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May 13, 2020


A great site:

ALA's Reference and User Services Association

This is an index of the web sites included in the 1999-2017 annual lists issued by the Mars Best of Free Reference Web Sites Committee of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web.

Other links:

Quick access links to reference collections available online. For more indepth help on a specific subject go to the Curriculum Resources page.

DK Findout!DK Findout! - DK Findout! is a general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, games, and activities on a wide variety of topics.

EdSITEmentEDSITEment - Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides web access to some of the worlds great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities. Lesson plans are also available for educators.

encyclopedia.comEncyclopedia.com - A free online encyclopedia with entries, article, facts, images and more from authoritative and respected sources often used in libraries.

Fact MonsterFact Monster - Find information about a variety of subjects ranging from weather facts to homework help to quizzes and games.


iToolsiTools - Internet tools: Search, research, reference, look up or translate just about anything in one place.


Kid Lit TVKidLit TV - KidLit TV utilizes technologies such as videos and podcasts to promote children's literature and to inspire kids to read, write, and draw.



Kids ClickKids Click - This directory of sites is selected by librarians and are organized by subject and Dewey numbers. Students can click on a particular subject and another page appears with a list of age appropriate websites for that subject. This directory is also searchable by keyword. Each website lists the suggested reading level. Additional tips on searching techniques are included.


Library of Congress Virtual Reference ShelfLibrary of Congress Virtual Reference Shelf - Ask a librarian: An online reference service from the Library of Congress that allows researchers to submit reference questions to the Library of Congress. Chances are you won't have to ask once the Selected Online Resources for Research section is used.

Merriam-WebsterMerriam-Webster Online - Aside from the wonderful access to the dictionary, this site offers words games and a word for the day.


Multnomah County LibraryMultnomah County Library - Whether you want to read about Pokemon or princesses, dinosaurs or horses, you'll find all the information you need right here. If you're looking for some help with homework, you've come to the right place. We'll save you time by getting you the information you need fast!


Pics4LearningPics4Learning - Looking for images to include in a project? Teachers and students are granted permission to use all of the free images in this collection.


You Are HereYou Are Here - Explore the virtual mall and learn about advertising and how it impacts your life. Learn about how to be a smart consumer, protect your privacy, and avoid scams and rip-offs. Parents and teachers, check out the parent and teacher pages, with activities and ideas for using this site to teach kids about advertising.


Your DictionaryYour Dictionary - Provides an easy-to-use search engine for words and the results are quite detailed. Also offers 400 different language dictionaries.


Other reference sources

Homework Helpers are curriculum relevant links providing reference tools to aid students in their homework.

Curriculum Resources provide specific links to dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, biographies, geography, and other subject areas.