Homework Help for Teens

Goodnow Library has lots of resources to help you get your homework done (on time!).

Reference librarians are ready to help you with any homework question. You can call the reference desk (978-440-5522) or visit the library.

Goodnow Library also offers databases and a list of helpful websites for your homework needs.

What’s the difference between a website and a database?

Library databases Websites
Library databases get their information from professionals or experts in the field. Websites can be written by anyone regardless of expertise.
Library databases contain published works where facts are checked. Website content is not necessarily checked by an expert.
Library databases are easy to cite in a bibliography and may create the citation for you. Websites often don’t provide the information necessary to create a complete citation.
Library databases can help you narrow your topic or suggest related subjects. Websites often are not organized to support student research needs.
Library databases are updated frequently and include the date of publication. Websites may not indicate when a page is updated.

 Chart from Enoch Free Library


If you’d like to do research on your own, the library offers databases where you can find information on a variety of topics. Note that if you’re using these databases outside of the library you may have to enter your library card bar code number for access.

Some databases that you might find helpful include:


Britannica Encyclopedia School Edition


A to Z in the USA

Global Issues in Context


Biography in Context

Massachusetts History Online

U.S. History in Context

World History in Context

Foreign Language 

Mango Languages


Literature Resource Center

Contemporary Literacy Criticism Select


Science In Context



In addition to these databases, we suggest these websites for homework help:

Essay Outlining Tool: Can’t figure out how to start your essay? This outlining tool can help.

Google Scholar: Find scholarly articles for academic research.

Khan Academy: This website offers free video lessons on topics ranging from math to art history.

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online: Find just the right word with this online dictionary.

No Fear Shakespeare: Modern “translations” of Shakespeare’s works alongside the originals.

The Purdue Online Writing Center: Learn how to write and cite in MLA and APA styles.

Just for Fun

Want to learn some fun, weird, and interesting facts? Check out these Youtube playlists!

The Brain Scoop

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Crash Course Literature

Crash Course US History

Crash Course World History

Crash Course Chemistry

Grey Explains

Coma Niddy

Minute Physics

Geek Gurl Diaries


Good Mythical Morning