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.
We encourage your feedback to improve this resource. Please contact us to recommend a site or notify us of an incorrect or broken link. Email librarian@caldwellpl.org


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 App – Download 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 for articles, links, videos and images.

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.

Free Book Notes – Gathers notes from 20+ sites including Cliffnotes, PinkMonkey and SparkNotes.
Khan Academy – Instructional 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 App – Keep 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 App – Seven 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 MasterFILE
A Research Guide for Students – Award-winning site written by educators and librarians on writing, research and presentations.
Study Guides and Strategies – Comprehensive sites with links and tips on how to learn, study and be a better student
The Write Site – Interactive 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


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 Rankings – U.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

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 Toolkit – US 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)

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.com – Helpful 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.
EasyBib – Free generator formats, alphabetizes, and prints bibliographies.
Chicago Manual of Style – Provides recommendations for the style of digital content.

Shakespeare – Ocean County Library created this comprehensive site about his life and works.
Swipespeare Mobile App – Swipe 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 Writers – A community for  teens who enjoy writing and aspire to be better at it.
Contemporary Authors – EBSCO (need library card# to log in) about the life and work of novelists, playwrights, journalists, poets and scriptwriters. Get the EBSCO App
Literary Reference Center – EBSCO (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.


WebMATH – Generates  step by step answers to specific math questions and problems entered by a user.
Khan Academy – Instructional videos and tools for math from Grade 3 to college-level, for students and educators
Mathway Mobile App – Instant answers to math problems.
Math2.org – Mathematical 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 mathhomework 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.
WolframAlpha – Free help with solving math problems, shows work and has a mobile app.
Math Homework Help – Free live help with math problems, within a few hours of posting.
Quick Graph Mobile App – Scientific graphing calculator – gives 3D and 2D images of graphs in different colors
Online Conversions – An 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.
Geometry – from Math.com
Trigonometry– from Math.com
Statistics – from Math.com
Calculus – from Math.com


New! World Science U – Short video explanations, short and longer courses on science concepts. Physics topics up now.
Southern  California Orthopedic Institute – Patient education information on body parts and orthopedic topics.
Khan Academy – Instructional 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 Species – Web site of  Endangered Species Program, within the Fish & Wildlife Service.
Volcanoes Online – Ultimate 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 Baseball – Physics and mathematics of baseball.
Science Buddies – Science fair project ideas, step by step on how-to-do a project, discussion board, and science fair tips.
Science Fair Project Ideas – Step-by-step instructions for designing and performing an experiment.
Halloween Chemistry Ideas – Make fake blood, turn water into blood, change the color of fire, and more.
GreenFILE – EBSCO  (need library card# to log in) research on human impact on the environment.
How Stuff Works – Explores the world of everyday science.

NASA for Students – Updates 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.

ToneTeen – The kid’s and teen’s resource for health and fitness.
Teen Health and Wellness – Provides straightforward, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more.
Medline Plus – Health information for teens from the National Library of Medicine. Easy access to health topics.


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 Online – Full 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 of the World – Information on the flags of all the nations of the world.
Guide to American Flags – Pictures of current and past national and state flags. Includes flags of the Revolution, the Confederacy and possessions and territories.

Color Landform Atlas of the United States – Maps 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 States – Maps 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 Knowledge – Facts about the United States & the District of Columbia.
Stateline.org – Pew Center daily publication features news about politics and social policy, focusing on state government.
USA QuickFacts – US Census facts about the people, business, and geography of the United States.


Government and Politics
The White House – Information about the White House and US government.
Presidents of the United States – Background 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.Gov – Official web portal for information on government resources, services and forms for citizens, businesses and government.
GovEngine – Links 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 Government – Learn about the US Government and its executive, legislative and judicial branches.
Congress for Kids – Engaging 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 Online – Learn about the NJ Court system.
Oyez! – Database on major constitutional cases heard by US  Supreme Court, with multimedia resources
Supreme Court of the United States – Official site of the Supreme Court
How Our Laws are Made – THOMAS site describes the legislative process and House rules

Historical Documents
American Originals – Online 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 Documents – US 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.

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


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 – (need library card # and your pin to login)
Biographical Dictionary – Information on 33,000 notable people from ancient times to the present.
Classical Composers Archive – Biographies 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.


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

Current Events
CNN: Student – Online 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.

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 America – America’s journey through slavery presented in four parts: historical narrative, images, documents, and stories.
Making of America – Digital library of primary sources in 19th-century American history from antebellum period through Reconstruction.
Veterans History Project – Makes 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 History – Enhances 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 Loud – Listen 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 Cultures – Resource 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 England – Everyday 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.
Renaissance – Explore the forces that drove this rebirth in Europe, with a focus on Italy.
The Story of Africa – BBC World Service introduction from an African perspective.
World Statesmen – Statesmen and world leaders since 1760, arranged by region and country.


Music Websites for Youth – Music Teachers Nat. Association compiled these resources for teachers, students and parents.
Symphonies – Overview of composers, tineline, history of the symphony and recommended music sites.

Orchestra Instruments – Naxos site describes each instrument and history of the orchestra.
Philharmonia Orchestra – The 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.
Connexions – An introduction to the instruments of the modern Western orchestra.

OnMusic Dictionary – Music 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 Collection – Scanned images of public-domain music from 1780 to 1980, with focus on 19th Century popular American music
Library of Congress – Music for the Nation – Popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music.

Art Links
Artcyclopedia – Navigates you through art resources searchable by subject, artist, medium, and more.
Art History Resources – In-depth hyperlinked lists of resources divided by time period and style, created by art history professor Witcombe.
ArtLex Art Dictionary – definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art and visual culture, with  images, quotations and cross-references.