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Homework Help & Booklists

Homework Help & Booklists
Choose a topic below to see books, articles & websites to help you do research and find homework answers. Scroll down for information about local tutoring.

What is a database? A database is a collection of information. Enter a search term to see a list of articles, images or stories that you can read and/or print for homework. To use a database you will need your indyPL Library card and PIN. What’s My PIN?

What is a Booklist? A booklist is a list of resources about a topic, The booklists here include books, websites, videos and more.



General Homework Questions:
Database Explora for Grades K-5
Database Explora for Grades 6-8
Database Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia

Database Biography in Context
Database Something About the Author
Booklist Autobiographies
Booklist Famous Visionaries
Booklist Musicians

Booklist Circulatory System
Booklist Digestive System
Booklist Excretory System
Booklist Muscular System
Booklist Nervous System
Booklist Respiratory System
Booklist Skeletal System

Booklist Addition
Booklist Decimals & Percents
Booklist Division
Booklist Fractions
Booklist Geometry
Booklist Money
Booklist Multiplication
Booklist Subtraction

Booklist Musical Instruments

Database Science in Context
Booklist Amazing True Animal Stories
Booklist Biomes
Booklist Chemistry
Booklist Leaf Identification
Booklist Science Experiments

Social Studies:
Booklist 13 Colonies
Database The African American Experience
Database The American Indian Experience
Booklist Ancient Cultures
Booklist Around the World: Celebrations
Booklist Around the World: Christmas
Booklist Around the World: Cinderella
Booklist Around the World: Crafts & Games
Booklist Around the World: Food
Booklist Around the World: Friends
Booklist Around the World: Tales & Stories
Booklist Black History: Athletes 
Booklist Black History: Authors & Illustrators
Booklist Black History: Civil Rights Movement
Booklist Black History: Images & Artifacts
Booklist Black History: Musicians & Singers
Booklist Black History: Artists
Booklist Black History: Cowboys & the West
Booklist Black History: Scientists & Inventors
Booklist Black History: Slavery
Booklist Countries of the World
Database CultureGrams
Booklist Elections
Booklist Explorers
Booklist Great Depression
Booklist Indiana
Database Indiana History Online
Database Indiana Memory
Database The Latino American Experience
Booklist Middle Ages
Booklist National Parks
Booklist Native Americans
Booklist Peace & Conflict Resolution
Booklist Pioneers
Booklist Refugees: Their Stories
Booklist  Immigrant Experience
Booklist U.S. States
Booklist U.S. Civil War
Database US History in Context
Booklist U.S. Presidents
Booklist U.S. Revolution
Booklist Women’s History: Adventurers
Booklist Women’s History: Artists
Booklist Women’s History: Athletes
Booklist Women’s History: Musicians
Booklist Women’s History: Naturalists
Booklist Women’s History: Scientists
Booklist Women’s History: Social Change
Booklist Women’s History: Writers
Database World History in Context


Fiction & Fun:

General Book Questions:

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Database: LitFinder
Database: NoveList Grades K-8

Booklist 2017 AISLE Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss
Booklist Belpré Medal
Booklist Caldecott Medal
Booklist Coretta Scott King Award
Booklist Geisel Award
Booklist Newbery Medal
Booklist Young Hoosiers 2015-2016
Booklist Young Hoosiers 2016-2017

Read Alikes:
Booklist Like the Avengers
Booklist Like Charlotte’s Web
Booklist Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Booklist Like Harry Potter
Booklist Like Junie B. Jones
Booklist Like Percy Jackson
Booklist Like Spiderwick Chronicles

Booklist African American Stories
Booklist Big Nate
Booklist Black History
Booklist Books in Verse
Booklist Chapter Books Online
Booklist Chinese Folk Tales
Booklist Christmas
Booklist Disabilities Awareness

Booklist Download & Stream for Kids
Booklist Drawing

Booklist eMagazines
Booklist Fairies
Booklist Favorite Teachers in Fiction
Booklist Fractured Fairy Tales
Booklist Immigrant Stories
Booklist Kind is the New Cool
Booklist Loss, Death & Grieving

Booklist Mighty Girl Stories
Booklist Minecraft

Booklist Mysteries & Detective Skills
Booklist Peace & Conflict Resolution
Booklist Picture Book Historical Fiction

Booklist Pokémon
Booklist Scary Stories
Booklist Science Fiction
Booklist Snow Forts, Snowballs and Snowflakes
Booklist Staff Picks
Booklist Star Wars
Booklist Stories Told Through Letters
Booklist Survival
Booklist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Booklist Trivia Facts & Records
Booklist When You’re Bored


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline Provides FREE math and science homework help. Just call, email or chat online!

  • Tutors help students in grades 6-12
  • Sunday – Thursday 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • September – May
  • Call toll free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE
  • Chat Online
  • Email a Tutor



Khan Academy Learn for FREE and at your own pace. From Kindergarten to Calculus – Math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.


The Children’s Dyslexia Center The Center is located in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, downtown Indianapolis. The Center provides FREE remediation for school-aged  children with dyslexia. Kids receive one on one tutoring twice a week.

  • 650 North Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, In 46204
  • Main Phone:  317-262-3115  ext. 250
  • Toll Free:  800-489-3579, ext. 250
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Super Bowl 51 Falcons vs. Patriots

Super Bowl 51 Falcons vs. Patriots

The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 in Los Angeles, California. It was between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. This year, the Super Bowl takes place in Houston, Texas on February 5, 2017. The game is between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

Super Bowl:

The Super Bowl The Super Bowl The Super Bowl Super Bowl and NFL records The Ultimate Guide to Pro Football Teams

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

Atlanta Falcons:


New England Patriots:



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4th Annual Lego League Qualifying Tournament

4th Annual Lego League Qualifying Tournament


Families are invited to the Learning Curve’s annual LEGO® robotics competition. This year’s themes are Creature Craze and Animal Allies. Families who wish to watch the robot games and cheer the teams on can visit the Clowes Auditorium any time between 1 – 4 p.m.

  • During the course of the day, FIRST® LEGO® League & Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League teams from across Indiana will be showcasing projects, testing programs and running their robots.
  • From 10 a.m. – 12 noon, Animalia will have real animals to meet and learn about.
  • The Learning Curve’s huge board game collection and plenty of table space also will be available.


Official Website: Legos


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Chicago Cubs – 2016 World Champions!

Chicago Cubs – 2016 World Champions!


After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series! Click on any of the book jackets or links below to learn all about the Cubs or read some stories that take place at Wrigley Field or are about the Cubs. One piece of Cub history I did not know – during World War II when so many ball players were soldiers and serving overseas, Phillip K. Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, led an effort to start a new baseball league for girls – a women’s baseball league. You can read about the life of one of the best players – Dorothy “Kammie” Kamenshek in the book, Kammie on First: baseball’s Dottie Kamenshek. Kammie’s story is told in the movie you may have heard of, “A League of Their Own” starring Gina Davis. I think I am in the mood to watch it!


Learn about the Cubs:


Stories about the Cubs:

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Indy Author Fair Oct. 29 – for Kids!

Indy Author Fair Oct. 29 – for Kids!

kids-writing-300You are invited to the Indy Author Fair on Saturday, October 29, at Central Library. Work on your writing skills. Listen to and meet some of your favorite authors! The fair will feature special activities for kids including these 2 free workshops! 


  1. Illustration for Kids by Kids Workshop (12 – 1 p.m., Learning Curve Arena) – A hands-on illustration workshop presented by Art with a Heart

kids-meeting-authors-3002. Writing for Young People Panel (1:30 – 3 p.m., Clowes Auditorium) – Interested in becoming a writer? Authors will share their experiences and expertise covering writing styles ranging from young adult novels to chapter books and picture books. Meet some of your favorite authors:

John David Anderson (aka Dave) is the author of critically acclaimed books for middle grade audiences, including john-david-anderson-photo“Sidekicked,” “Minion” and “Standard Hero Behavior.” A former writing instructor at the University of Illinois, he currently lives with his wife and two kids in Indianapolis, where he writes full time while also fulfilling the duties of a house-spouse. He thinks writing is the best…job…ever – except maybe for being a chocolate-stirring Oompa Loompa in the Wonka factory. That’d be sweet.

Standard Hero Behavior Print
Sidekicked Print, eBook
Minion Print, eBook, eAudio
The Dungeoneers Print, eBook
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day Print, eBook, eAudio
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Skila Brown is the author of verse novels “Caminar” and “To Stay Alive,” as well as the picture book “Slickety Quick: silka-brownPoems About Sharks,” all with Candlewick Press. She received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee and now lives in Indiana where she writes books for readers of all ages.


Robert Kent is the author of the horror novels “All Together Now: A Zombie Story” and “The Book of David,” the middle robert-kentgrade novel “Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees,” and the novellas “Pizza Delivery” and “All Right Now: A Short Zombie Story.” He runs the popular blog for writers, Middle Grade Ninja.


Sarah J. Schmitt is a K-8 school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library, where she runs a sarah-schmittteen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters and critique group style feedback. She is the author of the YA novel “It’s a Wonderful Death.” Print, eBook


Be sure to check out books by some of this year’s Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists! Their first-ever Genre Excellence Winner, April Pulley Sayre and one of this year’s Emerging Author Finalists, Bill Kenley.

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