Homework Help

Children's librarians are happy to help you find the resources you need to get your school work done.

The library catalog can lead you to lots of books, articles, and databases which may be helpful.

If you need help, ask a librarian!

(Pro Tip: Don't go straight to Google or Wikipedia! Books will often lead you to more accurate and reliable information more quickly than random websites.)

The library also offers databases just for kids that are great for homework help! A database is a collection of information that's organized so that you can easily find what you want. You can look up anything: dinosaurs, ballet, baseball, Abraham Lincoln, the Dominican Republic, Jupiter, cooking...you name a subject and a database can help you find out about it!

Tutoring

Did you know that as a resident of Somerville, you are eligible for Free Tutoring with a college student? Tufts University's Leonard Carmichael Society offers this service to kids in grades K-12 from the Somerville and Medford communities who need assistance in any subject area. Fill out an online application to be matched with a tutor.

Online Resources

Finally, here are a few websites that offer free homework help—there are many more, but these are some of our favorites:

  • Ask Dr. Math is a searchable archive of Q&A from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Founded by Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics wants to prepare American kids to become knowledgeable, engaged citizens of the 21st century
  • Khan Academy aims to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere
  • The mission of NASA's Space Place is to inspire and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids' learning of space and Earth science
  • National Geographic Kids, a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to delivering premium science, adventure and exploration content for children
  • Wonderopolis supporting family engagement in education from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)
  • Young Scientist Lab offers science resources to students, teachers, and families, sponsored by 3M and Discovery Education