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Finding Information on the Internet - UC Berkeley

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8 to 12
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This online tutorial provides students, teachers, and parents with guidance and up-to-date information on understanding search engines, using search strategies, evaluating Web sites,...more
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This online tutorial provides students, teachers, and parents with guidance and up-to-date information on understanding search engines, using search strategies, evaluating Web sites, and citing resources. There is A LOT of information here, but it is organized into manageable subdivisions that teachers and librarians will find useful. It's fairly high-powered content, so sift through it to isolate those specific gems that your students will need before they jump into a research project.

tag(s): search strategies (29)

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Word Central - Merriam Webster

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Enter the hallways of Word Central for an unforgettable online dictionary experience. In addition to finding correct spellings and definitions, you can look for the daily Buzz Word...more
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Enter the hallways of Word Central for an unforgettable online dictionary experience. In addition to finding correct spellings and definitions, you can look for the daily Buzz Word and listen to the pronunciation, or create poems in a snap with Verse Composer. Then walk up to the second floor to the Build Your Own Dictionary room and Computer Lab coding chamber.

tag(s): poetry (222)

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Ask a Librarian - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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If your local library just can't help, try this online service that puts you in contact with Library of Congress research librarians. Live chats are available for some topics. Other...more
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If your local library just can't help, try this online service that puts you in contact with Library of Congress research librarians. Live chats are available for some topics. Other inquiries will receive a response within 5 days. Be sure to read the Reference Correspondence Policy at the bottom of the home page for directives on how this resource should be used. This is an "adult" reference tool, not a student's homework assistance hotline!

tag(s): resources (109)

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Have students use this as a resource while working on a research project. Just check with your school technology policies and make sure it's acceptable to use the live chat option.

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Rhyme Zone

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4 to 12
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This site is much more than an on-line rhyming dictionary. Use it as a thesaurus, spell checker, or on-line source for all of Shakespeare's works. Other features include interactive...more
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This site is much more than an on-line rhyming dictionary. Use it as a thesaurus, spell checker, or on-line source for all of Shakespeare's works. Other features include interactive quizzes on a variety of topics (high-school level), thousands of searchable quotations and poems, and the complete texts of several famous documents.

tag(s): shakespeare (112), thesaurus (24)

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Copyright Terms and the Public Domain - Cornell University

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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials...more
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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials enter the public domain. It may be more information than you care to know about the public domain, but it will keep you legal!

tag(s): air (146), copyright (51)

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New York Public Library's Digital Library Collection

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6 to 12
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Explore images, documents, and rare materials in this impressive collection of on-line archives. Search for a specific topic of interest by using the Archival Finding Aids, tour the...more
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Explore images, documents, and rare materials in this impressive collection of on-line archives. Search for a specific topic of interest by using the Archival Finding Aids, tour the many on-line exhibitions that cover a wide range of topics, or follow a link to one of beautifully presented portfolios on themes ranging from Small-town America to Surveyors of the American West. Use for your own background research or as a resource for your students. Created by the New York Public Library.

tag(s): primary sources (93)

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Use this site to search for images that can be used in your classroom for a visual discovery activity. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, placing them on separate slides of a PowerPoint show. Show each slide to the class for 1-2 minutes each, allowing students time to jot down what they observe, predict and infer about each image. After the class has finished with the slides, have a class discussion based on the notes that students took accompanying a replaying of the slide show. This is a great way to introduce or review a topic in a non-lecture format.

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Citation Style Guides - Seattle Central Community College

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Provide students with a resource that can answer all of their questions when working on a bibliography for a class project or paper. This site conveniently features MLA, Turabian, APA,...more
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Provide students with a resource that can answer all of their questions when working on a bibliography for a class project or paper. This site conveniently features MLA, Turabian, APA, and AAA styles, presents examples of specific citations, and provides links to other helpful Web sources. Developed by the Seattle Central Community College Library.

tag(s): citations (38)

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Copyright with Cyberbee - Cyberbee

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This highly interactive explanation of copyright laws helps students recognize and understand their responsibility in citing sources. Use as an introduction or refresher before assigning...more
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This highly interactive explanation of copyright laws helps students recognize and understand their responsibility in citing sources. Use as an introduction or refresher before assigning research projects. The site also contains teacher resources and tips on explaining copyright issues.

tag(s): air (146), copyright (51)

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Educator's Reference Desk - Information Institute of Syracuse

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Educators who have lamented the demise of the AskERIC service will welcome its new incarnation, offering a robust, up-to-date collection of theme-based educator resources, and wealth...more
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Educators who have lamented the demise of the AskERIC service will welcome its new incarnation, offering a robust, up-to-date collection of theme-based educator resources, and wealth of lesson plans, and archives of past questions. Managed by the Information Institute of Syracuse, the new format greatly enhances usability. Kudos!

tag(s): professional development (162)

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Paradigm - Online Writing Assistant

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Here is a remarkable resource for helping middle and high-school students master the art of putting their thoughts into words. An online handbook for writers, the site provides resources...more
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Here is a remarkable resource for helping middle and high-school students master the art of putting their thoughts into words. An online handbook for writers, the site provides resources for writing different types of papers and gives helpful hints for organizing one's writing. This is a great site to use in teaching expository writing, or to give to students as an additional resource when revising and editing their own written work.

tag(s): writing (365)

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Artcyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine

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This site provides good fine arts background material with museum listings, photographs of works, and articles for a number of artists. Teachers and students can search for information...more
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This site provides good fine arts background material with museum listings, photographs of works, and articles for a number of artists. Teachers and students can search for information by artist, painting title, and museum. The site also has a great comprehensive list of artistic movements with definitions and a list of participating artists.

tag(s): artists (77), drawing (83), museums (51), painting (66)

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Evaluating Web Pages - U.C. Berkeley

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Students frequently believe facts are credible just because they found them on the web. Not so. U.C. Berkeley's discussion of how to tell a web page's pedigree is one of ...more
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Students frequently believe facts are credible just because they found them on the web. Not so. U.C. Berkeley's discussion of how to tell a web page's pedigree is one of the better treatments we've seen. Librarians and teachers assigning research projects may want to use this page as a model for their own discussion, or simply offer it to their students as required reading. Add this one to your reference bookmarks.

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Dictionary of Units of Measurement - University of North Carolina

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No matter what you want to measure, you'll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science,...more
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No matter what you want to measure, you'll find information on how to quantify it here. While some browsing is required, teachers will find applications for this information in science, math, geography, and other subject areas. The reference possibilities are also extensive. Add this one to your toolkit of web reference specialties.

tag(s): measurement (164)

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Analyzing Information Sources - Cornell University

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Cornell University's guide to evaluating online information sources would be a great primer for teachers who are not proficient web searchers. High school students will also find this...more
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Cornell University's guide to evaluating online information sources would be a great primer for teachers who are not proficient web searchers. High school students will also find this site a useful way of separating the reliable research sources from those less trustworthy.

tag(s): resources (109)

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Citing Your Sources - Duke University

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Here's an on-line resource from Duke University offering drop-down instructions for citing more than a dozen different types of sources. What's especially slick is the comparison between...more
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Here's an on-line resource from Duke University offering drop-down instructions for citing more than a dozen different types of sources. What's especially slick is the comparison between Chicago, APA, MLA, and Turabian style formats. This makes the site useful across a wide range of standards and settings. It's the closest we've found to one-stop shopping for research citation help.

tag(s): citations (38), plagiarism (37)

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This site would be useful for any teacher who assigns a research paper, regardless of the subject. Open this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector and share it with students before assigning them a research project. To insure that students are reminded of plagiarism and the importance if citing, copy this link on to any student assignment sheets that contain information about their research paper.

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Eight Steps to Information Literacy

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This is a great guide for teachers interested in getting their students to use the web and related technologies creatively. You'll find a step-by-step process that lets students get...more
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This is a great guide for teachers interested in getting their students to use the web and related technologies creatively. You'll find a step-by-step process that lets students get organized before heading off on a project and encourages them to sort through their results before building a project. Great backgrounder for teachers getting started with web research.

tag(s): book reports (39)

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Encyclopedia Astronautica

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For technical and historical information about space travel and technology, this site is probably without peer. There are hundreds of pages, images, and minutely detailed chronologies...more
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For technical and historical information about space travel and technology, this site is probably without peer. There are hundreds of pages, images, and minutely detailed chronologies of the people, programs, and equipment which have contributed to space travel in countries around the world. It's an outstanding research site, and a wealth of information.

tag(s): space (217)

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Rigby Subject Resource Guides - Reed Books

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This Australian site is an excellent reference guide. Excellent links to any research and reference materials out there on the Web!! Very easy to use, well thought out reference guide...more
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This Australian site is an excellent reference guide. Excellent links to any research and reference materials out there on the Web!! Very easy to use, well thought out reference guide with links to anything that has to do with academics! This guide also provides grade level information, professional resources, several other language resources, lesson plans, topic discussions, and research help and assistance.

tag(s): resources (109)

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary Page - Merriam-Webster

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This site boasts more than a simple on-line dictionary. The site includes search features, a daily crossword puzzle, a word of the day, and more. This comprehensive site provides teachers...more
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This site boasts more than a simple on-line dictionary. The site includes search features, a daily crossword puzzle, a word of the day, and more. This comprehensive site provides teachers and students with a reference tool that's actually interesting to use.

tag(s): dictionaries (57)

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Some of the content on this site does require a premium membership; however, the free daily content links at the top of the page provide a great resource. Consider challenging students to a "word of the day" competition. Have students guess the meaning of the word of the day for an entire week, and reward students who guess correctly.

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Bartleby.com

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For those needing literary, writing, or historical reference information, this site provides one-stop shopping. The site collects on-line versions of several dozen standard reference...more
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For those needing literary, writing, or historical reference information, this site provides one-stop shopping. The site collects on-line versions of several dozen standard reference works, and it also offers a search interface that can make short work of finding even the most obscure information.

tag(s): literature (272)

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Include this site on your teacher web page for students and parents to access as a reference.

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