Student Cyber-Library

Internet Search Sites

Google Search Tips--general tips
Google Modifier Tips--specific modifiers

Beyond Google--Internet Search Engines:
Ask-ask your question in natural, everyday language.
Bing vs. Google--no 2 search engines are exactly the same

Directories--vetted information chosen by people, not computers
DK Findout! --  visually appealing information from DK Publishers
Great Web Sites for Kids -- selected by the American Library Association
KidsClick!--designed by librarians
Sweet Sites -- vetted websites in all content areas
Virtual Middle School Library--maintained by a retired school librarian; no ads.  

Meta-search engines (aggregators)--search the search engines:
         Sputtr--visually appealing; need log-in
          Dogpile--searches Google & Yahoo

Citation & Copyright Resources


Image & Photo, Audio, Video Banks

Creative Commons - Digital creativity shared—legally
Cybersleuth Kids Clip Art -- free clip art.
Flickr - Photo Sharing Site
Free Music Archive --  free, high-quality music in many genres.
Google Images - filter for Usage Rights under Search Tools.
Morgue File --  1000s of images for free use.
Moving Image Archive -- download or listen  to copyright-cleared video.
Photos for Class--photos licensed for school use
Pics4Learning -- free image library for educational purposes.
Pixabay -- 1000s of high-resolution, public domain images. 
SoundGator -- free, downloadable recordings of sound effect.  Requires registration.
Wikimedia -- public domain and freely-licensed educational content (image, sounds, video)

Quotation Sources

Online Encyclopedias & Databases:


  • Scholastic Go (Grolier Online)
        Includes both:
    •  The New Book of Knowledge (General  Encyclopedia)
    • New Book of Popular Science (Science Encyclopedia)

    Middle School:
          Gale Databases Tutorials - 
            On-demand tutorial videos and tip sheets 
    Grades K-5:

Almanacs, Dictionaries & Thesauri

One Look - A search engine of 100+ different dictionaries
Word Central (Merriam Webster) - 
Elementary Grade Dictionary & Thesaurus

Catholic & Religious Resources

Diocese of Burlington Resource Center - Online catalog for Catholic/religious books, films, CDs and other resources.


Altapedia - Physical & Political Maps;
   Country Facts & Stats
Bureau of Labor Statistics--Student Resources--Facts about the U.S. economy and jobs; games & quizzes.

CIA World Factbook--information on 267 world entities.  
Geo Cube - Find out what geography is and    geographers do.
Historical Maps of the United States -From    University of Texas @ Austin Library
InfoPlease Altas - World Atlas and Map Library
National Atlas Map Maker - From U.S. Department    of Interior
Nationmaster  --  one-stop resource for maps and graphs of country statistics

Educational Games

ABCYA - Educational Games by Grade Level
Citation Game - Correctly Format MLA Citations
Order in the Library - Shelving Game
Seriously Amazing - Curiosity and Inquiry Sparked by the Smithsonian Institution
Wonderoplis - Explore a Wonder of the Day

E-books (free resources)

Amazon's Popular Classics - Children's "E" Books
Google Books - Millions of books to preview or read for free.
International Children's Digital Library - The best of children's literature in a multitude of languages.
Listen Up Vermont - 
Downloadable print and audio from your public library.
Project Gutenberg--over 50,000 free e-books to download or read online.

Readers' Advisory

The Book Seer - Free Interactive Readers' Advisory 
Reading Rockets - Choose Books by Theme
Book Trailers - Movies for Literacy - 300+ Video Book Reviews
Winooski Memorial Library - Youth Services Page
YA and Kids Books Central - A Social Network for People Who Love Books

Tech Tools 'n Tricks

Big Huge Labs - Create Your Own Trading Cards
Bitly - Shorten Long URL Links
Create a Graph - Templates for Creating Graphs
Easy - Who Is? - Free Domain and DNS Look-up Service
Keyboard Shortcuts--speed up your typing

Digital timeline creators:  
Word Cloud creators:
        ABCYA--free version on non-tablet                                 devices.
Tagxedo--(runs on Silverlight, a free Microsoft plug-in.  Not supported by Google Chrome, so try Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer.  Must use laptop or desktop, not tablet.)
Wordle (needs to run on Java)

Coding  & Maker Space  Resources 

BEANZ: The Magazine for Kids, Code & Computer Science

CODING:  In order of difficulty
Blockly - A Visual Programming Editor - Learn the basic logic of Computer Programming
Scratch - program interactive stories, games & animations; created by the MIT Media Lab.
Codecademy -"teaching the world how to code." - creators of the "Hour of Code."

MAKER SPACE resources:
Instructables--a maker-space community
Maker Camp--a community-built collection of project-based tutorials
Exporatorium's Tinkering Studio--an online space for exploring science, art and technology.