Research Tools by Subject: Education

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow provides on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. HelpNow offers personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including SAT preparation. The Adult Learning Center is included in the HelpNow suite. Live tutors are available online from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM each day for direct assistance. HelpNow will support the new Count UP math tutoring program but also offers learning assistance in other subjects.

With HelpNow, tutors and students communicate in real time in an online classroom by typing, drawing, and marking-up lessons and web content. Plus, students can use a secure file sharing feature in the writing lab to submit writing assignments to writing tutors any time of the day. The Brainfuse full-service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests – including the SAT.

The Great Courses: Library Collection


The Great Courses: Library Collection gives you access to the best college and university courses from around the world. Learn new skills; build your knowledge of history, philosophy, and science; and improve your life. To access The Great Courses, look under the “Extras” category of Libby and click on “The Great Courses Library Collection.” For more information on downloading the Libby app to your preferred device, click here. Click on the link below to access Libby in your browser.

Tags: Continuing Education, Online Classes, Careers, Job Skills

World Book Online – Student

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Includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more.

Tags: General Reference, Research Topics, Lesson Plans, Educator Resource, Teacher Resource

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

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El contenido, los medios enriquecidos y las funciones interactivas de World Book en español para estudiantes jóvenes.

Palabras Clave: Referencia General, Educación, Historia, Religiones del Mundo, Deportes, Animales, Gobierno


A student-focused resource that offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.

Tags: General Reference, Education, History, World Religions, Sports, Animals, Government

World Book Online – Kids

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Developed especially for young students with simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, interactive games and activities, science projects, and teacher tools.

Tags: Educator Resource, Teacher Resource, Lesson Plans, Early Education

World Book Online Early World of Learning

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Offers narrated stories with word-by-word highlighting, interactive games, interactive reference material for beginners, and more to help young learners build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency.

Tags: Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency, Early Learning, Story Narration

Universal Class

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Access more than 500 lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). All classes are designed and led by professional instructors and include videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

Tags: Continuing Education, Online Learning, GED, Computer Basics, ESL, Research Skills, Web Design, Test Preparation, Programming Languages

SIRS Discoverer

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General reference database for elementary and middle school learners, researchers, and educators covering curriculum areas and content sets such as reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health, and technology. SIRS Discoverer provides editorially-selected, indexed, and curated materials from over 2,100 newspapers, magazines, and websites offering guided research for young researchers.

Tags: Educator Resource, Teacher Resource, Middle School, Elementary, General Reference