America's Story
The Library of Congress presents America's Story. A site designed especially with young people in mind, but there are great stories for people of all ages. Meet amazing Americans, jump back in time, or explore the states.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
"A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature."
The History Channel is hosting Biography on the Web, based on their television show. The site is the link between the show and your classroom. Get educational materials and helpful hints on how to use Biography Classroom. includes the complete Britannica encyclopedia and a searchable guide to the Web's best sites. Explore subjects offered in art, history, science, travel, health, and others. allows you to search dictionary, thesaurus or web for definition and pronunciation of word.

The Digital Classroom (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Digital Classroom provides materials and methods for teaching with primary sources. (Reproducible primary documents, educational units correlated to national academic standards, and cross-curricular connections).

Fact Monster (Kids' Almanac)
"Information Please" brings us homework help and fact finding on hundreds of subjects, including sports, world news, entertainment, geography, science, history, biography, education, health, and other cool stuff.

GetNetWise is a good starting place to learn abut the latest issues and concerns facing Internet users and illustrated safety techniques. Online safety tips are listed for kids, teens and families as well as by age. It is dedicated to making sure that kids have a rewarding experience online.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Have a grammar question? Click on the appropriate page, read the rules, and take a quiz. Did you learn your lesson?

The Internet Acronym Server
What does FHA stand for? Check out this site and you can find the meaning of any acronym or abbreviation.

Library Spot
An online library and reference site featuring links to some of the top dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other resources.

Map Collections: 1500-1999
A collection of maps compiled by the Library of Congress.

Merriam-Webster OnLine
Bookmark this site to quickly find the definition of a word. Don't worry, it will even help you spell it!

Old Farmer's Almanac
Go to this site for tidbits of information and up-to-date weather forecasts.
Refdesk claims to be "The single best source for facts on the net." The searchable site does contain almanacs, books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, news, maps, plus reference site-of-the-day, headline news, and facts-of-the-day.

A great reference for younger kids who like word rhymes. It may also be a great source in an ESL classroom.
Free online Roget's Thesaurus of English words & phrases provides antonyms, word of the day, browsing by category & headword, plus other writing resources.

The Virtual Reference Desk
The Virtual Reference Desk contains links to dictionaries, encyclopedias, phone books, publications, and much more.
Have a geography question? Go to

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Phone: 218-726-7861
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