, climate and geography, fun facts and even the state song and state flag. (It turns out the largest industry in Kansas isn't farming, it's manufacturing! Find out more about how airplane manufacturing has changed the Kansas economy with Culturegrams States Edition — choose Kansas on the map of the United States and select "Resources and economy.")

For even more in-depth information, try World Book Online. This online version of World Book Encyclopedia offers more than 25,000 articles suited for grades 4-12 and adults. Thousands of photographs and illustrations are available, as well as hundreds of printable maps. World Book Online also features audio, video, and virtual reality presentations that let you explore places in the world in 360 degrees.

Is it 9:00pm and you just remembered that you need to write a report on the inventor of root beer and it's due tomorrow? Biography Resource Center provides biographical information for more than 325,000 famous (and not-so-famous) contemporary and historical people worldwide, including magazine and newspaper articles and links to authoritative Web sites. (Visit the Biography Resource Center to search for Charles Hires to learn all about how he invented the tasty drink.)

For answers to these homework questions and more, check out our research tools for elementary school students or middle school and high school students.

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