This six step
process for problem solving will assist students with research.
Homework Helper moved to the Discovery site. The helper pages are
categorized by topics like math, science, English, and social studies.
Each section features videos that explain different concepts and
annotated links to content area Websites.
Have you ever
wondered how a microwave heats food or why a phone can still work
when the electricity goes out? Find the answers to these questions
and more at How Stuff Works. Marshall Brain, author of ten books,
writes illustrated explanations of complex subjects. In addition
to Brain, other writers have been enlisted to add articles to this
growing collection of interesting subjects.
Selected as Forbes
magazine Best Reference Site, LibrarySpot is a gateway to many
At the Internet
Public Library Reference Center, check the Frequently Asked Questions
section first, then the Pathfinders both of which may save steps
in finding answers to your questions. Frequently asked questions
are questions that have been asked several times. Pathfinders are
guides to resources in specific topic areas. Suppose you are looking
for information about fairy tales. If you were to choose Fairy
Tales: Reading and Research, you would discover all sorts of references
to full text documents and illustrations on the Web. If you cannot
locate what you are searching through these two mechanisms, then
browse or search the subject index. Switch to the Youth Division
for lots of annotated links that are appropriate for the elementary
and middle school level. The Internet Public Library is the first
public library for the Internet community and strives to serve
the public by finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing,
and creating quality information resources.
a dynamic site that students will love. One of the goals is to
instruct students how to be smart researchers and use information
effectively. There are four parts to the Noodles Suite. NoodleQuest
is an interactive wizard that allows students to fine tune search
strategies by answering a series of questions. NoodleBib is an
absolutely awesome tool for creating and storing bibliographies.
First create a login and password. This allows you to save your
bibliographies. Next create a new bibliography by giving it a name.
Then, using pull down menus, select the type of entry to add. Fill
in the fields with information and create the citation. A list
of Works Cited will be returned in the correct MLA or APA format.
NoodleNotes and NoodleProbe are tools for student research. Noodle
Tools is subscription based, but has an area of free tools.
array of links to information can be found on the front page under
Facts-At-A-Glance. The Facts Search Desk includes quick access
to Webster's Dictionary, a Thesaurus, Britannica, weather, stock
quotes, and the RefDesk site. Clicking on an index item will return
an annotated list of Websites related to that topic. Current News
contains links to news organizations within subcategories. Although
there are daily top stories and a calendar, it is not clear how
often the site is updated. Younger students may the choices a bit
overwhelming, but high school students will find the site very
A Webquest is
a framework for research and exploration on specific topics utilizing
Websites as resources.
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