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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.


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Maryland AskUsNow!

Maryland AskUsNow! is a 24/7 live online interactive service for the residents and students of the state of Maryland. Questions from outside of the state that are about Maryland are also accepted. It uses the expertise of trained librarians to provide answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the Internet. All you have to do is log in with your question and you’ll be connected with a librarian who can help you. It's that easy!


Online Encyclopedias and General Research

Discovering Collection

Aimed at middle school and high school students, Gale Discovering Collection has all of the award-winning resources that you’ve come to expect from Gale, including content based on national curriculum standards in major subject areas such as history, literature, science and social studies. It also comes with the ability to quickly and easily find relevant search results across all Gale online products in one seamless search.

Encylopaedia Britannica New!

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!

Explora - Primary Schools

With Explora, you will discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. Designed specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research.

Explora - Secondary Schools

With Explora, you will discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports. Offers the most complete collection of full-text reference resources available for middle schools.

Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia New!

A student encyclopedia, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each rec ord may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.

Student Resources in Context

Aimed at middle school and high school students, Gale Student Resources in Context includes content based on national curriculum standards in major subject areas such as history, literature, science and social studies.

Virtual Reference Library

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 Online Resources

Biography in Context

Find biographical information on more than 180,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines.

Grzimek’s Animal Life

An encyclopedia that covers more than 4,000 species, with information on evolution, habitat and behavior and includes photos, maps, videos and audio tracks. Also included is information on endangered species, biomes and prehistoric animals.

Literature Resource Center

Find biographical information on authors and their work as well as literary criticism, and plot summaries The Literature Resource Center covers American, English, and world authors.

National Gallery of Art

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.

Science in Context

This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. covering the full range of science topics.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content.


Scienceflix

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!

 

Entire list of premium online resources, arranged alphabetically


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.