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Links verified 9/26/2013

Bibliographic Style - this information is now available at our language arts page

Copyright Issues & Plagiarism

  1. B4UCopy - Become Copy Smart! Curriculum guide for teachers of elementary and middle school students. Resources included.
  2. Citation/Copyright - for teachers; posted by Sadie Halsted Middle School Library
  3. Copyright 101 for Educators - old document, use with caution
  4. Copyright and Citations - what educators need to know
  5. Copyright: What every educator should know - 2 page .pdf handout
  6. Copyright Basics - from copyrightkids
  7. Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers - an image of a document posted by Technology & Learning
  8. Copyright from CyberBee - interactive resource for learning about copyright issues
  9. Copyright Kids - Founded to advance the study of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art, the theater, motion pictures, and other forms of intellectual property
  10. Copyright Law - what music teachers need to know
  11. Copyright Laws for Students - short explanation from eHow
  12. Copyright Resources - posted by Hall Davidson
  13. Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States - detailed chart [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
  14. Creative Commons - a simple to understand explanation of this concept.
  15. Fair Use Policies - copying work and giving credit for it is still Infringement!
  16. The Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use - Rights are strongest and longest at the place where educators need them most: in the classroom.
  17. Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Fair Use Resources - "compilation of links on this page is for faculty and students who wish to find out how current copyright law effects their use of intellectual property."
  18. 10 Big Myths about copyright explained - An essay about copyright myths. It assumes you know at least what copyright is -- basically the legal exclusive right of the author of a creative work to control the copying of that work
  19. Plagiarism Checker - free plagiarism detection on the Internet
  20. A Plagiarism Guide for Students - "When you copy someone, you are not flattering them. It's one thing to emulate someone's style; it's quite another to copy someone's writing. That's plagiarism. Another word for it is stealing." Descriptive text copied from Who Is Hosting This.
  21. PlagTracker - Quality accommodation free of charge. In addition the site contains a comprehensive database of academic papers that can be very useful.
  22. Teaching Copyright - "This curriculum is designed to give teachers a comprehensive set of tools to educate students about copyright while incorporating activities that exercise a variety of learning skills"
  23. The Ultimate DMCA Guide for Students - It may surprise you to know that many students find themselves in trouble over something that seems very simple and harmless - file sharing. According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), sharing files you do not own is illegal, and can carry severe punishment if you're caught. Descriptive text copied from Who Is Hosting This.
  24. Ultimate Guide to Copyright for Students - "Before you can successfully avoid committing copyright infringement, you must first understand what copyright is, and how it works." Descriptive text copied from Who Is Hosting This.
  25. U.S. Copyright Office - Copyright basics [12 page pdf document] An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  26. A Visit to Copyright Bay - Intended to inform and entertain educators about copyright issues in a non-profit setting [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
  27. Writinghouse  - auto-fill bibliographic generator that will format a bibliography to one of the main citation styles

Copyright Quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding

  1. Copyright Challenge - test what you know about copyrights with this 22 question multiple-choice quiz
  2. Copyright Quiz -[grades 7-12] Lesson plan from Utah Education Network; links to a handout, quiz to print, and answers to print A lesson plan can be found at this site
  3. Copyright Quiz - twenty question true/false quiz
  4. Fair Use Copyright Quiz - twenty question true/false quiz
  5. Plagiarism Tutorial - interactive quiz on Plagiarism, learn how to avoid plagiarism, but you'll also pick up some good research tips too.
  6. Technology and Learning's Copyright Primer - twenty-five question fair use copyright quiz written by Hall Davidson An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format

General reference locations

  1. AllRefer.com - Browse articles in eleven major areas of topics to find brief articles about a large number of thing. While you are there, take a look at their Gazetteer.
  2. Ask for Kids allows you to type in an entire question and then gives you possibilities to refine the question. Many of the resources you find are on pages posted on their server rather than links to other locations on the web. However, there are some excellent resources here. You can also type "What does --- mean?" and get a dictionary listing.
  3. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations : Passages, Phrases and Proverbs Traced to their Sources.
  4. Calculators and Conversion
    1. Calculators On-Line provides links to almost 7000 calculators
    2. Convert Auto - convert just about anything automatically
    3. Conversion - an online conversions calculator for a variety of unit measurements featuring natural language queries.
    4. Derivative Calculator - Online calculator for derivatives and partial derivatives which shows user input as a graphical formula while typing (to help prevent the user from entering the wrong formula). This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    5. Easy Calculation offers several types of calculators
    6. How Old Are You? - use this calculator to see how many years, months, days, minutes or seconds you are old. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    7. Graphing Calculator Tutorials from Texas Instruments
    8. Metric Conversion - includes; length, area, volume, mass, force, pressure, work, power, temperature, and fuel mileage
    9. Percentage Calculator - Calculator with many other percentage and percent calculators with examples. Anytime you need to calculate percentage or learn how to calculate percentage, the percentage calculator is here to help.
    10. Units Converter - Interactive calculator for the following measurements:Weight and Mass, Distance and Length, Capacity and Volume, Area, Speed, Temperature, Time, Pressure and Circular Measure.
  5. Computer File Types by Extension - Need to know the difference between .mpp and .mpg, you will find many extensions here.
  6. Emoticons - Also known as "Smileys", these symbols are used in emails and chat rooms to convey the body language, facial expressions, and vocal inflections we lack in electronic communication.
  7. Explore the Exploratorium - The museum of science, art, and human perception
  8. FedStats: A to Z Topical List - the window on the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government
  9. Homework help sites from Multnomah County Library
  10. Homework Center from InfoPlease
  11. HTML Color Table - Color swatches and their Hexadecimal Red Green Blue(RGB) values.
  12. Internet Resources - posted by the Santa Cruz Public Library
  13. Internet Resources for Librarians: Includes a neat set of links on ideas about how to write a web page for your library. [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
  14. InternetTools (iTools) - This site promises quick access to the best Internet tools. (Search Tools, Language Tools, Research Tools, Financial Tools, Map Tools, and Internet Tools)
  15. The Librarian's Bookmarks : Resources for Teachers Menu lists General Education Web Sites and Subject Area Sites. [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
  16. The Library of Congress - resources for every age group
  17. Martindale's Reference Desk has links to many traditional reference sites as well as links to other web resources. This site belongs on the List of Links page also.
  18. My Virtual Reference Desk
  19. Newspapers around the World - Listing of thousands of�newspapers�from�around the world: search by country and then by publication
  20. Phrase Finder - Search the whole database of 5,000 phrases. The search works like a phrases thesaurus. Give it a single word and it will return a list of phrases and sayings that are related to the word in some way.
  21. Primary Resources and Real-World Data - The Internet provides access to a wide range of primary resources such as letters, diaries, journals, logs, data, documents, speeches, and videos.
  22. Prime Numbers - This site has a prime number generator and a prime number checker.
  23. Reference Desk - pull down menus allow you to locate references for a large number of areas.
  24. References - Browse the Web's Best References
  25. Research Paper - A guide for writing research papers based on American Psychological Association (APA) Documentation.
  26. Research Paper - A guide for writing research papers based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation.
  27. Roget's Thesaurus Search Form
  28. US Counties - Capitol Impact provides an index of state pages. At each state page you will see a map linking to information about the counties of that state.
  29. A Web of On-Line Grammars - This page maintains links with on-line grammars of as many languages as can be found on the Web.
  30. Writinghouse  - auto-fill bibliographic generator that will format a bibliography to one of the main citation styles
  31. WWW Virtual Library - Fourteen directories from Agriculture to Society
  32. YourDictionary.com - This site says that it is the web's most authoritative and comprehensive language portal
  33. Zip codes - Search for zip codes
  34. Zip Code lookup - from the U. S. Postal Service


  1. The American Secular Holidays Calendar - "Let's see ... hmmmm, when is Veterans day?" If you ever ask questions like that, go to this page enter the year and see important dates for that year. This calendar covers years later than 1776. If you are interested, in the year 2195 Earth Day will be Wednesday, 22 April.
  2. Calendar - can be reset to any year
  3. Daily Almanacs and Holidays - Brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission
  4. Federal Holidays - from the Office of Personnel Management
  5. Historic Events & Birth dates that occurred on a selected day of the year. This is the most comprehensive index that I have seen on the Internet. Sponsored by Scope Systems Worldwide Industrial Electronics Repair & Services.
  6. The Old Farmer's Almanac
  7. This Day: calendar and almanac links
  8. This Day in History - presented by The History Channel. Other categories offered are this day: in Wall street history, in automotive history and in Civil War History. Click on the links on the left to go to various This Day in History content.
  9. Time and Date - this site has world clock, time zones, calendar, weather, sun & moon, timers, calculators and more
  10. Time related sites
  11. Today's Calendar and Clock Page
  12. Yahoo Directory - Holidays and Observances

  1. Acronym Finder
  2. Dictionary.com - Look up a word, or look at links to a variety of word resources
  3. FreeDictionary - Has word of the day, quote of the day, article of the day, word game of the day and more.
  4. Rhyming Dictionary - You can use it to help write poetry, song lyrics, greeting cards, witticisms, and more.
  5. Specialized On-Line Dictionaries in one of 60 areas, from Advertising to Travel.
  6. The Dictionary: at Vocabulary.com - Try the world�s smartest, fastest dictionary. Start typing a word and get instant results.
  7. Travlang's Translating Dictionaries featuring 18 languages.
  8. Visual Dictionary Online - from Merriam Webster
  9. Word Central from Merriam Webster - a customizable dictionary and a daily buzz word
  10. WWWebster's Online Dictionary look up a word or a phrase
  11. YourDictionary.com - This site says that it is the web's most authoritative and comprehensive language portal


  1. InfoPlease Encyclopedia - Access more than 57,000 articles from the�Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition.
  2. Encyclopedia.com - Because knowledge is cool.
  3. Encyclopedia Smithsonian - helps answer frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian with links to resources on subjects from Art to Zoology
  4. Historica - the Canadian encyclopedia
  5. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  6. TechEncyclopedia - over 20,000 IT terms

Regional Educational Labs

  1. Index of Regional Educational Labs
  2. Appalachian Region Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc (AEL) - Specialty Area Rural Education (now known as Edvantia)
  3. Central Region - McRel - Mid-continent regional Educational Laboratory - Specialty Area Curriculum, Learning and Instruction
  4. Midwestern Region - NCREL - North Central Regional Educational Laboratory - Specialty Area Technology
  5. Northwestern Region - NWREL - Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory - Specialty Area School Change Processes
  6. Pacific Region - PREL - Pacific Resources for Education & Learning - Specialty Area Language and Cultural Diversity
  7. Mid-Atlantic Region - LSS - Laboratory for Student Success - Specialty Area Urban Education
  8. Southeastern Region - SERVE - SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education - Specialty Area Early Childhood Education
  9. Southwestern Region - SEDL Southwest Educational Development Laboratory - Specialty Area Language and Cultural Diversity

Magazines & TV Online

You won't find Seinfeld, Cheers, or Letterman here. The focus is instruction; web sites for Television channels or shows which support instruction in the classroom, or On-line magazines which would be useful for project-based research. �

  1. Earth & Sky : Visit the Teacher's Lounge posted by this radio show's home page. Find out how to integrate Earth & Sky into your classroom. Browse their Virtual Textbook then check out their Teacher's Resource Hot List.
  2. Discovery Channel Online - TV online
  3. Discovery Online presents The Skinny On... a large number of topics. Do you ever wonder "Why There's No Channel 1 on a TV", or "Why You Never See Baby Pigeons?" Find the answers to those and more at this site.
  4. Discover Magazine - Science, Technology and the Future
  5. Exploratorium Science Snacks - This site is full of Snacks...but they're not the kind you eat. They're the kind you can learn from and have fun with. Exploratorium Science Snacks are miniature versions of some of the most popular exhibits at the Exploratorium.
    1. Tools for Teaching - from the Exploratorium
  6. Find it in the WHY files -Science touches our lives in countless ways. Yet people often think science is relevant only to a white-coated, lab-dwelling elite. The Why Files portrays science as a critical human endeavor conducted by ordinary people. We use news and current events as springboards to explore science, health, environment and technology.
  7. The History Channel: where the past comes alive...online
  8. Instructor - the professional journal that teachers of grade levels K through 8 have relied on for more than a century. Some of the features here include sample articles, grant sources, and a sample cyber hunt.
  9. The Lab - Australian Broadcasting Corporation's gateway to online science
  10. Welcome to the laboratory that never sleeps! The MAD Scientist Network is a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions.
  11. NASA TV - real-time coverage of NASA activities
  12. National Geographic
  13. National Geographic Kids (formerly named World)
  14. New Scientist - magazine.
  15. NOVA Online
  16. Odyssey Magazine - the science magazine for young adventurers, ages 10-16
  17. Popular Science
  18. Science
  19. Science and Technology Resources from the Internet Public Library site
  20. Science News Online
  21. Scientific American - Read article summaries, complete articles, or news items. You can also see previous issues back to 1996.
  22. Sky and Telescope Magazine - see the current issue, or look through their archive
  23. T.H.E. Journal - Technology Horizons in Education
  24. USA Today
  25. The Weather Channel
  26. Wired

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