On Our Shelves
We have nonfiction and reference items on many subjects. We are more than happy to assist you in finding materials to help you with your homework. Please begin your research process as early as possible so that we have time to order materials for you from other libraries if needed. Items borrowed from other libraries take at least 1-2 weeks to arrive (We are unable to transit items at this time due to the pandemic.). Don’t forget to check OverDrive or Libby for ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and videos.
Are you looking for an A.R. book? We do not organize our shelves by A.R. levels. To check the A.R. level of a book in our collection, you will need to enter the title into the A.R. Book Finder website.
INSPIRE Indiana Databases
INSPIRE is Indiana’s Virtual Library, which gives you access to many databases that can help you with your homework and other needs. Access to INSPIRE is free for all Indiana residents and is available at all of our locations. INSPIRE is a service of the Indiana State Library, and it is supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.
AskRose Homework Hotline
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s AskRose Homework Help is a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students can call 877-ASK-ROSE, email, or chat live with a friendly tutor to work through and better understand homework assignments.
Free Online Resources
In addition to the following resources, we have resource guides related to Literacy & Languages, Self-Guided Education, and more coming soon.
- Khan Academy: Free online education using an extensive library of content, including interactives, assessments, and videos. The focus is on math, science, finance, arts and humanities, and computing from preschool to college. It is primarily designed for teachers and guardians helping their children.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: A well-known and well-regarded guide to writing, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, ESL, and job search and professional writing.
- The Online Students’ Research Toolkit: An online toolkit to get you started on your research project or essay.
- PBS Learning Media: Standards-aligned resources, videos, interactives, and more.
- Smithsonian Learning Lab: Contains millions of carefully curated educational resources.
- National Geographic Kids: Contains educational games, videos, and more.
- BrainPop: Some free lessons by subject designed for upper elementary and middle school learners. There is a K-3 level version called BrainPop Jr. and a proficiency based English language version called BrainPop ELL.
- Web Math: Includes guides to mathematical principles and generates answers to specific math questions and problems.
- Super Kids: Make your own math practice sheets to supplement your schoolwork.
- CIA World Factbook: Contains information, such as population, flags, exports, and more on the countries recognized by the US.
- Stats Indiana: Official statistics for the state of Indiana.
- Fact Monster: Includes essential reference materials, fun facts written by experts, quizzes, games, and homework help for kids.
- Presidents of the US: A Library of Congress website with information about each of the US presidents.
- Wikipedia: Wikipedia is the web’s encyclopedia.
- Merriam Webster Dictionary: The classic dictionary online. Includes definitions, etymology, and more.
- Merriam Webster Thesaurus: The classic thesaurus online.
- WordReference: English definitions for words in 15 languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Chinese.
- Google Scholar: A freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Some entries include PDFs of the text.
- WorldCat: A global catalog of library collections. This will help you find books at institutions outside of our systems.
- Project Gutenberg: Free ebooks in the public domain.
- Grammarly: Free Google Chrome extension which helps you write grammatically correct and more engaging sentences.
- BibMe: Citation engine for your references. Please double-check all of your citations before submitting your assignments.
- Zotero: Free software and web extension to organize and share your references.
- Khan Academy: Free online education using an extensive library of content, including interactives, assessments, and videos. The focus is on math, science, finance, arts and humanities, and computing from preschool to college. Also includes test prep. It is primarily designed for teachers and guardians helping their children.
- YouTube: Videos about almost any subject. Please use caution in evaluating validity and expertise. Good examples of educational content are the Crash Course and SciShow channels. Crash Course now has a free app too!
- TED: 15 minute informational videos on a variety of topics from some of the greatest thinkers in the world. Transcripts are provided for every video.
- Ignite: Videos from a series of speaking events in more than 100 cities designed to have each person share something innovative or inspiring in just five minutes.
One-on-One Technology Assistance
We offer one-on-one technological tutoring on weekdays by appointments only. These tutoring sessions can help you learn how to use software, download ebooks, and more. We cannot repair your hardware. If you are having problems with your school-issued devices, you must contact your school system for assistance. We cannot alter the settings on your school-issued devices.
Please note: Scott County Public Library (all locations -Scottsburg, Austin, and Lexington) remain closed due to the pandemic. We are currently unable to offer one-on-one technology assistance. A guide to OverDrive and Libby is coming soon.