Student Reference Sources

Databases

Trumbull Public Library: With your library card you can acces a wealth of databases here, including personalized SAT prep.

Points of View: A terrific database with articles from different points of view considering hundreds of contemporary issues. Great for a debate in class or a research project.

Novelist: Looking for a good book?

Librarian's Index to the Internet: This a wonderful resource for finding reliable web sites.

RefDesk.com Essential Reference Tools: A whole library at your finger tips.

The Internet Public Library: If you're having a hard time getting an answer, this site gives you annotations to dozens of reference sites.

Encyclopedias

Wikipedia: A grand project to create the world's largest encyclopedia. Anyone can submit an article or information to the Wikipedia. It's truly an interactive encyclopedia and has a tremendous wealth on information on nearly everything.

Columbia Encyclopedia: For quick reference questions.

Dictionaries

Merriam Webster Word Central: The most kid friendly.

American Heritage World Dictionary: Includes pronunciation.

Wiktionary: Sister project to the Wikipedia above, this is a dictionary that has been written by its users.

Onelook.com: A meta-search tool for words, Onelook searches 900 online dictionaries-- especially helpful for those obscure words.

Merriam Webster: The grown up version.

Thesauri

Roget's Thesaurus II: Easy to use.

Thesaurus.com: Also good.

Reverse Dictionary: Cool idea. You type in the concept you're trying to get at, and it gives you the words.

Atlases and Almanacs

MapQuest: Road maps and more for the entire country.

Google Maps: Road maps and detailed satellite photographs. Find your street and see if your car was in the driveway when they took the photograph.

About World Atlas: Detailed and outline maps of most countries.

Outline Maps: Beautiful outline images of continents.

Information Please Almanac: A standard almanac.

 

Other Sources

Poetry.org: Search by author, title, and first line. Includes biographies and essays.

About.com: Professional Guides create links and content about their specialties.

Onlineconversion.com: Convert just about anything to just about anything else. Distance, weight, volume, they're all here.

Biography.com: Just a little about 25,000 people.

This Day in History: You'll be amazed at how much happened today.

Guinness Book Of World Records: It's not just the book. The videos are very cool.

How Much Is That Worth Today: The cost of living has gone up. Find out by how much.

World Clocks: Discover how fast things are changing. .