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  • Almanac 4Kids – “stories and articles, gazillions of facts, oodles of activities, and awesome pictures.”
  • Famous Birthdays – find out the birthday for famous figures.
  • Information Please Almanac – “A vast compendium of statistics and up-to-date facts and figures, on everything you need to know.” This site also has access to an online atlas, dictionary, and encyclopedia.
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac – the source for weather, gardening, astronomy, cooking, birding, fishing, home, pets, and family information.
  • On This Day – find out happenings for any day in history.
  • 109 – A Visual Interpretation of the Table of Elements – An innovative project interpreting the periodic table through “images that explore and reflect upon the diversity of elements that comprise matter.” Each of the 109 elements is accompanied by a visual image, as well as a description and history (including origin of name). The site is supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Bio Tech –  A hybrid biology and chemistry educational resource and research tool, intended to attract students and enrich the public’s knowledge of biology issues. The goal is to make BioTech as useful a tool to a high school student as it is to a postdoctoral fellow. Includes a great dictionary and annotated links to all the best resources on the Internet for studying science and biotechnology.
  • Chemguide: Helping You to Understand Chemistry – designed to help students understand concepts of chemistry.
  • Chemical – interactive Periodic Table.
  • Chemicool – features tables with extensive information about the elements.
  • Chemistry-Based animations that support teaching concepts used in freshman through graduate level courses.
  • Creative Chemistry – This site from a British author and high school chemistry teacher provides detailed descriptions of a few chemistry activities for students and teachers. Also includes selected molecule animations, puzzles, and games. Some materials are specific to British testing standards, and some activities will need to be converted to American measurement and spelling conventions. Searchable.
  • Dynamic Periodic Table
  • Internet Chemistry – This site explains how elements react with oxygen to form compounds called oxides. The rusting of metals is an example of this reaction. Additionally, find “Everyday Examples,” including bleaching, photosynthesis, metabolism, electrochemistry, the “dry cell” battery, and others. Includes related exercises.
  • General Chemistry Online – An introduction that includes hyperlinked notes, guides, and articles for first semester chemistry. There is a glossary, FAQs and a trivia quiz. The Toolbox provides interactive graphing, a pop-up periodic table, and calculators. Additionally,Tutorials contains self-guided tutorials, quizzes, and drills on specific topics. There is one database of 800 common compound names, formulas, structures, and properties, and another for over 400 annotated Web sites. From a chemistry professor at Frostburg State University , Maryland . Searchable.
  • Los Alamos Laboratory’s Periodic Table of the Elements – bright and colorful representation of the elements specifically for elementary, middle, and high school students.
  • Periodic Table of Comic Books – A fun, searchable site where elements are linked from a periodic table to comic book pages utilizing the name of the particular element. Citations include title, date, and page, if known.
  • Periodic Table of Poetry – explore the elements through various poems for each element.
  • Periodic Table of the Elements – Information about the elements can be found by clicking on the element abbreviation on the table or alphabetically by element name. Includes atomic number, symbol, weight, and electron configuration. Gives a brief history of the element and its sources, isotopes, uses, and properties. Information only goes through element 112. There is additional information on what the periodic table is, how to use it, the naming of new elements, and the Mendeleev’s original table. Designed for elementary through high school students.
  • Periodic Table of the Elements – A fun site covering the construction and history of a “literal” (it’s designed as a wooden table) periodic table. Click on any tile to see more about the element with links to more sites for reports and, in some cases, samples of the element. Also included is a brief biography of Mendeleev, the discoverer of periodic law and a list of collectors and sources of element samples from natural, ultra pure, and everyday objects.
  • The Periodic Table of Videos by the University of Nottingham features videos related to each element.
  • The Visual Elements Periodic Table
  • Web Elements – features a short video and explanation of each element.
  • – Discusses student debt and financial aid.
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana
  • Indiana College Go Week
  • KnowHow2GoIndianais all about preparing for the future with practical (and fun) experiences that help students learn about careers, explore college options and stay engaged in learning.
  • Transitioning to College – Kent State Preparing your students for college? Transitioning to College (T2C), a redesigned website, provides resources for both students and librarians about the college experience and the role of academic libraries. T2C users include high school juniors and seniors and their librarians, guidance counselors, and teachers, as well as for those working with incoming college freshmen.
  • Columbia Encyclopedia

  • – The Internet’s premiere free encyclopedia! Newly updated and expanded with more than 50,000 articles plus links giving you access to millions of articles and pictures in Electric Library, puts tons of information right at your fingertips. It’s free, quick and useful! Discover the best information available and get your answer fast – with

  • Encyclopedia Mythica – Covers mythology, folklore, legends, magic, etc.

  • EncycloZine  – An illustrated encyclopedic ezine and portal featuring articles, games, puzzles, quizzes, pictures, and photographs. An excellent resource for students, teachers and enquiring minds of all ages. 

  • Questia – “Questia’s FREE encyclopedia includes more than 52,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Each article is enhanced with links to Questia’s premium reference library of 77,000 full-text books and 4,000,000 journal, magazine, and newspaper articles.”

  • Wikipedia for Schools – Offers thousands of articles that have been individually checked for accuracy and use in schools. Updated each academic year. Offers the equivalent of a 20-volume printed encyclopedia.

  • Shakespeare – MyShakespeare – Has full-text, interactive editions of his plans
  • Merck Manual – “a series of healthcare books for medical professionals and consumers”.
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students may call the Homework Hotline from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) toll free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE. It’s a free service and a free call!
  • Study Guides and Strategies – contains basic information to help you study as well as specific resources for English, Math, and Science.
  • Tutoring – information on FREE in-home tutoring.
  • Google Maps – Find locations, businesses, or get directions.

  • How Far Is It? – Calculates distance between two points and show a map.

  • MapBlast – Maps and driving directions.

  • MapQuest – Maps and driving directions.

  • – Wall Maps • Atlases • Printable Maps • Digital Maps • Globes • Travel Maps 

  • Maps On Us – Excellent mapping and routing service from Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs). In addition to detailed maps and driving directions, you can listen to your driving directions, with a choice of male or female voices. If you register (free) it will save your preferences and addresses.
  • PCL Map Collection – More than 2,400 online maps of general interest ordered geographically. They also have a FAQ, which includes directions for re-sizing and printing the maps, maps of special interest, historical maps, a directory of city maps around the world, and links to other map collections.
  • National GeographicFind almost any place with Map Machine and other online National Geographic atlases, order maps, get country facts, print maps, play geography games.

  • United States Atlas –  Home Page of The National Atlas of the United States of America.


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  • New York Times

  • USA Today

  • Google Newspaper Archive – “News archive search provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. In addition to helping you search, News archive search can automatically create timelines which show selected results from relevant time periods.”

  • CIA World Factbook – Offers flags of the world, geography, maps, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational information on different countries of the world.  
  • – searches millions of general interest, academic, and industry periodical articles.
  • Librarians’ Index to the Internet – Annotated directory database of more than 4,500 resources useful to the public library user. Entries assigned subject headings and categorized by Best of…, Directories, Databases, and Specific Resources. Keyword search that includes the annotation is the default.
  • LibrarySpot – Reference resources which include top dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, maps, quotations and much more.
  • MegaConverter – converts time, measurements, and much more.
  • Ready Reference Collection (IPL) – Excellent, annotated collection, from the Internet Public Library. If you want quick access to many of the best “Ref Desk” resources on the Internet, this is a great place to start.
  • Virtual Library – Large information list with links to resources.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Earthquakes – database of large or otherwise important earthquakes of the past.
  • Earthquakes – list most destructive earthquakes on record in the world.
  • Electronic Zoo – features a collection of web sites for animal research.
  • Eric Weisstein’s World of Science – Provides information about chemistry, mathematics, scientific biographies, physics, and astronomy.
  • Exploratorium – an online place to explore science, art, and human perception which features a collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events which feed curiosity.
  • Genes and Diseases –  National Center for Biotechnology Information collection of articles that discuss genes and the diseases they cause.
  • Genetic Conditions and Rare Conditions Site
  • Genetic Diseases – a webliography of authoritative web sites for research on genetic diseases.
  • Genetic Disorders – listed from The National Human Genome Research Institute.
  • Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects Information Center
  • InnerBody – “Your Guide to Human Anatomy Online”.
  • Insectclopedia
  • – “This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.”
  • Learn.Genetics – The University of Utah’s genetic science learning center.
  • Nine(8) Planets – this website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system. Each page has our text and NASA‘s images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.
  • Online Meteorology – “The Online Meteorology Guide is a collection of web-based instructional modules that use multimedia technology and the dynamic capabilities of the web. These resources incorporate text, colorful diagrams, animations, computer simulations, audio and video to introduce fundamental concepts in the atmospheric sciences.”
  • Physics to Go – “Physics to Go is a collection of websites where you can learn physics on your own, through games, webcasts, and online exhibits and activities. Also included are physics on the road programs, which bring demonstration shows, and in some cases hands-on activities, to you, the audience. To find the resources you want, you can browse the collection and search our database by content topic, resource type, and grade level.”
  • Science Channel – offers great links of science related interest for students and teachers.
  • Science Fair Projects A-Z – “Topics, Ideas, Resources and Sample Projects for Primary, Elementary, Middle and High School Students and Teachers”.
  • Science Project Encyclopedia – AMAZING site from the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists. Perfect for all aspects of science fair research.

  • Scientific Biography
  • Scijinks – weather related information – sponsored by NASA.
  • Virtual Pond Dip – great for biology students to interact with different types of pond life.
  • Your Genes, Your Health – information on genetics from The Dolan DNA Learning Center.
  • NBC Learn – Indiana Department of Education is now making NBC LEARN K-12 a part of its digital offerings! Now all middle and high schools will be able to access thousands of high-quality archival, original, and currents events videos from NBC LEARN K-12 for use in classroom instruction, student projects, and homework. Over 12,000 resources which include: NBC Current Events collection and historic videos, News broadcasts and interviews, Hundreds of primary source documents, Images, charts, graphics, cartoons, and more.
  • Our Story – Smithsonian American history stories and activities site to explore history.
  • World Bank –  “Social, economic, financial, and development data for more than 200 countries and economies. Browse, map, graph, or download data by country, indicator, or topic.”
  • JayCut – free online video editing.
  • Dropbox – store and share files on the web for free.
  • Edublogs – create and manage students and teacher educational blogs.
  • Jing – share pictures and videos on the web.
  • PBworks – “PBworks hosts over 300,000 educational workspaces, and has helped transform teaching and learning for millions of students, parents and teachers.”
  • Prezi – create and share presentations on the web.
  • Wordle – create word clouds.
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