Homework Help Center
Got Homework? We've got help!
We've got lots of ways you can get the help you need at the Library.
More details below:
- HelpNow Online Homework Help
- QuestionPoint 24/7 Reference Services
- Research Databases 24/7
- More Resources for Students
- Resources for Educators and Parents
Coming Soon! Do Your Homework @ the Library Program
As part of Mayor Kevin Faulconer's One San Diego budget plan to reestablish the City's libraries as centers for learning and civic engagement for San Diego children, this new afterschool program begins in the fall and provides:
- One-on-one assistance for children at targeted K-8 schools in San Diego for school-assigned homework.
- Learning coordinators in 18 San Diego libraries where curriculum-aligned resources, technology and community partnerships work in tandem to support students.
- See Mayor's Press Release for more details about the program. (PDF)
- Now recruiting paid Literacy Tutor/Learner Coordinators
Union Bank Homework Center at the Central Library is now open. Located on the second floor of the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, the Homework Center provides in person homework help by volunteer "homework coaches" and library staff. For hours and more information, please visit our Union Bank Homework Center page.
We Need Volunteer Coaches (PDF) - Do you have what it takes?
Free online help for homework assignments is as close as your computer with HelpNow from Brainfuse. Kids and adults can access many of the library's online resources remotely from any computer home, school or at the library. All you need is a library card or digital key card provided by a classroom teacher.
Provides free reference assistance from a trained librarian. Ask a librarian your tough question any time!
Research Databases* Open 24/7!
Links to more than 65 databases including encyclopedias, photos, biographies, maps, science projects and more. Some resources are available in spanish, Recursos en Español (Spanish Databases)*. Try the Homework (Children/K-5)* section for simpler materials.
More Resources for Students
- Kid's Corner
- San Diego Public Library Resources
- Library Catalog - Find books, videos, music and more at the San Diego Public Library.
- Dictionaries and Encyclopedias (Need library card to access)
- Magazines and Newspapers (Need library card access)
- California Missions
- Native Tribes
- eBooks by Overdrive - A selection of popular titles and award winning authors (library card needed to download)
- Overdrive's Project Gutenberg collection (separate search)
- eBooks by EBSCO - A selection of popular topics including literature, computers, travel, psychology and more (library card needed to download)
- Also see Google Books and our Reading Resources feature for more online e-text sources.
- Check out an eReader
- eAudiobooks (library card needed to download)
- eVideos (library card needed to download)
- Online Articles and Databases
- Internet Public Library
- Other Resources
- ProQuest Homework Central - For homework and study skills, research advice, ideas, and more.
- FactMonster - Quick facts on history, people, places, science, sports, words, and more.
- New York Times Learning Network (Grades 6-12)
- WebExhibits - The arts and sciences, at 72 ppi
- California State Science Fair
- Best of History Websites This portal offers a vast array of world history resources broken down into the following topics: Prehistory, Ancient/Biblical, Medieval, Early Modern Europe, 20th Century, and World War II. Links to over 1000 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
- Ask Dr. Math Ask Dr. Math is a 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 (the Dr. Math FAQ).
- Bartleby.com Featuring Barlett's Familiar Quotations, The Columbia Encyclopedia, and Roget's Thesaurus II... and a lot more.
- CliffsNotes View Free Online Literature Notes and more.
- Infoplease Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas, Biographies, Dictionary. It is a free, authoritative, and respected reference for Internet users.
- Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning Free, web-based sites that are user-friendly and encourage a community compiled by the American Association of School Librarians
- How Stuff Works - MP3s for example
Resources for Educators and Parents
- Get Digital Key Cards for Your Students - Digital Key Cards allow students to access online library resources without needing to obtain a full access library card that requires parent permission. To get these limited access cards for your entire class, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your school name, grade you teach, number of students in your class, and your contact information (full name, phone, and e-mail address) to reach you.
- Flyers and Posters
- Proquest K-12 Educator Tools and Lesson Plans