Websites & Resources


 Links to good websites and resources 

 

MLA

MLA Style Guidance

Purdue Owl:  A Comprehensive how-to website, where you will find everything you need to know about citation and paper format. 

Also from Purdue Owl:  Wonderful guidance on how to quote, paraphrase, and avoid plagiarism. 

MLA Citation Engines

Web sites that allow you to type in your citation information, and then create MLA formatted citations for your bibliography.

EasyBib: Useful Citation Creator, to cut and paste your citations into your “Works Cited” Page

Citation Machine: Choose MLA format, then choose type of citation. You can copy and paste each citation into Word.

 

Search Engines 

Ask Kids 

Fact Monster 

Google 

Kids Yahoo            

Quintera Kids     

SafeKids.com

Safe Search Kids

Sweet Search

Yippy!

 

Dictionaries and Thesaurus

Merriam Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus 

American Heritage Dictionary

 

Almanacs

Information Please Almanac  Includes a dictionary, Columbia Encyclopedia, atlas, excellent historical timelines, and other ready reference sources

Fact Monster  A different interface for Infoplease

World Almanac for Children

Old Farmer’s Almanac

 

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia.com Includes Columbia Encyclopedia, and many others, free

Catholic Encyclopedia

Columbia Encyclopedia, via Questia.com

Encyclopedia of Earth Covers a wide range of biological, geological, and environmental topics, including links to other articles on the web.

 

General Reference: One Stop Information Shopping!

These sites are indexes of the web.

Librarians’ Internet Index  Good index of websites 

Kids Click

Library Spot

Internet Public Library Kidspace

About.com  Keyword search for articles by experts in a huge range of subjects, who often give great starting points on the web for research

 

Indexes

Good sources for magazine and newspaper articles, etc.

ICONN If you are a resident of Connecticut, use this wonderful source for full-text newspaper and magazine articles, books, and many reference sources. KidsInfoBits for grades K-4, other resources for grades 5-8. Use your public library card to sign in. (http://rqst-agent.auto-graphics.com/homepages/customerwide/iConnLogin.asp?cuid=rqst&cusrvr=sql02&lid=&dataid=&class=&barcode=&term=&qmisc=&s=&URLEncode=&gale=&LinkID=&widget=&ft=&versoBarcode=&versoPassword=&index1=&tab=)

Ocean State Libraries If you are a resident of Rhode Island, click on EBSCO Research Databases. use your public library card to sign in for a great set of indexes for magazine and newspaper articles, books, and reference sources on many subjects. (http://www.oslri.org/osl/)

Google News Archive Search  To find Historical Newspapers. Be sure to check “free” for charges. (https://news.google.com/news/advanced_news_search?as_drrb=a)

Popular Science Magazine Archives 137-year archive of the entire magazine, even ads! (http://www.popsci.com/archives)

 

Images

ICONN: AP Photos Covers mid-1800s to the present (http://rqst-agent.auto-graphics.com/homepages/customerwide/iConnLogin.asp?cuid=rqst&cusrvr=sql02&lid=&dataid=&class=&barcode=&term=&qmisc=&s=&URLEncode=&gale=&LinkID=&widget=&ft=&versoBarcode=&versoPassword=&index1=&tab=)

Smithsonian Institute Image Collection (http://siarchives.si.edu/about/smithsonian-images-website)

Library of Congress Photos  Not easy to search, but good collection for U.S. history (http://www.loc.gov/pictures)

Google Image Search  Be careful here about inappropriate material! You may use this if you access at home, but it is blocked at school. (http://images.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi)

Open Clip Art Library Free clip art, in the Public Domain–no copyright problems! (http://www.openclipart.org/about)

Medieval Woodcuts Clip Art (http://www.godecookery.com/clipart/clart.htm)

Artcyclopedia  Fine Art database (http://www.artcyclopedia.com)

 

U.S. State Information

Stately knowledge: Amazing portal to everything about U.S. states! (http://www.ipl.org/div/stateknow/)

 

Countries of the World Information

Library Spot, Countries 

Atlapedia: Aan atlas and encyclopedia 

Yahoo’s Country Directory

ICONN Databases

National Geographic

CIA World Factbook

U.S. Dept. of State Background Notes Background Notes are excellent, but be sure to surf around the Dept. of State website for other information on the country of interest.

United Nations, Cyberschoolbus

BBC World News and Information 

If It Were My Home 

Information Please, Countries 

 

Sources for Specific Information, Various Subjects

Sounds: FindSounds 

Speeches: American Rhetoric (http://www.americanrhetoric.com), History and Politics Out Loud (http://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons/history/hpol)

Video: Internet Archive for Movies

Primary Sources of all types: Library of Congress American Memory Project Best History Sites

Quotations: Bartleby (http://www.bartleby.com/quotations),The Quotations Page (http://www.quotationspage.com/search.php3), Quoteland (http://www.quoteland.com)

 

Biography

About.com’s Important People of the 20th Century 

Infoplease has 30,000 biographies 

“The 500 Most Important People of the 20th Century.” 

Internet Public Library’s Biography Section  

ICONN has the Biography in Context, the Discovering Collection, and InfoTrac Student Edition and National Newspapers for further articles

Catholic Online’s Saints Database 

EWTN Saint Database 

 

Timelines

InfoPlease, Year by Year 

InfoPlease, Timelines by subject or year

About.com’s 20th century resource for timelines

Writers’ Dream Timelines Click on “Decades” tab

Internet4Classrooms Timelines A great source for timelines, but check out the bottom of the page: How to build your own timeline!!

 

Book and Author Information

Be sure to use ICONN databases, Biographical sources, as well as the following author and book review sites

Reading Rockets Good source of author information and video interviews 

Nancy Keane  Read some of her book talks to get a sense of how book blurbs are done 

Carol Hurst A good list of reviewed books, including web links to authors and more information. This links Grade 6, but you can look at other grade lists, too.

Kids Reads has many good author interviews and book reviews.

 

Pathfinders

Internet Public Library, pathfinders. 

Edgar Allan Poe Pathfinder

Stem Cell Research: Good Web Sites

 

Science Sites for Science Fair Project Ideas

To get a good idea, read and scan science news web sites until some issue or question interests you!

 The New York Times Science Section 

Popular Science magazine 

Scientific American magazine 

Science News for Kids magazine 

NPR’s Science Friday 

All Science News sites from Library Spot