VIRL site offers new tools

Vancouver Island Regional Library has a new tool available to help those hung up with homework.

PORT HARDY—Vancouver Island Regional Library has a new tool available to help those hung up with homework.

The VIRL eLibrary is up and running with a series of homework help databases designed to assist young students, teens and parents navigating a wide range of subjects. The sites are available 24/7 at virl.bc.ca.

“We’ve added three great new Kids Homework Help databases that are current, accessible and fun to use,” says Indira Wick, Community Support Technician.  “Just grab your library card and your favourite computer or tablet and you’re ready to search an exciting world of online knowledge that is available only through the VIRL website.”

Kids Search gives students from kindergarten to Grade 5 access to more than 76 popular children’s magazines. Kids InfoBits targets the research needs of this same age group in topics covering geography, current events, the arts, history, sports and more. The easy navigation and interactive tools on PebbleGo Animals and PebbleGo Earth and Space make learning fun for children in preschool to Grade 3.

Teens can check out Canada in Context, a multimedia database with a focus on Canadian people, geography, history, science and sports. Emerging green technologies, environmental issues and sustainability are covered in GREENR, which provides authoritative information from sources such as current news, video, and primary source documents. If you’re working on an English essay, try LitFinder where you can find the full text of many original works as well as supporting material such as literature criticism, biographies and reviews.

While you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to also visit some of VIRL’s tried and true databases such as World Book and the Encyclopedia of British Columbia.  And don’t be fooled by the “Homework Help” tag, there are tons of fun activities also included in these easy-to-use and colourful resources!

For more information, contact your local branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library or visit virl.bc.ca.