One-on-one homework help and tutoring
HelpNow! offers one-on-one homework help with expert tutors and a 24-hour writing lab to HCPL library card holders. Tutors are available Monday-Sunday 2:00 P.M.-11:55 Eastern Standard Time.
Ask questions and get help in finding information
Maryland AskUsNow! is a 24/7 live online interactive service for the residents and students of the state of Maryland. Questions from outside of the state that are about Maryland are also accepted. It uses the expertise of trained librarians to provide answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the Internet. All you have to do is log in with your question and you’ll be connected with a librarian who can help you. It's that easy!
Khan Academy offers free practice exercises and instructional videos to offer homework help and support life-long learning. Subjects include math by subject and grade, science and engineering, computing, arts and humanities, economics, test prep, college and career and more.
Online Encyclopedias and General Research
The online Encyclopaedia Britannica offers three levels for searching: one for children, young adults and reference. Britannica Library also offers Original Sources (find the link in the upper right-hand corner). Original Sources has thousands of primary source documents in history, literature, politics, religion and more. Check out our mobile app page for Britannica Library on the go!
With Explora, you will discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. Designed specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research.
With Explora, you will discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. Offers the most complete collection of full-text reference resources available for middle schools.
A student encyclopedia, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each rec ord may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
Special Subject eResources
Find biographical information on more than 180,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines.
Information for more than 110,000 objects with images provided for over 20,000. The site is searchable and there are teaching resources and in-depth studies.
Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content.
Browse 30 different science units that can be read at different reading levels. Read articles or watch science videos. Find experiments, learn about science careers, or read about science in the new. Explore and learn!
For more free resources, see Great Websites for Kids, a “mega-site” with hundreds of websites recommended by the American Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children.
Middle and High School students may also want to check out our online resource guides.