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May 31, 2017:
A new version.


A great site:

ALA's Reference and User Services Association

This is an index of the web sites included in the 1999-2013 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.

Bartleby.comBartleby.com - Reference: Thesaurus, Usage, Quotations, and more. Reference site allows you to search over the Columbia Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of World History, fact books, thesauri, quotes, and more.


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 Know ItKids Know It Network - Visit this website for games, activities, worksheets and information about subjects like history, geography, geology, spelling, dinosaurs, math, and astronomy. You can also find free educational songs and videos.


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.


Kids.govKids.gov - A kids' portal to the U.S. government, this site was developed and is maintained by the Federal Citizen Information Center. It provides links to Federal kids sites along with kids sites from other organizations all grouped by subject.


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.


University of Albany Reference PageUniversity Libraries | University at Albany - State University of New York - This is one very complete and professional online reference collection in a clean and easily accessible format all maintained and linked within the University Libraries site.


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.


zisboombahZisBoomBah - ZisBoomBah offers an interactive way for kids to choose what to eat for dinner. Sign up is free and parents receive kid friendly dinner lists and recipes.


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.