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Homework Help


Washoe County Library System provides access to resources that can help with schoolwork, no matter what the grade level. Besides research databases covering most school subjects, we also offer access to test preparation resources and live online tutoring. For most of the resources below, there are video lessons available that explain what the resource is and how to use it; click the "watch tutorial" button to view.

Also, the library is a great place for group or individual study sessions. Several libraries have study rooms available, and all have free Wi-Fi. 


ABC-CLIO brings together a complete suite of resources for geography and history research. With articles, primary sources, analysis, and multimedia, ABC-CLIO is a great first stop for student research.

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Biography Reference Center

Elementary school, middle school, and high school research. Includes a collection of more than 450,000 full-text biographical entries.

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Multiple versions of the Explora interface provide age-appropriate content for students in primary and secondary schools. Subject areas covered include science, math, literature, history, geography, and more. Explora makes research easy by automatically generating properly formatted citations and allowing you to store relevant articles.

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History Reference Center 

More than 650,000 full-text records from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, periodicals, and thousands of primary source documents covering both US and world history topics.

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Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

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Science Reference Center

High school and middle school research. Includes the full text of nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other publications.

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World Book

The World Book online is a suite of research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

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Brainfuse HelpNow

Live tutors and academic resources for students at all levels. Includes test preparation and a writing lab. Requires the latest version of Java.

  • Live Tutoring and Writing Lab: live, expert online help (available 1:00-10:00 p.m. daily).
  • Language Lab: live help with learning Spanish.
  • FlashBulb: create and share flashcards, tests, and games.
  • LEAP: a diagnostic test center for college readiness with customized study plans and lessons.
  • Brainwave: create and share movie-like notes and ideas.
  • MEET: schedule sessions with friends and classmates in a private virtual study room.

Go to HelpNow Watch Tutorial

LearningExpress Library

Online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books for computer skills, job search, workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance prep, GED test prep, and more. Modules include:

  • College Admission Test Preparation Center: College entrance essay writing tutorials and test preparation for ACT®, SAT®, PSAT®, and other exams. 
  • College Students CenterCollege placement and GRE exam preparation and reviews of math, science, reading, and writing skills.
  • High School Equivalency CenterGuided support and preparation to help you earn a high school equivalency credential. Build basic skills and prepare for the GED®, HiSET®, and TASC examinations.
  • School CenterSkill-building resources for reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Elementary through high school levels.

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Citation Machine

Citation generator, grammar guides, plagiarism check, and more.  


Need help citing sources for your research paper? This website can help you properly cite your sources so you can avoid accidental plagiarism.



Always-available ebooks in all romance genres

Digital Magazines

Instant access to your favorite magazines, now with thousands of new titles

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times


A collection of always-available audiobooks for all ages


Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers


Learn one of 70 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, and even Pirate


Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleMath K-6

Animated, narrated math stories and other elementary school math resources

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids


Ebooks, graphic novels, and more for teens and tweens

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day.

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources


Research resources and tools for students and teachers

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day.


Science, technology, engineering, and art resources.

Washoe County Health District

Get information on the county's ongoing COVID-19 response.

Family Engagement and Literacy

Cultural and educational resources for kids of all ages.

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Apps and Tools

Many of our most popular resources have apps for easy use on mobile devices.