Selected Search Engines
(includes dictionaries and encyclopedias)
http://www.infoplease.com This is a great place to search for information. It covers information from almanacs (biography, sports, U.S. history & government, world, arts & entertainment, business & finance, society & culture, health & science, weather & climate), a homework center, and Fact Monster (includes information on various subjects – science, math, world & news, sports, people, etc). Fact Monster is geared toward kids and is kid friendly. This is a great equivalent for the World Almanac. Author/Publisher: Family Education Network.
SDCOE K-12 Resources http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/resources/resframe.html This site offers links to other subject specific and general resource websites. If you have no idea where to begin, this is a good starting point. This site is more geared to the younger student than the high school senior. Author/Publisher: San Diego County Office of Education.
Start Spot http://www.startspot.com/network/ This is the web site of StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. I have yet to find a comparable web site that includes so much great information and links to other credible resources. This amazing resource includes the following subcategories, each of which has an extraordinary amount of information and links to other resources:
City of San Diego Public Library Web Site http://www.sannet.gov/public-library/ - This site offers links to the City of San Diego Public Library's OPAC, online databases, and much more. If a resource is not available at our school, you can check the public library’s website to see if they have the print materials you want and they can reserve them for you. One thing to remember is that some you may not have access to the City of San Diego Public Library resources (it depends where you live). If you do not have a City of San Diego Public Library Card, scroll down this section to San Diego County Library and access those resources. Author/Publisher: San Diego Public Library.
Internet Public Library 2 http://www.ipl.org/ This site includes information for all people. If you click on “teen,” you can get to the IPL teen page. On the teen page you will find book recommendations, career information, homework help, and links to hundreds of subject specific sites on the web. Author/Publisher: University of Michigan School of Information.
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/ If it has ever been written, this web site has either got it or got a record of it. Check out this site to find out about the Legislature, Copyright, Americana, Exhibitions, their collections and services, and to visit the LOC. Author/Publisher: Library of Congress.
Refdesk http://www.refdesk.com Refdesk is a nonprofit web site of Refdesk.com that is focused upon “indexing quality Internet sites and assisting visitors in navigating these sites.” This site links you to news headlines, a reference site of the day, facts of the day, online reference sources (just about every one you would ever need), help & advice, homework help, and much more. I have never seen anything quite so complete. Author/Publisher: Refdesk.com
San Diego County Library http://www.sdcl.org Visit the San Diego County Library web site and click on Databases (at the top) to access online databases. Also, if a resource is not available at our school, you can check the public library’s website to see if they have the print materials you want and they can reserve them for you. You need a current library card and the last 4 digits of your phone number to use databases online.
SMHS Online http://www.smusd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=6843 This site links you to the SMHS Home Page, where students can access the library web site, its OPAC, and online databases; extracurricular school activities; other SMHS resources. Author/Publisher: San Marcos High School.
High School Hub http://highschoolhub.org/hub/hub.efm This site is a noncommercial portal to excellent free online academic resources for high school students. Author/Publisher: Schmidel & Wojcik.
Seven Steps to Better Searching http://webquest.sdsu.edu/searching/fournets.htm Although this site is a bit technical and complex, it was designed for high school students and offers great tips about web searching. Author/Publisher: San Diego State University.
Research on Specific Subjects
Amazon http://www.amazon.com or Barnes & Noble http://www.bn.com These commercial sites allow you to search for books and materials in print and offer a few book reviews, prices, and more, about each one. Authors/Publishers: Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.
Bartleby http://www.bartleby.com This site includes tons of reference works, such as a the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus, Columbia Encyclopedia, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, World Factbook, Gray’s Anatomy, and many other useful reference works. Author/Publisher: Bartleby.com.
Booklist http://www.ala.org/booklist/ This site reviews books for student reading and includes biographies of authors, interviews, and more. Author/Publisher: American Library Association.
Book Recommendation Sites
American Library Association (ALA) Teen Picks http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists
California Department of Education Recommended Literature http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/rl/ll
Guys Read http://www.guysread.com
The Encyclopedia Mythica http://www.pantheon.org This site contains an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and other related topics. The mythology section covers 23 different cultural mythologies ranging from Aboriginal to Roman with articles and definitions of varying length. Characters or events mentioned within one article are linked to the corresponding full-length article entry. Articles may be submitted by anyone, but there is a long list of contributing editors who verify and edit information accepted for the site. Author/Publisher: M.F. Lindemans, sponsored by Ultimum-IT.
Pink Monkey http://www.pinkmonkey.com/index2.asp This site offers several hundred extensive cliff notes on books that are traditionally read in high school. Author/Publisher: pinkmonkey.com.
For help in creating works cited pages, use the Knightcite citation generator sponsored by Calvin College Hekman Library http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/
History, Geography, Current Events, World Facts, Statistics, Law
50 States http://www.50states.com This site includes nearly all core the information about each state. It is great for reports, research, or just to learn some fun facts. Author/Publisher: Pike Street Industries.
Atlapedia Online http://www.atlapedia.com This site provides full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world. Author/Publisher: Latimer Clarke Corporation Pty Ltd.
GPO (Government Printing Office) Government Guide http://www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html Fabulous government resource. Includes information on the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government; a resources list of federal resources available online; and a host of other government related resources.
Ben’s Guide to the US Government for Kids http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/index.html This is a great resource for kids of all ages. It is divided up by grades; kids at different levels of understanding have their own web sites with age appropriate links and information. This is truly a great resource for young people to get to know more about how laws are made, the government, elections, historical documents, and many other law related issues. Author/Publisher: US Government Printing Office.
Biography.com http://www.biography.com This is a useful site if you need some basic information about a person – date of birth and/or death, nationality, life accomplishments, and what the person is or was known for. Author/Publisher: A&E Television Network.
California Home Page http://www.ca.gov This site includes just about all the information a person might want to know about California. It also includes tons of links, such as links to county and city web sites, forms, licenses, weather, etc. Author/Publisher: State of California.
California Leginfo http://www.leginfo.ca.gov If you are studying government, this web site is a great one for you. You can get information about codes, bills, other legislative publications, and links to other legislative sites. Author/Publisher: Legislative Council of the State of California.
CIA World Fact Book http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html This site includes information about countries and territories around the world. Each country’s background, geography, government, people, economy, communications, transportation, and military issues are addressed. Author/Publisher: Central Intelligence Agency.
City of San Diego Web Site http://www.sannet.gov/ This site is useful for learning about goings on in the City of San Diego. Although it can be accessed from the California Home Page, you can skip a few steps by clicking here. Author/Publisher: City of San Diego.
Country Studies I Area Handbook http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html This is a great site for users who need an overview of a country. The site contains full text of the most recent volumes of the Country Studies/Area Studies series, covering approximately 100 countries. Each book focuses on a particular foreign country and provides “descriptions and analysis of political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions; examination of the interrelationships of those systems; and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.” Photographs, maps, and charts from the print versions are added on an ongoing basis, except when the graphic files are not available. You can search all the books (i.e. countries) at once, a combination, or just one. Each book has an extensive table of contents. Author/Publisher: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress.
First Gov for Kids http://www.kids.gov Wonderful links to multiple, fun and academic subjects on American History, Science, Math, Music, Law for Kids, Homework Help, tons of State’s pages, Computers, Careers in government, like Federal, military, judicial system, IRS, U.S. Patent Office, and much more. A terrific site with hundreds of links. Author/Publisher: Federal Citizen Information Center of the US General Services Administration.
History Channel http://www.historychannel.com This is a great site to learn about any day or topic in history. Similar to the Chase Calendar of Annual Events. Author/Publisher: A&E Television Network.
Life’s Top 100 People & Events http://www.lifemag.com/Life/millenium/people/01.html At this site, you can search Life Magazine for famous and classic cover photographs, pictures of the year, top 100 events of the last 1,000 years, and features from the weekly Life Magazine from 1936 to 1972. Author/Publisher: Time, Inc.
Lives, the Biography Resource http://amillionlives.com This biographical site focuses on individuals as well as groups of people. It is predominantly a well-organized listing of links to other biographical sites where thousands of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives, and oral histories can be found. The user can search by name or browse alphabetical lists. Special pages feature groups such as “African Americans,” “Holocaust Survivors and Rescuers,” and “Women.” Because this site primarily covers people who are no longer living, it is a nice addition to sites like A&E’s Biography. com that is oriented toward the contemporary scene, the arts, and the entertainment worlds. The site also contains an interesting section of articles on biographical criticism for scholars. Author/Publisher: Kenneth P. Lanxner.
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ Links to history, animals, people & places, news, photography, news, and much more. Author/publisher: National Geographic Society.
Nolo Law http://www.nolo.com/index.html This one-stop site for legal information is geared toward the consumer and layperson. The Nolo Legal Encyclopedia and a fairly basic legal dictionary can be found in “Self Help Law Centers”. The “Research Center” has links to the U.S. Constitution and other Federal law sites and information on statutes in all 50 states. On the home page, the user can choose a subject from the guide, do a free-form search, or use the extensive list of suggested keywords. The retrieved information often includes some of the FAQ’s as well as useful, abbreviated articles. Links to related articles are also provided. Author/Publisher: Nolo Press.
Statistical Resources on the Web http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/stats.html This site includes statistics on a plethora of issues such as abortion, book publishing, capital punishment, crime, drug abuse, smoking, salaries, charities, and much more. Author/Publisher: University of Michigan’s Library.
Uncle Sam’s Statistical Abstract of the US http://www.census.gov/statab/www/ This site includes statistics about the United States and can be broken down into state, county, and city statistics. Author/Publisher: US Census Bureau.
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration http://www.nara.gov This the part of the U.S. government that is responsible for preserving and creating access to important historical documents. Original documents can be viewed online. Author/Publisher: National Archives & Records Administration.
The White House http://www.whitehouse.gov This site includes information about the President and the White House; it also has links to other departments and branches of government and includes a section for kids. It includes information on the first lady (and former first ladies), cabinet members, and former presidents. This site also links to the Senate and the House: http://www.senate.gov or http://www.house.gov. Author/Publisher: White House.
Newseum http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/ Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors.
CNN News http://www.CNN.com This site offers both national and international news; it also includes weather, law, politics, sports, business, travel, and more. This is a great site for finding current events online. Author/Publisher: Cable News Network (a Time Warner Company).
New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/ This is a great substitute for an actual newspaper. It gives you updates throughout the day about what is going on in the US and the world. It also allows you to search the archives back to 1980. Author/Publisher: New York Times Company.
Moreover.com http://w.moreover.com/ This site is a great place to go for news. Moreover.com is a specialty search engine that searches only current events. It limits searches by date and searches new-oriented web sites only. Author/Publisher: Moreover Technologies.
MSNBC http://www.msnbc.com/news/default.asp This is another great news site that allows you to get worldwide and US news as well as local news and weather. Author/Publisher: MSNBC.
San Diego Union Tribune http://www.signonsandiego.com/ This is the site of the San Diego Union Tribune online, one of San Diego’s local newspapers. Author/Publisher: Union Tribune Publishing Company.
Cool Math http://www.coolmath.com/ If you need to know how to do Algebra, Fractions or Decimals, learn at Cool Math. Author/Publisher: CoolMath.com.
Ifigure http://www.ifigure.com/index.html This meta-site supplies links to online calculators and worksheets. These are interactive, educational tools that provide information to help plan, solve and make decisions for a multitude of problems and tasks that come up daily, such as buying a home, checking on your health, investing money, figuring business profits, making statistical comparisons, or calculating pump pressure. Author/Publisher: iFigure, LLC.
Math Forum by Drexel University http://www.mathforum.com This huge site features a student center, teacher’s place, research division, and place for parents and citizens. The site offers all kinds of resources, but has tons of K-12 Math Resources by Subject, including Advanced Math. Most interesting part is the Key Issues in Math section, where they discuss things like Women and Minorities in Math. Author/Publisher: Drexel University
Online conversion http://www.onlineconversion.com/ This site provides tools to convert almost anything to anything else. Author/Publisher: Robert Fogl.
Chemistry for Kids http://www.chem4kids.com This site offers information about reactions, elements, atoms, matter, biochemistry and more. Author/Publisher: Andrew Rader Studios.
Education Index’s General Science Resources http://www.educationindex.com/gensci/ This site includes links to the main science pages available on the web. Author/Publisher: College View and The Education Index.
EnviroLink http://www.envirolink.org EnviroLink is a non-profit organization... a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news. Covering almost everything about the environment, it provides "the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available." Author/Publisher: EnviroLink Network, Inc.
Explore Science http://www.explorescience.com This site helps to clarify scientific concepts through the use of interactive activities for students and educators. Simple Shockwave demonstrations help explain mechanics, life sciences, waves, and more. There is also Explore Math http://www.exploremath.com/ Author/Publisher: ExploreLearning.com. Mad Science http://www.madsci.org This is a great science site that offers the science teacher an amazing amount of science resources and the student a great place to link to other sites that are specific to their needs (i.e. physics, zoology, botany, chemistry, etc). Author/Publisher: MadSci Network (Washington University Medical School).
NASA http://www.nasa.gov This link gets you to the NASA web site, which also has a link for kids. Anything you ever wanted to know about space you will probably find here. It also has some great pictures. Author/Publisher: National Aeronautics & Space Administration.
USGS Natural Science http://www.usgs.gov/education/ This is a great site for kids to get science help, teachers to get lesson plans, or anyone to learn more about natural science. Author/Publisher: US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey.
Martindale Center's Science & Mathematics Resources http://www.martindalecenter.com This site is great for students, teachers, scientists, and mathematicians. It includes information for physical science, life science, earth science, mathematics, engineering, K-12 science Web Quests, The Reference Desk, online calculators, science discoveries of the 1990, etc. Author/Publisher: Jim Martindale.
Science World & Math World http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/ An exceptional resource for Science and Math on the Internet that provides clear explanations of technical subjects intended for students, educators, researchers, and enthusiasts. This site contains comprehensive and interactive encyclopedias on astronomy, chemistry, and physics for scientific knowledge and education. This reference library was assembled as a public service from Wolfram Research. It is continuously updated to include new material and incorporate new discoveries. Links to MathWorld. Author/Publisher: Wolfram Research, Inc.
Center for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov This is a great site to learn about diseases, health warnings, required vaccinations before traveling, travel advisories (disease related), press releases, current health news, cruise ship ratings, government statistics, data for health, and links to other health related sites. Author/Publisher: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Intelihealth http://www.intelihealth.com This site provides well organized health information for the consumer and layperson. Many respected health organizations contribute to the site, including Harvard Medical School and the National Institutes of Health. There are searchable databases on drugs, symptoms and diseases, a medical dictionary, and an A-Z index to find topics. Daily tips appear, as well as featured “spotlight” topics. Author/Publisher: Intelihealth, a subsidiary of Aetna, Incorporated.
MedlinePlus http://medlineplus.gov/ This site includes dictionaries (spelling and definitions of medical terms), directories (location and credentials of doctors, dentists, and hospitals), drug information (generic and brand name), health topics (information on conditions, diseases, and wellness, as well as a medical encyclopedia), current health news, other resources (access to organizations, consumer health libraries, international sites, MEDLINE and more), and links (to MEDLINE in Spanish, clinical trial information, and more). Author/Publisher: U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Big Charts http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/ For those in business classes, this site allows you to search for business and stock related information. Big Charts offers the following: stock information on markets, industries, and individual companies; price statistics; historical quotes; stock facts such as big picture reports, market reports, big mover reports (i.e. most active; biggest money movers; those with largest %gain/loss in price/volume, ranking by % change in price/volume; broad market overviews, market summaries, and lots more); stock charts for comparing stocks; stock news; quotes; the best/worst performing industries and stocks. Author/Publisher: MarketWatch.com, Inc (of CBS).
Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco/ This site is considered an invaluable tool for students and career-changers as well as economists. Close to eight hundred occupations are listed and the following characteristics of each: nature of work, working conditions, employment, training, job outlook, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional information. Three methods of access are provided: a keyword search, an index to all identified occupations, and occupational clusters. Author/Publisher: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Silicon Investor http://www.siliconinvestor.com This site provides stock and mutual fund prices, historical quotes, business news, market insights, stock talk, and lots of other business and investment resources. Author/Publisher: InfoSpace Inc.
Resources for Certain People
San Diego County Office of Education for Family & Parents http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/iss/family/ This site gives parents information on how they can become more involved in their child’s education; learn about their parental rights, etc. It also includes many links to other resources of interest to parents. Author/Publisher: San Diego County Office of Education.
For Teachers & Librarians
FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence http://www.ed.gov/free This site was formed in 1997 to make hundreds of federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The site contains lots of valuable information about a variety of educational subjects ranging from Arts to Vocational Education. Sections include a subject search and directory, new resources, student resources, and toolkits for teachers that contain learning activities and units designed around agency resources. Author/Publisher: US Department of Education.
Kathy Schrock’s Home Page http://kathyschrock.net/ Kathy Schrock is well known in the educational community. This site provides links to great resources for teachers to help them integrate technology into the curriculum. It includes a link to Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators that offers educators a plethora of resources. This site is a must have on any library web portal. Author/Publisher: Kathy Schrock.
San Diego County Office of Education K-12 Resource Links http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/resources/resframe.html This is a great site for teachers because it gives teachers ideas for teaching and offers hundreds of links to credible subject specific web sites. Author/Publisher: San Diego County Office of Education.
Digital Librarian http://digital-librarian.com/ This extensive directory contains a librarian’s choice of best on the Web. Author/Publisher: Margaret Vail Anderson.
College and Moving Out
Accredited Online Colleges http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/allows you to search through countless accredited schools, based on a variety of criteria, to find the accredited college that best meets your needs.
Home Fair http://www.homefair.com So you are thinking about moving, going away to college, and all that fun stuff. This site can help you understand what costs are involved. Author/Publisher: National Association of Realtors and Homestore.com, Inc.
College Navigator http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) allows you to see a college’s profile, web site, catalog, map, and cross-reference. NCES also offers statistics about the school (educational, tuition, crime, enrollment, degrees, etc.), accreditation, and financial aid. You can also search by various factors (enrollment, area, type of institution, distance from area code, etc). Author/Publisher: U.S. Department of Education and Institute of Educational Statistics.
Peterson’s Guide to 4 Year Colleges Online http://www.petersons.com/ This site allows you to do a search for colleges and graduate programs, provides practice tests, and helps with financial aid research (scholarships, loans, etc); study abroad programs, training schools, distance education, and more. College searches provide basic facts and figures about the school (tuition, housing, sports, degrees, etc.). Author/Publisher: Thompson Corporation.
CinemaSpot http://www.cinemaspot.com This web site links to Moviefone, Internet Movie Database, Critics.com, reviews, people in cinema, genres of movies, various lists & statistics, articles, and much, much more. Author/Publisher: StartSpot.com.
ESPN Sports http://www.espn.go.com/ For sports fanatics, ESPN has the stats, the rankings, and the news about any sport you need to know more about. Author/Publisher: ESPN Internet Ventures.
How Stuff Works http://www.howstuffworks.com This site helps you understand how just about everything works (airplanes, televisions, cell phones, silencers, etc.) Author/Publisher: HowStuffWorks, Inc.