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Astound Your Teacher: 24/7 Homework Help for Teens


Need live help right now?


The library may be closed but the resources on this page will link you to some of the 

best 24/7  homework help available. The buttons to the right will take you to online help any time of the day or night.



This online tutoring service by brainfuse can help students K- adult with their homework.



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There is help any time of the day or night when you use these 24 hour 7 day per week services.  You will need your BCPL library card and PIN to use these services.


  • AskUsNow!Maryland AskUsNow! (opens in new window)
    You can talk to a real librarian or teacher any anytime!  24/7 live chat with a librarian who can help you find that answer or guide you in doing your research. Please note:  you will not necessarily be chatting with a librarian from Baltimore County Public Library or even from Maryland. 


Here are some tips for students on using Maryland AskUsNow! [PDF] (opens in new window)


  • A click of the button goes to the online tutoring service by brainfuse button can help students K- adult with their homework.BrainFuse
    An online tutoring service. Chat Live with a Tutor! (Spanish-speaking tutors available) from 2 p.m. – 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week. Kindergarten to Adult Learners welcome.  During the hours that tutors are not available, submit questions through the Send Question link. A tutor will provide you with a response (usually within 24 hours).


The SkillSurfer area can help you learning a specific skill or subject, such as mastering long division or improving reading comprehension, help beginning or organizing an essay or research paper.  It also includes practice tests for preparing for tests including the SAT or Advanced Placement (AP).


The Writing Lab allows you to submit a file with your paragraph, essay, paper or resume/cover letter for review by a writing instructor. The paper is returned with comments on structure, grammar, style and content. The purpose of this service is not for the writing instructor to write or edit essays or resumes but to help you better organize and present their thoughts.


The Adult Learners section takes you to practice tests and tutoring to prepare for the GED or U.S. Citizenship Tests.


24/7 Online Research Resources


BCPL offers print and online resources for use at a Baltimore County Public Library branch and for use 24/7 at home or school.


Our free online databases are very useful for school assignments. Many contain full-text articles from magazines, journals, current and historic newspapers, encyclopedias, and more. There are databases on automotive repair, with biographies, on literature, on science and history, for AP test and SAT practice tests, on health, business, and more. 


Most of these electronic resources can be used in our branches or 24/7 from home, school, or work. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.  Click on this link if you have trouble accessing our databases from home, school, or work.


Our Kids' Page – Got Homework? has websites to help elementary school students complete their homework as well.


Legacy Web photo from digital collection of local historic photographs found through our online catalogBrowse Legacy Web: BCPL's Historic Photograph Collection is a digital collection of local historic photographs. The collection contains almost 19,000 images covering all aspects of life, including photographs of people, buildings, sites, and events in the Baltimore County area, for the last 130 years. The images can be found and searched for through our catalog.





Biography Resources


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Also try the History Reference Center, the Science Reference Center or our online encyclopedias.


Please note:  A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use these online resources.



  • Famous Inventors
    Inventor's Hall of Fame index of inventors by name, invention, decade, and more


  • Mathematicians
    Biographical information on more than 700 scientists of this time period








  • Women's Biographies
    from Women's International Center
    Learn about the women who changed the world.



Countries and Governments


Online Encyclopedias


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Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopdia Online button


To find articles about current events, search our online magazine and newspaper databases.


Please note:  A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use these online resources.




  • Background Notes
    Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of other provided by the U.S. Department of State



  • CIA World Factbook
    The most up-to-date information for quick country overviews including history, geography, people, government, transportation, economy and more


  • Country Studies
    102 countries and regions are covered in this highly used source provided by the Library of Congress.





  • NationMaster.com
    A handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a compilation of statistics from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, and Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.



  • Rulers
    Lists heads of state and heads of government  of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in some cases


United States


  • USA.gov
    Official U.S. government portal for all government transactions, services, and information


  • American Factfinder
    Main gateway by the U.S. Census Bureau to United States, state, county, city population, housing, economic statistics from the 2010 census and previous censuses


  • FedStats
    Easy access to official statistics and information produced by more than 100 U.S. Federal Government agencies


  • State and County QuickFacts
    Includes Census 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau for quick access to facts about people, business and geography


  • StateMaster.com
    Compare states. Data from various primary sources such as the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Center for Educational Statistics





  • Maryland.gov
    Official Maryland government portal for all government services and information



  • Maryland State Data Center
    Main source for current population, social and economic figures for our state, its counties and local governments. Includes historical and future figures


  • Maryland Statistical Handbook 2014 [PDF]
    A quick statistical overview of the counties and Baltimore City with accompanying charts and maps providing data from several federal and state agencies, including population change, density, international and domestic migration, births, deaths, crime, median household income, full and part-time jobs, average wage, school enrollment trends, federal government expenditures , retail sales and more.





  • National Map
    Provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior


  • Worldmapper
    A collection of color-coded world theme maps showing the relative global distribution of natural resources, wealth, population, education, fuel, transportation, work, etc. Each map can be printed as a full-color poster, and has links to data tables.




MedlinePlus is available 24/7 to all without a library card...


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  • Medline Plus
    Free service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Information on over 500 diseases and conditions. Lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials




  • Teens Health
    Information and advice about health, emotions, and life


History and Social Issues


  • Online History Resources


     History Reference Center database button


    Also check out our online encyclopedias and the magazines and historic and current newspaper databases.


    Historical Newspapers database button


    Please note:  A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use these online resources.


    The Legacy Web collection contains images covering all aspects of life, including photographs of people, buildings, sites, and events in the Baltimore County area, for the last 130 years. The images can be found and searched for through our catalog.


    Photo of Garrison from LegacyWeb


    Baltimore County and Maryland History
    By Baltimore County Public Library Community history, museums and historic sites, historical associations, and links to other sites with state and local historical information.

  • Best of History Websites
    Find information from prehistoric to modern times by browsing categories of history topics.

  • Catholic Encyclopedia
    Alphabetical index of information on Catholic interests and doctrine past and present. Includes biographical information.

  • Diplomacy in Action
    from the United States Department of State
    Information about the United States foreign policy and diplomacy throughout the world.


  • Encyclopedias Online
    provided by Baltimore County Public Library. Find articles about famous people, foreign countries, other states, historical events and hundreds of other topics for K-12. Available on public computers in BCPL libraries or elsewhere with a valid BCPL library card.  Click on this link if you have Trouble Accessing Our Databases from home, school, or work.


  • History Channel
    Search for any topic, or find info on "This Day in History", exhibits, speeches, television programs




  • Teacher Oz's Kingdom of History
    Detailed coverage of world history from ancient to modern times, with sections devoted to topics as diverse as timelines, legends, religions, wars, fine arts, inventions, royalty, flags/maps, etc. Enter site by clicking on Table of Contents


  • U.S. History
    by Shmoop.com. Quick overview of American history. Developed and written by Ph.D. and masters students from top universities


  • World History Subject Guide
    created by Enoch Pratt Free Library. Covers ancient and modern history and culture for 8 world regions / continents


Multicultural History and Heritage


  • African American Interest
    by Baltimore County Public Library
    Resources for and about the history and heritage of our African American community




Current Social Issues





Women's History





Learn or Practice a New Language Online


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Ebsco Rosetta Stone


Please note:  A library card registered with Baltimore County Public Library is needed to use these online resources




Dictionaries and grammar resources for many languages



Translation Services



  • Foreign Language Translation
    Free text translation from English to Spanish or Spanish to English, and other European languages. Also includes Russian and Chinese


American Sign Language






  • Bartleby.com
    Search for full texts of 'great books' (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reference).


  • CliffsNotes
    Read literature notes online. Commercial site.


  • Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
    Over 18,000 entries giving the derivation, source, or origin of common phrases, allusions, and words that have a tale to tell




  • Literary Criticism
    from ipl2
    Contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period


  • Literary Resources on the Net
    A searchable collection of links to English, American and ethnic literature. May be searched by historical literary periods



  • NoveList K-8 Plus
    Includes picture books, children's chapter books and young adult titles. Browse book lists, or search by theme or topic. Find stories that are set in a particular country, or about different cultures.  Full-text book reviews are included. Available on public PCs in BCPL Libraries or elsewhere with a valid BCPL library card.


If you have Trouble Accessing Our Databases from home, school, or work


  • NoveList Plus
    Complete resource for fiction and nonfiction pleasure reading. NoveList Plus offers bibliographic information on more than 200,000 titles, including over 50,000 nonfiction titles selected for their appeal to the general reader. Contains full text book reviews and book lists for all ages: children, teens and adults. Locate books to read by describing a plot or find similar titles or authors. Available on public PCs in BCPL Libraries or elsewhere with a valid BCPL library card.


If you have Trouble Accessing Our Databases from home, school, or work



  • Poets' Corner
    Includes medieval ballads to early 20th century English and American poetry.



  • SparkNotes
    Summaries and critical analyses for English literature and Shakespeare. Literature study guides like CliffsNotes. Commercial site.




  • AAA Math
    Excellent site for K-8 grades. Searchable by grade level or topic. Includes explanations and examples of everything from addition to algebra


  • Algebra.Help
    Covers key algebra topics like equations, simplifying and factoring



  • CliffsNotes
    Study guides for basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, calculus and more



  • EquPlus
    Find the science and math equations you need and online conversion tools



  • Homework Spot
    Useful links on math topics arranged for middle and high school students


  • Khan Academy
    Math videos explaining topics such as basic math, algebra, geometry and calculus



  • Purplemath

  • Covers all aspects of high-school algebra in detail




Online Calculators


  • Algebra Calculators
    Shows you the right answer and a step-by-step solution so you can solve the next one


  • Calculator.com
    Collection of on-line calculators for every purpose: scientific uses, currency conversion, time, unit conversion,  and lots more.

  • Mathway
    Automated tool for solving math problems including basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus and statistics. You can get solutions to your problems and save your problems with a free basic Mathway account. If you would also like step-by-step explanation, you must upgrade to a premium account.

  • Martindale's Calculator's On- Line Center

  • Percentage Calculator
    Interactive and helpful to students wanting to learn more about percentages. Enter the values and get your answer as well as the math to get the answer. Includes calculations of percent to fraction to decimal and vice versa,  how to determine percent change or percent error and more.

  • QuickMath
    Automatically answers the most common problems in algebra, equations and calculus.

  • WebMath
    Type in a math problem and this site shows the process of solving it. Includes division, geometry, algebra, trigonometry and calculus.

  • Woldfram MathWorld
    An online math encyclopedia. Great spot to answer the question "What is...?"


Science and Technology



    Online Science Resources


    Science Reference Center database button



    Access online reference books at any branch or 24/7 from home with a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.


    BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper: Science
    Another excellent site organized by topic, including anatomy, botany, earth sciences, medicine, physics, space science, weather and zoology


  • Chemguide
    Designed to help students understand concepts of chemistry. Topics include atomic structure and bonding, inorganic and organic chemistry, instrumental analysis, organic reaction mechanisms and chemistry calculations. Written by a chemistry teacher



  • Chemtutor
    Explanations and examples of chemistry fundamentals


  • CliffsNotes
    Study guides on biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, psychology and more.


  • Computer History Museum
    Online exhibits on a variety of topics related to the history of computing, microprocessors, the Internet. Timeline of computer history


  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian
    Answers to many frequently asked questions at the popular museums. Topics from Aeronautics to Zoology


  • EquPlus
    Find the science and math equations you need and online conversion tools




  • How Stuff Works
    Collection of articles that explain the workings of everyday things in the world. Diagrams are provided to complement the simple and detailed essays.


  • MadSci Library
    Excellent starting point for finding science resources


  • National Agricultural Library
    Can help you find the agriculture related information you need. Staff members answer questions using authoritative, pertinent resources and produce online guides to many food and nutrition, farming, environment and agriculture topics. Let them help you by contacting them directly through their web form.



  • Periodic Table of the Elements
    Information about elements, includes atomic number, symbol, weight, and electron configuration, brief history and uses. Designed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Chemistry Division for elementary through high school students.





  • Science Fair Projects
    by Baltimore County Public Library
    Help getting started on your project with ideas, books, and resources on the Internet



Speeches and Quotations


  • American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank
    Speeches including the top 100 political speeches of the 20th century, movie speeches and more

  • Bible Gateway
    Offers several Bible versions for searching Bible passages or by keyword

  • History and Politics Out Loud
    A collection of audio material that captures "significant political and historical events and personalities" primarily from the 1960s-1970s. Browse or search the collection by date, speaker or title. Many entries have transcripts in addition to the audio files.

  • The History Place: Great Speeches Collection
    Selected speeches with brief introduction placing the speech in its historic context

  • Quotations
    by Bartleby.com
    Find that famous quotation and search full texts of 'great books' (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reference)




Citations and Bibliographic Formats


Online citation generators:


  • Bibme
    Create and download your bibliography in either the MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats


  • Son of Citation Machine
    Web tool designed to help students create standard citations for MLA, APA, Turabian or Chicago citation styles


  • Writinghouse.org
    Fill in the information and automatically create a citation, bibliography and Works cited list in MLA, APA or Chicago style.


Tip sheets for some of the common citations used in bibliographies:







Citation Help
Examples of citations in APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago style? These PDFs should help


Citing Internet and Print Resources
Shows how to cite sources, including email and web sites, in a bibliography using APA, MLA, Turabian, and other styles.






English Grammar and Usage



  • Grammar Handbook
    Basic grammar rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence elements, and common problems of usage




Writing Help


  • A+ Research and Writing
    from ipl2
    Step by step guide, information and links for high school and college students on research and writing.


  • Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
    Handouts and links to other writing-related sites intended to help authors meet a variety of writing demands including punctuation, grammar, writing the research paper and business writing, including English as a Second Language (ESL) materials.


  • RhymeZone
    Type in a word to find its rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, homophones and more


  • Writing Process
    from Purdue Online Writing Lab
    Helps you with the writing process: pre-writing (invention), developing research questions and outlines, composing thesis statements, and proofreading



Revised: December 20, 2017