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.
OurKids' Page – Got Homework?has websites to help elementary school students complete their homework as well.
BrowseLegacy Web: BCPL's Historic Photograph Collectionis 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.
A guide to books, videos, websites and other resources that provide homework help for high school students.
Text a Librarian
You can now send questions to IndyPL librarians using the text message feature of your cell phone for answers to your reference questions!
Rose Hulman Homework Hotline
Khan Academy Learn for FREE about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.
Testing & Education Reference Center
African American Experience
For the study of African American history and its relation to U.S. history through published articles, essays, artifacts, images, documents, and other historical and culturally valuable sources.
American Indian Experience
Historical accounts and cultural information about the indigenous peoples of North America.
Biography in Context
Biographical information on contemporary and historical people from around the world.
Biographical information for over 130,000 U.S. and international authors.
In-depth reports covering current and historical issues on topics ranging from teens to environmentalism, health, education, science, and technology. Each report is written by an expert with supporting research data and comments from experts, lawmakers, and citizens on all sides of an issue.
Reports on over 200 countries detailing the history, daily life, and customs of people around the world. Resources include audio files, maps, statistics, photographs, biographies of well-known people, and a recipe collection.
Dictionary of Literary Biography Online
Biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world's most influential literary figures.
EBSCOhost Select Databases
Search 22 databases in a single inquiry.
Explora for Elementary Schools
A research portal for elementary school students (K-5) offering a variety of browsing categories organized by popular topics.
Explora for Middle Schools
A research portal for students grades 6-8 offering a variety of browsing categories organized by popular topics.
Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
The electronic version of the print encyclopedia.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference resources including the categories: Arts, Business, History, Law, Literature, and Medicine.
Global Issues in Context
International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.
Indiana History Online
Contains Indiana historical documents including personal narratives, memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal documents and children’s books. The documents date from 1492 to the mid-1800s.
Discover Indiana's history and culture through digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media.
Latino American Experience Database
Resources to explore the history and culture of Latinos including hundreds of primary source documents like maps, images, audio clips, interviews, music, speeches, documents and links to relevant websites and other material.
Instant access to primary literature covering all time periods. Content includes full-text poems, short stories, novels, essays, speeches and plays, biographies and more.
NoveList K-8 Plus
Reading recommendations covering both fiction and nonfiction for teen and children's titles. Offers read-alike and listen-alike recommendations, series information, reviews, and lists of recommended and award-winning books.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Information on social issues drawn from news articles, books, websites and primary documents, highlighting the differences between contrasting viewpoints.
Points of View Reference Center
Learn to assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills by reviewing multiple sides of an issue.
Full text children’s magazine articles and pamphlets for students in elementary school.
Science in Context
Articles, experiments, projects and reference books about today’s most significant science topics relating to real world issues.
Resources covering health, science, economics, politics, foreign affairs, and business from National Archives Documents, country profiles, government documents, Supreme Court decisions, U.S. Justices, elected leaders, federal departments, and agencies.
Something About the Author Online
Biographical profiles of authors and illustrators of literature for children.
U.S. History in Context
Learn about the most significant people, events, and topics through an overview of US History.
World History in Context
Learn about the most significant people, events, and topics in World History.