Homework Help

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Reference Sites
Heading to College
Arts & Humanities

There are hundreds of useful educational sites on the Internet.  Here are a few of the best to get you started.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary site has a working dictionary and thesaurus, plus lots more.  Check out the "Site Map" for word games, language info, and weird words.

Lexico LLC, a provider of language reference products and services on the Internet, maintains Dictionary.com, called "the best general English-language dictionary online" by Web Guide magazine, and Thesaurus.com, an award-winning online version of Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.
http://www.dictionary.com/ and http://www.thesaurus.com

The Web Directory Encyberpedia links together many encyclopedias and references on the net.  Use "More Topics" (bottom left) to get to the detailed site map:  everything from Animals and Alzheimers through Street Maps and  Santa Claus to Zebras and Zoos.

Yahoo! Reference:  Encyclopedia provides links to online encyclopedias.  Be aware, however, that many of the best (most comprehensive) sites require payment.

Reference Sites

There's an awful lot of garbage on the web.  The reference sites below will help you find accurate, trustworthy, and current information on almost any subject.

Education World is a large, well-organized, and searchable site with excellent resources for students, teachers, and educators on a wide variety of subjects.  The home page is updated every week, so bookmark any activities or curriculum you're especially interested in.  Check out Lesson Planning, Curriculum Now, and Technology  in the Classroom for hundreds of wonderful ideas and resources.  You can subscribe to weekly site reviews for educational sites on the Internet, or search their huge database.  Subject resources lets you look for information under History, Literature, Math, Foreign Languages, etc.  A great site for homework help!
Check out their "Best of . . ." series for stunningly wonderful websites.  2002 winners include creating your own planet with NASA, dissecting a (virtual) frog,  voices of the Holocaust, introductory physics, a library of 18,000 classical music pieces, and other goodies.

The Librarian's Index to the Internet provides a well-organized point of access for reliable, librarian-selected internet resources.  If you ask local reference librarians an unusual question, this is probably the resource they use to find the answer.  Try it yourself!

The Department of Education of  the University of California at Irvine maintains a website with many excellent resources for parents and teachers.
The "Educational Resources" page includes Internet lessons and websites for educators and many, many useful education links.
Useful literacy links are at:


Heading to College

(Be sure to check out our own Top College Links page!)

College Board Online has excellent resources for students preparing for a college career.  Information on the SAT, GRE, and other tests, plus lots more.
Use the College Search to find information (including student GPA and SAT scores) for colleges you're interested in.

The Financial Aid Information Page provides a free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid. It was created by Mark Kantrowitz, author of The Prentice Hall Guide to Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students.  Includes many resources and web links, plus scholarship databases.

 U.S.News' education site has the famous college rankings plus information for students and parents, a college search engine, and much more.

History & Culture

Arts & Humanities

The Librarian's Index to the Internet includes resources on arts, crafts, and humanities.  

Education World's Arts and Humanities Topics page has resources for Language Arts, Literature, Art History, Performance Art, etc.


Education World's History Topics page has resources from prehistory through the modern age, available by region or topic.

Netserf describes itself as "The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources."  Lots of good links, well organized, and a useful search engine.  Also includes some Byzantine links (search under Byzantine or Byzantium).

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating
pre-seventeenth-century European history.

Facing History and Ourselves engages students in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism.  By studying the historical development and lessons of the Holocaust, and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.  Includes resources for students and educators.

The Viking Answer Lady provides short articles answering readers' questions concerning Viking culture and lore.  The essays are readable and well-illustrated, and include useful bibliographies and web links.

     This page contains all the picture files available on the Brooklyn College Core 9 Chinese Culture Web site, along with their sources.  Lots of good images for reports!


An excellent set of Cyberguides (lesson plans, literary themes, and links to recommended sites) for literature commonly used in California classrooms.  Sponsored by the Calif.  Technology Assistance Project and Calif.County Superintendants Educational Services Assoc.

A Guide for Writing  Research Papers Based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation

No Flying, No Tights reviews graphic novels for teens and others.  Browse superheroes, science fiction, humor, and many more!

Absolute Shakespeare is a resource for Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, commentaries, study guides, the Globe Theatre, etc., etc.

Math & Science


Education World's Math Topics page has many links to math games, math subjects by age level, and other useful resources. http://db.education-world.com/perl/browse?cat_id=1515

Education World's Math Study Guides and Homework Help page has many resources.   http://db.education-world.com/perl/browse?cat_id=5989

Ask Dr. Math  is one of the best collections of examples and worked problems.  If you can't find what you're looking for, submit your question for an answer.

Hotmath offers tutorials and solutions to problems found in actual math textbooks.  Starts with middle school math and continues through calculus.

The Math Forum provides high quality math and math education content.  Excellent links to math-related sites.  Students will want to visit the "Student Center" for math puzzles and games, homework help, subject review.  "Teacher's Place" has resources for teaching math; "Parents & Citizens" includes useful resources for helping children enjoy math and overcome mediocre teaching.


Education World's Science Topics page has hundreds of links to a wide variety of science topics and sites, some general, and others highly specialized.


Education World's Science Sites to See offers a weird and wonderful collection of  science sites--the ever-popular virtual frog dissection, how to build your own functional android head, science of the weird, how stuff works, forensics in the classroom, and a good many others.

The Librarian's Index to the Internet has an excellent section of web resources on science, computers, and technology. http://lii.org/search/file/scitech

Biology Online offers a dictionary of biological terms, a full set of biology tutorials on a wide variety of subjects, and links to additional internet resources. http://www.biology-online.org/

Jefferson Lab is a world-class atomic research facility.  It also offers a top-notch science site focusing on atoms and molecules.  Check out their games and puzzles, teacher resources (more games and worksheets), and nifty homework help in the student zone.

The NASA website has more information than can easily be absorbed.  Explore the various projects and areas -- a lot of good stuff is tucked away in odd corners!

Links to space science education web sites:
Homework help for projects and assignments on the space science and the solar system:


Breathtaking earth images and earth science educational resources/web sites:




The Children's Defense Fund provides a strong, effective voice for all children who cannot speak for themselves.  Includes a search engine and web links for national issues and child advocacy organizations.

The top-notch Parent Resource Network includes education links and resources for effective parenting.   http://www.childrensdefense.org/parentresnet.php

Parenthood.com has a tremendous amount of information on a wide variety of topics (health, behavior, adoption, travel, learning, etc.).

Their well-organized links page offers many resources.  Do read carefully.  Education links include "Children with Learning Disabilities;" for some reason "Attention Deficit Disorder" is under Support links.

Search the Librarian's Index to the Internet for an excellent collection of web sites covering everything from expecting a child to sending one off to college:


Updated 6/12/03