They provide general information and are a good starting point if you know little or nothing about the topic. Be sure to check more than one set; each one covers subjects in a unique way.
- Special References
These sources are found in the reference section in the MIS Library and provide more detailed information than general encyclopedias do. They include biographical dictionaries, geographical dictionaries, almanacs, thesauri, writing style manuals, field guides, and many specialized books dealing with specific topics.
- Non-Fiction Books
This category includes all biographies and all books organized by Dewey Decimal numbers. Ask Mrs. Duncan, the librarian, to check the online catalog with your keywords to find the appropriate books.
- Magazine Articles
Articles from 1985 to the present day are found by using Infotrac at the Tenessee Electronic Library (TEL). In addition, the library has past copies of several magazines. Ask the librarian to help you find the titles you need.
- Internet Resources
You must have completed an Internet User Policy form with a parent's signature in order to search Internet sources. Use the MIS Library web page as a starting point. Google, Bing.com, or YAHOO are recommended as search engines, and the Berkeley Librarian's Guide to the Internet is recommended as a subject tree. Below is a comprehensive list of Internet Curriculum links suggested by the library media specialist to help with your research. Use the following quick links to navigate to the various sections of the list:
- Bartlett's Quotations - Search for famous quotes and phrases.
- Can You Do the Dewey? - Test your knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System and find out about Melvin Dewey.
- "Do We" Really Know Dewey? - A detailed, yet child friendly, investigation of the Dewey Decimal System of classification
- InfoPlease - Allows students to search the encyclopedia, dictionary, and several almanacs
- Library Spot - A huge hotlink page to ready reference sources, online libraries and other online media (journals, newspapers, speeches, etc.) - a must see!
- Little Explorers Picture Dictionary - Primary dictionary provides illustrations and example sentences
- Merriam-Webster Online - Online dictionary and thesaurus
- Multicultural Calendar - Online calendar that allows searching holidays by month, country or holiday
- OneLook Dictionaries - Type a word, choose a dictionary.
- Puzzlemaker- Create a variety of types of puzzles, including crosswords, word searches, and mazes.
- The Quotations Page - A large-scale quotation site with many original resources
- The Weather Channel - This site has weather forecasts for U.S. and International cities.
- WordCentral - Merriam-Webster student site with definitions, parts of speech, and pronunciations, as well as a rhyming dictionary
- Zip Codes - United States Postal Service Zip Code directory
Authors, Illustrators, and Characters
- Avi - Biography and news
- Bailey School Kids (Debbie Dadey) - Information on the series, including activities
- Official Berenstain Bears Website - (Jan and Stan Berenstain) Activities and stories with the Berenstain Bears
- Judy Blume's Official Web Site - Biography, writing tips, and interesting facts about her books
- Jan Brett - Wonderful activities, bookmarks, projects, and author information
- Arthur (Marc Brown) - Activities and information about Arthur the aardvark
- BetsyByars.com - Writing tips, autobiography, and photos
- Official Eric Carle Site - Good ideas on how to use Carle's books
- Nancy Carlson's Neighborhood - Newsletter, biography, drawing instructions, and recipes from the author of the Louanne Pig books
- Alice in Wonderland Interactive Adventure (Lewis Carroll) - Many games and activities based on Alice's adventures
- Dinotopia (James Gurney) - Many details about the books, including maps, author information, and teacher activities
- Mem Fox - Information about Mem Fox and her books.
- Jean Craighead George - Q & A, writing tips, photos, audio, and Quicktime movies from the author of Julie of the Wolves
- Grimm Brothers @ nationalgeographic.com - 12 full-text folktales from the Brothers Grimm
- Kevin Henkes - Learn all about his characters, special recipes, and games
- Junie B. Jones (Barbara Park) - Provides information about Junie B., her books, various activities and a biography of author Barbara Park
- Loreen Leedy - Includes project ideas and activities to download
- Narnia (C. S. Lewis) - Detailed information about the stories, characters, and settings from C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia
- Christopher Robin's Winnie-the-Pooh Character Guide (A. A. Milne) - A biographical introduction to all the characters in the 100 Aker Woods
- Rebus Rhymes: Mother Goose and Others - Favorite nursery rhymes presented as rebuses and a Mother Goose scavenger hunt
- Margie Palatini - Information about this award winning author and her books. Activities, recipes, crafts, and book guide are included.
- Katherine Paterson - Official site of the author of Bridge to Terabithia
- Dav Pilkey's Web Site O' Fun! - Biography, games, news, and puzzles from the author of Captain Underpants
- Patricia Polacco - Biography, newsletter, contests, as well as bookmarks and posters to download
- Peter Rabbit Home Page (Beatrix Potter) - Information about Beatrix Potter and her books
- Kids' Corner (Beatrix Potter) - Full-text and RealAudio readings of Beatrix Potter stories
- The World of Curious George (H. A. Rey) - Biography of Margret and H. A. Rey, matching game, and e-cards
- Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling) - Scholastic site about the boy wizard, with series information, author biography, pronunciation guides, trivia game, and more
- Dr. Seuss's Seussville (Dr. Seuss) - Lots of child friendly activities: email a question to the Cat in the Hat, print puzzles and coloring sheets, and enter the monthly contests
- Lemony Snicket - For fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events
- William Steig - Author information and reading guides
- Janet Stevens - General author information, with detailed descriptions of her illustration methods
- Rosemary Wells - Author information, games, and pages to print
- Charlotte's Web (E. B. White) - Chapter summaries, an alphabet book, games, and puzzles, all created by a second grade class
- Biographical Dictionary - Facts and figures on 18,000 people
- National Inventors Hall of Fame - Biographies of inventors, indexed by inventor, invention, or by date
- National Women's Hall of Fame - Search for biographical information about famous American women.
- Presidents of the U.S. - In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents.
Countries, Maps, and Flags
- Flags of all Countries - Flags of the nations of the world
- Google Earth - Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
- Google Maps - This searchable site uses Google Earth satellite technology to assist with finding locations.
- Historical Map Web Sites - This site has historical maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
- InfoPlease - Countries of the World - This site includes maps, flags, facts, quizzes and crossword puzzles, to name only a few features.
- Kids@nationalgeographic.com - Information, games, and activities about the world
- Map Machine - National Geographic provides electronic maps and links to a wide variety of map resources.
- National Geographic Country Profiles - Check this site out for a wealth of country information.
- Outline Maps - Use this site to print or download a variety of outline maps for homework or classroom use.
- USA City Link - Look at this comprehensive source for information on cities and states.
- U.S. Gazetteer - This site allows users to search for United States maps by zip code or city and state. It is published by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- World Flag Database - Use this site to find flags of all nations.
- Dragonfly - Online version of the science magazine
- National Geographic World - Online version of the magazine
- Ranger Rick - Articles, games, and activities from the nature magazine
- Sports Illustrated for Kids Online - Online version of the popular kids' magazine
- Stone Soup - Online magazine for ages 8 - 13 features stories and artwork by children.
- Time for Kids - Online version of the magazine features current events and a news ticker.
News Sites, Magazines, Journals
- 50states.com - This website provides a directory with links to newspapers across the United States.
- Knoxville News Sentinel-- Use the Knoxville News Sentinel's page for today's headlines, sports, and weather.
- National Geographic World - Explore kid-oriented articles on a variety of topics.
- Time for Kids - Affords kids an age appropriate version of Time magazine
- Washington Post- In addition to the current issue the full text of issues printed during the previous two weeks are searchable and available free of charge.
- WBIR - Local news, traffic, and weather, 24/7
United States - Facts, History, Government
- American Memory (Library of Congress) - U.S. History primary sources, lesson plans, photographs and more.
- Black History Month - Meet famous African Americans, listen to jazz music, publish your own writing, and explore history with our interactive timeline.
- EPA Student Center - This site contains information about conservation, water, ecosystems, human health, waste and recycling, air, "in your neighborhood".
- From Revolution to Reconstruction - The history of the United States from the landing of the Mayflower to current times
- Kids' Pages - FedStats - FedStats is a listing of kids' pages from many governmet departments and agencies, including NASA.
- Library of Congress - This site has links to legislative information and research tools including full text access to current bills in congress.
- National Archives and Records Administration - This site provides access to primary sources related to U.S. government and history.
- Stately Knowledge - Facts About the Fifty States - Basic state facts, including state symbols and links to other sites
- U.S. Census Bureau - The Census Bureau has information from the U.S. Census of 1990.
- The White House - Presents information about the federal government, presidential information, access to White House documents, and commonly requested federal services.