Grades 9-12 Internet Curriculum
Online Databases | Homework
Help | General Reference/Research | Biography | Career
and College Information | Countries,
Flags and Maps | e-Texts |
Financial Aid | Maryland and Local Information | News
Sites, Magazines, Journals | United States Government
eTools in Chinese
eTools in Korean
eTools in Spanish
HCPSS Online Subscription Databases
Students should contact the school library media
specialist for login information to these databases.
American Government -
Daily UPI Washington news, political cartoons for
analysis, and political commentaries help students
learn about different viewpoints.
American History - From the explorers of the Americas to today's headlines, American History investigates the people, events, and themes of our nation's evolution. Integrating American politics, science, culture, philosophy, and economics, this authoritative database explores the ongoing development of the United States. American Government contains nearly 15,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, government and court documents, photos, maps, audio/video clips, statistics, and more.
Auto Repair Reference Center - Includes more than 34,000 vehicles covered from 1945 to present, nearly 850,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 86,600 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, over 158,600 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing, specifications & maintenance schedules. New repair procedures and updates are continually added to the product. All of the content in Auto Repair Reference Center has been created by ASE certified technicians.
Concise, reliable, and up-to date country reports
on 182 world cultures
History Reference Center - features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books. The database also includes full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals Further, the database contains nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 37,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.
MasterFile Premier - - Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
Generate, edit, and publish an MLA Works Cited list
or APA References list using NoodleBib
Viewpoints in Context -This resource
provides a complete one-stop source for information
on social issues
[see your school library media specialist for login
Science in Context -
Thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies,
and illustrations can be found in articles from over
200 magazines, academic journals, and links to quality
web sites [see your school library media specialist
for login information].
Science Reference Center - a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content.
than 5,000 primary and secondary source articles
highlighting key events, movements, people, and places
in 20th-century America
Discoverer - Easily retrievable full-text
articles from approximately 1,200 newpapers, magazines,
and U.S. government documents; includes World
Almanac for Kids
Knowledge Source -Thousands
of full-text articles from domestic and international
sources exploring social, scientific, health, historic,
business, economic, political, and global issues
Resources in Context -
All core curriculum areas are covered with this premium
selection of reference material, full-text periodicals
and newspapers, primary sources, creative works,
and multimedia [see your school library media specialist
for login information].
Teaching Books.net - A timesaving portal to thousands of online resources of book-related resources you can use to explore children's and young adult books and their authors. It provides immediate access to useful materials and exciting programs (short movies, audio book readings, book discussion guides, and more) that add a multimedia dimension to reading in the classroom, library media center, and home.
Turnitin.com - Recognized worldwide as the standard in online plagiarism prevention, Turnitin helps students take full advantage of the internet's educational potential. See your classroom teacher for login information.
Book Online -
This is the online version of this popular encyclopedia.
- Online Homework Assistance - Online tutoring service is provided through the Howard County Library(HCL); click on the question mark (?); requires an HCL library card
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- Academy of Achievement - Focuses on individuals who have shaped the twentieth century by their accomplishments
- Biographical Dictionary - Facts and figures on 18,000 people
- Biography.com - This site from A & E has an online database of very brief entries about 25,000 of the greatest names, past and present.
- National Inventors Hall of Fame - This site has biographies of inventors, indexed by inventor, invention, or by date.
- National Women's Hall of Fame - Search for biographical information about famous American women.
- Nobel Prize Laureates - This site has biographies and links about Nobel winners.
- 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.
- Time Persons of the Year - This
site has the cover picture and the cover article
for the Time Man of the Year from 1927.
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Career and College Information
- The Career Key - This site has an excellent self-assessment tool to help students define possible careers based on both abilities and interest. Groups of careers are offered as possibilites for the student to consider. Specific occupations the student chooses are then linked to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for further information.
- Career Magazine - This site gives tips and links for career opportunities.
- It's My Future - Describes opportunities beyond high school, including career options, military careers, financial aid and scholarships.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - This site duplicates the print title published by the U.S. Department of Labor. The site gives a descriptive listing of occupations including job outlook and average salary range.
- Peterson's.com - Provides information on colleges, summer programs, study abroad.
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Countries, Flags, and Maps
- Background Notes - This site has brief information about countries around the world. The information comes from the U.S. State Department.
- Country Studies - "This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army." The currency of information varies since books are up updated on a rotating basis.
- CIA World Fact Book - This site has information about countries of the world from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. As of 6/15/01 this statement is on the home page: "In general, information available as of 1 January 2000
was used in the preparation of this edition."
- Currency Exchange Rates Converter - "FXConverter (Foreign Exchange Currency Converter) is a multi-lingual Currency Converter with up to date exchange rates provided from leading market data contributors and is filtered for
validity. To get the exchange rates for any of the 164 currencies, select the desired currencies from the lists [given], as well as the date, language, and amount for which you would like to conduct the currency conversion. Click on "Convert Now" to get the results of your currency conversion.
- 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.
- Infonation - this site will compare statistics for up to 7 countries at once.
- Information Please - Countries of the World - This site includes maps, flags, facts, quizzes and crossword puzzles, to name only a few features!
- Map Machine - National Geographic provides
electronic maps and links to a wide variety of map resources.
- Map Quest - This site gives driving directions from one specific address to another. Directions may be obtained for the United States, Canada and Europe.
- Maps From Hanover College Dept. of History - This site has links to maps organized by continent.
- 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.
- The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
- This site has multiple color maps from the University of
Texas at Austin. The site is organized by broad geographical
categories (on second page of site) and also has links to other
- USA City Link - Look at this comprehensive source for information on cities and states.
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.
- The Weather Channel - This site has weather forecasts for U.S. and international cities.
- World Flag Database - Use this site to find flags of all nations.
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- Columbia University's Project Bartleby - Columbia University's Project Bartleby is an online full-text library of reference, verse, fiction and nonfiction. Searchable by author, title and broad categories such as American Documents and English Essays. An early edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is included in the collection as well as many other early works such as the 70 volumes of the Harvard Classics and the 1919 edition of Gray's Anatomy.. Word searching yields rapid retrieval of all works containing the word, with direct links to the original sources.
- Hyptertexts from the University of Virginia - This site has full text, illustrations, reviews, literary attributes, etc. from many classics. Some examples are Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, works by Mark Twain, and American Slave Narratives by the WPA.
- Project Gutenberg - Fine Literature Digitally Re-Published - This site provides full-text of literature and references that are in the public domain, including classics such as Alice in Wonderland and the complete works of Shakespeare.
-- Students register and are given a mail box. When a new scholarship
becomes available students are notified based on the scholarship
critieria students previously entered.
-- This is an excellent annotated collection of sites about financial
- Peterson's Education Center -- This site gives
links to organizations that provide information on how to pay
for a college education.
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Mythica- Provides key word access to articles pertaining
to myths and mythological characters.
Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection - "The
IPL Online Literary Criticism Collection
contains 3756 critical and biographical websites about authors
and their works that can be browsed
by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period."
Resources on the Net - A list of websites
of literary interest. The sites are grouped by period, for example:
Classical, 18th century, Romantic, Victorian.
of the Shuttle--English Literature-
English literature is defined on this page as "works written
in English taught in departments of English and American literature."
Searchable by author and also organized by time period.
of the Shuttle--Minority Literature-
Minority literature categorized into groups such as "AFRO-AMERICAN,
ASIAN-AMERICAN, CHICANO/LATINO." Includes some full-text
of authors' works. Not all links on individual pages have been
checked for currency as of 6/21/00.
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Maryland and Local Information
- Archives of Maryland - Easy-to-use information on Maryland from the Maryland Archives.
- Howard County Public Library -
link to the homepage of HCPSS' A+ Partner. With
a library card number, access to the library's
online databases is provided.
- Maryland.gov - Maryland.gov is the gateway to public services within and around the State of Maryland.
- Maryland Manual Online - The online version of the print manual - contains Maryland information from the Maryland Archives.
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News Sites, Magazines, Journals
- Baltimore Sun -- Use the Baltimore Sun's page for today's headlines, sports, and weather.
- British Broadcasting Company (BBC) - Check the daily news from Great Britain.
- Los Angeles Times - Find daily news from Los Angeles, California.
- New York Times - Find daily news from the New York Times. This site also provides links to past articles, providing background information about a current story.
- Newsweek - Online version of the popular weekly magazine
- Public Agenda Online - "Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. Drawing on its research, Public Agenda prepares a broad array of educational materials that help explain policy issues to the public in a balanced and easy-to-understand way. Citizens can use this information to weigh various choices and make educated decisions."
- Reuters - Top news stories from Reuters may be found at this site. The latest headlines, new stories, photographs and audio newsclips are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Time Warner's Pathfinder Network - Archives of all issues since 1994 are available in addition to the current issue. In the archives the cover of each issue, in thumbnail size, is shown in a browser window that is organized by date of publication.
- U.S. News and World Report - Archives of all issues since February 1997 are available, in addition to the current issue. Archives are organized by date of publication.
- 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.
- WTOP - Local news, traffic, and weather, 24/7
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United States Government
- Library of Congress - This site has links to legislative information and research tools including full text access to current bills in congress. It is useful for verifying publication of materials and for locating bibliographic information.
- National Archives and Records Administration - This site provides access to primary sources related to U.S. government and history.
- National Library of Medicine - Users may search MedLine or the National Library of Medicine site.
- Smithsonian - Links to the museums, educational activities, libraries, etc. of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Census Bureau - The Census Bureau has information from the U.S. Census of 1990. Data from the 2000 census is added as it becomes available.
- U.S. Executive Branch - This site has useful information about the Executive branch of the U.S. government.
- U.S. Judicial Branch - This site has useful information about the Judicial branch of the U.S. government.
- U.S. Legislative Branch - This site has useful information about the Legislative branch of the U.S. government such as a directory of members of Congress and congresssional committees.
- USA.gov - This official U.S. Government portal to 30 million pages of government information, services, and online transactions features a topical index, links to state and local government, options to contact your government, and other tools.
- The White House - This is the official White House site. Information about the federal government, presidential information, access to White House documents, and commonly requested federal services are included.
- Zip codes - This site gives access to the United States Postal Service Zip Code directory
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