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Oct 06

Take the 'Work' out of 'Homework'!

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 4:47 PM by OCOM Specialist

By Marshall Webster and Jenny Carroll, Mary Riley Styles Public Library

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library is here to help make homework easier through many free online resources! The Research Tools page is full of easy-to-use resources that take the 'work' out of 'homework'! Using just your library card, you can access (from home, school, or in the library) a wide range of content and services, including:

  • Magazine and journals from the 1980s to the present, all searchable by keyword/subject so you can pinpoint articles on the exact topic you need
  • Newspapers, like the Washington Post and New York Times, so you can see original reporting from the day the Titanic sank or the astronauts first landed on the moon
  • Practice tests to help you prepare for college entrance and placement exams, like the PSAT, ACT, SAT, and AP
  • Criticism and reviews of books, short stories, and the authors who wrote them
  • Videos, games, and articles from National Geographic Kids
  • Over 1300 historic Falls Church photos (to see, say, how the State Theatre looked in the 1940s)

You can even get LIVE 1-on-1 homework help through a service called Credo Literati! Credo, which works with the Library of Virginia, allows you to chat online with licensed teachers who can work with you to figure out those especially difficult questions.

So next time you are working on your homework, visit to find the answers you need!