Welcome to our suggested free Homework Help websites for middle, high school and college students.

Need help with school projects, college search or want to boost your study skills?
We’ve gathered over 200 of the best websites and apps in 10 study areas.

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BASIC RESOURCES  

Merriam-Webster – Dictionary definitions, audio pronunciation, synonyms, thesaurus and word games. Mobile App

Free Dictionary - Dictionaries for many languages plus legal, financial and medical terms

Dictionary -  The online searchable American Heritage Dictionary includes definitions, pronunciations, etymologies

Dictionary AppDownload and create flashcards.

InfoPlease  - Site includes an atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac, calendars and calculators.

Thesaurus - Collins  provides 1 million synonyms and antonyms with quotations and translations to other languages

OWL - The Purdue Online Writing Lab with 200 free resources on writing, grammar, style and ESL help.

Quotations - Brainy Quote lists famous quotes by topics and author.

American Speeches - Audio and transcript of 100 most famous speeches plus search tools.

Encyclopedia Britannica - Search its list of popular topics (animals,,,) for articles, links, videos and images.

STUDY BREAK

Guinness World Records - Explore current records for popular categories such as size and speed.

TED - Videos of talks and  presentations by experts and remarkable people from around the world.

Quiz Hub - Educational, fun websites for Grades K-8. AND High School Ace  for Grades 9-12.

GENERAL STUDY HELP

Free Book Notes – Gathers notes from 20+ sites including Cliffnotes, PinkMonkey and SparkNotes.

Khan AcademyInstructional videos and tools for math, science, economics and humanities topics, for students and educators.

Lumosity Brain games to test and improve your memory and cognitive functions. iPhone App

My Homework Planner AppKeep track of assignments

RefDesk: Homework Helper - Refdesk  indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources, since 1995.

 Internet Public Library for teens - Librarian recommended academic resources plus answers to embarrassing questions.

SAT Question of the Day iPhone AppSeven most recent questions.

Shmoop - Study tools, learning guides on multiple subjects and test prep for high school students.

Sparknotes Study guides and Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots Mobile App

Cliffnotes – 300 complete literature guides with chapter summaries and analysis, plus notes for other academic subjects.

MAS Ultra , Primary Search and MasterFILEEBSCO (login with library card# ) Get the EBSCO App

 

A Research Guide for StudentsAward-winning site written by educators and librarians on writing, research and presentations.

Study Guides and StrategiesComprehensive sites with links and tips on how to learn, study and be a better student

The Write SiteInteractive journalism and writing site for middle school students

How to Study - Tips for high school and college students on how to study and take tests by subject

99 Online Learning Resources - Top resources for upper high school and college students

 

COLLEGE & CAREERS

 

General Information

CollegeBoard - The key site for information about college planning search, financial aid, entrance exam registration and study resources.

Big Future: College Search  -  Search tools help students research, prioritize and select colleges to consider.

College RankingsU.S. News Annual Rankings of Top Colleges and best values

Kiplinger Rankings - Annual rating of best public colleges and best value colleges in U.S.

NJ Colleges & Universities - NJ State of Higher Education portal with alpha links to each school and general information.

Online Colleges NJ and national list of schools offering distance learning for a degree

Common App - Common college application form used by 500+ colleges.

College Confidential - Research and compare colleges based on students’ priorities

Peterson’s College Planner - Covers every step of college and grad school search process. Search by major, college type.

NJTransfer Planning Transfer from Community College to NJ College/University

Careers

Career OneStop -  U.S. Dept. of Labor site for students’ career exploration

College Majors & Careers - College Board description of common majors with match to schools.

NJ Works - Career, training and job search resources for NJ library card holders, from the NJ State Library

Financial Aid

College.gov  - US Dept. of Education site for Federal student aid.

Financial Aid ToolkitUS Dept. of Education site with searchable online financial aid resources database for teachers and students.

FAFSA – Federal  site for student aid, workstudy and scholarship applications

Fastweb - Scholarships, Financial Aid, Student Loans and Colleges -

College Cost - US Dept. of Education site analyzes colleges with the lowest & highest costs and fees

ENGLISH (Writing & Literature)

Grammar

Common Errors in English -Explains common English usage errors and how to avoid making them.

Elements of Style -Strunk’s classic work online, with focus on the rules of usage and composition violated most often.

Guide to Grammar and Writing - Many online links to handouts about grammar.

GrammarBook.comHelpful grammar and punctuation rules with real-world examples.

Writing & Citing

Avoiding Plagiarism -This Purdue Online Writing Lab offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.

The Writing Process -Links for Grades 7-12 instructors and students.

Purdue Online Writing Lab -More than 200 free resources covering writing, grammar and mechanics with style guides.

APA Research Style Crib Sheet -Guide to crafting college papers in the  American Psychological Association format.

EasyBibFree generator formats, alphabetizes, and prints bibliographies.

Chicago Manual of Style -Provides recommendations for the style of digital content.

Literature

Shakespeare - Ocean County Library created this comprehensive site about his life and works.

Swipespeare Mobile AppSwipe a word from Shakespeare’s work for its definition or search the app dictionary.

TeenLit  -dedicated to publishing teen writing, as well as book reviews by teenagers.

Teenage WritersA community for  teens who enjoy writing and aspire to be better at it.

Contemporary AuthorsEBSCO (need library card# to log in) about the life and work of novelists,
playwrights, journalists, poets and scriptwriters. Get the EBSCO App

Literary Reference CenterEBSCO (need library card# to log in) with synopses, reviews and analysis of literary works.

NoveList -EBSCO  (need library card# to log in) reader’s advisory for fiction with readalikes and discussion guides.

Poet’s Corner - Comprehensive collection of poetry indexed by author, title and subject.

Poetry 180 - Provides a poem a day so students can hear or read a poem on each day of the school year.

Library of Congress - Poetry and Literature Center fosters the public’s appreciation of literature,
administers the Poet Laureate position, and provides programs. 

 

MATH

 

WebMATHGenerates  step by step answers to specific math questions and problems entered by a user.

Khan AcademyInstructional videos and tools for math from Grade 3 to college-level, for students and educators

Mathway Mobile App - Instant answers to math problems.

Math2.orgMathematical tables on-line and downloadable.

Ask Dr. Math - A  free question and answer service for math students and their teachers.
A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions.

Create a Graph -  Explains and illustrates different graph types.

Math.com Free math lessons and math homework help from basic math to algebra, geometry and beyond, including calculus.

MacTutor’s History of Mathematics Archive covering famous people, concepts and the development of mathematics in various cultures.

WolframAlphaFree help with solving math problems, shows work and has a mobile app.

Math Homework HelpFree live help with math problems, within a few hours of posting.

Quick Graph Mobile AppScientific graphing calculator – gives 3D and 2D images of graphs in different colors

Online ConversionsAn online resource for weights, measures, calculators, converters. Over 5,000 units, and
50,000 conversions

Algebra Equation Calculator -Enter an equation into the calculator and it will expand (simplify) and solve
the problem.

Algebra.com- Math homework problem solvers, math lessons and free tutors online.
Pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Physics.

Geometry - from Math.com

Trigonometry- from Math.com

Statistics - from Math.com

Calculus - from Math.com

SCIENCE & HEALTH

New! World Science U -  Short video explanations, short and longer courses on science concepts. Physics topics up now.

Southern  California Orthopedic InstitutePatient education information on body parts and orthopedic topics.

Khan AcademyInstructional videos and tools from earth science to physics, from middle school to college level.

Inner Body -Virtual human anatomy website with detailed models of all human body systems.

3D Brain web & App Explains parts of brain and delves into disorders, damage, case studies and research links

Whole Frog Project  -A virtual, interactive frog dissection website, with movies, sounds, and information.

Cells Alive!A visual tour of cells, bacteria, viruses and their interaction with one another. iCell App

Merck PSE Mobile App - Interactive Periodic Table and specifics on elements.

Endangered SpeciesWeb site of  Endangered Species Program, within the Fish & Wildlife Service.

Volcanoes OnlineUltimate guide to volcanoes from Thinkquest.

About.com – Geology - Facts and photos on everything from the Earth’s core to outer space

PopSci Periodic Table:  Pictures of the elements and the people who discovered them.

MyChemistryTutor Ask students and teachers about problems you’re having or about experiments you’re just learning.

Physics.org - Physics  in the everyday world, Physics Evolution, clickable map, Equation toolbox, Common questions,

 

Science Projects/Fun Stuff

Amusement Park Physics - Explores how the laws of physics affect amusement park ride design

Science of BaseballPhysics and mathematics of baseball.

Science BuddiesScience fair project ideas, step by step on how-to-do a project, discussion board, and science fair tips.

Science Fair Project IdeasStep-by-step instructions for designing and performing an experiment.

Halloween Chemistry IdeasMake fake blood, turn water into blood, change the color of fire, and more.

GreenFILEEBSCO  (need library card# to log in) research on human impact on the environment.

How Stuff WorksExplores the world of everyday science,

Space/Astronomy

NASA for StudentsUpdates on NASA missions and latest news from space. NASA App

Smithsonian - U.S. and Soviet rivalry in space from military origins to the race to the moon.

Sky and Telescope Magazine -  News, astrophotography and observing tips, plus video and podcast guides to the night sky.

Health

ToneTeenThe kid’s and teen’s resource for health and fitness.

Teen Health and WellnessProvides straightforward, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol,
nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more.

Medline PlusHealth information for teens from the National Library of Medicine. Easy access to health topics.

GEOGRAPHY

CIA World Factbook - . Geography, people, government, transportation and the economy
for countries and territories around the world.

50states.com - Key state symbols, state information and comparisons.

Atlapedia OnlineFull color physical maps and political maps plus key facts and statistics for countries of the world.

Information Please Almanac - A vast compendium of statistics and up-to-date facts and figures on many topics.

Nation Master  Country statistics, maps, flags, graphs and  comparative charts.

National Geographic -  Provides maps, photos, videos and daily news stories, as well as articles and
features about animals, the environment, cultures and history.

U.S. State Department’s Background Notes - Fact sheets on diplomatic and economic relations
between the US and foreign countries

 

 Flags

Flags of the World Information on the flags of all the nations of the world.

Guide to American FlagsPictures of current and past national and state flags. Includes flags of the Revolution,
the Confederacy and possessions and territories.

 

Maps

Color Landform Atlas of the United StatesMaps include satellite information,
color reliefs, old state maps, and links to outside resources.

Historical Maps of New Jersey - Rutgers site features New Jersey historical maps and aerial photo portal.

Map Machine - Use National Geographic tools to explore the world, learn about human and physical patterns
and make your own maps.

National Atlas of the United StatesMaps on a broad variety of topics depicting American resources and life.

United Nations Cartographic Section -UN Peacekeeping maps and country profile maps.

 

State Information

IPL’s U.S. Stately KnowledgeFacts about the United States & the District of Columbia.

Stateline.orgPew Center daily publication features news about politics and social policy,
focusing on state government.

USA QuickFactsUS Census facts about the people, business, and geography of the United States.


GOVERNMENT

 

Government and Politics

The White HouseInformation about the White House and US government.

Presidents of the United StatesBackground information, election results, cabinet members, notable events

Congress  legislation, Congressional Record debates, members of Congress, legislative process educational resources.

Country Profiles - BBC News guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Grades 6-8

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Grades 9-12

USA.GovOfficial web portal for information on government resources, services and forms for citizens, businesses and government.

GovEngineLinks to official executive, legislative and judicial branches of government websites.

Congress on the Internet Congress.gov THOMAS site is the source for federal legislative information.

 

Branches of Government

Three Branches of GovernmentLearn about the US Government and its executive, legislative and judicial branches.

Congress for KidsEngaging activities to teach children about US Congress.

Federal Judiciary Homepage Sections on the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.

NJ Courts OnlineLearn about the NJ Court system.

Oyez! - Database on major constitutional cases heard by US  Supreme Court, with multimedia resources

Supreme Court of the United StatesOfficial site of the Supreme Court

How Our Laws are Made - THOMAS site describes the legislative process and House rules

 

 Historical Documents

American OriginalsOnline exhibit of original documents of  US government selected from the National Archives.

Charters of Freedom - Information on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Chronology of U.S. Historical DocumentsUS historical documents from pre-colonial to present day.

Declaration of Independence - signers’ biographies, and other people, events, and acts.

To Form a More Perfect Union - Documents from  Continental Congress and  Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789.

 

Census and Elections

U.S. Census Bureau

The Living Room Candidate: - Presidential campaign commercials since 1952 including video clips and election results.

Project Vote Smart - Free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting

 U.S. Presidential Elections: 1789-2012 - popular and electoral votes in each election, issues in the election and turnout.

State and Local Government on the Net Frequently updated directory of official state and local government websites.
US Government links to cities, counties, and state agencies.

 

Foreign Governments & Leaders

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments - The Central Intelligence Agency publishes an online directory
of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments, updated weekly

Political Resources on the Net - frequently updated directory of official state and local government websites.
US Government links to cities, counties, and state agencies.

RulersHeads of state and heads of government of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

American Presidents -  Biographies and photographs from the official White House website.

Biography Online -Famous, inspirational and influential people who have helped change the world

Biography Collection Complete – EBSCO (need library card # and your pin to login)

Biographical Dictionary - Information on 33,000 notable people from ancient times to the present.

Classical Composers ArchiveBiographies and reference guides for famous composers with music and some video clips.

African American Biographies - Brief biographies from Brittanica’s Black History site.

Famous People by State - Searchable directory for all 50 states.

Mathematician Biographies -Brief biographies for most important mathematicians in history.

National Inventors Hall of Fame -Index of inventors with brief biographies.

Time Magazine’s Most Important People - The most influential individuals, good or bad, in the past century,

 

 

HISTORY

Best of History Websites – Award-winning portal with annotated links to 1,200 history web sites and activities.

HistoryWorldNarrative world history and interactive world history timelines.

Current Events

CNN: StudentOnline daily news site geared to middle and high school students with discussion topics provided.

Point of View Reference Center  EBSCO (need library card # for login) 200 topics with opposing viewpoint discussion.

Newspaper Source Plus  EBSCO (need library card# for login) articles from 700 newspapers.

 

Timelines

dMarie Time Capsule  Create printable Time Capsule that list headlines, prices,
entertainment for any date from 1800 to 2002.

Hyperhistory Online - Navigates through 3,000 years of world history with
timelines of civilizations (plus maps), people, and events.

Year by Year - Find statistics, award winners, headlines, important events,
population figures for every year, from 1900 through present.

American History

Africans in AmericaAmerica’s journey through slavery presented in four parts:
historical narrative,  images, documents, and stories.

Making of AmericaDigital library of primary sources in 19th-century American history
from antebellum period through Reconstruction.

Veterans History ProjectMakes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans.

Primary Sources ( See also Government)

100 Milestone Documents that Shaped America - From the National Archives,
includes images of original primary source documents.

Digital HistoryEnhances history teaching and research through primary sources, an online textbook,
reference resources, and interactive materials.

History Central: Primary Documents - Hundreds of primary source documents on American history.

Avalon Project - Yale Law School digital library of documents relating to law, history and diplomacy.

History and Politics Out LoudListen to famous speeches made by influential leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries.

World War I - Encyclopedia of extensive links to battles, weapons, homefront, history and much more.

 

World History

Exploring Ancient World CulturesResource with chronologies, essays, links, and
images for cultures, wars, and significant figures in ancient and medieval history

The Holocaust Cybrary - A people’s history of the holocaust and genocide.

Life in Elizabethan EnglandEveryday life in Tudor England : food, occupations, pastimes,
religion, fashion, manners, and education

Middle Ages – BBC site traces all facets of feudal life through 7 sections.

RenaissanceExplore the forces that drove this rebirth in Europe, with a focus on Italy.

The Story of AfricaBBC World Service introduction from an African perspective.

World Statesmen - Statesmen and world leaders since 1760, arranged by region and country.

 

ART & MUSIC

 

Music Websites for YouthMusic Teachers Nat. Association compiled these resources for teachers, students and parents.

Symphonies - Overview of composers, tineline, history of the symphony and recommended music sites.

 

Instruments

Orchestra InstrumentsNaxos site describes each instrument and history of the orchestra.

Philharmonia OrchestraThe Philharmonia’s expert players guide you through the intricacies of the instruments they play.

ThinkQuest – comprehensive guide to the instruments and layout of the orchestra.

ConnexionsAn introduction to the instruments of the modern Western orchestra.

 

Music

OnMusic DictionaryMusic dictionary is searchable by music term or composer name.

Library of Congress National Jukebox Audio files of music from the early 20th century for online listening.

Introduction to Reading Music - Uses simple terms to introduce the most important topics in reading music.


Sheet Music

Johns Hopkins Lester S. Levy Sheet Music CollectionScanned images of public-domain music from 1780 to 1980,
with focus on 19th Century popular American music

Library of Congress – Music for the NationPopular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music.

Art Links

ArtcyclopediaNavigates you through art resources searchable by subject, artist, medium, and more.

Art History ResourcesIn-depth hyperlinked lists of resources divided by time period and style,
created by art history professor Witcombe.

ArtLex Art Dictionarydefinitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art and visual culture,
with  images, quotations and cross-references.