The author gives her eight picks for the best web sites devoted to helping students complete their homework assignments and research school projects online:

1. B.J. Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper (http://www. bjpinchbeck.com/). Started by a 12-year-old and his father several years ago, this site links visitors to credible sites on various subjects.

2. How Stuff Works (http://www.howstuffworks.com/). Created by the author of numerous books that explain scientific and engineering principles to youngsters, the site essentially offers the same service online.

3. IPL Reference Center and Youth Division (http://www.ipl.org/). The Internet Public Library is a well-organized site that offers useful browsing and searching capabilities. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Pathfinders sections first—they’ve catalogued the subjects most often queried and can save you time in your searches.

4. Ready Reference—Lakewood Public Library (http://www.lkwdpl.org/readref.htm). A listing of reference sites, organized according to the Dewey Decimal System.

5. RefDesk (http://www.refdesk.com/). Contains a built-in capability to search Webster’s Dictionary, a thesaurus, the Encyclopedia Britannica online, and current information such as weather and stock quotes. More appropriate for high schoolers, as it contains a dizzying array of reference information.

6. Research It! (http://www.itools.com/research-it/). Superb for quick, light research. Uses various other web sites to provide answers to simple questions and definitions of terms.

7. StudyWeb (http://www.studyweb.com/). Well-organized and lengthy lists of web sites, by subject. Rates those sites on many factors, including suitability by grade level.

8. Your Homework.Com (http://www.yourhomework.com). A place for teachers to post homework assignments for students and parents to see. Also offers research help with links to sites, by subject.