Britannica Annals of American History
This online chronicle provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems, and interviews. (for access inside, the library click here| for access from home or school, click here )
This link will take you to research material appropriate for elementary school, middle school and high school students. Adults will be very happy with the information from the high school level of Britannica, too. (for access inside the library, click here | for access from home or school, click here)
Explora is an easy-to-use tool that can help you complete research and classroom assignments. Discover reliable information on topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports. Search results are aligned with a student’s grades in school.
Watch a tutorial on using Explora for Elementary School here.
Designed for use in Elementary Schools, this database provides access to primary sources, articles and information from popular, elementary school magazines, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.
Books and Authors
Suggested Homework Websites
- Fact Monster – Encyclopedia, almanac, atlas and dictionary all in one.
- Discovery Education – Homework help resources, plus interactive games, videos, virtual labs and activities.
- Library of Congress – Historical records and digitized books, photos, maps, manuscripts, film, and sound recordings.
- Diigo – Jumpstart researching any topic by using websites recommended by Colorado librarians. Type in a tag word like inventors or colonies and hit Enter. Some tags are two words and need to be typed inside quotes like “current events” or “civil war.” Start a new search by clicking CoLibraries (top left) to clear the field and enter a different tag.
Animals & Environment
- National Geographic Kids – The world of animals explained and presented in videos, games, and activities.
- San Diego Zoo – Discover animals by name, region, or habitat (mouse over animals menu tab to choose.)
- Environment – Website recommendations from the EPA on air, climate change, ecosystems, energy, recycling, water.
- Colorado Parks & Wildlife – Animals native to Colorado including threatened and endangered species.
- Web Weather for Kids – Learn what makes weather wet and wild.
- Biography.com – Over 7,000 biographies of people past and present.
- Nobel Prize – Biographies of Nobel Prize recipients and laureates.
- Gallery of Achievers – Read about individuals who have shaped the 20th century by their accomplishments.
- White House – Biographies of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies plus history of the White House.
- More! – Websites featuring profiles of historical figures and distinguished women.
- Colorado Virtual Library – Read biographies of famous (and infamous) Coloradoans past to present.
- History Colorado Center – Learn about the historical figures that shaped the history of Colorado and the West.
- Center for Colorado & The West – Photos, interviews, biographies, county histories, and subject guides.
- Western History & Genealogy – Digital collections. photos, and resource guides at Denver Public Library.
- Colorado Historic Newspapers (1859-1923) – Search for feature stories, society news, ads, photos, and editorials.
- Time for Kids – Read about current events in the nation and the world.
- The Why Files – The science behind the news.
- New York Times – Student edition includes top stories, social issues, and opinion pages.
- Science News – Covering all fields of science, technology, engineering and math for students grades 5-12.
- aicoach.co – Connects kids and parents to sites that teach children about personal finance, business, economics.
- Kids.gov – Connect to over 2,000 web pages from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations.
- Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government – How government works and laws are made, electoral process, and national symbols.
- iCivics – Explore the fundamental concepts and responsibilities of representative democracy through games.
- Our Government – Learn how America’s federal, state and local governments work to enact the will of the people.
- Webmath – Step-by-step answers to hundreds of math questions and the option to type in your own problem.
- AAA Math – Learn, practice, and explore every topic of K-8 math. (En Espanol)
- Khan Academy K-8 Math Videos – From counting to calculus and everything in between.
- Pikes Peak Library – Math websites featuring step-by-step examples, worksheets, flashcards, and online practice.
- More! – Links to librarian recommended math websites for students, teachers, and tutors.
- History Colorado – Quick access to History Colorado’s museums and historic sites and online exhibits for students.
- Smithsonian Kids – From Art to Zoo learn something new (or historical) here.
- National Museum of American History – Information, documents, artifacts, photos and more from America’s past.
- NGAkids Art Zone – Introduction to art and art history through interactive activities.
- Boston Tea Party Museum – The people and events leading to the American Revolution. (Click Research Library)
- Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources – Explanations and examples for each category.
- National History Day Toolkit – Introduction to primary sources with a video and links to examples.
- Finding Copyright Friendly Images – Resource list courtesy of Denver Public Library.
Research & Writing
- How to Do Research – A diagram takes you through the process, click any step to get the details.
- Plan-Find-Create-Present – Tips to start your research project, find sources, stay organized, and putting it all together.
- Writing Topics – Lists of ideas to inspire essays, stories, or journal writing.
- Writing Skills – Strengthen your writing skills with tips, examples, and best practices for effective communication.
- Writing With Writers – Scholastic authors take you through the steps of writing news reports, mysteries, myths, book reviews, and more.
- Exploratorium – A museum of art, science, and human perception.
- How Stuff Works – Straightforward answers and explanations of how the world actually works.
- Solar System Exploration – Planets, space missions, news and events from NASA.
- Science Fair Buddies – Use the Wizard to find a perfect project and learn how to apply/document the scientific method.
- IPL Science Fair Project Guide – Resources for picking an experiment, using the scientific method, and presenting results.
- Stately Knowledge – Basic geographical facts and information on state capitols for all 50 states.
- Eyewitness to History – Profiles of historical characters and events told from the perspectives of those who lived it.
- CIA World Factbook – Country data covering geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and defense.
- Great Websites for Kids – Cultures of the world, geography, maps, current events, social issues, and religion.
- MrDowling.com – Teacher Mike Dowling covers pre-history through through WWII.