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    The etymology and history of first names

    Popular baby names in the United States

Ancestry.com
    Research the origin, meaning, and history of your surname

Surname Database
    A listing of over 49,000 surnames, their meanings and origins

Behind the Name
    The etymology and history of surnames

Occupational Outlook Handbook
    The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

The Career Project
    A free and interactive career profile database. research thousands of real careers through the eyes of the people who work them.

    Searches over 100 encyclopedias and dictionaries. Includes facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations

    A two part information source. Students can use the digital library collection, which includes resources by subject, newspapers and magazines, special collections, and special collections for kids and teens. Students can also submit a question to a reference librarian, who will answer questions via email.



    Infoplease is a comprehensive reference source that combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. A single search engine allows you to search all these sources at once.

Quiz Hub
    A fun site for learning math, history, science, and language arts. Includes quizzes for all subjects, as well as regents reviews, SAT vocabulary, and homework help.




    A Merriam-Webster site that includes dictionary, thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, as well as games and teacher resources.

    A great math site that includes resources for students, parents, and teachers

    The Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse, providing unlimited access to books and information on the web. 

    A web search site for kids

    A website directory of pre-12 educational videos, websites and powerpoints, KidInfo is a great site for resources on homework help, teacher lesson plan sites, and challenging educational games

    Find links to government and other kids' sites 

    A tween destination for homework help and facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education, and health. Highly ranked in search engines, Fact Monster contains an encyclopedia, almanacs, games, quizzes, research tools, holiday features, lots of self-made microsites for books, and more.