Online databases can help with homework

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010, 9:25 am

From social studies to science to general reference, Worthington Libraries has a resource that will help you research, write and refine your next school project.

Every year many local students are assigned projects on Native American Tribes in Ohio. A great resource to learn about 5,000 years of Native American history is American Indian History Online. This Facts on File database covers over 500 Native American groups through biographies, maps, primary resources, timelines and images. Included in the primary sources section are 36 Native American legends.

Did you know that Australia is the world's driest inhabited continent? You can discover many facts about Australia and other countries of the world in CultureGrams World Edition. You will also find printable maps, flags, statistics, pictures and videos that can be used in your report. CultureGrams even contains five recipes from each country!

Do you need ideas for science fair projects? Help with physics? Look no further than Science Online. Science Online covers topics ranging from earth science to math to forensic science. Use their conversion calculator to convert angles, temperatures, frequency and other units of measure. Watch a video on the formation of the solar system. With over 500 videos to choose from, Science Online is sure to have something that will help your next project!

Two resources from the well-known Encyclopedia Britannica are appropriate for students of all ages.

Britannica Online for Kids is for elementary and middle school students. In addition to the Elementary Encyclopedia and Compton's Encyclopedia, it contains Merriam Webster's Student Dictionary. There are also articles on writing research papers and giving oral presentations.

Britannica Online Reference Center is geared towards high school students and adults. It contains the full content from the print versions of Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam Webster's 10th Collegiate Dictionary. Other research tools include: World Atlas, Notable Quotations, Gateway to the Classics and Video Collection.

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