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Careers, Heroes, and Role Models

Academy of Achievement
Read about role models who achieved greatness in their chosen fields and helped shape the twentieth century.

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Search Job Profiles to find out more about a career.If you are using this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

Kids.gov Jobs
Do you want to be an astronaut? A veterinarian? Find out about these jobs and more with this handy list of websites from kids.gov.

World Almanac for Kids Online
Click on "Career Ideas" or "Famous People." If you are using this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

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History

America's Story From America's Library
This site provides an excellent introduction to the collections of the Library of Congress.

Colonial Williamsburg
Read about what life would be like for different kinds of people in colonial Virginia, or try the different games and activities.

Facts on File History Database Search
From here, you can search several history databases at once: American History Online, African-American History Online, and American Indian History Online.

Footsteps Magazine
Read articles and interviews related to African American history. The magazine's website also has a list of recommended links to help you research African American history topics.

FreedomFlix
History comes to life with dynamic e-books of the Children's Press best-selling Cornerstones of Freedom series, complete with embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips.

Gale Reference Library
Type whatever you are looking for into the the box at the top of the page.If you are using this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today
Read the stories of immigrants who came to the United States in the 20th century and the 21st century.

Indo-American Heritage Museum
This Chicago organization documenting the history and showcases the contributions of Indian Americans to the building of America.

National World War II Museum
Investigate the education section of this museum website to find a timeline, a glossary (great for those A to Z assignments), recommended books and websites about World War II, information about science and technology used during the war, and more.

On This Day
Find out what happened on this day during some other year in history.

The Oregon Trail
See how the men and women of the Oregon Trail blazed their way to the West.

TrueFlix
Find excellent science and social studies information for elementary school. Students can watch videos, read books online, and find good online resources all in one place. TrueFlix also offers games, quizzes, and ideas for projects. Teachers can find lesson plans and great content for Whiteboards.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The student page for the USHMM has a wealth of information for young people learning about the Holocaust.

A War to End Slavery
Find summaries of different subjects related to the American Civil War, along with images and sound clips, designed as online resources to go with the PBS series Freedom: A History of US.

World Almanac for Kids Online
Explore milestones in American History or World History, or read about the history of a state or country. If you are using this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

World Book
Find information about historical people or events in this encyclopedia. If you are using this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

Zoom Explorers
You can search this list of explorers by the area they explored (North America? Outer Space? Underwater?), by name, or by the time when they lived.

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Inventors

African American Inventors
Read about some African-American inventors and their inventions.

Google Patents
This website is a simple way to find patent information, including drawings of inventions.

Innovative Lives
Browse through the stories of inventors and their inventions at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center.

Thank a Woman
Read about female inventors, thanks to the Herstory Network!

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Native Americans

American Indian History Online
A comprehensive collection of biographies, timelines, events and topics, and more about the American Indian.

The Cradleboard Teaching Project
Click the "Native American Resources" link on this site to find the websites of several Native North American groups, or try some of the free, online social studies and geography lessons.

Museum of the American Indian
Visit an online exhibit or download some audio to explore aspects of Native American culture and history. Be sure to try out the special interactive program about World War II code talkers.

NativeTech
Special features on NativeTech include information on Native American games, toys, food, recipes, poetry and stories.

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States and Countries

CIA World Factbook
Find flags, maps, statistics, and more for countries around the world.

Fifty States and Capitals
Easy to use list of state facts, including state songs (words only). There are also links to state and city Web pages, information on newspapers, nicknames and trivia.

Gale Reference Library
Look up information about cultural groups around the world, including recipes, in the Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures.If you are using this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

Great Buildings
Find pictures of famous buildings in states across the country and cities around the world.

Greetings in more than 1700 languages
If your teacher wants you to know how to say "hello" in the country you are studying, this website will help.

Grolier Online Kids
Access the online versions of general encyclopedias, the America the Beautiful series of state books, and the Lands and Peoples country encyclopedia.If you want to use this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Find out about historic sites and memorials across the state of Illinois.

Lizard Point Map Quizzes
Test your knowledge of geography with clickable map quizzes.

National Geographic Kids: People and Places
Find facts, photos, and maps for countries around the world.

World Almanac for Kids Online
Choose a country to find basic information about it as well as printable maps and flags. Choose a state to learn about its history, famous people from that state, symbols, maps, and flags. If you are using this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

World Book
Search the online encyclopedia for country and state information, pictures, or maps. If you are using this database outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number.

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U.S. Government

Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids
Find clear explanations of the branches of government, national symbols, and important documents like the Constitution.

Kids.gov
This special section of the kids.gov website has information about the federal government, from the Bill of Rights to the FBI.

The White House
Find facts and fun for all ages, including information about the house itself and the people and pets who have lived there.

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