Reference Shelf

– Quick Reference  Shelf –

The CIA World Factbook
– provides information for more than 250 countries, including geography, government, and economy
Background Notes – country information about history, political conditions, foreign relations, and more from the U.S. Dept. of State
 is a one-stop source for country statistics

Calculators and Converters
Currency Converter – easy-to-use foreign exchange rate conversion
Conversion Calculator – makes conversions if four categories: area, length, volume, and weight and mass

Careers and Colleges
Career Voyages – a career exploration site from the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor
College Catalogs Online – complete catalogs for U.S. colleges and universities
College and University Rankings – compiles and provides context to various ranking services
Occupational Outlook Handbook – information on thousands of careers from the U.S. Department of Labor
Planning Guides for College – select from two reliable sources – College Board and Peterson’s

Dictionaries and Thesauri
American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Ed. – offers color illustrations, pronunciation guides and etymologies
American Heritage Spanish-English Dictionary – revised to include new terms and both Spanish and English pronunciations
Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus – searchable or browseable in Yahoo’s education-friendly interface
Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus – search for rhymes, synonyms, homophones, and more
Word Spy – dedicated to new and emerging words

Healthfinder for Teens – information about a variety of health topics from the National Health Information Center
Medline Plus – a vast virtual library of health articles, interactive tutorials, and videos from the National Library of Medicine
TeensHealth – physician/expert-reviewed health information site designed by the Center for Children’s Health Media

Quotations, Study Guides, and Research Support
Columbia World of Quotations – contains over 65,000 literary and popular sayings
Sparknotes – free online study guides for a variety of topics, including selected titles from No Fear Shakespeare
Quoteland – user-friendly site with quotes organized into categories such as literary, inspirational, and sports                                                                            
Research Paper Writing Guide  – This handy site will guide you through every step in the process from note taking to creating your works cited page.        

Government Information
USA Search – U.S. government’s search interface.  Go to “search in” (under Advanced search) to limit search to states or territories.
USA Portal – U.S. government’s web portal (USA_Search is at top right; news items and other resources in center)
ClustyGov – combines USA_Search with additional features
Congress – use “Thomas” from the Library of Congress to find legislation by bill number, sponsor, or key words
FREE – Federal Resources for Educational Excellence – web resources whose development was/is supported by federal funds
Google UncleSam -searches state and federal government information
Our Documents – 100 milestone documents from the National Archives

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