Internet provides homework help


To use the links in this article, highlight the link you want to go to, copy them and paste them into your browser's location box. is an award-winning research site suited to the needs of any user from kindergarten through adult. The kid-safe site was conceived with an eye toward creating a "one-stop" study site to provide students of all ages with a definitive and comprehensive guide to the wealth of knowledge available online.

It's All in the Brain

The intricate new illustrative tools of interactive multimedia show off their power in these pages that explain aspects of life's most complex and interactive known entity, the human brain. Cogitating cognition was never so cool. The lead article shows how illusions reveal the brain's assumptions. A rotating drawing causes cavities to look like spheres because the brain assumes lighting is from above. The animation makes the illusion more powerful than it is when you print the illustration and turn it around by hand.

There are many wonderful sections in this Website, with the main focus on the senses and detailed exploration of seeing, hearing, and smelling. Digital technologies and the brain meet head-on in the final topic: brain scans that spy on the senses.

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's tragic love story, a mainstay of Western literature for four centuries, appears here through exciting new literary delivery systems of the Internet. One of the first academic areas to use the Web, literature began its cyber presence with the visionary Gutenberg Project. Taking important steps beyond just text, Electronic Literature Foundation (ELF) produces advanced electronic texts to be used by students, scholars, and admirers of literature around the world.

ELF's Romeo and Juliet contains the play itself along with comprehensive related articles and resources. All of this is interactively interrelated and searchable. A navigation panel stands by to let you move around from wherefore thou art.

Building U.S. Capitol

These detailed pages and exhibit items from the Library of Congress build a comprehensive and authoritative resource for the study of the design and construction of the Capitol of the United States. The history includes many factors, explained an illustrated here:

"Construction of the original building took 34 years and was directed by six presidents and six architects. Opinions among statesmen and designers differed as to how to achieve a symbolically potent yet functionally efficient building within a Neoclassical framework. Conceiving of themselves as inheritors, guardians, and conveyors of Western civilization, they slowly built a Capitol that drew upon both American and European emblematic and architectural traditions."

Everglades Field Trip

Lush with photographs, this scientific explanation of the Everglades is

beautiful and informative. The introduction is followed by two main explorations of the unique Florida site. Natural conditions are set out in sections on hydrology, biology, and geology: processes as they occur in south Florida, that are somewhat unique and provide interesting subjects for examination. Anthropogenic effects are explained in the second section, as human impact is described along with efforts to protect the natural environment, provide refuges for wildlife, and accommodate people in parks. The field trip concludes with descriptions of current problems: mercury contamination, water quality, hydrology and land use, and exotic plant species.

Turkish Culture

This is an excellent example of a new, rich type of resource made possible by the Internet: a place to explore a country provided by the country being explored. These pages are part of the Web site of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. A wide range of topics are covered, including the arts, folklore, and earlier civilizations of Anatolia. The introduction sets the theme: "Among the prominent statesmen of the 20th century, few articulated the supreme importance of culture as did Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, who stated: 'Culture is the foundation of the Turkish Republic.' His view of culture encompassed the nation's creative legacy as well as the best values of world civilization."

Alphabet Soup

A soup bowl contains the alphabet. Run your mouse over a letter see the image of something beginning with that letter. Click the letter to open a new little window containing the image.

Traffic Jams

This interactive, messed-up city provides practice for manipulating imagined automobiles. The game is good practice for computer skills, and may inspire some future traffic engineers.

Florida for Kids

This collection of seven links especially chosen for children about the State of Florida is part of the Homework Central Kids section. Similar sections can be found for every state, in the Kids section under United States History, State Histories.

Third Reich

This Homework Central showcase section dramatically illustrates the sweeping lights being cast by searches of the past through digital technologies and the Internet. Dozens of links about the Third Reich are organized by topic, allowing new generations to wander through many accounts, images, and memories of the regime in Germany that brought on World War II. Every academic discipline is being changed by the Web. As can be seen here, for the study of history there is an emerging multimedia panorama of the past.

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