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Useful Links
                                   Click here for the SAT Question of the Day! 
 
             Search Engines
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Description
Kartoo is a meta-search engine which analyzes your request, questions the most relevant engines, selects the best sites and places them on a map.
Quinura returns search results within a tag cloud, a collection of terms usually related to each other in some way either by context or links. This setup allows you to add information to basic concepts.
Mooter is a clustering search engine very much like Vivisimo/Clusty. However, with Mooter, you get a visual diagram of your results. Try it!
Yippy's clustering engine organizes search engine results – typically 200 or so, from any of dozens of searchable repositories, including the open web.Each week 5 new sites are added.You can get a list and description of these additions sent to you by signing up for free weekly updates.
Spezify works like a generic search engine, except that the results are a visual collage of media drawn from different kinds of media sources: textual links from web pages, pictures from across the web, tweets with the search term, videos from YouTube, books from Amazon, and so on. You need Flash to use Spezify.
Search.com is a metasearch engine: your search query is sent to several search engines at one time and the results are integrated into one list. That means you don't have to spend time going to each individual site to search — you can get all the Web's top results at once from Search.com. It also brings in results from the Deep Web.
Complete Planet is the Internet's largest, most central and complete access point for all things relating to Internet searching. It was created as a public service and as a test bed for the Deep Query [Deep Web] Manager.


 
Research and Writing
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NoodleTools is a suite of interactive tools designed to aid students and professionals with their online research. From selecting a search engine and finding some relevant sources, to citing those sources in MLA or APA style, NoodleTools makes online research easier. Quick Cite is free and generates an MLA-style citation for a single source.
Provide EasyBib with information you know about your sources, and EasyBib properly formats, alphabetizes, and prints [or lets you email or save it to your computer] your citation list.
LANDMARKS Citation Machine is a free [via the Landmark Project] interactive tool
which generates MLA and APA-style citations.
Make your research project easier to manage by organizing direct quotes, paraphrases, and summaries as well as all of your citations at this handy site!

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.
This Website will help you draft a clear thesis statement for your persuasive essay.
OWL [Purdue's Online Writing Lab] has laid the research process out step by step. This hypertext tutorial allows you to "rewind and fast-forward" at your own pace.
For a price, EazyPaper formats your entire APA, MLA, and Turabian papers in seconds. Use EazyPaper to create a template for your paper, and then enter the author, title, publisher, etc. to perfectly place and space your citation!
It's free! Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
It's free! Zoho is another free online notebook! Ditch those notecards and join the 21st Century!.
Quizlet helps you and your friends learn vocabulary. You make a list of words, and they teach them to you. Feeling lazy? Your friends can share their lists with you. You'll never use flashcards again. Plus, it's free.
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page. Please use the example at the bottom of this page to cite the Purdue OWL in MLA.
This very useful page will help you to tell the difference between direct quotations, paraphrases, and summaries. It even includes some practice passages!
APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 5th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. Please use the example at the bottom of this page to cite the Purdue OWL in APA.
Click the link on the left and arrive at a few quick tips for your Literature Review assignment. 
Awesome Clipart for Educators, part of the EduHound.com family of websites, offers FREE clipart, coloring pages, backgrounds, banners, fonts, icons, worksheets, wallpaper and more.
Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.
This site, created by Indiana University, offers tips on how to recognize and avoid plagiarism in your research papers.
This site, also offered by Indiana University, offers great tips on how to develop a thesis statement.
Teen Ink offer teenagers the opportunity to publish their creative work and opinions on the issues that affect their lives -- everything from love and family to teen smoking and community service. Hundreds of thousands of students have submitted their work to the magazine and Teen Ink has published more than 45,000 teens since 1989.
Young Poets is a website that has a section for young poets as well as a section for teachers. You can find recources on teaching poetry, lists of contests for teens, and interesting articles on poetry.
This is a free, elliptical version of the great Britannica!
There is nothing like an online dictionary! This one has all sorts of useful information and links!
Write Express has created an online rhyming dictionary for poetry and song writing
A free bibliography listing online literature, literature book notes, author biographies, book sumaries, and access to reference books.
Ciciada is a literary magazine for teenagers and young adults and is published by Cricket Magazine Group. Cicada publishes essays, stories, and poems by writers ages 14 and older.
Find tips on writing poetry, non-fiction, short stories, novels, screenwriting and more. Read About.com teen user submissions and find out about submission guidelines.
View artwork, poetry, stories and non-ficiton by teens. You'll also find information on how to submit your own work.
This Parents' Choice Award winner contains articles, stories, poems, and essays from kids 12-18. Each Magazine has a special theme, so contact the editor with your idea before submitting anything.
Find fiction, essays, and poems by teen writers. You'll also find tips on writing, links to sites that publish teen writers, and contact information for magazines and organizations that are seeking teen writers. Merlyn's Pen also offers comprehensive critiques of your work.
This site has book reviews written by teens for teens, an online book club for teens, live homework help, and more!
This incredible site lists over 20,000 free books on the Web!
At Quoteland you'll find quotations by topic, literary quotations, humorous quotations, how to indentify a quote and discussion groups.

      Virtual Reference Desk
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MassAnswers is an innovative service that lets you ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from reference staff at some of the best libraries across Massachusetts and the nation..
Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938—first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and since 1998 on the Internet at www.infoplease.com. Infomation Please also contains an atlas, dictionary, and an encyclopedia, besides the alminac.
The Internet Public Library is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information. It also contains resources that are great for research.
This site offers links to several primary source collections.
Here you will find a wealth of homework help. This site features the best sites for help with English, math, science, history, art, music technology, foreign languages, health, life skills, and extracurricular activities.

  Miscellaneous Links
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Open Culture explores cultural and educational media (podcasts, videos, online courses, etc.) that’s freely available on the web, and that makes learning dynamic, productive, and fun.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
This site offers comprehensive health information for teens. It is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, which was established in 1936 by philanthropist Alfred I. duPont.
The Massachusetts Labor and Work Force Development Office has a great web site for teen workers. Check it out!
What's Unique About this Tutorial?
This tutorial grew out of the experience of the Teaching Library at UC Berkeley in offering beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses on using the Internet's resources to find information. From this experience we came to believe that the investment of time to learn to effectively and efficiently find information on the Internet using complex search strategies is worthwhile.
... from educator Kathy Schrock:
Who wrote the pages and are they an expert in the field?
What is the purpose of the site?
Where does the information come from?
When was the site created, updated, or last worked on?
Why is the information valuable?
This web site evaluation tutorial examines the wide variety and sometimes contradictory nature of online information. It looks at accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage.
This site is great!!!
Get that information you will need for the next stage in your life!
The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has a lot to offer all sorts of artists!
... looking for a job in another country?
A great site from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health
Explore yourselves here! Follow this guide and click the little folder -- lower right corner of each page.
This is a comprehensive guide to library research -- from soup to nuts! Explore it!
This tutorial offers you tips on how to optimize your web searches, and there is even section on Boolean Logic.
Get the Boston Globe online updated every day!
Get the Standard Times online updated every day!
The Central Intelligence Agency provides its employees and agents with the latest information on every country throughout the world, and they provide the general public with access to this amazing database. Country profiles have been updated as of 20 September 2007.
- Several notable geographic changes have occurred in recent years.
Maps-of-War presents a special list of the best multimedia war maps from across the world wide web.
This site is a great way to improve your scores!
These sites are all hoaxes, and let this be a lesson to you about cyberspace! It is a tangled web indeed with lots of sites that do deceive!

        Readers' Tools
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Looking for something to read that isn't required by your teachers? Looking to read about something you're actually interested in? This collection of resources is your answer! Here you'll find sites with fun reading lists, online independent 'zines, blogs by teens, and more.
Hand-picked just for our younger audience—gripping mysteries, wildly hilarious comedies, true adventures, mystical science fiction—you won’t believe the variety! And introducing special guest hosts—selected teens from all over the planet share their insights in your daily read.
Enter a book you like and the site will analyze its database of real readers' favorite books (more than 80,000 different titles so far, and more than a million reader recommendations) to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.(You can register for free on the results page and build your own favorites list.)
 
Teenreads.com brings teens information and features about their favorite authors, books, series and characters. Teenreads.com is THE place online for teens to talk about their fave books --- and find the hippest new titles!
"New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age"
-- each year the NYPL creates a book list on the best books for teens. It is an eclectic mix of books, ranging from fantasy to horror.
LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer
"TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture." --from "About Us" page on the web site.
Sign up for this email book club for teens, and eachday, Monday through Friday, you receive a short excerpt that takes about five minutes to read. Over the course of a week, you'll have read two or three chapters of book.
This site offers terrific book lists created using out-of-the-ordinary themes, like Deadheads and Mosh Pits.

         
 
If DHS or MassCat doesn't have an item, then check out the SAILS Library Network [Southworth].