Teens Homework & Learning

Comprehensive source for biographical information with more than 600,000 biographies of people from around the world and throughout history. Includes full-text articles from hundreds of magazines, daily newspapers and newswires as well as from over 170 Gale reference titles. Multimedia content includes video, audio clips and images.



For readers of all ages, Books and Authors is a comprehensive reference database for locating reviews of books, periodicals, books-on-tape and electronic media.


Access for children and young adults and Britannica Reference Center for older students and adults. Contents include encyclopedia articles, magazines and journals, websites, multimedia, dictionary and thesaurus entries. Additional content sources include a a world atlas, a country comparison tool, and Notable Quotations.


Credo Reference is a perfect starting point for students, researchers and lifelong learners who are creating research projects, writing topic papers or just doing research. It contains hundreds of subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies and dictionaries. In addition to this traditional content, Credo offers DRM-free access to over 200,000+ images and audio files and nearly 100 videos.


A driver education resource for those interested in taking the South Carolina beginner’s permit test, driver’s license test, or senior citizens’ refresher test. Provides SC DMV practice tests and online manuals for car, motorcycle, and commercial driver’s licenses.


History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.


Plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, author biographies and interviews, literary criticism and book reviews, full-text of over 300 literary journals, and more. Detailed information on the most studied authors. Content from major literary reference works and from Harold Bloom’s literary criticism series.


Literature Criticism Online provides centuries of analysis - the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals - delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.


Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.


During this time of school closings and students learning from home due to COVID-19, this resource has been made accessible for free by TumbleBooks until August 31, 2020. Access is coordinated through the SC State Library and Discus.

TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources, and offers a robust selection of graphic novels, enhanced novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting!


Due to the recent school closings related to the COVID-19 virus, the State Library has temporarily added Tutor.com to Discus until September 30, 2020 with real time tutoring from 8am-10pm Sunday – Saturday.

Please note: Some of the services available in Tutor.com require the creation of a personal account.

The K-12 Student Center includes Live Homework Help, WriteTutor Center, Test Prep Center, and a SkillsCenter Resource Library. Tutors are available with no appointment needed! Tutor.com features a variety of resources for students of all ages:

  • Reading assistance for grades K-7 and grades 8-12 including genres, main idea, points of view, and text structures
  • Math assistance and drop-off for Algebra I & II, Pre-calculus and Calculus, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Statistics
  • Science assistance in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics
  • Writing tutors
  • Computer literacy for Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • English assistance including grammar, literature, and vocabulary
  • ESL and ELL for grades K-7 and grades 8-12
  • Social studies – U.S. History, European History, World History, and Civics
  • World languages – French, German, Spanish, and Italian
  • SAT, PSAT, and ACT Test Prep
  • AP Test Prep

Learn JavaScript with fun and creative projects on this interactive coding platform - no software or downloads required. Perfect for complete beginners. Make your own Snapchat filters, videos, or even a game!

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