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Biographical Dictionary
Thousands of brief biographical sketches of historical and contemporary figures.

Biographical information from history documentaries broadcast on the PBS network.
Brief factual information on thousands of historical, political, and contemporary people.

Biographical information on over 30,000 people organized by category.

Time's Most Influential People 2010
Biographies from Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People


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Use Google's Uncle Sam to search federal and state documents on the web using Google's search technology but limiting the search to .gov sites only.
The official kids' portal for the U.S. government. It links to over 1,200 web pages from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids in grades K-5 and 6-8.
The official gateway to US government information designed specifically for teens.

CIA World Factbook
Lists population, government, military, and economic information for nations recognized by the United States.

Ben's Guide to the US Government
Information about citizenship, how laws are made, and the three branches of government, Also includes an extensive list of government websites for kids.

Government Printing Office
A portal to govenment documents on the web. This site provides access to specialized agency databases organized by the three branches of government and has the ability to search across many agencies by broad subject category.
Access to current presidential documents, including major speeches, appointments, press briefings, and policies.

Lessons using Primary Source documents.

US Census
Census statistics for population, housing, and economics

National Institute of Health
Reliable information on a variety of health topics

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring as well as scientific and environmental information


Primary Sources are the words of the witnesses or the first recorders of an event. They consist of unpublished documents and materials such as letters, diaries, government reports, tape recordings, photographs, and items of clothing as well as books, magazines, and newspaper articles that were published during the time of the event or the person being studied.

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Primary sources are organized by names, dates, places, and events. Having the correct spelling and accurate dates will allow you to do your research effectively.

ARC: Archival Research Catalog
Descriptions of the National Archives' Collections, including film, still pictures, texts, and drawings, as well as digitized images of thousands of these items

Our Milestone Documents
Access to the 100 milestone documents in American History

AMDocs: Documents for the Study of American History
Links to historical and literary documents spanning the entire US history beginning with the Vikings landing in North America. Includes treaties, diaries, speeches, etc... in a variety of formats

Library of Congress American Memory Project
Free and open access to documents, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America

Making of America
Nineteenth century journal articles and books in the areas of agriculture, education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, science, and technology.

Documenting the American South
A digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.

Civil War Women
A collection of diaries, letters, and other primary sources written by women during the Civil War in the United States.

American Slave Narratives
Interviews of former slaves between 1936 and 1938.


Thousands of free math and science videos. Covers Algebra 1 through Calculus, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.  
Watch videos and full episodes on historical topics.
Watch, download or share the latest NASA videos, including launches and landings, mission operations, science updates and animations.
National Geographic Video  
Free videos from National Geographic, featuring animal videos, weather videos, nature videos, world music videos and more.
National Geographic Kids Videos  
Hundreds of free videos from National Geographic Kids, featuring animals, weather, nature, world music, and much more.
PBS Video  
Award-winning national programming and locally produced shows are just a click away.
PBS Learning Media  
Easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources.
School Tube  
Provides educators and students a safe and fun video sharing environment to enhance their classrooms and learning experiences.
Teacher Tube  
An online community for sharing instructional videos.