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Homeschooling - References

Reference Desk.Com
"The single best source for facts on the Net." Start here! Calendars, 100s of sources for facts at a glance, fact finders, lots of subjects. Only downside is that many links in subject section aren't annotated. Best feature is Facts at a Glance section!

Encyclopedia Britannica
FREE Search! (Some articles require subscription.) Enough said.

Merriam Webster Dictionary Online
Features on-line dictionaries, thesaurus, word games, word of the day, and lots more.

Atlapedia
Offers physical and political maps and lots of facts and statistics about the countries of the world, including modern history, trading partners, capital, system of government, area, population, climate, demographics, religions, languages, currency, economy, and military.

Encyclopedia Mythica
Search, or browse by type of mythology, over 4,500 articles and many illustrations, maps, and genealogical tables related to mythology and mythological characters.

Lives, the Biography Resource (Kenneth Lanxner)
Links to thousands of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives, oral histories and more. Arranged by region, profession, time period, alpha order, etc. Special collections for women, African-Americans, Canadians, Austrialians/New Zealanders, Civil War, Holocaust Survivors and Rescuers, more. Birthdays listed for each week. Bios of DEAD people only.

Internet Public Library Reference Center
Well-annotated links in the broad categories of Reference, Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Computers & Internet, Education, Entertainment & Leisure, Health & Medical Sciences, Law/Government/Political Science, Sciences & Technology, and Social Sciences. These topics are then further sub-divided. IPL also offers a Teen Section with its own categories.

Kids Info: Encyclopedias
Links to 14 on-line encyclopedias and dictionaries, most searchable.

Kids Info: Almanacs
Links to 11 on-line almanacs, most searchable.

Kids Info: Atlases
Links to 7 on-line atlases.

The Periodic Table
On-line interactive periodic table of elements, from Chemical Elements.Com. Click on an element to learn about it. All kinds of funky ways to view the table.

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Notes
Resources are ranked within each topic; the first listed is the most useful and the last the least useful, in my opinion. This is based on depth and breadth of content, quality of links, ease of use, organisational structure, and general appearance.

A resource ranked last may be a great resource for a limited audience, or it may be an OK resource that's meant for a large audience. I have not listed resources I found to be anything but great or good, except for national organisations. Suggestions are always welcomed.
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