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AnyQuestions? ManyAnswers! Online homework help - from real librarians

AnyQuestions online homework helpIf you need help with your homework in the afternoon (between 1pm and 6pm) visit AnyQuestions, the virtual homework help service for New Zealand students.

You can ask real librarians your questions and they'll help you find answers online! Ask a homework question or just something you really want to know. You can even ask us all about your favourite author.

ManyAnswers is a great site for New Zealand students where you can search for answers to popular homework questions asked at AnyQuestions. This site is great if you don't want to chat online with a librarian, or if AnyQuestions is closed.

Click on a subject in the tag cloud or use the search box to find help for your school work on ManyAnswers, or chat live to a librarian.

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Online Databases

Your library card gives you access to online databases that cover a huge variety of subjects. You can see all the databases at MyGateway, or check out the ones below.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Britannica Junior edition contains thousands of short articles on subjects for school and for fun. From countries, to animals and sports; it also includes pictures, videos, and links to other websites. You will need your library card number to search.

Start searching Britannica

PressReader

This gives same day, unlimited access to thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world, with the same layout on the screen as they have in print. Publications are available from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages, with titles going back 90 days. You can access PressReader through your browser or with the PressReader app, available in the Apple and Google Play app stores. It is very up to date and is great if you need information on current events or media studies or need primary resources.

Start searching PressReader

Oddizzi

The Oddizzi site is a fun, interactive way to learn about countries. It includes weather, climate, rainforests, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, food and farming, animals, transport, jobs, schools, festivals, religion, and more. Need to find out about a country or have a topic about the natural world to research?

Start searching Oddizzi Username: Wellington Password: oddizzi

Language Nut

LanguageNut is a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you'll be adding to your vocabulary without really realising it! The non-English languages you can learn include te reo Māori, Indonesian, Mandarin (Pinyin and Hanzi), Italian, Arabic script and many others. There is also an option to learn English if you speak another language.

Start searching Language Nut To get started, click the link and enter your library card number into the box on the site labelled "barcode".

Zoo Whiz

Zoo Whiz is a great site for learning maths, spelling and reading, with a neat twist -- when you complete an activity, you earn "coins" to spend for your online zoo! Activities are aimed at the full range of levels -- from ages 5 to 15. Choose a zookeeper avatar, and then a type of activity, and get started earning "coins" to build your zoo!

Start searching Zoo Whiz

Helpful Tips

Prepare

Prepare before you come into the library or start searching online. If you are visiting the library to do research make sure you bring your homework or assignment sheet, pen and paper to write notes and ideas, your library card and some money to pay for internet, printing or photocopying.

Leave lots of time

If you wait until the day before the project is due, all the information may be out or you will feel panicked and do a poor job. Reference books will always be available for use in the library only and you can search online when the library is closed.

Brainstorm

Write everything you can think of about your topic: This example is about Ancient Egypt: children, making food, pyramids, markets, rich families, growing up, drinks, shops, roles, grandparents, Nile, education, funeral, festivals, types of food, gods, mummies, tombs, making mummies, music etc.

Make a concept map

Sort your ideas into groups. Using our Ancient Egypt example:

  • Families: children, grandparents, rich families, growing up, roles
  • Food and Drink: growing food, types of food, farming, making food, shops, markets, drinks cost of food
  • Pyramids: mummies, funeral, tombs

Choose some of these keywords to write your questions to help you find information.

Write a question

An easy way to write a question is to join a keyword from your concept map with how? what? where? why? or when?

  • How are pyramids built?
  • Who built the pyramids?
  • What is stored in the pyramids?
  • How are mummies prepared?
  • Why did the Egyptian people build pyramids?
  • How do we know about life in Ancient Egypt?

Choose keywords to find information

Keywords are your searching / finding words. You can use them to search on:

  • internet
  • library catalogues
  • online databases
  • contents, index, and chapter headings in books

Never leave without asking for help!

If you haven't found what you're looking for, ask for help! Library staff are here to help you find all the resources - including on-line information! If you are searching online for information you can ask a librarian at AnyQuestions between 1-6pm Monday-Friday.

Great homework websites

Here are some of our top picks for useful websites for school work:

Kids Catalogue

A great place for homework help is our Kids Catalogue. If this is the first time you've used a library catalogue, a good place to start is to try the Explore It option - but you can also enter your own searches in Type Search.