This resource is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for ILS 504 Reference Materials and Services, Spring 2009; Professor Elsie Okobi.
Ready Reference Links
Almanacs, Atlases, Biographies, Dictionaries and Thesauri, Encyclopedias, Government, Measurement and Currency, Newspapers and Magazines, and Reference and Homework Helpers!
Almanacs and Atlases
World Almanac for Kids
At this site, you can explore categories including Animals, Enviornment, Historical Birthdays, Religion, Space, Sports, and U.S. History Timeline.
Old Farmer's Almanac
Published yearly since 1792 and relied upon by farmers for information on weather, moon phases, tides, and sunrise charts.
Linking to sites with current information on all of the fifty states. Links to state governments, symbols, population numbers, major cities, major industries, and much, much more.
Contains full color physical and political maps as well as facts and statistics on countries around the world.
Authors and Illustrators
Here you will find links to hundreds of authors and illustrators of children and young adult literature.
The Biography Channel
Browse alphabetically or search over 25,000 notable individuals, past and present.
The Biographical Dictionary
Brief biographical information on more than 25,000 people both past and present.
IPL - Biographies
Internet Public Library (IPL) links to thousands of notable people, past and present, from all areas of human endeavor.
Dictionaries and Thesauri
A multi-source dictionary search service provider. Just type in your word (don't know how to spell it - just guess; you'll get suggestions) and your results will follow.
RhymeZone: Rhyming Dictionary
Type in your words to find rhymes, synonyms, homophones, and more.
Results derived from Roget's II: The New Thesaurus.
Presented by Merriam-Webster, this site provides users access to a standard dictionary, a rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus.
A free online version of Britannica. Includes link to websites evaluated by Britannica's editors.
Free version includes an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, and links to homework helpers.
Encyclopedia.com puts millions of articles from some of the world’s most authoritative and highly respected publications at your fingertips. A free online encyclopedia, Encyclopedia.com features premier titles like The Columbia Encyclopedia, Oxford’s World Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of World Biography.
Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Homework Helper in one!
Ben's Guide to Government
U.S. Government Printing Office offers this site as a source for kids, teachers and parents to the U.S. Government.
FedStats for Kids
This site provides visitors with a fun way to explore statistical concepts and geography.
The official kids portal to the U.S. Government.
State of Maine for Kids
A site for kids to learn about our great home state of Maine with links to government, fun facts about our state as well as games and contests to enter!
Measurement and Currency
Measure 4 Measure
A collection of interactive site on the web that calculate, estimate, evaluate, translate, etc.
The U.S. Mint
Information about the U.S. Mint and the history and stories behind U.S. coins.
World of Measurement
Introduction to length, mass, temperature, time, and volume for elementary age students.
Newspapers and Magazines
New York Times
Online edition of the newspaper's news and commentary. Searchable archives from 1871-Present.
Portland Press Herald
Portland, Maine's local newspaper. Search for local news and events. Back issues available for viewing.
Time for Kids
The latest news from around the world for kids in grades K-6. Includes related polls, games, and websites.
From the press to the classroom, check this site out for more information about what you have been reading in school.
Research and Homework Helpers
FREE - Federal Resources for Education Excellence
Teaching and Learning resources from Federal Agencies including sites about Arts & Music, Health & Phys. Ed, History & Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, and Science.
HomeworkSpot.com is a free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot.
MARVEL - Maine's Virtual Library Network
Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the State of Maine through the online resources of MARVEL! Maine's Virtual Library. Included databases are Academic Search Premiere, EBSCO Animals, ERIC, Middle Search Plus, NoveList, Proquest Newspapers and many, many more. **Need to sign up using an affiliate library.
Reference, Facts, News - Free for all to use. Including a section for Homework Help.