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Homework Resources

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Databases for Middle and High School Students

Our Teen databases (below) provide reliable resources on all subjects.
They're great for homework help or general information seeking.

WorldBook Online Info Finder > Citation Builder
Build your online citation to appear in MLA, APA and Harvard formats.


American History Online
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

Biography in Context
Comprehensive collection of biographical information on people from all eras and cultures, historic and current. Includes both brief and in-depth articles from authoritative reference books, as well as from journal and newspaper. Offers links to vetted websites, and thousands of images. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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Brainfuse On-Demand Homework Help
Students from elementary school through college can receive online tutoring daily from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. using HelpNow! from Brainfuse, via live chat with certified tutors. Also offers 24/7 skills-building techniques, writing assistance, and practice tests for state-aligned required tests. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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Computer Skills from Learning Express
Online tutorials to help you become more adept at a variety of computer skills, for today's most popular software. Includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and more. Register to begin using these self-paced, easy to follow courses.

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CultureGrams
Excellent set of resources for the student or traveler, offering detailed information on the 50 United States of America, all Canadian Provinces, and over 200 countries, with emphasis on daily life and culture. Includes the more advanced World Edition and the Kids Edition. Useful tools include flag and map outlines for country reports, many graph and data tables, extensive image galleries, and streaming and downloadable video and

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Detroit Free Press
Archive of articles from the Free Press, going back to 1999. From Proquest. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library
Over 300 digitized reference works and encyclopedias, once available only at the library. These e-books cover all disciplines and offer a wide range of information that is scholarly and easy to retrieve. Limit your search to one discipline or a specific publication, or across all topics. Excellent research resource for high school and beyond. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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General Reference Center Gold
Easy-to-use resource to locate articles, with emphasis on general magazines for the public, as well as newspapers, journals, and trade publications. Also draws from standard reference books, to round out wide range of topics. Can be limited to a specific publication. Includes full-text and coverage back to 1980s. Part of the Gale PowerSearch family of resources.

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Issues and Controversies
Great starting point for writing a research paper on a contemporary topic. Offers overviews and background on key issues of our world today, as well as latest news. Lists of pros and cons for major issues, as well as a guide to selecting a topic. Includes editorial cartoons, graphs and charts, and an encyclopedia to round out coverage. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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Learning Express Library
Offers a variety of Learning Centers, for practice tests and skill building. Online test prep for ACT and SAT, GRE, Civil Service, and most standard tests. Includes career assessment and job search resources. NOTE: Learning Express Library has UPDATED to a new version. Your "Account" from the old version does NOT carry over tests to the new version. You can still access the old version by CLICKING HERE for "Learning Express Library 2.0" until June 30th.

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Mango Languages
Online language learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portugeuse, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and many more. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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National Geographic Virtual Library
Contains the digitized archive of National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to present, as well as a wide range of full-text books published by National Geographic. Includes an easy to use module “for Kids”, as well as maps, photos, National Geographic Traveler magazine and more. Great for travelers and students of geography and history. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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Opposing Viewpoints
Draws from a wide array of sources to cover all angles of social issues today. Access viewpoint articles, statistics, primary documents, authoritative reference works, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

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SIRS Renaissance
Excellent resource for the study of the Arts and Humanities. Provides multi-media information on topics such as architecture and design, literature, music and performing arts, philosophy and religion, and the visual arts. Sources range from specialized periodicals to major reference publications. Includes many full-color graphics.

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World Book Online
A multi-media encyclopedia with many special features, based on the authoritative World Book. Includes a variety of research tools to help students writing reports. Includes sound and animation clips, primary sources, and links to editor-reviewed Websites. This database paid for by Northville District Library.
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