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Big6 Skills

This six step process for problem solving will assist students with research.

Discovery Homework Help

BJ Pinchbeck's 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.

How Stuff Works

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.

LibrarySpot

Selected as Forbes magazine Best Reference Site, LibrarySpot is a gateway to many reference resources.

IPL Reference Center

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.

NoodleTools

NoodleTools is 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.

RefDesk

An astonishing 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 useful.

WebQuest Home Page

A Webquest is a framework for research and exploration on specific topics utilizing Websites as resources.

Ask a Librarian

Government Information Online (GIO)

GIO is a free online information service supported by nearly twenty public, state and academic libraries throughout the United States. Email or Chat

The Government Information Services

Established under the OPEN Government Act of 2007, codified at 5 U.S.C. 552(h), the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), reviews Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) activities government-wide and helps to resolve disputes between requesters and agencies.

Library of Congress

Reference Librarians provide assistance with using the digital collections and assistance with searching the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Email or Chat

Usa.gov

Contact them about any government question you have. Phone and Chat are available weekdays between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM Eastern Time except federal holidays. E-mail anytime.

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