Homework & Research Resources

getting started

Step 1

What is your main research objective or question? Create an outline based on this question.

Step 2

What information do you need to answer or support your main question/idea? Make a list of possible sources for information.

Step 3

Use trusted sources to find information related to your question. Use advanced searching to narrow down your search results.

Step 4

Take notes on your sources, adding them to the appropriate sections in your outline. Make a note of other questions that may come up.

Step 5

Compile your information and determine how best to present it. Make sure you have answered your original question and validated your sources.

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Some databases may require your Little Silver Library Card number.

Database access is provided by Monmouth County Library. 


Type in or select an artist’s name, and be taken to a list of Websites providing digital images of that artist’s work.

american history online

Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.

american indian history online

Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.

american women’s history online

Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.

ancient & medieval history

Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

Biography Reference Center

Full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies. Provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography

Biology Online

Links are searchable alphabetically, by specific sub-discipline, or across all sites via Biology Online’s search engine. The site also offers field-specific online tutorials in key areas, as well a 1,600 term dictionary.


If you are looking for basic chemistry help and information, stay on this site. We have information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry.

civil rights digital library

Promotes understanding of the Movement through three principal components: 1) a digital video archive of historical news film, 2) a civil rights portal providing a virtual library on the Movement by connecting related digital collections and 3) a learning objects component delivering secondary Web-based resources – such as contextual stories, encyclopedia and articles.

DK Eyewitness books

View digital versions of this popular reference series. Listen, if you prefer, and/or translate the text into different world languages. Many of the titles are also available to check out from branch libraries.

Explora for kids

Information which can be searched by keyword or by topic in magazines, reference books, photos and more specially designed for kids in grades K-8.

Explora search

Discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages,science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.

facts on file

Reference materials covering subjects including history, science, health, literature, careers, and an atlas.


Multimedia content on general education subjects for students and educators. HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE).

History reference center

Offers full text from reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more many history periodicals. Provides access to historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and historical videos.


On demand streaming of films by indie filmmakers as well as producers such as PBS, The Criterion Collection, and The Great Courses. Library card holders are entitled to three checkouts per month and each checkout is active for three days.


Online video software and technique training courses for a number of disciplines: 3D, video, business, photography, web design, graphic design, and more. Monmouth County Library card holders may contact administrator (link email) for access. For a full list of tutorial subjects. First time users should select “Create a Profile”.

modern world history online

Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from mid-15th century to the present.

morningstar investment research center

Investment resource specialized in fund investing. Offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorial, tools and forums.

novelist k – 8

Explore recreational reading interests as well as nonfiction reading materials for children and students from preschool through middle school.


Comprehensive readers advisory resource. In addition to the fiction database that NoveList offers, NoveList Plus adds nonfiction to provide a complete solution for your readers. With NoveList Plus, you can find titles, articles, and lists for you fiction and nonfiction needs.

primary search

Provides full text for popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates back to 1990.


Copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers.

rosetta stone

Provided by the NJ State Library. Innovative, personalized language and reading programs that drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners.

science online

Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.

science reference center

Contains full text articles from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

something about the author

Illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 children’s authors and artists.

topic search

Current events database provides indexing, abstracts, and full text information for students and researchers to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries, and popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms.


A collection of Tumblebooks (animated, talking picture books), chapter-book Read Alongs, Tumble TV, and Tumble Puzzles & Games.

universal class

Choose from over 500 online continuing education courses (everything from ABC’s of Algebra to Yoga 101). CEU Certificates documenting course completion (online, printable and downloadable PDFs). Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). First time users may use their library card number to set up a user name and password for future access.

world almanac for kids

Presents resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format while encouraging online research skills from a trusted source.

world factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

world geography & culture

This comprehensive reference site makes it easy to study all aspects of a country, with facts at a glance and in-depth coverage through country entries, maps, statistics, news articles, a gazetteer, and more.

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