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From your Library: A cure for the homework season blues


Here’s something to cheer students up during homework season: Multnomah County Library’s Homework Center, and all of the learning resources below, are FREE with your library card number and password. Find them all online at: www.multcolib.org/research-tools -- or search for them individually from the home page.

Homework Center

Created by Multnomah County librarians, Homework Center (HYPERLINK "multcolib.org/homework-center" multcolib.org/homework-center) features booklists and websites on topics from science to social studies to language arts. It also includes magazine and encyclopedia articles. Homework Center is accessible from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Just like a traditional print encyclopedia, this database is a great homework and general research resource for kids, teens, and adults. Articles cover a wide variety of topics, from history to life sciences, geography to visual arts. Special features include historical timelines with quick links to related articles, and The Brain Jam – a monthly magazine featuring current events.

“LearningExpress” Library

Includes a collection of more than 1,000 practice tests and skills tutorials for standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GED, LSAT, ASVAB and U.S. citizenship test. LearningExpress allows users to take timed and scored practice tests, explore career information, and brush up on basic skills in math, reading, writing and social studies. Leveled material is for students from grade 4 through adult.

Live Homework Help/Tutor.com

Stuck on your homework assignment? Online live tutors are available to help with more than 20 subjects, including math, science, English, social studies, and Spanish. Live one-to-one help is available to Multnomah County Library cardholders from 2 pm to 10 pm daily. www.tutor.com. Available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese for elementary student through adult.

Mango Languages

Learn more than 40 languages – including Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Italian, German, Vietnamese, Russian, and Swahili. Choose a basic course to practice your beginning language skills, or a complete course to learn more comprehensive grammar skills. English courses are available in 17 languages. Create a free account with your library card to track your progress.


After all that diligent study, take a well-deserved break with Hoopla, a Netflix-like streaming media service with no holds. Choose from thousands of movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks for all ages. Check out movies and television shows for 72 hours; music for seven days; and audiobooks for 21 days. There is a limit of eight items per month.

Questions? People at your nearest branch of the Multnomah County Library are always there to help. Stop in and ask!

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