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LIBRARY AND REFERENCE
NameBase - Look up the name of someone
META SEARCH ENGINES
RESEARCH SITES FOR STUDENTS
ASK A LIBRARIAN
The Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) is part of the Education Digital Library Initiative of the US Department of Education.
Blythe Allison Bennett - Virtual Reference Desk Coordinator, AskNSDL Coordinator, National Science Digital Library, NSF
Information Institute of Syracuse, Syracuse University
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Over one million documents from selected web sites dealing with education and development is fully searchable and links are regularly checked The contents of this virtual library includes documents from around the world and aims to support and enhance the work of learners, educators, administrators and policy makers.
WIKIVERSITY free, open learning environment and research community. Online courses are being created as a form of co-operative and interactive exchange of knowledge.
Search Quilt - tells you what's being searched for and then gives you a nice one-page meta-search for them.
Read Burner - site monitors "several hundred" linkblogs.
RESEARCH SITES FOR 12 and Under
Kids 12 and under You can even limit a search to just pre-school friendly sites.
Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library
Sites organized by subject and categorized into online tutorials, activities, projects or lessons
Internet Public Library Youth Division
Click on the subject categories to find hand-picked web sites which will help you learn about math, science, arts, music and more... from the University of Michigan's School of Information.
Multnomah County Library's Homework Center
Explore web sites categorized into subject areas by librarians from Multnomah County, Oregon.
Questia the Online Library
The world's largest online library of over 45,000 books and 360,000 journal, magazine, and newspaper articlesRead all books and articles in their entirety Create footnotes and bibliographies automatically Useful for high school students, college students, educators, and book lovers.
Includes more than 25,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day. It can be searched by names, birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, miscellaneous achievements, and other keywords.
Little Explorers Picture Dictionary - Over 1000 illustrated dictionary entries! Each word is used in a meaningful example sentence. Most entries have links to a related web site. Just click on an underlined word (or its accompanying picture), and you'll link to a great web site related to it.
Etymology Dictionary provides a dictionary of word origins. Info about each term includes when the word first begin to appear and how the meaning changed through the years.
Fagan Finder known for its many search engines, now offes an image search engine The main body of the image search is a query box and a series of radio buttons that allows you to choose the resource to search. Categories to search include search engines (including Google and AltaVista), Graphics and Clip Art (including Clipart Connection and Icon Browser) and Regional and Historical (including Library of Congress and Images Canada.) Hold your mouse over the name of each resource to get a complete description in a popup window.
BUG ME NOT- gives you the password so that you keep your privacy.
Teachers can use webquests to create Web-based learning pages that include the teacher's choice of Internet links and activities focused on achieving a specific goal. Written by Creator Dr. Bernie Dodge, this page goes into the components of a Webquest and then provides links to examples as well as a template for designing your own.
The Spider's Apprentice http://www.monash.com/spidap.html
Spidap (as it's affectionately known) is not another search engine. It doesn't crawl the Web looking for new URLs. It can't find stuff for you -- iIt helps you find it yourself. The folks behind Spidap figure out which search engines are most effective (even rating them, first in brief and, separately, more in-depth). It also includes ongoing discussions of new search engines and their techniques.
A part of New Jersey Online, this site appeals to kids in the most primitive way -- using the gross-out factor -- in a unique way to interest children in science. The latest feature of this award-winning Web site is "Your Gross and Cool Body," on human biology. Kids (parents & teachers too) can learn about why one farts, burps, snores & more -- with clickable questions, sound effects (oh no!) and interactive Q&A.
ClicNet- French Culture & Literature http://clicnet.swarthmore.edu
This site is passed along by Gene Klotz at Swarthmore, ClicNet is a "virtual center for Francophone culture & literature" suited for all students of the French language, its arts and more. It has lots of contentdirectly applicable for classroom use or casual interests.
CU-SeeMeFor configuring CU-SeeMe to optimal settings, from the horse's mouth:
National State Legislatures www.ncsl.org/public/sitesleg.htm
National State Legislatures, one-stop entrance to state agencies, etc. and local representatives"
Extensive collection of primary sources on all parts of Asia and its cultures, with discrete learning modules and navigation aids for educators, this Web site is excellent for teaching and casual learning as well. It's sponsored by the Asia Society.
Professor Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University, coined this term in 1995 for a structured approach to utilizing the Internet to teach any subject in any grade.
Ethics & Intellectual Property Resources
Technology creates innovative learning environments -- and unearths new problems, copyright issues and ethical questions. This is an extensive page of links on some of the issues involved.
Free Education Newsletters
Features five newsletters that deal with the government's involvement with
* Community Updates
* OERI Bulletin
* Improving Schools
* Ed Initiatives
A "best site" for science news for reporters, researchers and the curious public. This SunSITE was the first to post the news of "life on Mars," for example.