Online reference collection for finding quick facts. Create
your resources so they are geared toward teaching or meeting
information literacy standards. Some sites offer free access
to their databases while others such as encyclopedia publishers
charge subscription fees. Many schools are forming consortiums
to defray the costs for these pay as you go services. An excellent
example is InfOhio. This
core collection of electronic resources, including titles such
as Britannica Online, EBSCO Host, Newsbank, Sirs Discoverer,
and more is free to all of Ohio's K-12 students and teachers.
The World Fact
Book, published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency, provides
information about countries around the world, including population,
maps, flags, and other statistical data. The section on Chiefs
of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments is updated
on a weekly basis. In addition, you can download The World Fact
Book to your personal computer for free.
provides loads of features targeted to students. Students will
find the on-line dictionary, encyclopedia, maps, and homework center
easy to use. The print and citation page tools make it easy to
print and cite an article. Daily offerings include, today in history,
today’s birthday, word quiz, spelling bee, and in the news.
There is also a weekly poll on a relevant topic of interest to
kids. Fact Monster will be a popular destination for students.
browse topics, and review timelines from the free areas of the
Encyclopedia Britannica. One nice feature listed at the end of
the article is the citation in MLA, APA, and Britannica Style formats.
On the front page of the online school edition site is a biography
of the day, this day in history, and Britannica highlights. See
the Website for pricing information.
Encyclopedia originated in the 1920s and was large one volume reference
guide for home use. Over 51,000 concise articles are included from
the sixth edition of the Columbia Encyclopedia published in 2001
and updated in November 2004. Searching the encyclopedia can be
accomplished by using full text or entry words or you can browse
and locate information by perusing different categories, including
a special section of biographies.
Encarta is divided
into a variety of sections. Most useful to K-12 students will be
the encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and homework help. The basic
encyclopedia provides 4,500 articles from aardvark to Zambia with
embedded links to related information. You can search by key word
or browse by categories and subcategories. In the dictionary section,
you can find the definition of a word and listen to its pronunciation.
Click on the atlas tab and locate a place on the map. Premium features,
including most of the Homework Help area are available through
subscription. Educational institutions can purchase an academic
site license. See the Website for details.
has over 17,000 short entries from the Concise Columbia Electronic
Encyclopedia with premium services available for a fee.
This is an encyclopedia
on mythology, folklore, legends, and more. It contains over 5100
definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary
creatures and monsters from all over the world.
World Book is
subscription only. There are no freebies on the site. Once you
subscribe, you have access to the articles from the 22-volume print
set, plus up-to-date information. In addition, there are more than
9,500 pictures and maps, 115 videos and animations, 9,300 sounds,
129 panoramic 360° views, and more than 100 simulated historic
Web sites. Visit the Website for pricing information.
and Time Gateway
Want to know
the time in Tokyo, Japan? Enter the Date and Time Gateway for the
Times Around the World
This guide attempts
to list all of the world's countries, and many of its islands,
with a pointer to the local time in the region.
the final frontier? The Space Calendar from the Jet Propulsion
Lab is a treasure trove of information, pictures, and sounds on
space-related activities and anniversaries for the upcoming year.
Programs, Weights and Measures
View up to date
exchange rates for 164 currencies. The resulting information includes
the median, minimum, and maximum rates with a link to the previous
How much do you
weigh on Mars? How many square feet make up an acre? How many days
are left in the year? This mega tool converts and calculates weights,
measures, and units. The site also has a scientific calculator
that performs practically any common function and many uncommon
functions. Conversions are a snap with an easy to use interactive
Thesauri, and Quotations
Dictionary Language Directory
Are your students
learning a foreign language, getting ready for a trip abroad, or
studying the culture of a country? This directory is a one-stop
link of lexicon lists and dictionaries. Most of these sources translate
words to or from English.
Project: ROGET's Thesaurus Search Form
Search the headwords
or full text of Roget's Thesaurus, 1911, version 1.02 (supplemented:
July 1991) released to the public domain by MICRA, Inc. and the
Begin with the
quote of the day. Then, search over 87,000 quotations from a variety
of both classic and contemporary sources. In addition to quotations,
you will be pleasantly surprised to discover the American Heritage
Dictionary of the English Language with audio pronunciations plus
the 1922 and 1995 editions of Roget’s Thesaurus.
Picture Dictionary is a completely free, online multilingual picture
dictionary designed especially for ESL students and beginning English,
French, German, Spanish and Italian language learners of all ages.
Maths Dictionary for Kids
primary teacher needed a reference resource for her students. In
her quest to meet that need, she learned Flash and created a dictionary
that is animated, interactive, and allows students to practice.
Click on "billion" and discover that you have 10 billion
brain cells working for you right now. Roll your mouse over the
world time zone chart and you instantly know the time for that
part of the world. Over 500 terms are explained in simple language.
Every math teacher should bookmark this Web site.
Dictionary and Thesaurus
who need to look-up words or find synonyms online can visit the
Merriam –Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus site. It offers
a choice between searching the dictionary or thesaurus. Younger
kids can check out the student dictionary at the Word Center, build
their own dictionary, or create a poem. Students using the Firefox
browser can add a side bar, lookup button, or search plug-ins.
definitions, pronunciations, translations, word of the day, and
activities for increasing vocabulary. There is a specialty glossary
with over fifty categories of subjects. Translate foreign languages
or visit the multilingual library. Enter the game room and find
crossword puzzles, encryptions, fill-in puzzles, word jingles,
and semantic scramblers. Write you name in fourteen different languages.
The educational services section offers essays from leading linguists
about word histories. This is and excellent reference site to add
to your bookmarks.
Search for 800
and 888 numbers throughout the country.
Postal Service Zip Codes
States of the United States
about each state.
of the Washington D.C. Embassies
phone and fax numbers are provided along with any Web links.
the official U.S. gateway to all government information, is the
catalyst for a growing electronic government. Our work transcends
the traditional boundaries of government and our vision is global
- connecting the world to all U.S. government information and services.
of All Countries
This site has
been on the Web for several years and offers images of country
Legislative Information on the Internet
Follow the legislative
process of current bills in Congress, learn about how a bill becomes
a law, or find information about government.
This site contains
lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain
cases, de facto leaders who don't occupy either of those formal
positions) of all countries and territories, usually going back
to at least 1900.
the United Nations and its programs.
House of Representatives
Tour the U.S.
House of Representatives and find information about current members.
Tour the U.S.
Senate and find information about current members.
On the White
House web server, you can listen to messages from the President
and Vice-President, learn about the First Family, leave a message
for the White House, and link to other government servers.
The Library of
Congress has prepared an exhibit with representative papers of
many historical figures from presidents to women suffragettes.
Archives provides and online exhibit, The Charters of Freedom,
that include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution,
and the Bill of Rights.
of Oklahoma Law Center
A very nice exhibit
of state flags can be found at the University of Oklahoma along
with a superb chronology of American historical documents.
Landform Atlas of the United States
The Color Landform
Atlas of the United States supplies a topographic and county outline
map for each state except Alaska and Hawaii.
View a satellite
image of your house by typing your address in the search box. This
aerial representation in Google Maps gives you with a sense of
the topography and population density of the location. This would
be a great tool to use in a geography lesson.
Far Is It?
uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities
around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places,
and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies).
It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox
PARC Map Server.
own travel map or pinpoint locations using MapQuest. The zoom and
pan features allow you to follow streets and county roads from
one place to another. This is very handy, especially in rural areas.
Printing maps is simple, just click on the print button. You will
receive directions and several maps for navigation.
Library Map Collection
Hundreds of maps
are available from the University of Texas at Austin, which houses
the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) collection, a good source
for contemporary and historical material. Since the PCL maps have
no copyright, they can be downloaded and used for any purpose.
Find out the
current U.S. or World populations at this Website.
FedStats is a
gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies. Browse
more than 400 topics, search by key word or phrase, generate a
profile for your State, county or federal district, and link to
agencies and program summaries. This is a good starting point for
finding data and facts.
Find out the
current U.S. or World populations. Search for demographic records
about your community. Read the latest news about national trends.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides a wealth of data about the people
and the economy of the United States and supplies information on
topics such as poverty, genealogy, and housing. Click on Kids’ Corner
for easy to read statistical facts about each state. Quizzes on
population, housing employment, income, and American social characteristics
help students to think about and analyze statistics. Kids’ Corner
is a great resource for incorporating statistics into social studies
or math classroom. Rounding out the site is a section for teachers
with lessons and a very intriguing item in the reference materials
titled Facts for Features that highlights little known tidbits
of data collected by the Census Bureau.