Homework & Research Help for Teens
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.
The “databases” here have lots of information not typically available through the Internet. Patron login required for specified databases. Please visit or contact the Library if you require a login setup.
|Explora Canada – [Patron Login required] – Information for students of all ages on a wide variety of topics, from history and current events to science and technology. Search a variety of sources such as magazines, encyclopedias, primary source documents and more.|
||EBSCOhost magazines & periodicals – [Patron Login required] – Search the content of more than 10,000 popular and academic magazines, reference books, plus images, covering all subject areas, from current events and history to the arts and sciences. Many Canadian titles are included. Narrow results by date, subject, publication, etc. EBSCOhost Tutorial [2:25 minutes]|
|Canadian Points of View – [Patron Login required] – Contains more than 180 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.|
|Language Portal of Canada – Showcases Canadian expertise in the area of language. The creators of the Language Portal of Canada have gathered a wealth of resources to help you communicate more effectively in English and French or to improve your skills in either language. The Language Portal of Canada has a parallel French language site: Le Portail linguistique du Canada.|
Research & Writing Tools
- Cambridge Dictionary OnlineCambridge Dictionary Online, opens a new window - Find definitions for those tricky words!
- Essay Writing Center - Help with essay planning, structure, and basic writing. Has information on types of essays, presentation writing, business writing, and scholarships.
- Lexico Dictionary (Powered by Oxford) - Oxford English and Spanish dictionary, thesaurus, and Spanish to English translator. Includes tips for learning English as a second language.
- Thesaurus Online, opens a new window - Easily searchable online thesaurus to help spice up your writing.
- - Learn how to avoid plagiarizing other people's work.
- SparkNotes Guides- Summaries and insightful critical analyses of English literature, including Shakespeare, along with guides for history, math, biology, and other subjects.
Study Tips (SFU)
- Exam Preparation through Lectures and Readings - As you complete the lecture and reading for each topic in a course, go through this checklist to enhance your learning and begin the process of effective exam preparation.
- How to Study Efficiently and Effectively - Covers study schedule, study environment, and effective study strategies.
- Improve Your Memory - Sleep, consistent studying, and deep processing. Wait, what's deep processing? Click through to find out.
- Reviewing after Lecture - A key step in your regular study routine.
- Canadian Career College and Trade School Directory - Lists all of the trade schools in Canada by province.
- Canadian Universities & Colleges - Find programs in universities and colleges across Canada.
Can You Trust That Website?When you're doing online research for your writing assignment, you want to make sure that the websites you are consulting are factually-based.
- Evaluating Information Sources (UBC) - This guide will help you to evaluate resources you use for research, whether it is an online or print journal article, a website, a book, a newspaper article, or other source that you want to cite.
- MediaBias - There's no such thing as unbiased news. But hidden media bias misleads, manipulates and divides us. AllSides empowers you to understand the role media bias plays in the news and information you consume.
- MediaSmarts - Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. Topics include cyberbullying, cell phones & texting, Internet & mobile, queer representation, and more...
Citing Sources: Writing a BibliographyA bibliography is a list of all the books, articles, websites, interviews or movies that you used to create your project or report. There are several styles of bibliographies, so find out which one your instructor prefers. This is a quick introduction to get started:
- Write a Bibliography - from WikiHow.
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Check our Teens page for more information on library programs for teens and other websites to help support teens as they grow up.