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Reference/Information Literacy

Lakewood Public Library/Ready Reference

A selection of ready reference web sites classified according to the Dewey Decimal system.

Library of Congress

Includes Thomas (Congressional Record), America's Library for Kids and Families, American Memory historical collections, and special exhibitions

Library Spot

Lists, encyclopedias, maps, magazines, phone books, statistics


Use this link to go straight to this puzzle generation tool for teachers. Create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists. Also includes Brain Booster activities and a clip art gallery.

Reference Desk

Thousands of links to online reference material, including language translator, global statistics, reverse address and phone number lookup, classical music archives, electronic texts, and many, many more

Information Please

Almanacs, dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, biographies

Internet Public Library

Superior reference center includes online newspapers, serials, texts, quotations, style and writing guides, trivia, biographies, state, regional and country information, and many others too numerous to list


Fast facts about the 50 states: state capital, bird, flower, tree, song, area, climate, and links to state web pages

Alabama Virtual Library

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources.

Ask Jeeves for Kids

Natural language search engine allows kids to ask a question and be directed to one web site that provides the answer! Also includes study tools and links to online game sites - Great Books Online

Preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and teachers with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

CIA - World Factbook 2001

Country profiles contain authoritative statistics on population, area, terrain, natural resources, economy, imports and exports, currency, income levels, agriculture, industries, etc.

Electronic Zoo/NetVet

The goal of this site is to categorize and organize veterinary medical and animal-related information. A wealth of links to websites and newgroups about animals, categorized by species. Contains excellent picture library.

Encarta Online

Selected articles and pictures from the CD-ROM enclyclopedia. Includes homework help, web links, parenting articles

Look up articles by keyboard or browse by alphabetical index. Also includes dictionaries, thesaurus, and almanacs.

National Geographic for Kids

Variety of articles, movies, online adventures, and learning games about science and social studies topics, with teacher's guide for Kids

News with a kids' slant, magazine archive, and educational activities make this site worth bookmarking on your student computer.

USA Today Education Online

Daily lesson plan and monthly projects use the newspaper as a starting point for cross curricular lessons and in-depth projects. Virtual Career Quests provide starting points for career exploration.

Includes a variety of word-play activities, online dictionaries, daily buzzword


Search 36 different specialized dictionaries and 7 encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Alabama

The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabamas history, culture, geography, and natural environment. EOA offers articles written or adapted specifically for it and, when possible, enhanced with multimedia content. New content is added to the site regularly.

K - 12

Admission 101: What You Need to Know

This website details helpful hints for using technology as an investigative tool in college searches.

Campus Visit Checklist

Not everything you need to know about a college or university campus is included on the PR tour. This checklist provides a list of formal and informal activities that students' may use to gain a realistic view of the campus culture.

College Comparison Worksheet

This graphic organizer will help students to directly compare qualities and characteristics of three colleges and universities, thus enabling them to distinguish important similarities and differences.

Guide to the College Admission Process

This informational booklet from the National Association of College Admission Counselors presents a comprehensive look at the college admission process from preparations for application and application construction to acceptance/rejection letter receipt.

Do you know your news? CNN Student News

Students view school-appropriate news clips. They respond through writing, discussion, or projects.

Factory Balls

Great for lower grade levels that need extra reinforcement with problem-solving skills. The student must use problem-solving skills to take each ball and package it according to what is on the box.

Color Matching

This interactive game matches colors to color words.

Duck Duck Go

DuckDuckGo is a kid friendly search engine. Simple and easy to use for younger students. *Search anonymously (truly anonymous search) utilizing multiple search engines simultaneously (not just one) to see a more authentic representation of search results from across the internet.

Choosing a Vocational School

This resource developed by the Federal Trade Commission offers advice for selecting a reputable vocational school for learning a trade or skilled vocation.


Live Binders is a research and organizational tool for teachers and students. It is a way to organize documents and websites like pages in a book. Students can use live binders to group information for projects and classes.

What is a Blog?

This animated video from BrainPOP explores the idea of blogging (what is a blog? a blogger? how does someone publish a blog?) The high production value makes for an engaging video; there are also links to related activities, lesson plans, and a quiz. *This video is free and can be viewed without setting up an account.

Creative Commmons Search

Find content that you can share, use, and remix. "Our mission: Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation." "If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."

Am I a Plagiarist?

Students can use Plagtracker to check their paper for plagiarism for free before turning the paper in for grading. It is a tool for self assessment.

EasyBib: Free Bibliography and Citation Generator

The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!

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