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Internet Public Library Reference Center * Other Reference Sites * In the News


Almanacs and Fast Facts

Arts and Music



Books, Periodicals, and Publishing



Calendars, Clocks/Times

Children, Teachers & Parents (Links)

  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids (Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information. This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. )
  • Federal Resources For Educational Excellence (More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE web site.)
  • FirstGov for Kids (This site provides links to Federal kids' sites along with some of the best kids' sites from other organizations all grouped by subject.)
  • The Library of Congress Learning Page (The "front door" to more than 100 American Memory Collections! Here is a "teacher's eye view" of over 7 million historical documents, photographs, maps, films, and audio recordings. You will find lessons, features, activities, and tips and tricks for using theese collections in the classroom or any teaching/learning environment for k-12 learners.)
  • Library of Congress Live! (Combining the vast historical treasures from the Library's collections with music, dance and dialogue)

Consumer Information

Dictionaries and Thesauri




Genealogy, Biography, and Archaeology

Grant Resources


History (General )

Language and Literature




Political Science and Government

  • Center for Voting and Democracy: "The Center for Voting and Democracy is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that supports fair elections and studies how voting systems affect participation, representation and governance." The Center's web pages present reports, information, and its positions on voting systems reform, proportional representation, redistricting, voter participation and turnout, campaign finance, and more.
  • Political Information: The Political Information search engine searches 5000+ United States politics and public policy web sites. Use it to find information about public policy issues, political interest groups, political parties, trade associations, and current political news.
  • This Nation: "This is a comprehensive guide to American Government and Politics. ... One of the primary intended uses of this site is as a textbook for introductory American government courses at the university and advanced secondary levels."

Science, Technology and Engineering


Other Reference Sites

Librarians' Internet Index (Very Comprehensive)

IN THE NEWS: Web Sites and Search Engines

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