Databases for Homework Help

Here are some great places to start.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? You can always ask a librarian.

Grades K-5

Free With Forbes Card Biblioteca Tumble Books

Libros ilustrados para niños con narración.
Children’s illustrated books in Spanish with read-along narration and animated graphics.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free State Wide Britannica Online School Edition

Britannica Online School Edition lets you choose your level, with content geared to Elementary, Middle School, High School, and a PreSchool Learning Zone. Each level includes dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features at the appropriate grade level.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free State Wide Kids InfoBits

Targeting the research needs of grades K-5 students. this resources incudes Blackbirch Press curriculum support references, 100 full-text age appropriate magazines and 2 newswires. Graphs, charts, maps and over 2,500 searchable images.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free With Forbes Card Learning Express Library

This interactive online database features more than 300 practice tests based on official school and career exams, including ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, EMT Basic, U.S. Citizenship, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, and Real Estate Sales Agent & Broker Exams, among others. Includes math & reading practice for 4th grade through high school, school and college admission tests and Advance Placement tests.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free With Forbes Card Little Pim (fun with languages)

Little Pim is an online language learning system for ages 0-6. It’s a fun way for kids to learn a foreign language!

  • Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method makes it fun and easy to learn.
  • Kids love Little Pim, the animated panda who teaches each lesson.
  • It’s fun for the whole family.
  • Just like the rest of the Mango system, it’s accessible anywhere you get online, right through the library website!

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free With Forbes Card National Geographic Kids

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free State Wide Research in Context

Designed for middle school students. Includes mainly full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books covering current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. This resource has a highly visual design and navigation  combined with the authoritative content and user-focused tool set needed to support middle school assignments and coursework.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free With Forbes Card TumbleBooks

Children’s picture books and chapter books with read-along narration and animated illustrations.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Grades 6-12

Free Anywhere American Memory

American Memory provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Provided by the Library of Congress 

Free With C/W MARS Card BiblioBoard

A resource for historical documents, media, and other curated content, arranged by topic. A great resource for homework or for browsing!

This resource is part of the Mass eBook Project.

Free with any C/W MARS library card, and provided by the C/W MARS library network.

Free State Wide Britannica Online Public Library Edition

Britannica Online Public Library Edition is a powerful resource. In addition to the famous encyclopedia, Britannica Online also includes a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free State Wide Britannica Online School Edition

Britannica Online School Edition lets you choose your level, with content geared to Elementary, Middle School, High School, and a PreSchool Learning Zone. Each level includes dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features at the appropriate grade level.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free With Forbes Card Learning Express Library

This interactive online database features more than 300 practice tests based on official school and career exams, including ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, EMT Basic, U.S. Citizenship, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, and Real Estate Sales Agent & Broker Exams, among others. Includes math & reading practice for 4th grade through high school, school and college admission tests and Advance Placement tests.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free With Forbes Card Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free With BPL ECard Music Online

Music & Performing Arts from Alexander Street Press combines audio and video that spans all time periods, hundreds of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles to provide an unparalleled learning environment for the teaching of music. Collections include American Music, Classical Music, Jazz, World Music, Theatre, Dance and Opera in video, and classical music scores.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Free With Forbes Card Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century

The online version of Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century from Salem Press contains biographical profiles of important figures in all genres of music.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free With Forbes Card National Geographic

National Geographic Virtual Library (NGVL) supports a range of research needs in the areas of science, history, technology, the environment, cultures, and more. Includes People, Animals, and the World and the National Geographic magazine archive 1888 – Present.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free State Wide Research in Context

Designed for middle school students. Includes mainly full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books covering current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. This resource has a highly visual design and navigation  combined with the authoritative content and user-focused tool set needed to support middle school assignments and coursework.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free With Forbes Card Salem History

The online version of Milestone Documents in American History from Salem Press combines 130 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free With Forbes Card Salem Science

This suite of databases includes the complete contents of Salem Press’s Encyclopedia of Global ResourcesForensic ScienceThe Solar SystemEarth Science: Earth Materials and ResourcesEarth Science: Earth’s Weather, Water, and AtmosphereEarth Science: Earth’s Surface and History; and Earth Science: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth in a searchable online format.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free State Wide U.S. History in Context

Gale U.S. History in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Includes reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free State Wide World History in Context

Gale World History in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. It offers reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.