It's Back to School time and BPL has resources to make homework a little easier for everyone!

August is here, which means that the school year is just around the corner. And, of course, with school comes homework. Bossier Library has several resources to help with research and reports at any age level - from elementary to college!

We've already discussed a few of the databases available from BPL on this blog before, but today we'd like to take a little time to talk about the resources specifically geared towards students. They are divided into two categories: Research Sources and Tutoring and Practice Exercises. The resources in the first category can help students find articles and sources for papers and research projects. The second category offers help for students who need practice or further tutoring in certain subjects.

Literary Articles and Research Sources

The Gale ARTEMIS Literary Sources and Biographies. 

According to Bossier Parish website, this database is offers literary articles covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all parts of the world. If you can think of a literary subject, work or author, there's a good chance that this database has information available. Not just short paragraphs, but entire biographies and articles. This database does focus on literary subjects, so not much help with math or science homework.

Literature Criticism Online 

Literature Criticism Online is similar to Artemis, in that it offers articles focused on literary topics and biographies of authors. You can limit the results by publication date, which can come in handy when teachers require recent articles only.

Databases provided by the State Library

Bossier Library has joined with the State Library of Louisiana to provide several different database at no cost. You can find scholarly articles on almost every subject - including math, the sciences, psychology, business and, of course, literature. 

Tutoring and Practice Exercises 

Learning Express Library

Learning Express Library is a free service offered by Bossier Parish Library that provides tools for students of all ages. This service differs from the ones above, as it's not just a way of finding articles and information, but offers practice quizzes and fully explained answers. 
There are sections for students currently in elementary, middle or high school, for those looking to prepare for college or for senior adults who are looking to learn more about computers and technology. 
This service is different from the others as it offers help in several different subjects, including math, social studies and grammar and writing. As the age level increases, the subjects get more specific. 
This is a free service, but it does require registration with an email. This lets you save your lessons and keep track of progress. 

Homework Louisiana 

This site is a golden resource for students and parents alike. HomeworkLouisiana offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from for Louisiana residents from kindergarten students through adult learners. Get help in math, science, social studies or English from a live tutor. The services can be accessed from a Louisiana public library, from your home computer or from your mobile device.*

And as always, if you need help with these databases and services or just have a question that is proving difficult, our reference staff is ready to help! You can reach the Reference Desk via phone at (318) 746-1693 or by email at

Comment and let us know what you think! If you'd like more information on these or any other library services, you can call your local library branch or contact us on Facebook or Twitter

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