Homework Resources

Premium Resources

ABCMouse (In Library Use Only)

ABCmouse.com helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. Over 5,000 learning activities (fun games, puzzles, art, etc.) for kids ages 2-7+.

Academic Search Complete

Full-text articles in all subject areas from all types of magazines and newspapers including scholarly publications. *

American Decades

Decades covers the events, people and social trends that have had impact on contemporary history. Covers the decades from 1900-2009.*

Brainfuse - Homework Help

Get live online homework help for kindergarden through the early college years, plus skills building, writing assistance, a language lab, and more. Live help from experienced teachers is available 24/7. Includes live assistance in completed in the FAFSA. *

Britannica Escolar

Un recurso para estudiantes para hacer busquedas y examinar informacion en enciclopedias, revistas, videos y sitios web.*

Britannica Online for Children

A resource for K-5 students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites. *

Britannica Online for Young Adults

A resource for middle and high School students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites.

Britannica Online Library Edition

A powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites.*

Credo Complete Core Collection

A general reference resource that serves as a starting point for students and researchers at any level. Content includes over 1100 major encyclopedias, dictionaries and other specialized reference works spanning across all subject areas.*


This resources is temporarily unavailable.  We apologize for the incoinvenience.

CultureGrams goes beyond basic facts and figures on more than 200 countries, detailing daily life and culture, history, customs, and lifestyles. The States Edition describes the diversity and history of each U.S. state and includes maps, flags and symbols.*

Discover Our World

Click on an interactive map of the world to read articles on different nations provided by Britannica Online.*

Discover Our World: North America

Click on an interactive map of the United States to read articles about the states provided by Britannica Online.*

Explora: High School Edition

Search that focuses on content written for high school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as science, current issues, health, history, art, and literature.* 

Explora: Middle School Edition

Search that focuses on content written for middle school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as science, current issues, health, history, art, and literature.* 

Explora: Primary School Edition

Search that focuses on content written for primary school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as animals, language arts, science, and geography.*

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Full-text encyclopedia.*

Gale Product Menu

Search all the databases supplied to Houston Public Library by Gale at once or browse resources by category. Includes ebooks, literary research, periodicals, primary sources, and business tools. Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, documents, and ebooks along with videos, images and podcast content. (formerly called Gale PowerSearch) *

HistoryMakers Digital Archive

The nation’s largest African American video oral history collection. Biographies and video interviews with over 2500 notable African American history makers. Tip for remote users: To log in, search for and select Houston Public Library in the institution field on the left, then enter your library card number. (Works best with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers.) *

Kids Can Code

Get kids ready to code with these interactive e-books designed for learners grades 3-8.*

LearningExpress Library

A temporary problem with this resources has been reported.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.*

MAS Complete

MAS Complete is a full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Periodicals contained in MAS Complete cover a wide range of subject areas that are of interest to high-school students.*

Middle Search Plus

Articles covering general topics appropriate for middle school students.*

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids is a kid friendly version of the iconic magazine. This searchable database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains hundreds of National Geographic Kids books, videos, and images.*

NoveList K-8 Plus

Online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction or nonfiction book to read. Includes Lexile scores.*

Opposing Viewpoints: Gale in Context

Online resource covering today's hottest social issues and current events. Provides pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more from sources such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, and American Scientist.*

Primary Search

Articles from children's magazines and pamphlets; designed for the elementary school student.*

ProQuest Ebook Central (For Remote Users)

A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.* 

ProQuest Ebook Central (In Library Version)

A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.* 

Science: Gale in Context

Provides information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics by means of newspaper and journal articles, images, and video.*  

SciTech Premium Collection

SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.*



Something About the Author Online

Something About the Author Online brings you thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images.* 


A multimedia online database including thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment. includes a wide variety of tools for both teachers and students including lists of award winners and diverse books, new books, series lists, meet-the-author videos, Lexile levels, reader's advisory tools, and lesson plans. *


Online picture books, chapter books, puzzles, games and quizzes for children.*

Recommended Websites


Extensive information on all 50 of the United States.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder

Locate approved titles for use in school Accelerated Reader programs. Check with your student's teacher or school for specific details and approved AR lists.

Any Day in History

Find out about historic events and birthdates that occurred on a selected day.


Topographic maps and photos of over 1.25 million water, land and man-made landmarks in the United States.  Includes over 2.8 million photographs.  Search by specific place or browse by region or type of geographic feature.

CIA World Factbook

Information on countries around the world.

Citation Machine

Provides an interactive tool to help create reference citations for research papers. Includes various print and electronic resources.

CK-12 Foundation

An online collaborative learning environment for students and educations; offers study guides for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and assistance in curriculum development.

Digital Public Library of America

The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items--photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more--from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.


Automatic bibliography and citation maker.

Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life brings together information about all life on earth - text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more.

Find Sounds

Find audio files in a variety of formats for animals, musical instruments, and miscellaneous sound effects.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling

Free handouts and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation for teachers and students at all levels, from English learners to college students, from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.

Handbook of Texas Online

Encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.

HPL Paperback Classics

Local school reading list titles includes fiction and nonfiction.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has over 3,300 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.

Lexile: Find A Book

Allows users to find book Lexile levels with a title search or to find titles with a specific Lexile level.

Library of Congress African American History Digital Collections

Explore the rich history of African Americans through the Library of Congress's digitized collections of documents, photographs, records, oral histories, films and other historically significant resources.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

The Digital Collections of the Library of Congress provide free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. Browse through collections in dozens of catagories or search for something specific.

Merriam-Webster Online

Online English language dictionary and thesaurus. Also includes a medical dictionary and a Spanish-English dictionary.

New York Times Learning Network

Provided free from The New York Times, the Learning Network publishes about 1,000 teaching resources each school year, all based on using Times content — articles, essays, images, videos, graphics and podcasts — as teaching tools across subject areas. Designed for onine classroom teachers and parents of students in uppper elementary gades through high school. No subscription is needed, just create a login. 

Online Conversion

Convert just about anything to anything else.


Network of Houston-area after school and out-of-school programs and activities for youth ages 5-18 in the areas of academics, arts, sports, recreation, and college and career prep, as well as Houston Public Library events for kids. Directory is searchable by age, interest, and zip code and includes both free and for-fee programs. Sponsored by Houston Endowment, City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Education, United Way of Greater Houston, and Harris County Department of Education Center on After School and Enrichment.

Salem Witchcraft in 1692: A Bibliography

This is a list of sources with historical and other background information on the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692.

Web Elements

A periodic table of elements with description, history, uses, atomic structure, and additional detailed information for each element.

What is a Dollar Worth?

CPI and inflation rates. Download the free Inflation Calculator app.

Where to Write for Vital Records

Links are provided for users who want direct access to individual state and territory information.