It's that time of year again. The teachers have been easing you back into things, and they're ready to spring that big research project. They're using words and phrases like "MLA format citations" and "primary sources" as well as "scholarly" and "plagiarism". How is a student supposed to get started? Ask at the library. We can help.
Really. Just ask us. It's what we love to do.
But, if you're getting started after the Library has closed for the day, stop by our digital branch! Make sure you have your library card number or username and password ready. First step: www.krl.org
You made it! Now, hover over "Research" and select "Homework Help". Here you will find some of my favorite resources.
If you need information on geography for a state or country report, or you want to understand the cultural landscape of a particular area go no further than Culture Grams.
This resource is great for elementary students, junior high students, high schoolers and adults. There is basic information like population data and language spoken as well as images, videos, timelines and even fun stuff like recipes that are traditional to the region you are researching.
Looking for biographical resources? Want some of the most up-to date news on current public figures and historical ones? Check out Gale Biography in Context. If you already know who you want to look up, you can type their name into the search bar, or you can browse by category like "Artists", "Notable Women" or "Hispanic Americans". If you just want to take a look at the full list, they'll even let you know which people have been recently updated.
My ultimate favorite tool, has to be Brainfuse. With this incredible online resource you have access to live tutoring in the afternoon and evening, a writing lab where you can upload your essays and have a professional writing tutor look them over and make suggestions, and a 24/7 question center to submit a question and receive a response usually within one business day!
We've got many more resources on our Homework page, so be sure to take a look before you turn in your next big assignment.