When it comes to assignment assistance, say goodbye to Google and auf Wiedersehen to Wikipedia. If your child needs reliable and precise information for a tough homework assignment, look to the library.

When it comes to assignment assistance, say goodbye to Google and auf Wiedersehen to Wikipedia. If your child needs reliable and precise information for a tough homework assignment, look to the library.

To access any of Worthington Libraries' online research tools, some of which are listed below, just go to the library's website, worthingtonlibraries.org, click on "Research," then "Research Databases by Topic" and then "Homework Help."

Here are just a few ways the library can cure homework-related, back-to-school anxieties:

Ask Us: staff experts. Highly trained and committed to customer service, library staff can help students track down hard-to-find materials and information. Need help? Talk to us in person or via telephone, e-mail or instant message.

Biography in Context: peruse people. This database combines information from biographical reference books to provide over 415,000 biographies on nearly 325,000 contemporary and historical people of note worldwide. Articles from more than 250 magazines are also included in full text. Search by name, biographical facts - including occupation or nationality - or keyword.

CultureGrams: countries, close up. CultureGrams electronic library provides cultural and historical information for more than 182 countries. Look up photos, recipes and basic country information, print tables comparing population, area and development data for different countries, and learn about each country's history, customs, lifestyle, notable people and government.

eLibrary: search periodicals and more. This full-text database of magazines, newspapers, photos, and more is designed specifically for K-12 schools. Start your research at the Reference Desk with encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases and dictionaries. Find audio, video and web links as well as 1,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books and transcripts.

Homework Help Center: one-on-one help. If in-person assistance is what your child needs, then the Homework Help Center at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, is where your child needs to be. Open Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. during the school year, the Homework Help Center has computers as well as library staff and volunteers to help students with school assignments.

KnowItNow: live, online help. KnowItNow offers live assistance from a librarian in any subject at any time of the day or night. At the end of the reference session, your child will be e-mailed a transcript that includes links to all the resources highlighted during his or her session.

Opposing Viewpoints: social issues explained. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center provides extensive information on social issues, including viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

World Book Online: classic and credible. The online version of World Book Encyclopedia offers more than 25,000 articles suited for grades 4-12 and adults. Thousands of photographs and illustrations are available, as well as hundreds of printable maps. You'll also find audio, video and virtual reality presentations that let you explore the world in 360 degrees.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.