The Temporary Main, Hills Branch and Fells Branch are open!
Browsing and holds pickup available.
Masks are required for unvaccinated patrons, including children aged 2-11.

Teen Homework Help

What do you do when the library is closed, you need a source, and your teacher says Wikipedia doesn’t count?

Check out our library databases of course!

Databases are links to reputable sources on almost any topic you might need. Need a primary source – we have the complete New York Times database online! Need a science article to support your case? We have that too!

Scroll down and find the world at your fingertips – all in one easy-to-access place.

WFL 139-1


= In-Library Use Only
  • A to Z Maps Online

    4000+ world maps including political, physical, population, climate and other thematic maps.  New maps are added to the collection every month.

  • A to Z the USA

    Information about U.S. states and territories covering the fields of culture, travel, language, trade and business.

  • Academic OneFile

    Contains 14,000 academic journals, 6000 in full text, hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content from 1985

  • Biography in Context

    Includes 600,000+ biographies with photos and links to current research on the world’s most influential people.

  • Britannica Online Public Library Edition

    Access to four full encyclopedias, the Encyclopædia BritannicaCompton’s by BritannicaBritannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, each covering the research needs of a different age group. Also contains full-text magazine articles, reviewed websites, homework help, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri for children and adults, a Spanish-English dictionary, video and audio content and daily content updates.

  • Britannica Online School Edition

    Elementary, Middle and High School levels, plus read-aloud at all levels and translation for over 50 languages.  Access to four complete encyclopedias and high-quality online learning materials that have been developed by teachers and curriculum experts. Designed for all levels of learning from elementary school through high school, offers students an easy-to-use gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica.

  • Britannica Spanish Reference Center

    Access to two Spanish language encyclopedias, one for ages 6-12 and another for the high school and college ages

  • Environmental Issues (Encyclopedia of)

    Hundreds of environmentally related articles written by experts in the fields of biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering that explain the interrelationships of issues in these fields. Topics include endangered animal species, air pollution, national parks, environmental legislation, oil spills, alternative energy sources, and global climate change and more. Includes hundreds of photographs, charts, graphs, tables, and maps.

  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

    Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes over 1000 periodicals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

  • Expanded Academic ASAP

    From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers – with full text and images!

  • Global Issues in Context

    Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Hundreds of continuously updated issues and country portals bring together a variety of sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each gateway page includes an overview, unique “perspectives” articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Includes podcasts, video, and interactive graphs.

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center

    Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets and health-related articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

  • Hoopla

    Use hoopla to borrow digital video, music and audiobooks with your library card. Gain access to thousands of titles – available for instant streaming or temporary download – and watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer. No waiting to borrow and hoopla digital’s automatic return eliminates all late fees. To get started, simply create an account with your library card number.


    JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.

    Journals:  Access to the full-text of more than 2,300 journals from 1,000 publishers, with publication dates ranging from 1665 to 2015.  Journals are available in more than 60 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and mathematics.

    eBooks: Access to more than 40,000 ebooks from academic publishers.

    Primary Sources: Access to more than two million primary sources across four collections – 19th Century British Pamphlets, Global Plants, Struggles for Freedom: South Africa, World Heritage Sites: Africa.

  • Literature Resource Center

    Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

  • Mango Languages

    Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you’re learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 60 different language courses and ESL instruction for speakers of 18 languages.  The newest feature is language learning through film with popular films in their native language.

  • NoveList

    NoveList is a readers’ advisory resource which assists fiction readers in exploring new authors and titles.  Through its attractive and easy-to-use interface, NoveList allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest.   In addition, users can browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 150 award lists and 1,000 fiction related web-sites.  NoveList contains materials for all ages including picture books, children’s “chapter” books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. Novelist provides enhanced subject access to over 92,000 fiction titles.  Updated quarterly, the NoveList database integrates information from a variety of sources.

  • PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science

    PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science offers research, report and homework help in earth and space science for grades 3–8.

  • PowerKnowledge Life Science

    PowerKnowledge Life Science offers research, report and homework help in life science for grades 3-8.

  • PowerKnowledge Physical Science

    PowerKnowledge Physical Science offers research, report and homework help in physical science for grades 3–8.

  • PowerSearch

    Gale PowerSearch helps users select the Gale databases most appropriate to include in a cross-search by providing an alphabetical listing along with a description of each one. Users search with the method that’s easiest for them – by entering keywords, using pre-defined subject terms or constructing complex search queries using Boolean logic. Below the search term field, users will find a list of Gale databases so they can simply select as many databases as they want to include in their search. The database from which each document is found appears as part of the search results.

  • Research in Context

    Research in Context covers the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history, as well as the social issues most relevant to this age group. It features:

    Engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content

    Information from trusted sources like Gale, National Geographic, Scholastic and more

    Alignment to national and state curriculum standards

    New content written especially for middle schoolers including nearly 300 topic pages and overviews

  • Salem Press Online

    Salem OnlineIncludes a wealth of titles on literature, history, science and health.  Great for homework help and research papers, some popular series include critical insights on well-known authors and their works, great events in history, principles of science and medical guides.

  • Science in Context

    Science in Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, Science in Context draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.

  • Student Edition

    This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

  • U.S. History in Context

    Hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History are detailed using full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

  • World History in Context

    Hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History are detailed using full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.