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School is in full swing and assignments are rolling in. Whether the project is due tomorrow or you've got plenty of time we've got you covered.

We'd like to introduce you to two of our premium resources that will help you and your student when doing research for papers and projects. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_world-book-logo.jpgThe first is one you've probably heard of, The World Book Encyclopedia. The online version provides the same level of coverage you will find in print plus lots more. You will find three different encyclopedias: Early World of Learning for preschool learners, Kids for early elementary students and Student for everyone else. There are also some extras! Timelines that introduce important dates/people in a wide range of studies and Discover which separates subjects into topics for a more browsable experience. They even have a Spanish version, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazogs

No matter which option you choose, there will be great information. Maps, illustrations, videos and more! Let The World Book Encyclopedia be one of the first places you visit when starting a report or project.  

b2ap3_thumbnail_eLibrary_icon.gifThe second resource you will want to investigate is eLibrary. It offers a wide range of materials that will help with any research project. Full-text newspapers and magazines from around the world, transcripts from television and radio programs, reference books, maps, pictures and even audio/video recordings. It even has a Topics section where a wide-ranging set of resources has been grouped by specific topics. This is just the beginning of what you can find at eLibrary! It's practically one-stop-shopping for research papers. 


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With research options available for a wide range of ages, World Book Online is a great resource for that research project that's due tomorrow, but you haven't started yet. (Don't worry, we won't judge)

Taking full advantage of tablet technology, World Book Online also works on your tablet, meaning you can put the finishing touches to your project in the car on your way to school. Here's how to get there: 

From Henrico County Public Library's Internet Homepage, click on Kids>Kids Space, then Research a Topic in the middle of the page. From the list of databases, click on World Book and enter your library card number (if you are at home).

Once you enter World Book Online, you will see all of the products available to you:

  • Kids! - The newest section of World Book Online uses image-driven navigation to engage young learners. There are interactive videos, games, as well as informative articles. Interactive features include the World of Animals, Explorable Maps, Important People, and Science Projects.
  • Early World of Learning - Developed by early childhood educators for children ages preschool through grade 2, this resource provides educational games, a story corner, coloring pages, and short video clips.
  • World Book Discover - Designed for middle school students and older, this database contains thousands of easy-to-read articles and a wealth of multimedia resources.
  • InfoFinder - This database is useful for elementary and middle school age students looking for easy-to-read explanations of various topics.  
  • Timelines - Users can explore important moments in sports, world history, science & technology, and more.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - A Spanish language reference site for children ages kindergarten through 4th grades, or adults learning the Spanish language. It contains engaging content, rich media, and interactive learning tools - all in Spanish.

With World Book Online your research project will be a success! You may enjoy using it so much, that you will start your research project earlier next time. (Don't worry, we know that's too good to be true. And besides, who are we to judge? This blog post was written the day before it was due!)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_NoveList.gifTake advantage of expert reading suggestions for your child using NoveList K-8 Plus. Pick a perfect book in a snap! Divided by ages, 0-8, 9-12, and Teens, find customized title, author, and series suggestions.  Look for wide categories such as adventure, humor, historical fiction, realistic fiction, mysteries, "read alikes," "best of the year," award winners, and more.   Also, easily browse non-fiction suggestions.

Parents and teachers LOVE focusing searches according to grade level and/or lexile reading level and even the number of pages in a book! Using its "grab and go lists" and "picture book extenders," entertaining lesson plans are easily had.

This trusted time saver also boasts links to Goodreads - see a book's popularity ranging from 1-5 stars.  Linked to our library catalog - discover immediately where your suggested item is available for checkout.  Try this fabulous resource yourself.  And, guess what, there's a grown-ups' version as well.  We can't let the kids have all the fun!  

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DK Findout! is a kid-friendly way to begin research on topics from animals to math, history and English. Pick a highlighted subject or type in one of your choosing. You'll find the publisher's trademark of solid introductory information and striking photographs that mesmerize browsers and provide project foundation.

Try the new link at our Research a Topic Homework Help site as well as with our Research Databases

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b2ap3_thumbnail_welcome.jpgSo much to brag about here in Virginia! Check out this great book series Virginia, My State.  Every elementary student must master our state's geography and history. Broken up by region, these books are marvelous sources for school projects, especially if you have a fourth grader - and - are perfect for clueing all ages in on nearby destinations. 

Piedmont (Bennett, Doraine) - meaning "land at the foot of the mountains;" discover Thomas Jefferson's Monticello; learn about other leaders including James Madison, James Monroe, Robert E. Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, Maggie Walker, and L. Douglas Wilder; learn about "portage," and transporting goods to boats below waterfalls and rapids; the capital, Richmond, known for manufactuing and shipping; Richmond's General Assembly, the oldest legislative body in the U.S.; the Port of Richmond, the most Western port on the North Atlantic coast; and, learn about Secretariat and thoroughbred racing.  

Coastal Plain (Bennett, Doraine) - climb Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, the first one built by the U.S. in 1792; learn about the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, the Northern Neck, and the Middle Penninsula; learn about Hampton Roads, one of the largest natural harbors in the world; read about the Great Dismal Swamp which helped hide runaway slaves; learn about the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, one of the world's largest; learn about a variety of Native American tribes.

Blue Ridge Mountains (Bennett, Doraine) - the chemicals released by pine trees and other plants give the sky in this area a hazy blue color, hence the name "Blue Ridge;" the granite rocks in Old Rag Mountain are some of the oldest in the world; Mount Rogers is the highest point in Virginia - more than one mile high; the New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world; people come from all over to enjoy bluegrass music and fiddler competitions in Galax; apples grow well here; learn about Smith Mountain Lake, a man-made lake; read about Booker T. Washington, born in this area.

Valley and Ridge (Bennett, Doraine) - do you know the difference between stalactites and stalagmites in the Shenandoah Valley's Luray Caverns and have your heard of its stalacpipe organ? view Natural Bridge, purchased by Thomas Jefferson from King George III for less than what would be $2.00 today; discover Hot Springs in Bath County; did you know that Rockingham County is one of the largest turkey producers in the country?


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Online Help from Teachers

Need homework help? Look to Literati's online Homework Help. Chat online with certified teachers and receive brief, personalized help.

English teachers can help with diagramming sentences, creating outlines for reports, proofreading, and assisting budding authors with compositions, including those writing in English as a Second Language. Math teachers can coach elementary to grade 12 students in a variety of topics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and basic statistics. Teachers and students can even share a whiteboard screen to collaborate. Students can upload files for Literati teachers to review and comment upon.

This service is available Monday through Thursday, 3:00pm-9:00pm, and, Saturday, 9:00am-3:00pm. In addition to teacher guidance, you can link to hundreds of up to date and authoritative resources all in one location. 

Give it a try! From the menu bar above, select Online Services --> Research Databases -->Reference then select Literati (or follow this link).  Select "Homework Help" on the right.  You'll only need to type in your first name, your grade, and whether you need help in math, reading, or writing.  Click on "Find Me a Teacher" and professional help will be minutes away.



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b2ap3_thumbnail_united_states.jpgTake a peek at World Book Online.  Kids and parents (and teachers!) love that you can print maps from it - and - you can print outline maps that your children can label and color in themselves (like the one on the right). If you are using our databases from your home, school, or mobile device, be sure to have your library card at hand to enter your card number to gain access.

Go to  Select Online Services, then Research Databases, Reference, and click on World Book and choose "For Kids." From here choose the icon that says "Maps and More."     

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We're here to help! The resources below are available through HCPL and many can't be found using Google. You know when you use the resources below they are from trusted and accurate sources.

Homework Help from Literati

Live help from a teacher with math, reading or writing. Homework Help tab will be at the right of your screen. 

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Research a Topic

Find trusted articles and information using research databases provided courtesy of HCPL.