Homework Help

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eResources for Homework Help


Articles - Basic Search

Search newspapers, magazines, and other trustworthy sources for articles on any topic.

Articles - In Depth Search (For high school level and up.)

Search multiple sources to find articles from magazines, journals, newspapers, books, and primary sources. Includes Academic Search Complete.

Mercury News Online

Unlimited access to the Mercury News - In Library only
Note: In Library Only

New York Times Online

Full access to current news and limited access to archives.  New York Times digital website.


Articles from the San Jose Mercury News back to 1985.

College and Career

Career Preparation - LearningExpress Library

Offers preparation for professional exams, information about occupations, and skill-building for the workplace.

College Admission Test Preparation - LearningExpress Library

Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.

College Blue Book

44thed. 2017. Guide to thousands of 2-and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covers the expected listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships, and occupational education programs.

High School Equivalency Center - LearningExpress Library

Prepare for the GED® test, HiSET® or TASC exams with tpractice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks.

Tuition Funding Sources

Find scholarships, loans and financial aid.

General Reference

Britannica Escolar

Britannica Escolar es una enciclopedia en dos partes con portales para estudiantes de primaria y secundaria.

Britannica School

Britannica School is a three part encyclopedia with portals for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Explora for Elementary School Students (Grades K-5)

Search by keyword or by topic to find magazines, reference books, photos, videos, images, and flags.

Explora for High School Students (Grades 9-12)

Research help for high school students.

Explora for Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

Research help for middle school students.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Search or browse eBooks on Business, Cooking & Food, Kids interest, and more!

Scholastic Teachables

Easy to print lesson plans, worksheets, and activities on a wide variety of subjects for PreK - 8 educators.

History and Biography

Biography in Context

Hundreds of thousands of biographical entries, past and present, from around the world

Defining Documents in American History - LGBTQ+ (1923-2017)

Offers analysis of primary source documents drawn from the ongoing movement to achieve recognition and equality for members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History

Covers LGBTQ topics in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as North America, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Take advantage of all the Library of Congress offers - from home! Digital Collections features thousands of items in hundreds of subject areas.

Missions of California eBooks

Over 20 full-color browser-based eBooks for students to read about California missions. Each eBook includes history of the mission, the mission today, and a project. Perfect for school reports.
Note: Login with username: missions, password: missions

U.S. History in Context

Articles & more about U.S. History.

World History in Context

Articles & more about history around the world.

Language Learning

Mango Languages

Learn conversation skills for over 60 different languages.
Note: Internet Explorer users must update to version 11.0 or higher to access Mango.


Learn conversational skills and grammar in over 80 languages.

Reading and Literature


Awesome book and app recommendations, hand-picked for your child by librarians. Participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Literary Reference Center

Literary criticism, plot summaries, author biographies, poems, short stories, and reviews.

NoveList K-8 Plus (Grades K-12)

Find out what books to read next based on your favorite books and topics.
Note: Use your library card number when NoveList asks you for "Patron ID".

NoveList Plus

Book recommendations based on what you like.
Note: Use your library card number when NoveList asks you for "Patron ID".

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Complete poems and short stories, and information about poets and authors.


TeachingBooks.net provides original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, and a wealth of multimedia resources on K–12 books to support reading and library activities for all grades and content areas.



MackinVIA provides easy access to eBooks, eResources, librarian-curated web links, videos and more. For kids K-8

O'Reilly for Public Libraries

Use online learning content and tools to learn new technologies and research business trends. O'Reilly provides access to eBooks, videos, learning paths and case studies.

PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science (Grades 3-6)

Learn about ecosystems & biomes, energy & matter, natural disasters, space science, and more.

PowerKnowledge Life Science (Grades 3-6)

Learn about animals, food chains, green living, the human body, plants, and more.

PowerKnowledge Physical Science (Grades 3-6)

Learn about physics, chemistry, and priciples of the physical world.

Safari Books Online - O'Reilly for Public Libraries ( )

Safari Books Online is now available through O'Reilly for Public Libraries. You can find eBook and video collections with a focus on technology, programming, development, network administration and digital media.

Treehouse (Technology Learning)

Learn coding for the Internet and apps.

Social Studies

AtoZ the USA

Facts and news about each state, including history, maps, symbols, climate, economy, pictures, and statistics. Great for travel planning and for school state reports.

AtoZ World Travel

Get information on major cities worldwide, including current news, info about currency, culture, language, electricity & phone, and other important information for travelers. 

Global Issues in Context

Many perspectives on current global issues.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opinions on all sides of an issue.

United States Census Bureau

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life

3rd ed. 2017. Covers cultural groups in Asia, Europe, the Americas & Africa. Covers history, politics, customs, religion, education, human rights issues, teen life, and more.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

14th ed. 2017. Offers information on more than 200 countries and dependencies from around the world. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders.

Test Prep and Online Learning

ABCmouse Home Checkout (4-week checkout)

ABCmouse is designed to teach children ages 2-8+.

ABCmouse In-Library Use

ABCmouse is designed to teach children ages 2-8+. For use within SJPL branches or King Library.

Driving Tests

Practice tests for the California driving permit.

LearningExpress Library Tutorials, Tests, eBooks (Grades 4-adult)

Practice tests for SAT, ACT, GED and more.

School Center - LearningExpress Library

Offers test preparation, homework help, and skill building for elementary, middle, and high school students.


Get help from a live certified tutor, access practice tests and videos.