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 Enciclopedia Estudiantil.

Literature Resource Center

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

On the Web
Math forum

Do you have a math question? 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 criticism, 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. 


Tutor.com offers free online tutoring, homework help, and test preparation for students in Kindergarten through
12th grade, as well as for college students and adult learners. The site includes job searching support, such as help writing a cover letter, applying for a job online, and resume writing. Live one-on-one assistance is available everyday from 12pm (noon) until 12am (midnight). Live Spanish-speaking support is also available for math, science, and social studies subjects.  

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 $15 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, 4-8pm.
2436 Sacramento St., Berkeley, (510) 540-8646

East Bay Consortium

Grades 6-12. Free after-school tutoring in all subjects at Oakland Tech and Fremont High. In-class tutoring at Dewey, La Escuelita, Oakland Tech, and United for Success. 

Mon-Fri, times vary.  (510) 879-1586

East Oakland Youth Development Center

Free enrichment programs with tutoring. Call for program details. 
8200 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 569-8088

Refugee Transitions

After-school tutoring at Oakland International High School. 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. Monthly rate. Need-based scholarships are available. Based in Oakland. Visit online or call for information. (510) 658-7500.

1904 Franklin St. Ste. 515

Youth Together

Grades 7 - 12 (depending on school)

For hours, check with your particular school.
Free tutoring at the following campuses:
          * Castlemont 
          * Skyline 


Community Education Partnerships

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

Visit http://www.cep.ngo/, e-mail info@cep.ngo or call (510) 903-1063 (leave a message if there is no answer)