Media Center Reference Links


AlternaTime (Timelines)
American FactFinder (U.S. Census)
CIA World Factbook
Information Please Almanac Online
Fifty States of the United States
Infonation (UN--country sort)
Movie Database 
This Day in History (History Channel)
World Almanac (OCLC)


Academy of Achievement (interviews)
American Founding Fathers
BioSearch at (A&E)
Biography Center
Distinguished Women of Past & Present
EyeWitness to History
Find A Grave
StoryVault (first-hand accounts of history)
From History to Her Story
From Revolution To Reconstruction
Inventor Hall of Fame
Kings and Queens of England & Scotland 
Minnesota Author Biographies Project 
Nobel Prize Internet Archive 
Presidents and First Ladies 
Women Who Changed History (Britannica)

Fun Works (Occupation/Career activities)
High School Study Skills
Indeed (Job Search)
Mapping Your Future
Occupational Employment Stats (MN)
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Salary Comparison CalculatorCopyright:
Before You Post Your Work (copyright)
Copyright and Fair Use
Podcasting Legal Guide


Acronyma or Acronym Finder
American Sign Language Browser 
Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms
Dictionary of Measures, Units, Conversions
Dictionary of Units of Measurement 
Duhaime's Legal Dictionary
Getty Geography Thesaurus
MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Online
OneLook Dictionary
Online Express (Rhyming Dictionary)
RhymeZone (Rhyming Dictionary)
Visuwords (visual dictionary associations)


ACT (College Entrance Test)
College Atlas (Post-Secondary Schools)
College Board 
CollegeNET (College Guige)
College Scholarships (Education Corner)
College Scholarships (directory) 
FinAid (Guide to financial aid)
Federal Student Aid (Federal application...)
FastWeb (Scholarship website)
ISeek (Employment & post-secondary ed.)
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
MNCIS Into Careers (Find schools!)
NCAA Eligibility Site (Required for NCAA) 
Sallie Mae (Student Loan Provider)
U.S. Two-Year Colleges
Zinch (stand out more than an ACT)


Behind the name (etymology of names)
Canadian Encyclopedia 
Debatepedia (debate topics)
Dictionary of the History of Ideas 
Encyclopaedia of the Orient 
Encyclopedia Mythica
Instrument Encyclopedia
Internet Archive (Old Web Sites--staff only)
MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
MNopedia (MN Historical Society)
Perseus Digital Library. (Greeks, Romans)
Prime: Mathematics Encyclopedia

Project Bartleby (Great resource!)
Yahoo Reference (Columbia Encyclopedia)
Wikipedia (For general info. only; don't cite!) 

Government (MN & local)

Association of Minnesota Counties 
Lawmoose (MN Legal Reference Library)
League of Minnesota Cities 
Minnesota Association of Townships
Minnesota DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources)
Minnesota Digital Library (Historic images)
Minnesota E-Democracy 
Minnesota League of Women Voters
Minnesota Legislative Web
Minnesota North Star
Minnesota Public Radio 
Minnesota State Court System 
Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws, & Rules
Minnesota Web Directory (School Websites)

Government (State & National):

Ben's Guide To Government (How gov't works)
Census for Schools
Congress Merge: Power Search
Congress Link (resources, tips, guides) 
Constitution Center (Search and learn) 
DocuTicker (Daily updates on top topics) 
EDGAR (Securities & Exchange Comm.)
Education Statistics at a Glance
FedStats (Stats to 100+ federal agencies) 
FindLaw Supreme Court Center ( for kids)
Library of Congress
State Governments (LOC resources)
State Statutes on the Internet (Cornell Law)
Thomas (LOC Congressional Record, etc.)Links to information about Congress
Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Occupational Employment Stats (MN) 
OYEZ: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia 
U.S. Government Manual 
U. S. House of Representatives 
U. S. Senate 
University of Michigan Documents Center (Portal of all US Gov. Sites) Teen Page 
U.S. Courts 
The White House 
NOAA (current temperatures map)

History Collections:

American Memory Project (Lib. of Congress)
British Library Treasures in Full 
British Library Online Books
CBC Canadian Radio Archives
Footnote (Primary Sources, Nat'l Archives)
Making of America (Primary Sources)
Miller Center (gov't and presidents)
Minnesota Digital Library (MN Archives)
Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub (archives) 
Minnesota History Society (videos 1940-1989)
Minnesota Reflections (Historical MN) 
Museum of Broadcast Communications


American Hospital Directory
Directory of Open Access Journals
EarthCam. (World webcam index)
ERIC via US Dept of Education (Education)
GCSE Bitesize (BBC topic searches)
Library Spot (Links to online reference)
MedlinePlus (US Nat'l Institute of Health)?
MnKnows (portal to Elm databases)
PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
PsychCrawler (Am. Psychology Association)
Where To Live (real estate search)

Images (primary sources):

NY Public Library Digital Collection
100 Years of Photos (Nat'l Archives)
Smithsonian Image Collections
American Memory (LOC)
Historical Cartoons (Harper's Weekly) 
Posters (By the People, For the People) 
Poster Art from WWII


Periodic Table of Visualizations (Infographics)
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Infographics (lists)

Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
Bettendorf Public Library (find book in series)
California Digital Library (from the U of Cal.)
Chicago Public Library (online collection)
Internet Public Library
Library of Congress 
Minnesota Digital Library (MN Archives)
Minnesota Reflections (Historical MN)
Minnesota Video Vault (by tpt public TV)
New Books Network (podcasts w/ authors) 
North Carolina ECHO 
NYPL Digital (New York Public Library)

 Maps & Atlases:

36 Maps that Explain the World (CNN)
American Memory (Historyical Maps-LOC) 
American Revolution Maps

CIA World Factbook. 
Civil War Maps (LOC) 
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Earth and Moon Viewer 
GeoHive (stats and demographics)
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names 
GIS Maps (MN Legislative Commission)
Google Maps
Historic Maps in K12 Classrooms
Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century 
HRW World Atlas 
Infonation (UN--sort and compare countries)
LOC Map Collections: 1544-1996 (Historic)
Map Collection 
MapMachine (National Geographic)
Maps of Our Lives (Congress & LOC) 
MapTech MapServer (Topographical maps)
Minnesota Climatology
Minnesota DNR Topographic Maps 
Minnesota Historical Maps (MN Hist. Soc.) 
Minnesota on the Web (Map Library)
Minnesota Place Names (MN Hist. Society.)
Minnesota State Highway Map 
MLA Maps (view language speaking areas)
National Geologic Map Database
National Map 
National Geographic Xpeditions
National Geographic Maps and Geography
Panoramic Maps (1849-1929, LOC) 
Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
Regions and Countries 
Solar System Live 
Solar System Simulator (From NASA-JPL.)
TerraFly (Fly over the US)
Topographical Map Symbols
U.S. Geological Society
->USGS Maps
U.S. Map Collections
U.S. National Atlas 
->Dynamic Maps (with multimedia)
Map Maker (over 1,200 map layers)
Printable Maps
Views of the Solar System
Wikisky (Astronomy, stellar maps)
World Maps
Google Maps Engine Lite (create maps with layers--directions)

Multi-Media Resources:

Search Creative Commons
(open use media--see terms of use)

Image Archives:

Creative Commons (images, etc.)
Cepolina Photo (Photos for school use)
FindSounds (sound effects, etc.)
Free Play Music (Music clips to download)
Life Photo Library (by Google)
Live Music Archive (free for educational use)
Moving Image Archive (video clip search)
Open Source ClipArt
Pics4Learning (indexed picture archive)
Cell Image Library (for science) 
Glogpedia (free Glogster posters to use) 
Wikimedia Commons (free media) 
The Commons (on Flickr)
Flickr Creative Commons content (advanced search interface) 
Open Clipart (public domain clipart) 
Color Scheme Designer 3 (color chooser) 

Video Archives:

FedFlix (best videos of US Gov't.)
Prelinger (education, ads, industrial)
Old Time Radio Shows
SnagFilms (documentaries)
LOC "American Memory" Video
LOC "American Memory" Audio
LOC "American Memory" Silent Films
MorgueFile (free pictures)
Moving Image Archive (public domain) 
Public Domain Review (public domain)
B-Roll Gallery (Nat'l Parks-free to use) 
Internet Archive (staff only) 

Multimedia Tutorials:

Mediacollege (free tutorial downloads)

Musopen (open sheet music, recordings)
CC Mixter (creative commons samples, etc.)

Museums Online:

American Museum of Photography
The British Museum 
Exploratorium (San Fran. Museum of Sci.)
International Council of Museums (Links)
Smithsonian Institute
Virtual Library Museum Pages (Links)
Google Art Project 
10 of the best virtual field trips

Odd and Interesting:

Baby Names 
Key dates (from a school site) 
Mysteries of Vernacular (Word Origins) 
Politifact (fact checker site) 
Snopes (check rumors & alerts)
Spritz (read faster) 
They Rule (Boards of directors)
Think Big (Blog and video site) 
 (Realtime world statistics)

Primary Sources:

Primary Source Links 
List of primary source sites


Familiar quotations
GIGA Quotes 
Phrase Finder
Simpson's Contemporary Quotations


iKnow! (Japanese online learning site)
School of Everything (online classes)



Virtual Field Trips

The White House (with cameras)


Kare11 (weather page) 

World Organization:

DirectGov (
Government of Canada Online 
North Atlantic Treaty Organization, (NATO) 
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD) 
Organization of American States, (OAS) 
United Nations, (UN) 
United Nations ODS Search (UN)
United Nations Children's Fund, (UNICEF) 
UN Educational, Scientific, & Cultural
Organization, (UNESCO) 
World Health Organization, (WHO)


Poetry publishing (w/ email submissions)
The Tougue Untied: (Grammar)