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Helpful Websites & Resources

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A merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarians' Internet Index, this site is a comprehensive source of "information you can trust." Thousands of volunteer library and information science professionals created and maintain the site’s reference collections—sets of links to websites on U. S. presidents, author biographies, museums, research and writing, literary criticism, and many more topics. The Ask an ipl2 Librarian reference service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, provides individualized help finding authoritative, free online sources for specific topics.

Refdesk

Checking facts in Internet sources is one of the key ways to evaluate them, and Refdesk.com, which stands for "reference desk," simplifies this essential step. Since 1995, Refdesk.com has served as a one-click springboard to many of the web's top dictionaries, encyclopedias, calculators, atlases, news headlines, and search engines. The site also includes a handy Homework Helper section (under the Help and Advice column on the lower right of the page) that provides help in all subjects to students in every grade.

Science Made Simple

Science classes—including the ubiquitous science project—aren't as easy for some to grasp as they are for others. At Science Made Simple, elementary and middle school students can get detailed answers to many science questions, read current news articles related to science, get ideas on school projects, and take advantage of unit conversion tables. Users can also find out if their school's textbooks pass the test.


HowStuffWorks

Ever wanted to know why earthquakes happen? How CD burners work? What the sun is made of? These questions, and many others related to computers/electronics, automobiles, science, entertainment, and people, are all answered at this award-winning website. Simply type a query into the search window or peruse the topics by category. Extras include free newsletters, surveys, and printable versions of all answers.

Science Help from Fact Monster

Fact Monster's Homework Help Center is a solid resource for help with 8th grade science. There are activities, games, encyclopedia entries, articles and quizzes. The five sections that you and your child can check out are technology, physical science, earth science and life science. Each of these sections contains multiple subsections so that you can find resources to meet your child's unique needs.

Discovery Education's Homework Help

For help with 8th grade science homework, you can check out the resources offered by Discovery Education. This site will be most helpful for visual learners because it offers learning videos, interactive videos and science activities and games called 'interactive explorations'. The main subjects covered by Discovery Education are earth, physical and life science.

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