Homework – Teens
- Internet Public Library – Reference center, searching tools, subject guides and special collections.
- Information Please – Encyclopedia, almanac, atlas and dictionary all in one.
- Khan Academy – Video lectures with online practice for math, science, economics, arts, history, and computer science.
- Discovery Education – Homework help resources, plus interactive games, videos, virtual labs and activities.
- Library of Congress – Historical records and digitized books, photos, maps, manuscripts, film, and sound recordings.
- BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper – Over 700 top-notch websites for students and life-long learners.
- Shmoop Learning Guides – Literature, math, science, history, social studies, art, music, and a few life skills. (En Espanol)
- Student Research Center Database – Search for articles and information on any subject, in magazines, reference books, biographies, primary sources, and more. RFL library card required.
- Diigo – Jumpstart researching any topic by using websites recommended by Colorado librarians. Type in a tag word like biology or economics and hit Enter. Some tags are two words and need to be typed inside quotes like “current events” or “primary sources.” Start a new search by clicking CoLibraries (top left) to clear the field and enter a different tag.
- Study Tips – Tips on note-taking, test-taking, organizing, studying for tests, concentrating, and more.
- Study Guides & Strategies – Learn to develop better listening, reading, note-taking, writing, and independent study skills.
- I Can’t Remember What I Read! – 5 steps to improve reading retention.
- Biography.com – Over 7,000 biographies of people past and present.
- Nobel Prize – Biographies of Nobel Prize recipients and laureates.
- Gallery of Achievers – Read about individuals who have shaped the 20th century by their accomplishments.
- Miller Center – In-depth information on each U.S. President and administration and presidential speech archive.
- More! – Spotlights historical figures and distinguished women.
- Shmoop – For all your assigned reading, summaries, themes, quotes, characters, and analysis to spark critical thinking.
- Literary Criticism – Websites about authors and their works to browse by author, title, or nationality and literary period.
- Free Book Notes – Book summaries and study guides for thousands of books, compiled from several major study guides.
- No Fear Shakespeare – Shakespeare’s plays with page-by-page translation into modern English. More Shakespeare links.
- Poetry Foundation – Browse classic and contemporary works, by subject, style, period, or poet. More poetry links.
- More! – Links to literary classics, poems, short stories, plays, films, and reference works.
- Webmath – Step-by-step answers to hundreds of math questions and the option to type in your own problem.
- Dr. Math – Q&A to commonly asked math questions. Browse the archive by level or search by keyword.
- Purplemath – Need help with algebra? This is the place for illustrated step-by-step examples and videos.
- More! – Links to librarian recommended math websites for students, teachers, and tutors.
News & Social Trends
- PBS NewsHour Extra – World news and reports written for students.
- The Guardian – Online newpaper covering American and international news.
- Pew Research Center – Nonpartisan reports about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
- ProCon.org – Today’s controversial issues presented in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward pro-con format.
- Channel One – News stories, hot issues, and student opinions.
- Library of Congress – Maps, photographs, letters, diaries, newspapers, sound recordings, interviews, and historic films.
- National Archives – Written documents, images, maps, charts, graphs, audio and video.
- American Rhetoric – Audio and video of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates and interviews.
- Duke University Collections – 150 years of print and TV advertising illustrate consumerism and the advertising industry.
- Colorado Historic Newspapers (1859-1923) – Search for feature stories, society news, ads, photos, and editorials.
- Western History Collection at Denver Public Library – Documents, photographs, maps, art, newspapers and more.
Research & Writing
- Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources – Explanations and examples for each category.
- Common Types of Papers – Examples and resources for writing research papers and a wide range of essays.
- Evaluating Resources – CRAAP! Currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose.
- Research Skills – Step-by-step guide to the research process, evaluating resources, and writing a research paper.
- The Research Process – Resources to help with writing skills, thesis statements, style and language, and citation.
- Where’s the Information? – Strategies for researching at the library, on the web, and other tips for researchers.
- Science.gov – Search across 15 federal agencies with just one query for science articles, news, studies, data, and more.
- Explain that Stuff – Easy to understand articles on how things work, cutting-edge science, cool gadgets, and computers.
- GenEd – Explore cell biology, DNA, genes, chromosomes, heredity, genetic conditions, evolution, and biotechnology.
- Classification of Animals – Amphibians, invertebrates, birds, mammals, reptiles and the conservation of animals.
- The Physics Classroom – Physics concepts explained and quizzes to test your understanding.
- Rader’s Chemistry – Basic information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry.
- Hour of Code – Intro designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics (and beyond.)
- TED Talks Technology – Over 500 video talks on topics of technology.
- CNN Tech News – News and video covers the internet, business and personal tech, video games, and more.
College & Career
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – Career information and statistics about hundreds of occupations.
- My Future – Career insights featuring education & training, salary, trends and advice for job seekers.
- Career Colleges – Find programs to enter into specific trades or services: tech, law, healthcare, culinary, automotive, etc.
- Free SAT Prep – Practice with hundreds of questions from unreleased SATs and 200+ videos with step-by-step solutions.
- Colorado Colleges and Universities – Answers to commonly asked questions about attending college in Colorado.
- College Answer Guy – Articles, checklists, and resources on everything you need to know to prepare for college.
- NCES College Navigator – Search for colleges and universities by location, programs and majors, or institution type.
- Your Future – Resources for college, financial aid, GED, apprenticeship, military, and careers. (Denver Public Library)