REFERENCE RESOURCES

AskNow http://asknow.org – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – LIVE reference help – free!

50 States and Capitals - http://www.50states.com/

Most informative site for information on the states of the United States. Each state's page includes basic information and many links to sites with more information. You can find the text of the state songs, pictures of many of the state flowers and birds, maps, parks, political representatives, and much more.

Academy of AchievementHome Page

http://achievement.org/
"The Academic of Achievement brings you face to face with the extraordinary individuals who have shaped our times. It is an amazing collection, not of mere artifacts, but of people and ideas that fill you with inspiration, encouragement, and the will to achieve."

American Census Bureau http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=eng

Animals

http://animalsearch.net/
You will be able to search by animal, category, type, group, or keyword. Information is included on the care and breeding of certain species as well. You can even send an e-card to a friend with your choice of animals on the card.

Artcyclopedia: The Guide to Fine Art on the Internet

http://artcyclopedia.com/
Artcyclopedia is searchable by artists, title of artwork, art museum, nationality, and many more categories.

Atlapedia Online

http://www.atlapedia.com/index.html
"Atlapedia Online contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world."

Awesome Library for Teens

http://www.awesomelibrary.org/student5.html
Great place to find information on a variety of subjects, including some fun activities and Web sites.

Biographies

http://www.multcolib.org/homework/biohc.html
Excellent resource from the Multnomah County Library that categorizes biographies by occupation as well as provides links to biography megasites. Users will find many links that will produce information from a number of sources.

Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

"Welcome to Chronicling America, enhancing access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)."

CIA World Factbook

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
"Provides all kinds of social, economical, political, and other facts for 266 nations, dependent areas, and other entities."
Published by the Central Intelligence Agency as a fact book, almanac.

Digital Librarian: Internet Subject Directories

http://digital-librarian.com/subject.html
Internet Subject Directors from Digital Librarian covers a multitude of topics.

EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal

http://earthtrends.wri.org/
"From the World Resources Institute.
Excellent source of data on country, issue, ecosystem, population, energy, agriculture and more."

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries http://encyclopedia.com

"About Encyclopedia.com
The premier online library and research Web site, Encyclopedia.com puts millions of articles from some of the world’s most authoritative and highly respected publications at your fingertips. A free online encyclopedia, Encyclopedia.com features premier titles like The Columbia Encyclopedia, Oxford’s World Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of World Biography."

 

www.factmonster.com/
This site, from the Learning Network, is loaded with facts for students from K-12. Included is a searchable atlas, almanac, dictionary, and encyclopedia. This site also includes a homework center.

 

InfoPlease

http://www.infoplease.com/
"Constantly updated and user-friendly, Infoplease.com provides a one-stop searching experience. Use a query or browse topical "almanacs" (e.g., "sports," "entertainment," "US") for statistics, facts, and historical records. Infoplease.com also features a searchable dictionary and encyclopedia."

 

Interent4Classrooms http://www.internet4classrooms.com/reference.htm

For educators and students...Many reference sites linked.

The Internet Public Library

http://www.ipl.org
"The Internet Public Library brings a mixture of traditional and innovative library services to Internet users. Services available through the IPL include storytelling for children, college advice for teens, on-line exhibits, a comprehensive list of online texts, and a diverse ready-reference collection. Searches retrieve URLs, descriptions, authors, linked subject headings, keywords, and brief titles linked to the external resource. Experienced librarians maintain the site, bringing their expertise on-line."

Library Spot

http://www.libraryspot.com

Contains links to major libraries, reference desk, reading room and so much more. EVERYTHING can be found here!!

Maps.com

http://maps.com/
At this site you can do a place search and receive information about any place in the world. You can plan a trip, explore with maps, get directions, and play travel games.

National Geographic Maps and Geography-atlases, GPS, games

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/maps/
National Geography Maps and Geography site has site links to a lengthy list of subject areas.

NatureServe Explorer - An Online Encyclopedia of Life

http://www.natureserve.org/explorer/
" NatureServe Explorer,is a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals, and ecological communities of the United States and Canada. NatureServe Explorer provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too."

Nobel Prize Information  http://nobelprize.org

"Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award."

Quotations - Bartleby

http://www.bartleby.com/100/
Who said it? When? "A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in acient and modern literature."

Reference Desk

http://refdesk.com/
"The single best source for facts on the Net." You can search through their Subject Categories, News & Weather or Facts. They also have direct search from Google, alltheweb, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus and White Pages People Search. Valuable reference resources can be found as well.

Search and Navigation Tools for the Internet

http://digital-librarian.com/search.html
Search and Navigation Tools provided by Digital Librarian site. An overwhelming list of just about everything you want to find on searching and navigation.

Urban Lengends Reference Pages

http://www.snopes2.com

An amazing collection that tells the truth about all those urban legends that have been floating around for years.