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Begun in 1995 as part of a federally-funded education project, The Awesome Library has grown to a searchable index of over 23,000 reviewed sites. This site has received over 100 awards and commendations.
Encyclopedia Britannica: http://www.britannica.com/
Please note that the Bernardsville Public Library provides free access to the Encyclopedia Britannica–both in book form and online–at the Library. Why not stop by today and give it a click?
Fact Monster: http://www.factmonster.com/
A special homework site developed by Information Please, the Fact Monster offers a wide range of ready reference facts including Today in History, Today’s Birthday, Analogy of the Day, In the News, and the Monster’s Poll. Interested in the changing value of the dollar from 1946 to 2002? Then, link here.
Information Please: http://www.infoplease.com
This site allows you to search almanacs, fact books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and much more. A good choice for a fast answer! Don’t miss the This Day in History feature.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators: http://www.schrockguide.net/
Visit this outstanding authoritative web site filled with useful information on a variety of topics from Apps to Video of the Month collected by retired educator, Kathy Schrock.
The leading guide to the best kids’ web sites. Sites are grouped in the following categories: educational, fun and grown-up.
Current Event Links
This news site is hosted by children’s publishing company, Scholastic.
Weekly Reader Galaxy: http://www.weeklyreader.com/
Don’t miss the special sections devoted to teens, younger children, teachers, and parents on this site hosted by the Weekly Reader Corporation.
General Arts & Humanities Links
The Edsitement Site: http://edsitement.neh.gov
If you want to see a listing of the top history, literature, art history, and foreign language sites, you must visit this new site operated by the National Endowment on the Humanities.
Geography & Maps Links
CIA World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
This CIA site provides an abundance of facts and statistics by country. If you’re looking for details ranging from a specific country’s natural resources, its percentage of arable land, extreme elevations, population statistics, plus birth and death rates, you’ll find it all here. You’ll also find small gif images of national flags and country maps. An additional bonus: the CIA World Factbook is in the public domain and may be copied freely without the permission of the CIA!
National Geographic’s Xpeditions Atlas http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/mapping/?ar_a=1
This special map section of the National Geographic site offers over 600 printable maps. Special features include: basic maps, detailed maps, maps by continent, by country, etc.
The Fifty States http://www.50states.com/
This site provides a state-by-state information treasure-trove! In addition to map links, you’ll find population statistics, state songs, the highest points in each state, state birds, etc. Use this address to reach the New Jersey section: http://www.50states.com/newjerse.htm
Color Landform Atlas of the United States http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/statesl
Each state link brings up a menu of links to maps and other online information about the state. There are two main types of links on each state page: maps and images local to this site, and links to external web sites. The external links may break from time to time but will be fixed where possible.
Official U.S. Government Site for Children, this award-winning site is organized by age group, so there’s something here for every age.
White House for Kids: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/inside-white-house
Visit the White House virtually! A well designed web site that offers biographies of the presidents, timelines, trivia, and current news events.
Government facts, games, and videos for kids and adults: http://kids.usa.gov/index.shtml
Kids.gov is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.
Literature & Language Arts Links
Children’s Literature: http://www.childrenslit.com/
Gives lists of selected books and award winners ranging from the Newbery and Caldecott to international book awards such as the H.C. Andersen Medal. Also available are author/illustrator profiles, critical reviews, themed essays, etc.
American Library Association’s Newbery Award : http://www.ala.org/alsc/newbery
Named for the 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery, the Newbery Award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The Newbery Award is given annually by the ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children.
ALA Caldecott Award Winners: http://www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott
Named after the 19th-century British illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott Award is awarded annually to the artist of the book which the American Library Association deems the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Children’s Book Council: http://www.cbcbooks.org/
The Children’s Book Council works annually on reading lists to help teachers, librarians, parents, and booksellers discover new, wonderful books for the children in their lives. See also the Children’s Choices Booklist, created by a team of children across the country.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: http://shakespeare.mit.edu/
This is super site maintained by MIT about Shakespeare and his work.
FAQ’s and archives of math questions and problems. You can e-mail the math question to Dr. Math.
The Math Forum Student Center: http://mathforum.org/students/
A good site for math help. The links are categorized by level.
Math Baseball: http://www.funbrain.com/math/
Check out this site and you’ll see why it was awarded a top, 5 star rating, by Berit’s Best Sites for Children. The perfect way to pitch math skills!
Biographies of Women Mathematicians: http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm
Created by students in mathematics classes at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, this site provides detailed biographies of women mathematicians both past and present.
Euclid’s Elements – Translation with Interactive Web Features: http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/elements.html
History of Mathematics by Region: http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/mathhist/earth.html
Mathematics in Various Cultures: http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Indexes/HistoryTopics.html
Ever wonder about Ancient Babylonian mathematics? Ancient Greek? Indian? Arab? If so, then this site warrants a visit. Click on the following link to read more about the history of Pi.
New Jersey Facts & History
New Jersey Landform Maps & Other Geographical Links: http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/nj_0.html
Hang Out New Jersey (A site for children sponsored by the State of NJ): http://www.state.nj.us/hangout_nj/
Need to find out what the various symbols of New Jersey mean? Ever wonder what the state bird of NJ is? The state shell? Fish? Dinosaur? Ship? You’ll find them all at this site. Scavenger hunts, puzzles and interactive games are also available.
NJ Digital Highway: http://www.njdigitalhighway.org/index.php
The New Jersey Digital Highway is your “one stop shop” for New Jersey history and culture, from the collections of NJ libraries, museums, archives and historical societies.
Electronic New Jersey: http://www.njdigitalhighway.org/enj/
The mission of this site is to provide “primary source learning materials and related instructional activities to increase student and faculty understanding of New Jersey’s role in U. S. history.” Topics include Paul Robeson, New Jersey in the American Revolution, New Jersey in the Civil War, and World II and New Jersey.
New Jersey Network: http://www.njn.net/
NJN is New Jersey’s public television and radio station.
New Jersey Women’s History: http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/njwomenshistory/
Use this site to question scientists from the United State Geological Survey about geology.
For information on the world’s largest T. rex, visit The Field Museum’s exhibit on Sue, who was found in 1990 near Faith, South Dakota.
The Jason Project: http://www.jasonproject.org
You’ll find electronic oceanographic field trips to study marine life here.
NASA Educational Sites: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html
This site is out of this world! Games, videos, media and current missions sponsored by NASA. To find out more about–and take part in—NASA’s interactive projects use the link above.
Articles and information about science, biology, physical science and other scientific topics can be found here. Science fair experiments and ideas are also available.
Endangered Species-World Wildlife Fund (WWF): http://worldwildlife.org/species/directory?sort=extinction_status&direction=desc
The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s compiles and updates the list of endangered animals.
National Archives & Records Administration: http://www.archives.gov/
This site is a must stop for any student researching an American History topic. Here you can find close-up photographs of many of the important documents from U. S. history. Don’t miss the section on America’s Historical Documents!
America’s Story from America’s Library: http://www.americaslibrary.gov
The America’s Story site, which is provided by the Library of Congress, offers a number of interactive topics. Don’t miss the opportunity to Meet Amazing Americans or the chance to Jump Back in Time. Take a spin in the Explore the States area and don’t miss Joining America at Play.
About.com’s American History Net: http://americanhistory.about.com/
The American History Net site provides a wealth of information, which they’ve organized by both century and topic. Don’t miss the Timelines of American History for an overview of the past 4 centuries.
Lewis & Clark Expedition Travel Itinerary – National Park Service: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/lewisandclark/
The Oregon Trail:
Follow the wagons westward on this web site. Fantastic pioneer facts and supporting materials. This web site is brought to you by Mike Trinklein and Steve Boettcher, creators of The Oregon Trail, the award-winning documentary film which aired nationally on PBS stations.
The Civil War: http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/warweb
Created by historian Dr. George Henry Hoemann and librarian Mary Meyers, this site provides links to hundreds of Civil War related pages and to a picture file from the Library of Congress.
Civil War Virtual Tour: http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vshadow/vshadow
Need digitized newspaper articles and photographs for your Civil War project? Find them here!
Teaching with Historic Places – National Register of Historic Places: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/
Autry National Center: http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/
The Autry National Center celebrates the American West through three important institutions: the Museum of the American West, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, and the Institute for the Study of the American West. The Autry was established in 2003 following the merger of the Southwest Museum, the Women of the West Museum , and the Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage). Through innovative exhibitions, a broad range of programs and extensive collection of art and artifacts, the Autry National Center explores the distinct stories and interactions of cultures and peoples, and their impact on the complex, evolving history of the American West.
Women of the West Museum: http://theautry.org/explore/exhibits/suffrage/index.html/
Women of the American West led the nation and the world into the struggle for female voting rights, known as the “suffrage movement.” Visit this site to explore the women and the movement.
Scripting the Past: Exploring Women’s History through Film: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/scripting-past-exploring-womens-history-through-film
The Scripting the Past lesson plan is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities excellent Edsitement site. Students, don’t miss the wonderful links to cinema sites, screen-writing directions, and historic figures as varied as Harriet Tubman, Jessie Benton Fremont, and Alice Hamilton.
The Wright Brothers Centennial: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/wrightbrothers1.html
Aboard the Underground Railroad Itinerary – National Park Service: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/
To learn more about the Underground Railroad site located in New Jersey, please link here.
The Edison National Historic Site (West Orange, NJ): http://www.nps.gov/edis/
Part of the National Park Service, the Edison National Historic Site is located in West Orange, NJ. A physical visit to this important historic site is a must for anyone interested in creativity, the history of invention, and the history of electricity, phonographs, business machines, etc. In addition to a real visit, you can also spend time online at The Invention Factory .
The Ancient World: The Perseus Project: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/
Need info on the Ancient World, gods and goddesses, Hercules, Julius Caesar? Visit this site!
The Encyclopedia Mythica: http://pantheon.org/
Online since 1995, this award-winning site, now contains over 5700 definitions of gods, goddesses, and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world. In addition, the EM now includes 276 copyright-free digital images, which you can view by clicking here. Other excellent features include family trees of the various mythic creatures and a pronunciation guide.
RMS Titanic: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/exhibits/titanic/
Here, you’ll find newspapers documenting the sinking of the Titanic.