Off the Shelf: Head to the Library for All of Your Homework Help

By Sharon Saye on August 30, 2017 from Off the Shelf via

School is now back in session, and as every parent knows, children have a bad habit of remembering their school assignments at 4 p.m. on Sunday when they are due on Monday.  As I’ve described in previous columns, the library has one of the largest collections of online services and databases in the state.  And these services are available 24/7 which includes Sunday evenings.  Access to these sites requires a Bridgeport library card.  To acquire one of those, bring photo ID to the library and fill out an application.
Some of these databases won’t be very helpful for homework assignments such as InstantFlix, which has independent films, but others may have the answers.  A to Z Maps provides reliable, up-to-date digital information for education, research and travel.  American History Online spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.
The Gale Virtual Reference Library features hundreds of digital reference titles from over 100 publishers on an eBook platform.  FreedomFlix takes content from the highly successful Cornerstones of Freedom series and transforms them into enhanced eBooks.  These help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of important historical topics.  It is a great resource for social studies questions.
ScienceFlix and Science Online are two different databases that focus on scientific disciplines.  Science Online has extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies and experiments.
TrueFlix uses the award-winning True Books that are focused on younger readers to answer questions and build subject-area knowledge.
The World Almanac and The World Almanac for Kids Online present resources for homework, reports and projects in a searchable format.  World News Digest provides authoritative world news coverage from 1940 through today.  These three resources alone are great places to get started on homework assignments.
The Writer’s Reference Center provides essential one-stop online reference for writers with all the tools necessary to write and research effectively.  Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center offers profiles of nearly 3,400 jobs including invaluable advice on career skills while LawDepot answers all sorts of legal questions as well as providing basic legal forms.
Atomic Training covers over 140 of today’s most widespread software applications in short video sessions.  It also includes a host of bonus resources such as Effectively Use the Internet, Research Paper Basics, Avoiding Plagiarism, Effective Presentation Design, Computer Basics, and Social Media as well as dozens of career skills training including Interview Techniques, Time Management, Asking Essential Questions and Effective Listening Skills.  This is a great site to use when you are stuck in Excel or the sheer variety of Google is too much for you.  From iTunes to Pinterest, from PowerPoint to Office Suite, Atomic Training is a database to mark.  We’ve printed out a list of its topics covered that you can pick up at the circulation desk.
The library has 30 different electronic services; we have a very handy brochure available in print form at the library or on our website that explains how to access each database.  A copy of this may make those Sunday nights much more pleasant.
The library will be closed September 2nd through the 4th for the Labor Day holiday.  Normal hours resume on Tuesday, Sept. 5th, from 10-8 p.m. weekdays and noon until 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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