Teen Resources & Homework Help

  1. POWER Teens – Research resources for teens from Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library.
  2. AwesomeStories.com – Primary source materials collected from archives, libraries, universities, museums, etc.
  3. RefDesk – A fact checking site
  4. QuizHub – K-12 educational quiz games, homework help sites, and review questions with practice tests.
  5. ipl2 – Internet Public Library for Teens: A public service organization website and learning/teaching site, which includes other information for teens.
  6. HippoCampus – Provides videos as a free educational resources for middle and high school students.

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Fact Checking Resources

The Internet makes it incredibly easy to spread false or misleading information.  A healthy dose of skepticism is in order regarding anything you may read online.  The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions recommends these steps for spotting “fake news”:

  • Consider the source.  Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
  • Check the author.  Do a quick search on the author.  Are they credible?  Are they real?
  • Check the date.  Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.
  • Check your biases. Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment.
  • Read beyond.  Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks.  What’s the whole story?
  • Supporting sources?  Click on those links.  Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
  • Is is a joke?  If it is too outlandish, it might be satire.  Research the site and author to be sure.
  • Ask the experts.  Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site, such as one of these:

FactCheck.org
https://www.factcheck.org/
Debunks political claims and viral fake news.

Hoax Slayer
https://www.hoax-slayer.net/
Focuses primarily on the type of hoaxes and misinformation shared on social media, such as Facebook scams, viral privacy policy hoaxes, phishing scams, and social network rumors.

Lead Stories
https://leadstories.com/
Debunks trending hoaxes and false information.

Media Bias/Fact Check
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/
Check the truthfulness and bias of any news source.

PolitiFact
https://www.politifact.com/
Non-partisan fact-checking site focusing on political claims made in the U.S., including statements from politicians and general political news.

Snopes
https://www.snopes.com/
One of the oldest fact-checking sites, focusing on news stories, urban legends and memes.

TruthOrFiction?
https://www.truthorfiction.com/
Long-running fact-checking site, focusing on “eRumors, fake news, disinformation, warnings, offers, requests for help, myths, hoaxes, virus warnings, and humorous or inspirational stories that are circulated by email”.

  1. AuthorYellowPages.com – An online directory with links to author and publisher sites.
  2. Guys Lit Wire – Literary reviews and news for teenage boys.
  3. Readergirlz – Celebrates strong girls in books along with book discussions.
  4. YALSA – American Library Association’s Winning Titles for Teens – Alex Awards, Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, Best Books for Young Adults, Fabulous Films for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Margaret A. Edwards Awards, Michael L. Printz Award, Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Teens’ Top Ten.
  5. TeenReads – Reviews, ultimate reading list, authors, books into movies, book clubs, videos, more.
  6. Reading Rants! – Out of the ordinary teen booklists!
  1. TeensHealth – TeensHealth offers a safe, private place to get information about health, growth, and emotions.
  2. Web MD for teens – Better information, better health.
  3. GirlsHealth – This site provides information about nutrition and health.

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