Reference Resources


General Reference

Refdesk.com

Refdesk.com is billed as "the single best source for facts". It is a great starting point for finding information quickly.


InfoPlease Almanac

InfoPlease is a great online almanac. Check out the link to Fact Monster, a kid's almanac .


Encyclopedias

BritannicaOnlineSchool Edition

This subscription website is available to all New Haven Public School students.It has access to three different reading levels of Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as multimedia and the best of the web. You can even translate the articles into many different languages. Ask Mrs. Hart for the login and password.


Wikipedia

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit (be very careful!). There are millions of articles on a wide variety of subjects. This encyclopedia is available in several different languages.


Databases

ResearchITCT (researchITCT.org)
Research It Connecticut (formerly IConn.org) contains links to magazines, newspapers, biographies, history resources and much more. Click on the links for Elementary, Middle and High School Students to see all that is available.


Research in Context
Best for grades 6-8.  Research all subjects here: nature, literature, science, social studies and history!  There is a built-in reader and translation tool. Ask Mrs. Hart or your teacher for the password for Worthington Hooker School.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Best for grades 6-8.  Look at both sides of an issue! There is a built-in reader and translation tool.  Ask Mrs. Hart or your teacher for the password for Worthington Hooker School.


Pebble Go Animals
Best for grades K-5.  Learn about animals.  This database includes a built-in reader.  Ask Mrs. hart or your teacher for the password.


New Haven Free Public Library
Check out all the helpful databases available through the New Haven Free Public Library. You will need to enter your New Haven Public Library card number in order to use them. Click
here for an application for a child's library card.


Search Directories and Search Engines

KidsClick!

KidsClick! is a web directory for kids, created by librarians.


Google

Google is a true search engine that searches the entire World Wide Web. You need to enter search terms to find the information you need. The more specific you are in choosing your search terms, the more successful you will be in locating appropriate sources. Learn how to use the Advanced Search features.


Noodle Tools

This website will help you choose the best search engine for your topic.


RADCAB

How do you know that the websites you find are reliable sources of information?  Use the RADCAB evaluation tool, developed by Karen Christensson.  Is the site Relevant, Appropriate, Detailed, Current, Authoritative or Biased?


Videos

BrainPop

BrainPop is a source of educational, animated videos and related activities on all sorts of topics. Learn by watching and listening! Ask your teacher or Mrs. Hart for the password to view these at home.


Other Helpful Links

The Big Six Kids' Page

The Big Six is a six step approach to solving information problems. Use the Big Six steps to help you plan your research project.


A+ Research Papers

This is a step-by-step guide on how to research and write a research paper.


Copyright for Kids

Are you confused about copyright and "fair use"? This website will help you understand what you may include in your projects without violating copyright rules. To find copyright-free photos to use in your multimedia projects, check out Photos for Class.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide

Do you need to do a science fair project? Check out these great ideas and guidelines for science fair.


Math.com

A great website for reviewing math lessons and taking practice quizzes.


National History Day
Connecticut History Day

These websites contain information about how to complete a National History Day project.


Cite Your Sources!

Elementary Citation Maker
Do you need to create a bibliography? Students in grades 2-5 can use this fill-in-the blanks form to make it easily and correctly using the MLA citation format.

 Secondary Citation Maker
Do you need to create a bibliography? Students in grades 6-8 can use this fill-in-the blanks form to make it easily and correctly using the MLA citation format.

Easy Bib

Here is another online citation maker.  You can enter the ISBN of a book or the URL of a website to create an MLA citation!

Bib Me
You can create annotated bibliographies in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats using this website.