Get Homework Assistance
Working closely with your school's media center, Howard County Library System (HCLS) supplements homework and research assistance. HCLS Instructor & Research Specialists stand ready to work with you.
Online Homework Assistance
In addition to receiving guidance from HCLS staff, students (K-12) and college-age adults can connect with free tutors for assistance with math, reading, science, social studies, English/language arts, and writing. Both English and Spanish speaking tutors are available seven days a week from 2 pm until 11:55 pm. Special thanks to the Howard County Public School System for contributing toward the cost of this service.
Specialized Online Research Tools
HCLS provides thousands of full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles through specialized online research tools. Generate ideas for science fair projects by searching Science Reference Center. Research ideas for History Day projects with History Reference Center. Enhance your English paper by searching for famous authors in Literature Resource Center. Download PDFs of guides with specific research tools for K-5 students and middle and high school students.
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K-6 Math Resources
The following SMART (Student Mathematics Activities Resources and Tools) pages are intended to help parents understand what their students will learn and what optional things they can do at home to support their student.
Kindergarten Math Resources
1st Grade Math Resources
2nd Grade Math Resources
3rd Grade Math Resources
4th Grade Math Resources
5th Grade Math Resources
6th Grade Math Resources
LearningExpress Library provides interactive online practice tests in a variety of academic and career related areas. These include advanced placement tests, GED tests, college entrance exams (ACT and SAT), and job related qualification tests in areas such as nursing, the military, real estate, and a variety of public safety fields. This research tool also includes tutorial courses on job related skills, such as resume creation, and subject reviews in such areas as citizenship requirements, math skills, and writing skills. You will need to set up a personal user name and password in order to keep track of your progress on individual tests and courses.