November 23-24: All libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

New website coming soon. Learn more.

Home > Teens > Blog > Homework Help

Homework Help

Chandra, Belmar Library


There can never be too many books or movies about Greek Mythology.  This month the movie, The Legend of Hercules was released and it amped up my interest in all things Greek again.  There is of course the new Heroes of Olympus book, The House of Hades,which came out last fall, and some really cool graphic novels that feature epic tales like the Odyssey: a graphic novel.   But if you are looking to find more information about the history and details of gods then try out Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology, one of the library's databases. My favorite part is being able to look up some minor god and figure out who he's related to and what he's done. This database is also useful for making your book reports about Rick Riordan look super impressive. 

Stop by the Belmar Library reference desk to pick up a piece of swag from The Legend of Hercules movie.  We have t-shirts, hoodies, and posters to give away to teens on a first come first served basis.

* image of Hoplite provided by Lammyman, Flickr Creative Commons, cc 2013.

Meghann Henry, Teen Outreach Librarian

Teens are complicated.  There I said it. You can be sweet, sassy, thoughtful, and rude all in the matter of minutes. And that complexity is what makes working with you such a fun challenge.

I recently attended a training for Mental Health First Aid hosted by the Jefferson Center for Mental Health that reminded me of how quickly the brain is changing between the ages of 12-20, and how those changes can affect mental health.  There are some amazing resources out there for you and the adults in your life that can answer questions, spark discussion, and provide background information.  One of my favorite sites is Teen Mental Health which has information for teens, parents, and educators on everything from dealing with depression and anxiety to making new transitions in life, like starting colllege.  The library also offers access to Teen Health and Wellness, an awesome database, that covers a variety of topics like grief and loss, food safety, and even dating.

So no matter what you're feeling, take a deep breath, talk, do a little research and know that your brain changes will slow down someday,  but the way it functions will always be complicated (even as an adult). 



*video provided by



Briana, Evergreen Library

Every spring, we at the Evergreen reference desk get scores of questions about daily life in Shakespearean England. What did ordinary people wear? How did life in the country differ from life in the city? What holidays did people celebrate? Nerd Alert: I love these questions. They give me an opportunity to use one of my favorite databases, Daily Life Through History.

Daily Life Through History covers thousands of years of history in virtually every corner of the world, from the Australian Aborigines of 10,000 years ago to 1943’s Zoot Suit Riots. It includes articles on eras and analysis of historical events and culture. Within each era are articles about families, entertainment, literature, and other aspects of domestic life. You can browse topics or search for specific information. Plus, there are photos, maps, and videos, too. Next time you have a daunting project for history or English, ask your friendly librarian about Daily Life Through History.

Jessie, Columbine Library

James D. Watson is most famous for his work with Francis Crick to discover the structure of DNA. Watson was born today, April 6, 1928. He was declared a genius at an early age and he graduated from the University of Chicago at age nineteen. He and Crick began to investigate the molecular structure of DNA in 1952, eventually coming up with the structure known today as the "Double Helix." Watson won a Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1962, and in 1991 he became the first director of the Human Genome Project. The Human Genome Project was an effort to map the genetic sequence of the entire genome, a project which was completed in 2006, and has huge implications for research as well as ethics. It's hard to imagine where we would be today without Watson's work and the work of countless other scientists after him. For one thing, it's possible some of my favorite science fiction books might never have been published!

The library has lots of books about thse scientists and their work, or you can check out the Science in Context database on our new Homework Help page for more information.

Jessie, Columbine Library

-School debate coming up?
-Argumentative research paper?
-Argumentative friend?

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great resource for all these things and more! They take current events and ethically controversial topics and give you all the information you would need to make an informed argument. For example, I looked up school uniforms. First I get an article outlining all the background info I need, such as the difference between dress codes and uniforms, court cases, the cost of uniforms, and issues with sweat shops. I can also read arguments for and against school uniforms, such as “School Uniforms Stifle Freedom of Expression” or “School Dress Codes are Necessary and Constitutional,” which lay out the pros and cons of the issue and include great examples. Then I can read through magazine and newspapers articles about the topic, listen to audio files, watch videos, get statistics, and link to other websites. And all of this information is in one place and easy to use!

You can access Opposing Viewpoints in Context by going to and then clicking on “Homework Help.” You don’t have to be in the library to use it—just log in with your name and library card number. Search for what you’re interested in, or click on “Browse Issues” to get ideas. Winning an argument is always fun; now you can be prepared!

Subscribe to RSS - Homework Help