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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."

—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher


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A search engine for kids created by librarians.  Includes over 600 search subjects.

Kidspace @ The Internet Public Library
Websites searchable by subject.  You can also Ask a Librarian if you have a question.

Teenspace @ The Internet Public Library
Websites searchable by subject.  You can also Ask a Librarian if you have a question.

Recommendations on books for teens to read.

Old Farmers Almanac
Information on weather, moon phases, gardening, and other fun stuff.

Official kids portal for the U.S. government.

American Presidency Project
Contains nearly 77,000 documents including Proclamations, Inaugural Addresses, and State of the Union Addresses.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
The official online version of legislative and regulatory information, organized by grade level and topic.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
Occupations are categorized according to popular interests among young people.

Guide to the Business of Babysitting
What to charge, appropriate activities with kids, safety, and more.


Brownielocks and the Three Teddy Bears
Great site for children for holidays both normal and bizarre.


Merriam-Webster Online
How do you spell that word? And what does it mean? Try this famous dictionary and thesaurus for help.

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online
More than 6,000 images with definitions which can be searched using keywords or by clicking on major themes.  Also includes audio pronunciations of the words.

Basic Guide to Writing an Essay
Helpful information on essay writing.

Citation Machine
Get help properly formatting your citations for bibliographies.

Cite Fast

Helpful information on the correct way to cite works.

How to Write Citations

Helpful information on the correct way to cite works.

Easy Bibliography

Helpful information with formatting Bibliographies


United Nations
Information about the United Nations, global issues, and information about UN member countries/states.

CIA World Factbook
Facts and maps about countries of the world.

Flags of the World
Thousands of flags from around the world.


American Memory
Historic photograph collections of United State's history.

Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents
List of full-text U.S. historical documents by date.

Encyclopedia of Chicago
Electronic version of the Encyclopedia of Chicago.
Hundreds of resources about American History

Gettysburg Address
See a copy of the original Gettysburg Address writing by Abraham Lincoln and read about how it was written.


Chicago's independent research library

U. S. National Archives and Records
Get primary source documents for American history.

Mr. Dowling's History Passport
Links to information on counties, culture and history.


Teaches basic and advanced math.  Includes lots of math games.

Ask Dr. Math
A question and answer service for K-12 math students and their teachers.

Math Reference Tables
Math tables, algebra formulas, and more.


Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology
Huge resource for Greek Mythology


Internet Publisher of Literature

Chicago Historical Museum

Catholic Online Saints and Angels


Great site for researching saints.  Indexed alphabetically by name.


Famous Inventors A to Z
Research the history of famous inventions, past and present.

National Inventor's Hall of Fame
Search by inventor, invention, induction date or decade.

Black Inventors

African-American Inventors



Women Inventors



The Exploratorium Science Museum
The Exploratorium has a web site of over 15,000 web pages exploring science, art, and technology including science experiments and activities.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide
Find out how to do a science fair project and get ideas of different projects you can do.

Discovery Channel: Science Fair Central
Offers project ideas and science fair guidance.

Science Buddies
Free science fair project ideas, answers, and tools for serious students.

Cosmos 4 Kids
Includes astronomy basics and science of the stars.

Physics 4 Kids
Includes information on motion, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, light and modern phsyics topics.

Chemistry 4 Kids
Includes information on basic chemistry.

Biology 4 Kids
Basic information on cell structure, cell function, scientific studies, plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates.

Geography 4 Kids
Basic information on earth structure, atmosphere, land biomes, and food chains.

Science News for Kids
Science news, games and information to keep you up to date on science in the news.

The Why Files
Find out the science behind the headlines.

Thousands of pages of resources on astronomy, planets, comets, astronauts and new discoveries of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Museum of Science and Industry

Morton Arboretum

Adler Planetarium

Field Museum

Shedd Aquarium


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