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.
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.
Safe Search Kids
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
World Almanac for Children
Old Farmer’s Almanac
Encyclopedia.com Includes Columbia Encyclopedia, and many others, free
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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.
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