All locations of the Harford County Public Library will be closed Friday, July 3 for pickup appointments in observation of the 4th of July Holiday.
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.
In support of students, teachers, and parents facing school closures during this public health emergency, the region’s three public TV stations, MPT, WETA and WHUT have partnered to develop this content.
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!
As a middle schooler, research can be challenging, right? You’re not a research guru just yet, and online searches on their own can lead you to unreliable content. Thankfully, In Context: Middle School integrates citable content from magazines, newspapers, videos, and primary sources into an easy-to-navigate database developed with you in mind. Dive into science, social studies, history, literature, and more from National Geographic, Scholastic, NPR, NASA, and other citable sources.
When you have a paper, project, or presentation to complete, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. In Context: High School simplifies your search for information by bringing together hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and audio selections into one easy-to-use database. While online browsers can serve up unreliable or incomplete results, this database lets you explore vetted primary sources, biographies, critical essays, and other materials in many formats — giving you deeper context to high-interest topics.
Kids InfoBits New!
Kids InfoBits delivers trusted, age-appropriate online content. Through newspaper and magazine articles, videos, images, and graphics, elementary students can learn about everything from animals and outer space to famous artists and favorite athletes. The database is visual and intuitive, and rewards students’ efforts by developing comprehension and research skills to prepare them for middle school—and a lifetime of learning.
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
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.
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.