Homework Help

Beyond books on a variety of subjects, in print and online, we offer many services for homework help and self study.
Brainfuse Tutoring

Enter our online classroom and receive live, online homework help from a Brainfuse tutor. Brainfuse is a service for Arlington students in grades 7-12.

Children's Learning Centers (CLCs)

We have designated areas at our libraries for children 12 and under to work on schoolwork. With their own library card, kids can access child-friendly Internet computers, with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, as well as a curated list of fun websites.

Reading Corps

Helps foster a love for reading by improving basic and fundamental reading and writing skills for students in prekindergarten-4 through third grade. Contact Arlington Reads for more details.

Youth Technology Centers

Youth Technology Centers focus on teens (13-18) who are interested in creative writing and music creation (The Studio), engineering and robotics (The Lab), and those that want an after school experience that includes book clubs, video games and personal attention (Teen Zone).

Electronic Resources
Britannica Online Kids

Online encyclopedia for homework help and general knowledge information

ebrary eBooks - Public Library Complete *NEW*

A searchable collection of more than 30,000 eBooks (5,000+ in Spanish) from trusted publishers. Ideal for school, research projects, & everyday information needs.

Handbook of Texas

A multidisciplinary encyclopedia on virtually every aspect of Texas history, geography, and culture.

Kids Search

Provides elementary school students with an easy-to-use, graphically-appealing interface they can use to search their EBSCO databases.

Learning Express *will be retired on June 30, 2014 for all subscribers and users.*

Features test preparation for licensing and certification exams (including GED and SAT) as well as interactive skills improvement in areas like reading, writing, and math.

LearningExpress 3.0 *NEW*

Improve your basic skills; Math, reading, and writing tutorials; Learn about in-demand careers; Prepare for occupational exams; ACT®, SAT*, AP* test preparation; Prepare for the GED® test ...and much more!

Middle Search Plus

Index, abstracts, and full text for popular middle school magazines. 

Muzzy Online

For Kids! Play interactive games and vocabulary lessons for English, French, Spanish, Italian, or German. Immersion learning and vocabulary lessons are available for Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian.

Primary Search

Full text for more than 70 popular, elementary school magazines.

Student Research Center

Provides students in secondary schools with the most appropriate research tools to easily obtain the information that they need from their EBSCO databases.

Tuition Funding Sources

TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

Tumblebook Cloud Jr.

Designed specifically for elementary and middle school kids, an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books.

Tumblebook Library

A collection of animated, talking picture books, created from existing picture books licensed from children's book publishers.

20th-Century American Poetry

This unparalleled collection includes 50,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets, including Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.

20th-Century English Poetry

A collection of more than 600 volumes of poetry by 283 poets from 1900 to the present day, including W.B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen, Thom Gunn, Fleur Adcock, Paul Muldoon, Tony Harrison, Benjamin Zephaniah and Carol Ann Duffy, and incorporating the poets in The Faber Poetry Library.

World Book

Includes encyclopedia, as well as social studies and science for classrooms. World Book Digital Libraries offer an online, interactive complement to World Book’s newest print reference sets: Early Peoples, Living Green, and Inventions and Discoveries.

Other Local Resources

University of Texas at Arlington

UTA offers a Reading Resource Room on the second floor of their library. It includes many upper grade level textbooks from local schools.

Online Resources

General Homework Help

Reading, English, Literary Criticism and Works Cited

Advanced Reading (AR) program
Full Wiki
They find sources for your essay so you don't have to.
Bartleby
Literary quotations, online texts of classics and poetry, and more!
Online Symbolism Dictionary
From the Abyss to the Zodiac, this online dictionary will try to explain the significance behind various symbols.
Project Gutenberg
Did you leave your copy of Pride and Prejudice or The Illiad in your locker? Project Gutenberg has online and downloadable versions of thousands of classic books and other documents.
Shmoop: Literature
Like SparkNotes, this site gives summaries, analysis, and more on many required readings.
SparkNotes: Literature Study Guides
Gives summaries, character lists, analysis, study questions and reviews for numerous required reading books.
Works Cited For You
Convert your Works Cited into MLA, APA & Chicago Style Formats. Other websites like this include Citation Machine, UNC's Citation Information, and Easy Bib.

Math and Science 

Ask Dr. Math
Search Dr. Math's archives for answers to middle school and high school math questions.
Chem Collective

Review and learn chemistry concepts with virtual labs, simulations, and tutorials.

Encyclopedia of Life
Global access to knowledge about life on Earth
Field Guide to Common Texas Insects
TAMU's online field guide to Texas insects. Contains pictures, common name listings, scientific name listing and descriptions.
Learn Genetics
The University of Utah's easy to use online guide to genetics, heredity, cells, cloning and more.
Online Biology Book
Contains chapters on essential biology topics with excellent illustrations. 
This Dynamic Earth: the story of plate tectonics
An online explanation of plate tectonics and Earth science from the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Nine Planets
Now jokingly called The Eight Planets by its creator, The Nine Planets website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system. Includes photos from NASA. 
The Physics Classroom
A collection of tutorials, animations and movies to help students understand basic physics.
WebElements
The periodic table of the elements online. Each element is pronounced and given a brief description. 
WebMath
Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by you.

Music, Photography and the Arts

Europeana
Paintings, music, films and books from Europe's galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
Art Cyclopedia
A fine arts search engine. Search by artist, title of work, art movement, or museum.
ArtLex Art Dictionary
You'll find definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art & visual culture.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Browse world maps, timelines, works of art, essays on important figures and places and more.
Instrument Encyclopedia from the University of Michigan
An online resource identifying various instruments from around the world.
LIFE Magazine Photo Archive
Search millions of photos from the LIFE photo archive stretching from the 1780s to modern times.
New York Public Library: The Picture Collection
Contains over 30,000 digitized images available to the public.
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
A music term dictionary with term pronunciation provided.

Social Sciences and History 

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
Explains government documents and methods in easy to understand terms.
Famous Trials
Lists famous trials throughout history and includes summaries, timelines, political cartoons, images, and trial records.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum Online Gallery
Find pictures of President Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor as well as photos from the Great Depression and WWII.
Smithsonian's American History Explorer
Your gateway to innovative resources for learning American history.
The History Place
Contains information on major moments in American and world history.
The World Factbook
CIA's information on every country in the world. Look up imports, exports, demographics, military information, and more.

Standardized Test Preparation

College Board Tests
Get test descriptions, score explanation, and calendars for the SAT, ACT, CLEP, and AP tests. You can also register to take these tests.