Eric Goodwin – McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Published: October 11, 2006
National Geographic magazine offers access to some of its vast resources on its Homework Help Web site (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/homework/index.html). While it has its shortcomings, the site has a few things going for it that could help you out in a crunch.
One Homework Help’s best features is its “One-Stop Research” search tool. Enter your search term, and the tool returns links to related National Geographic maps, photos, articles and video clips all on one convenient Web page. One-Stop Research is great for looking up info on animals, places, natural phenomena (like earthquakes) and a few ancient cultures such as the Incas. However, if you use it to search for historical figures (such as Napoleon or Thomas Jefferson) or time periods (like the French Revolution), you’ll find the results spotty at best.
Homework Help also offers links to the magazine’s older specialized Web packages, covering such subjects as sharks, the Underground Railroad and hurricanes. The site also offers informative country profiles with links to printable maps you can use to enhance your reports or presentations.
While it won’t cover all of your schoolwork needs (like math, which the site doesn’t cover at all), National Geographic Homework Help is a solid reference tool to have at your disposal.