Behind the Name
This site provides "the etymology and history of first names," allowing students to study the origin and history of some 9,000 names. You can search by gender, meaning or description and even just
browse alphabetically. Even more intriguing are...
BibMe: Fast & Easy Bibliography Maker
"BibMe is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you. BibMe will then format the citation information and compile a bibliography...
Grade 1-Grade 12
A website with the best book-related resources on the World Wide Web. It is designed to break through the information overload to bring top book-related sites together with insightful editorial in one convenient, user-friendly spot.
"BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement – in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices." It utilizes interactive online learning with quizzes, game play, and activities in many subjects.
Citation Machine is an interactive web tool designed to assist high school, college, and university students, their teachers, and independent researchers in their effort to respect other people's intellectual properties. The primary goal of this tool is to...
Dewey Decimal System Teaching Method
Grade 1-Grade 4
This unit teaches finger motions that will help students learn where things are located in libraries using the Dewey Decimal System.
Explorer Unit and Fair
Grade 1-Grade 8
This unit is designed for heterogeneous groups from middle school or a 1-8 program. This was used with grades 4-9, three person teams. Skills developed include drawing maps to scale, portrait painting, writing a news article, making a timeline, correct form...
Famous American Research Project
Grade 2-Grade 4
This biographical research project was created as an extension activity for the second grade Pathways theme book, First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers. It is a simplified version of a Wax Museum biography report geared specifically...
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Grade 7-Grade 12
This exhaustive site focuses on the technical aspects of English, including close-ups on sentences, paragraphs, essays, Powerpoint presentations, and many online grammar quizzes. Especially helpful is the way the site is broken down into levels: word &...
Guiding Students Through the World Wide Web
This article shares tips and things students and teachers need to know about the internet for academic writing. It includes a source evaluation rubric, and helpful discussion of problems in selecting quality information sources online.
How to do Research
This site introduces students to plagiarism, copyright, and fair use. The information on research is easy to print and is handy at any reference desk. The rudiments of finding books, articles, searching the web, evaluating information, and citing sources,...
Information Skills Rubric
Grade 6-Grade 12
An example of a rubric which can be used to evaluate students in research and information literacy.
Library Science Presentations
Click on LIBRARY to find ready-to-go presentations and games introducing and explaining topics including call numbers, Dewey decimal system, dictionary definitions, library language, parts of a book, fiction and non-fiction, and more.
Microsoft Free Teachers Guides
Microsoft's Teacher Guides provide free teaching tips and step by step guides for popular teacher tasks. Categories include: Critical thinking; free tools in the classroom; digital storytelling; Microsoft Office in the classroom;
National Archives: The Digital Classroom
Grade 5-Grade 12
Encourages teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents in the classroom. The Digital Classroom provides materials from the National Archives and methods for teaching with primary sources.
Grade 4-Grade 12
Designed for students in grades 4-12, Note Star assists students in taking notes from online sources. Note Star is designed to encourage project based learning on the world wide web. Using the Note Star Note Cards tool, students can take notes from online...
While dishonesty is a factor in plagiarism, a more crucial factor is time. This article suggests that an understanding of why students plagiarize can empower teachers to prevent the behavior by providing assignments that clearly outline requirements and state...
Protecting Human Research Participants
Provided free online by the National Institutes of Health Online Training Tutorial, this two-hour tutorial covers the basic ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice that guide all research involving human subjects. Upon completion...
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Purdue University's online writing lab (OWL) is an invaluable tool for upper level English teachers and EFL/ESL teachers. There are many worksheets, style guides, and other writing helps available.
Research & Documenting Sources
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab provides handouts and exercises on research skills, resources and writing research papers. It includes comprehensive resources on using Modern Language Association (MLA) format and American Psychological Association...