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Northfield Library
210 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Ph: 507-645-6606
Teresa Jensen, Library Director

Homework Help
Ask a Librarian or Use the Database
Looking for great resources to get your homework completed?
  • Ask a Librarian 
  • Databases - Here are some amazing resources through the library’s website. You may need your library card and PIN to access these resources. 

Resources Available on the Database
  • Amazing Animals of the World - Includes eight encyclopedia databases, Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, Amazing Animals of the World, and The New Book of Popular Science.
  • America the Beautiful - State histories and current events
  • American Decades - A cross-disciplinary source for students who need a single reference to explore and analyze the events, people, and social trends that have impacted contemporary American history.
  • Biography in Context - Virtually every course of study, from history to science to literature, is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.
  • EBSCO Student Research Center - A huge resource that accesses magazines, newspapers, radio and TV transcripts, primary source documents, and more! 
  • Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) - Provides access to newspapers, magazines, maps, reference books, photos, sound files, and more. This includes Minnesota history resources.
  • Lands and People - A world encyclopedia, electronic atlas with up-to-date information for country and state reports, plus Mexican state articles in Spanish.
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections and Services - Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services
  • New Book of Popular Science - In-depth science information, plus science in the news.
  • La Neuva Enciclodedia Cumbre - Complete encyclopedia for Spanish speakers and Spanish-language students
  • Minnesota History Project Resources - This site walks students through the process of researching History Day projects. It provides guidance for the research process and recommends research sources available to Minnesota residents. 

Help Preparing & Writing History Day Projects
  • Bibme - Bibme is a fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the easiest way to build a works cited page and it's free. 
  • Databases vs. Websites: What’s the Difference? - Created by the Hennepin County Libraries  
  • A Google a Day - Offers a daily search question with hints and a complete search-solution path
  • How to Cite Information Found on the Internet - For school papers, theses, reports, etc. 
  • Internet Technologies - Tutorials on search tools and techniques and finding quality content on the World Wide Web  
  • Preventing Plagiarism: Keepin’ it Real - Features 10 sections that address plagiarism-related issues and provide scenarios for students to ponder
  • The Online Writing Lab (OWL) - The OWL at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and provides these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.  
  • Teen Learning 2.0 - Created by the California School Library Association, this site has 10 topics, including key questions and activities for each, that lead students through a variety of Web 2.0 challenges, such as digital citizenship, blogging, avatars, and crediting photos and images. Each topic takes approximately one week to complete. 
  • Reading and Writing Skills - Step-by-step guides and links to reliable resources 
  • Writing Center - Tips for almost every aspect of writing a paper, including writing style, tips for specific assignments, and writing for different audiences

Need to Practice for the SAT or ACT?
You’ve come to the right place! On the library’s site go to Learning Express. This site offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want at school, at work, or in life.

More Resources
  • DOME SAT - Features SAT prep study guides, vocabulary drills and practice tests. Subjects include math, critical reading, essay writing, and vocabulary  
  • I Need a Pencil - From a nonprofit foundation, offers six lessons, more than 800 practice exam questions, and a score projector  
  • March 2 Success - A collaboration of the U.S. Army and the publishers of the Peterson Guides, offers seven full-length practice tests and 25 decks of flash cards 
  • Quizlet - A wide array of subjects are offered, and there is a mobile app! The SAT prep materials are located in the “Standardized Tests” section.
  • Study Guide Zone - Focuses on improving standardized tests scores, covers a wide variety of college and professional tests, includes a “College Tips” advise section.