Encyclopedia and Reference Sites

If a lesson is devoted to researching multiple items, show your students how to open two browser windows side-by-side. The research site(s) can be loaded in one window and the stimulus material in the other window.

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Encyclopedia Britannica

Britannica now provides on-line (for free!) the complete, updated Encyclopedia Britannica, the oldest and largest general reference in the English language, plus selected articles from more than 70 of the world's top magazines and links to 1000's of sites.  learn more

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Encyclopedia of Earth

The EoE is still a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholar/professionals who collaborate and review each other's work. We have been offline for much of 2016 while we migrated to this open source MediaWiki platform. We still have work to do cleaning up some artifacts of the migration and bringing our content up to date.…  learn more

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Encyclopedia.com

As the Internet's premier collection of online encyclopedias, Encyclopedia.com provides you reference entries from credible, published sources like Oxford University Press and Columbia Encyclopedia. At Encyclopedia.com, you get free access to over 300,000 reference entries from sources you can cite. Plus, more than 50,000 topic summaries feature related pictures, videos, topic summaries, and newspaper and magazine articles from around the world. Encyclopedia.com takes great care in constantly…  learn more

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FactMonster: Reference Site for Kids

A trusted reference site for kids. I help you with homework and facts. In case that gets boring, I'll also have some games and trivia quizzes for you! From the solar system to the world economy to educational games, Fact Monster has the info kids are seeking. Our site is COPPA and kidSAFE-certified, so you can rest assured it's a safe place…  learn more

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Infoplease

Infoplease is a reference and learning site, combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. Our editors regularly update and refine this enormous body of information—as well as adding new discoveries and identifying trends—to bring you reliable and authoritative information. The content is…  learn more

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Infoplease: Top Ten Lists

Infoplease is a reference and learning site, combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. Our editors regularly update and refine this enormous body of information—as well as adding new discoveries and identifying trends—to bring you reliable and authoritative information. Parents, teachers and…  learn more

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Infotopia

"Try Infotopia... Infotopia is a search engine that is a safe Google alternative for students to use when searching for information on the web. Infotopia offers a variety of reference and informational sites for subjects such as: art, social science, math, social issues, science and technology. and biography." Bitterroot Library Media Center  learn more

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Internet Public Library Kidspace

For Kids Internet Public Library Kidspace provides links to other pages on the IPL website where abundant resources for specific topics are listed. All resource links on any page you head to from here will have individual descriptions to make finding information easier for kids.  learn more

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RefDesk

RefDesk lists experts in science from A-Z--birds, bugs, chemistry what-have-you. At times it appears that an expert site was identified and a question devised rather than vice verse. You can meet several Dr.Sciences. This collection is still a more manageable approach than using most search engines.  learn more

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia, "the new kid on the block", as of March, 2016 had approximately 38 million articles in 253 languages, with more than 5 million English language entries. While there have been some questions as to its reliability, it provides a quick and easy first take on literally hundreds of thousands of topics.  learn more

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World History Encyclopedia

Our mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide.  Studying history helps us gain a more nuanced understanding of the world we live in today. Our knowledge and interpretation of history shape how we define ourselves as nations and as cultures, and it influences how we see and interact…  learn more

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Writing Commons

The encyclopedia for writers, researchers, and knowledge workers  learn more