Disclaimer: The content of the web sites listed below is NOT controlled by MLWGS
Gale Virtual Reference Library – database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research (including a subcollection for We The People). Powersearch includes these resources. Recent ebook purchases in the MLWGS ebook collection include the Encyclopedia of Human Geography, the Middle East Conflict Reference Library, and Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizen’s Rights and Responsibilities. Access outside the school building requires a user name and password. Stop by the library for this information.
Gale Resource Centers (most are in bottom half of common menu – below the light blue area) – most of these are NOT included in PowerSearch but are rich with valuable reference material. Select the one(s) appropriate for your topic. To search a specific reference title (e.g. History in Dispute in History Resource Center), use Advanced Search and after entering your search term(s), go to the next search box and choose Source from the drop-down menu then type the title of the source in the box.
Google Books – search for key words in millions of pages of scanned library books, then read the relevant pages from the convenience of your computer. Sometimes Google Book only displays a preview or excerpt from the book and then has a link to purchase the book or find it in a library, but you can often find valuable source material here.
NCBI Bookshelf – collection of biomedical ebooks funded by the National Center for Biotechnology Information that supports cross-searching the collection or browsing a specific title.
NetLibrary – collection of e-books encompassing a broad range of topics and viewpoints about those topics – everything from technology how-to manuals to books with particular perspectives on contemporary issues (be on the lookout for bias). To access books from home, you need to set up a free account while at school (by clicking on Create a Free Account in the upper right of the main page). All books may be viewed in their entirety; however, only one user at a time may view a book.
CIA World Fact Book – information for more than 250 countries, including geography, government, and economy
Background Notes – information about the history, political conditions, and foreign relations of countries (from the U.S. Dept. of State)
NationMaster – compare country stats and generate maps and graphs
Dictionaries and Thesauri
American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Ed. – color illustrations, pronunciation guides and etymologies
Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus – searchable or browseable in Yahoo’s interface
Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus – search for rhymes, synonyms, homophones, and more
Word Spy – dedicated to new and emerging words
Access Science – fully searchable content from McGraw-Hill’s Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th Edition, including topical and biographical articles, images, videos, illustrations, Flash animations, science news, and AP study guides for Physics C, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science.
Encyclopedia Britannica – an edited encyclopedia by credentialed authors – an alternative to Wikipedia, particularly for established topics. Access outside the school building requires a user name and password. Stop by the library for this information.
Wikipedia – collaborative encyclopedia that a 2006 comparison (a bit controversial) found to be about as accurate as traditional encyclopedias – particularly useful for current events and many science and technology-related topics, and for the reference links at the bottom of articles.
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
Columbia World of Quotations – contains over 65,000 literary and popular sayings
Quoteland – user-friendly site with quotes organized into categories such as literary, inspirational, and sports
Reference_Shelf bookmarks on delicious
You’ll also want to check out the following tags in the library’s bookmark account (dragonlibrary) on delicious: almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and reference. These are grouped together in the Reference_Shelf bundle near the bottom of the tag list. The books, ebooks and maps tags may also be of interest to you.