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Homework and Research Sites

Homework and Research Sites for Kids and Teens. The top sites are for Michigan children and teens. However, the sites listed further down the page are accessible to everyone!

Michigan residents or Michigan library or school access only.

Resources for Michigan Kids:

Are you looking for help with school work or finding a new book to read? Find it here! We have fast, reliable online resources for homework and classroom activities.

Watch cool videos and play games

Read Along

For Michigan Teens:
College and Career Readiness



General resources for everyone:

The Arts
Explore the Arts, art for kids by kids, fun for younger children, games and entertainment, museums, music, and sports.

ALA Great websites for games and entertainment.

The Homework Spot
You need it? They have it. A huge directory of homework resources by subject as well as project ideas and help with writing.


Recommendations on books to read.

Reference Desk

Explore great reference sites, library and school sites, and Look It Up!


Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Choose a grade level then look around for information on how the U.S. government works.

Federal legislative information on the Internet.

Justice for Kids & Youth
Federal Justice Department web sites for students of all ages.

Social Sciences
Explore cultures of the world, geography and maps, news and current events, peace and conflict studies, politics and government, and religions of the world.


The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Students and their parents will find information on the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, CLEP, and BigFuture link where students can find, apply, afford, and enroll in a college that is right for them with this step-by-step guide.
The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.

MI Student Aid
State of Michigan Student Aid website for high school students and their parents, which features information on saving and planning, scholarships and grants, student loans, and outreach services which includes financial education, publications, videos, and newsletters.


Literature and Language
Authors & Illustrators, expanding the classics, favorite children's stories, language learning, learning to read, and writing by children.

Merriam-Webster Online
How do you spell that word? And what does it mean? Try this famous dictionary and thesaurus for help.

Resources for Writers - the OWL Handouts

Grammar, spelling, parts of speech, and more.
Study guides for English literature.


CIA World Factbook
Facts and maps about countries of the world.

Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology
Huge resource for Greek Mythology.

Flags of the World
Thousands of flags from around the world.

United Nations
Information about the United Nations, global issues, and information about UN member countries/states.


The American Civil War Home Page
Civil War resources including battles, biographies, medicine and more.

American Memory
Historic photograph collections of United State's history.

Civil War

Columbia encyclopedia summary of the Civil War including causes, battles and links to detailed information.

Civil War Maps
Search for maps by location, subject or alphabetically.

Gettysburg Address
See a copy of the original Gettysburg Address writing by Abraham Lincoln and read about how it was written.

History & Biography
Explore biographies, U.S. History - General, U.S. History - Pre-Colonial-1865, U.S. History- Post Civil War, and World History.

Mr. Dowling's History Passport
Links to information on counties, culture and history.

Seeking Michigan
A comprehensive website where you can find links to guides and indexes to Michigan; online collections which feature a treasure trove of records, photographs, and maps. Visit this section for death records, state census records, and much more; and Michigan history!

U. S. National Archives and Records
Get primary source documents for American history.
Hundreds of resources about American History


bioGraphic - YouTube
bioGraphic is a multimedia magazine featuring beautiful and surprising stories about nature and sustainability by the California Academy of Sciences.

Free online courses from the world's best universities.

Fraser Cain - YouTube
Space and astronomy news from Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today and co-host of Astronomy Cast.

Khan Academy
Free online learning for everyone including courses in Math by Subject and Grades K-High School, Science & Engineering, Computing, Arts & Humanities, Economics & Finance, and Test Prep including SAT, MCAT, GMAT, IIT, JEE, NCLEX-RN.

MIT OpenCourseWare / Free Online Course Materials:
Unlocking Knowledge, MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

PBs Space Time -YouTube
PBS Space Time explores the outer reaches of space, the craziness of astrophysics, the possibilities of sci-fi, and anything else you can think of beyond Planet Earth. Host Matt O'Dowd breaks down the both the basic and incredibly complex sides of space and time.


Ask Dr. Math
A question and answer service for K-12 math students and their teachers.

Graph Paper!
Used your last sheet of graph paper? Don't worry, you can print out different kinds of graph paper here.

The World of Math online.

Mathematics & Computers
Explore Computers & Technology, and mathematics.

Math Reference Tables
Math tables, algebra formulas, and more.


Explore the world of animals, dinosaurs, and visit cool zoo and aquariums!

The Exploratorium Science Museum
The Exploratorium has a web site of over 15,000 web pages exploring science, art, and technology including science experiments and activities.

Thousands of pages of resources on astronomy, planets, comets, astronauts and new discoveries of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

National Geographic for Kids
Nat Geo Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through the website, including fun learning games.

Science exploration
Explore astronomy & space, biology, chemistry & physics, general science, geology, science experiments, and weather & environment.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide
Find out how to do a science fair project and get ideas of different projects you can do.

Science News for Kids
Science news, games and information to keep you up to date on science in the news.

Symmetry's ABC's of Particle Physics
Easy to follow and understand guide to particle physics.