Homework Help

Research Tools
Books and Authors

Book reviews, plot summaries, and author information.

Science in Context

Thousands of topic overviews, science experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, plus the latest scientific developments. Covers biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, math, environmental science, life science, medicine, space science, computer science, technology, history of science, and science and society. Library card required for non-library computers.

Gale PowerSearch

Search many online magazine articles and references books at once! Library card required for non-library computers.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Current information on controversial topics for students, writers, and debaters. Library card required for non-library computers.

World Book Online

A huge collection of authoritative tools for research, including encyclopedia articles, current periodicals, recommended websites, pictures, audio, and video. It also features World Book Online for Students, and the Spanish language encyclopedia Estudiantil.

Literature Resource Center

Gale Literary Index, Encyclopedia of Literature®,  Person Search, Works Search

On the Web
BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

Covers many subjects such as art/music, English, math, science, and much more.

Math forum

Do you have a math question? Ask Dr. Math by filling out a web form and answers will be sent back by e-mail. You can also look through the searchable archive on this site.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Great resources for help in writing papers.

Citation Machine

Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information they use.


Online study guides and literary criticism.


Online study guides, literary criticisms, and relevant message boards.


Online tutorials for Microsoft applications like Powerpoint, social networking tools, math, reading and more! From Goodwill Community Foundation.

Khan Academy

A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. 

Easy Bib

Citation tool. 

Around the Bay
Boys & Girls Club Homework Assistance

Tutorial and homework assistance, arts and much more at BGC Clubhouse locations.

Anna Marie Whalen Branch.  Tutoring in all subjects. Grades K-12. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 3-4 pm and Weds 2-9pm. Free with $25 annual membership. 3300 High Street, Oakland, (510) 535-9461

Leonard J. Meltzer Branch. Tutoring for grades 1-12 . Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 3-8pm and Weds 1-9pm. Free with $20 annual membership. 920 24th Street, Oakland, (510) 272-9929

Ossian Carr Branch. Tutoring for grades 1-12.  Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 3-9 pm and Weds 2-9pm. Free with $20 annual membership. 8530 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 638-1532 


Classroom Matters

Sliding scale tutoring. Supervised study Mon - Thurs, 4-9pm.
2436 Sacramento St., Berkeley, (510) 540-8646

East Bay Consortium

East Bay Consortium: Grades 6-12. Free tutoring in all subjects at these high schools:Oakland Tech, Fremont, and St. Elizabeth. Offers pop-up college/career services at: MetWest, McCymonds, Fremont, Castlemont, Life Academy, Rudsdale Communication, and Sojourner Truth.

Mon-Fri, times vary. Drop-ins OK. (510) 879-1586

East Oakland Youth Development Center

Free Tutoring. Mon-Thu, 2-6pm. Fri, 1-6pm
8200 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 569-8088

Refugee Transitions

Free tutoring at Oakland International High School and San Francisco International High School. Offers home-based tutoring; priority to new immigrants and refugees. Contact Nicole at nicole@reftrans.org

1520 E. 15th St., Oakland, (510) 834-6000

Aspire Education Project

One-on-one and group tutoring in most subjects, as well as test preparation. Free proctored tests on the weekends regardless of use of services. Based in Oakland. Need-based scholarships are available. Visit online or call for information (510) 658-7500.

Youth Together

Grades 7 - 12 (depending on school)

For hours, check with your particular school
Free tutoring at the following campuses:
          * Castlemont 
          * Fremont 
          * Skyline 
          * Emery High School (Emeryville)


Community Education Partnerships

Provides tutoring and school supplies to in-need school aged youth.  

Visit www.calcep.org, e-mail info@calcap.org or call (510) 903-1063 (leave a message if there is no answer)