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Sarah Dawson Charles Page Library

Whether you are homeschooling or just looking for additional help for your school-age child, the Tulsa City-County Library system is a great place to start your search. We have a wealth of resources for parents or guardians and students.

I wanted to talk about a few that I am familiar with and know to be very useful.

For tutoring, writing, and help with skill building, I recommend the Homework HelpNow database. This online resource offers live tutoring through a monitored chat session for English and Spanish speakers. Tutoring is available all week from 2pm to 11pm, and the tutors can help any student from kindergarten through college.

A writing lab allows students to upload their writing assignments and receive helpful comments within two to three business days. For those looking for help building skills, Homework HelpNow offers a library of lessons, videos, quizzes, and more for grades K-12.

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It’s a really cool resource that’s available for free to library cardholders. Located here: tulsalibrary.org/homework-help-now.

If you’re looking for more specific resources for an assignment, we have tons of dedicated databases for all sorts of stuff.

I have selected a few more to highlight based on my time as an elementary school librarian and the assignments and reports I remember, but they are by no means all that is available on the Tulsa City-County Library website. We have more than 100 databases! Search them all at tulsalibrary.org/databases.

CultureGrams is a new database that offers primary source reports on 209 countries and territories and has a Kids Edition for fourth graders and older. It also includes information about each US state.

What I like about this database is that it contains the facts that are generally required in assignments, but also contains information about the culture of those places written by people who live there and are part of that culture.

LitFinder gives students instant access to full-text versions of well-known poems, short stories, speeches, plays, and essays.

Sometimes a book of specific poems or short stories will be loaned out, but LitFinder makes them available exactly when they are needed. It also offers biographies of famous authors and literary criticism.

For example, you can read a transcript of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech while listening to a recording he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.

As always, we’re happy to help you navigate these resources, so don’t hesitate to stop by and ask for help.

To make things even easier, we’ve even put together an exhibit at the Charles Page Library showing some of the relevant materials that are available to borrow.

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