Reference Information for Elementary School Students

Encyclopedias and Almanacs for General Information on Any Topic

Encyclopedia.com from the Electronic Library
This is a commercial site that offers brief encyclopedia articles for free. Type in a keyword to find short articles that contain that word.  There are no pictures. Ignore advertisement banners and information that is offered for a fee.
http://www.encyclopedia.com/home.html
Knowledge Adventure Encyclopedia
This is an online encyclopedia covering a wide range of topics. There is a good search feature for locating information. Articles are fairly short. There are no pictures. http://207.2.56.10/encyclopedia/
Encarta Online Advanced Find Page
This is a commercial site that allows you to type in a keyword to find an article from the Encarta Concise Encyclopedia. Some pictures and maps are included. Ignore advertisement banners.
http://encarta.msn.com/find/find.asp
Almanac - Information Please
This is a commercial site that allows you to search any topic in a number of good sources, however, it does take a long time to load. Ignore advertisement banners.
http://www.infoplease.com:80/index.html

Maps and Information About Countries Around the World

The World Factbook -- 1997
This is the CIA World Factbook with maps and information about every country in the world.
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/country.html
Atlapedia Online
Information about countries and world maps.
http://www.atlapedia.com/index.html
Map Machine Atlas: Map @ nationalgeographic.com
The Map Machine Atlas offers maps, flags, facts and profiles for countries of the world and each state of the United States. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/atlas/index.html
National Geographic Atlas
This page has almost 600 maps from around the world. Click on a continent, country, province or state, choose a format and print the map.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/education/xpeditions/atlas/atlas.html
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Extensive collections of current and historical maps of the world.
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/Map_collection.html
State Maps Page of the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Outline maps that show counties in the state, some city maps and maps of National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites within each state. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/united_states.html
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
This site shows shaded relief maps and satellite images of each state in the U.S.
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html
MapQuest
Type in any US address to view a map of that address.  Note: Some addresses are not correctly located on maps.  Click on Browse All Map to find a regional map of a city, state, province, or country. There are advertisements on this page.
http://city.net/maps/address/
Mapblast!
Type in Any US address to view a map of that address.  Click above or below the hot air balloon to zoom in closer or view map from farther away.  There are advertisements on this page.
http://www.mapblast.com/yt.hm?FAM=mapblast&SEC=start
Earth and Moon Viewer
This page allows you to view the earth from satellites at specific times and locations that you select.  These views give a good visual image of day and night around the world.
http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/vplanet.html

Dictionaries

WWWebster Dictionary - Search screen
Type in a word to find the definition in this dictionary.
http://www.m-w.com/netdict.htm
WWWebster Thesaurus - Search screen
Type in a word to find other words with similar meanings.
http://www.m-w.com/mw/thesaurus.htm
Rhyming Dictionary
Type in a word to find word that rhyme with that word.
http://www.link.cs.cmu.edu/dougb/rhyme-doc.html
The Wordsmyth English Dictionary - Thesaurus
Type in a word to find a definition, synonyms and similar words.
http://www.lightlink.com/bobp/wedt/

Biographies of Famous People

Biography.com
Type in the name of a famous person or other key words to find biographical information.
http://www.biography.com/find/find.html
Biographical Dictionary Search Page
This dictionary has very brief information about famous people.
http://www.s9.com/biography/search.html

Weather

Baltimore Weather
This is the current weather and forcast for Baltimore from Intellicast.
http://www.intellicast.com/weather/bwi/content.shtml
Weather Underground
Type in a city, state, zip code or country for the local weather forcast and links to weather maps.
http://www.wunderground.com/
USA Today Weather
This site gives the weather forcast for Baltimore with links to weather in cities and countries around the world.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/basemaps/nw724060.htm
Weather Maps - Yahoo
This site has links to weather maps from around the world. Choose satelite images, animated satelite images, radar maps, maps showing percipitation and maps of high and low temperatures.
http://weather.yahoo.com/images.html

Current Events

Weekly Reader
Weekly Reader provides many articles sorted by grade level intended as follow ups to articles in their printed newspaper.  They review the news of the week and present  challenges and writing prompts related to the periodical.  Check out "This Week" and  "News Cruise."
http://www.weeklyreader.com/
Scholastic News Online
Scholastic News archives past issues and also provides update articles for the current issue.  There are also online activities to go along with the most current issue.
http://www.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/
 
Time For Kids
This site posts current news as well as archives of past issues.  They also have an interactive feature where kids can give their opinions.
http://www.pathfinder.com/@@fXfabAUAvhoIRYeE/TFK/
 
Sports Illustrated For Kids
Online articles on current sports topics - games, fantasy leagues, sports news and more.
http://www.sikids.com/index.html
Kid News
Online kid's newspaper with articles written by kids.
http://www.kidnews.com/
Children's Express
News stories written by and for kids.
http://www.ce.org/

Other Sources of Information

First Nations Histories - North America
Information about Native North Americans. This site is under construction and is only complete for the northeast region. http://dickshovel.netgate.net/Compacts.html
Unit Conversion Table
This is an online form that will allow you to convert measurements from one type to another. Type in the amount and select how you want it converted. http://eardc.swt.edu/cgi-bin/ucon/ucon.pl
Compiled by Linda J. Burkhart, burkhart@qis.net, www.qis.net/~burkhart
Updated May 1998