Websites & Resources

Links to good websites and resources


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. 

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 

Fact Monster 



Safe Search Kids

Sweet Search


Dictionaries and Thesaurus

Merriam Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus 

American Heritage Dictionary



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

Fact Monster  A different interface for Infoplease

Old Farmer’s Almanac


Encyclopedias Includes Columbia Encyclopedia, and many others, free

Catholic Encyclopedia

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!

This site is an index of the web.

Library Spot


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. (

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. (

Google News Archive Search  To find Historical Newspapers. Be sure to check “free” for charges. (

Popular Science Magazine Archives 137-year archive of the entire magazine, even ads! (


ICONN: AP Photos Covers mid-1800s to the present (

Smithsonian Institute Image Collection (

Library of Congress Photos  Not easy to search, but good collection for U.S. history (

Google Image Search  Be careful here about inappropriate material! You may use this if you access at home, but it is blocked at school. (

Medieval Woodcuts Clip Art (

Artcyclopedia  Fine Art database (


Countries of the World Information

Library Spot, Countries 

Atlapedia: Aan atlas and encyclopedia 

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.

BBC World News and Information 

If It Were My Home 

Information Please, Countries 


Sources for Specific Information, Various Subjects

Sounds: FindSounds 

Speeches: American Rhetoric (, History and Politics Out Loud (

Video: Internet Archive for Movies

Primary Sources of all types: Library of Congress American Memory Project

Quotations: Bartleby (, The Quotations Page (


Biography’s Important People of the 20th Century 

Infoplease has 30,000 biographies 

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

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

Catholic Online’s Saints Database 



InfoPlease, Year by Year 

InfoPlease, Timelines by subject or year’s 20th century resource for timelines

Writers’ Dream Timelines Click on “Decades” tab

Book and Author Information

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

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.



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