- Figment – Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.
- National Novel Writing Month – National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!
- 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy – “360 Degrees of Financial literacy is a national volunteer effort of the nation’s Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills.”
Government & Politics
- Constitute – Subtitled “The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare”, this site provides constitutions in force as of September 2013 from most of the world’s independent states.
- Open States – Open States is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state’s capitol by aggregating information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
- American Memory – Search through over 7 million online documents and images made available from the Library of Congress.
- Famous Trials – “The Web’s largest and most visited collection of materials relating to famous trials, from Socrates to Clinton. The site includes original essays, images, primary documents, maps, transcript excerpts, chronologies, video clips, court decisions, and other materials to aid readers in understanding the significance of historic trials.”
- Best of History Websites – With links to over 1200 history-related web sites.
- In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience – “The website is organized around thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation.
- National History Day
- Smithsonian’s History Explorer – History Explorer’s resources focus on learning history by “reading” objects for the stories they hold about the nation and its many peoples. Learning activities feature artifacts selected from over 3 million items in the Museum’s collections, and draw on the expertise of the Museum’s renowned curatorial staff.
- US Army Center of Military History – The Center of Military History accurately collects, preserves, interprets, and expresses the Army’s history and material culture to more broadly educate and develop our force, the military profession, and the nation.
From biographies to testing and career guidance, there is a Library database or website to help you! For the full list click here.
- Brainfuse – Online homework help every day from 2 – 11 pm with your library card.
- Biography Reference Bank – information on over 500,000 people and more than 36,000 images
- Lynda.com – leading online learning platform covering business, technology and creative skills
- Newspaper Archive – millions of newspaper pages from around the world from 1753 to present (due to restrictions for licensing, this database is only available in the library)
- World Book Online – the premier general encyclopedia and reference resource
- Literary Reference Center – a collection of literary criticism and reference information
- Internet Public Library – Science Fair Project Resource Guide
- Kids.gov – Brought to you by USA.gov, Kids.gov is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.
- Science Buddies – Looking for inspiration for a science fair project? Science Buddies has over 1,150 Project Ideas in all areas of science. The Topic Selection Wizard tool can help you find a project you will enjoy.