Homework Help

Need help with homework? The library has plenty to offer. We have computers with Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher. You can print from the library computers (cost per page). Be sure to have your parent sign the Internet agreement the first time you use the library computers.

Looking for a book? Check out the kids' catalog.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages allows you to study one of several languages. You can use the library's computers or follow the link and (using your library card) study from home.

EPrep

Preparing for the SAT, PSAT or ACT? Check out ePrep, with practice tests and study guides. You'll need your library card to access it!

Texshare Databases

The Texshare databases are an awesome group of resources. They're available to all Texans through your local library. You'll need a password (ask at the Cleburne library) to access it. Once there, however, you'll find lots of great study aids. There are academic journals for high school and college papers. Kids can also search databases for their papers. NetLibrary has hundreds of free books available to read online. You can also search thousands of books at once, which is great for finding information on a more obscure topic. There's a lot here--encyclopedias, ancestry research, health information, maps, etc.--so check it out.

 Links

Here are some links to excellent sites to help with your homework. Or just browse and explore. Many of these sites are just fun even without an assignment!

General Information

Science

History

Animals

Astronomy

Government/Politics

General Information
Use these pages to find information on a wide range of topics.

ALA Great Sites for Kids Every year, children's librarians from around the country scour the web for the best sites for kids. They are arranged by category and provide some of the best of the web.

Multnomah County Library Homework Center This library has many in-depth and well-organized links on many topics.

Discovery Kids Watch videos, play games, take quizzes and learn the science behind some of your favorite Discovery shows--like Croc Files, Grossology and Saddle Club.

How Stuff Works Games, puzzles and quizzes, plus fascinating info on some of the latest science. Did you hear about the the trove of animal fossils that was recently discovered under Los Angeles? Or what about electrical eels to power your house? Read about it here.

InfoPlease An encyclopedia-like database of articles and information on current information and trends. Great for a research project!

Funology Fun stuff to do, including weird science, jokes and riddles, boredom busters, magic tricks, wacky facts and more.

Quiz Hub  Take fun quizzes in all subjects. Also links to other quizzes, including practice quizzes for the TAKS.

Fact Monster Another encyclopedia-like compilation of all kinds of info. Great for research projects. Did you know that the original "Seven Wonders" was likely compiled in the 5th century BC (about 2,500 years ago)? There is a new list that came out in 2007, voted on by more than 100 million people. Check out the site to find out what this generation would call the greatest wonders of the world.

The Exploratorium From the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, check out the changing exhibits.

National Geographic Kids Animals, games, activities, stories and more that you'd expect to see in the magazine of the same name.

Smithsonian Check out the wide variety of online exhibits from the National Museum of Natural History.


Science

Everyday Mysteries Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress. Ever wonder why a camel has a hump? Can you fry an egg on the sidewalk? How high can a nine-banded armidillo jump?

Cool Science for Curious Kids From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, play games and discover how to use the scientific method to explore your world.

Neuroscience for Kids For the neuroscientist in all of us. Everything you ever wanted to know about the brain. And if not... you should seriously consider a career in neuroscience.

Invention Dimension From Lemelson-MIT Program. Invention Dimension is a fun-filled and at times wacky approach to making learning about invention exciting for the kid in all of us. Have some fun with the invention games and explore the wealth of inventor and invention resources, including inventor profiles and patent guidelines, offered in our highlighted sections below.

The Microbe Zoo Microbes are everywhere! Discover what microbes live in the sea, in space, on animals and more.

Periodic Table of the Elements From Los Alamos National Laboratory's Chemistry Division, a resource for elementary, middle school and high school students.

Animals

Animal Planet Fun and interesting info on pets and wild animals, including some TV shows.

Texas Animals Find what animals are native to your home, then color the coloring sheets.

Astronomy

Hubble Site Full of info on the night sky, pics of the universe, etc.

Starchild Good info about the solar system for kids.

Amazing Space Great pictures, current info, homework help and more.

NASA Quest Free web-based, interactive explorations designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes.

Welcome to the Planets Collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program

Government/Politics

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids Great info, sorted by grade, for kids K-12 grades.

Department of the Interior for Kids Interesting info offered by various departments, including Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey and Minerals Management Service.

Kids.gov Find links to government and other kids' sites.

The Democracy Project Offers many opportunities for kids to examine election-related topics such as issues, persuasion, map-reading, and more.

Presidents of the United States For each President, includes basic facts (parents, birthday, religion, etc.), presidential salary, presidential election figures, cabinet members, notable events and links for further research.

History

Hyperhistory More than 2000 files covering 3000 years of world history. 

Art

Kids World From the Minneapolis Institute of Art, play with art, textures, color and more.