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Biography

  • Academy of Achievement
    Brief biographies of leaders, visionaries and pioneers who have been inducted into the Academy of Achievement. Members include U.S. presidents, public servants, world leaders, innovators in information technology, business leaders, sports heroes, actors, authors, artists, scientists and explorers.

  • Biography
    This site aims to tell the most "gripping, surprising and fascinating" stories about famous people. Produced by A+E Networks.

Current Events

Students will also find relevant information in the book series "Opposing Viewpoints" by Greenhaven Press. Each title focuses on a specific issue and includes both popular and unpopular views in a pro/con format. Search the library catalog to determine if your subject is one of many topics covered.

  • AllSides
    This unique news service offered by people “from every side of the aisle and in between” tries to balance the news by presenting multiple perspectives on the same news story. It also includes media bias ratings to give readers an idea of where news sources lean on the political scale.

  • Debatabase: A World of Great Debates
    Use this resource as a starting place to find arguments for and against a debate topic on subjects such politics, education, culture, law, economy and more. Each "motion" contains up to six points for acceptance and up to six points arguing for rejection. A bibliography contains the references used in the debate. Provided by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA).

  • Intelligence Squared US
    Watch videos of Oxford-style debates argued by leading authorities. You can read the transcripts, view the research used by the debaters and see the graphs showing pre- and post-debate voting results.

  • ProCon.org
    This site offers pros and cons of controversial issues on various topics to "provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias." Arguments are presented in a straightforward format with links to references.

  • Public Opinion Polls and Surveys
    The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press publishes the results — and, in some cases, the methodology — of selected polls on political and social issues.

Economics and Personal Finance

  • EconLowdown
    Free resources help students in elementary, middle school or high school learn about economics and personal finance. Choose filters in the Resources section to select materials based on school level, subject, concept, and English or Spanish language. Provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

  • Kid's Economic Glossary and Money Meanings
    Scholastic explains basic banking and investing concepts in terms kids can understand.

  • The Mint
    Get ready for the real world by learning how to manage money. Learn how to earn, save, spend, borrow, track, give, invest and safeguard money. Includes quizzes and games.

Government

United States

See also Government research and Presidents from Virginia.

  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
    Students can learn about the branches of the U.S. government, how laws are made, how the federal and state governments share power and more. Elementary, middle and high school students can select the appropriate guide to see material adapted for their age group.

  • Branches of the U.S. Government
    Learn how the Constitution of the United States organizes the government into executive, legislative, and judicial branches to ensure that no one group or individual has too much power. The site links to official government and other selected websites to offer more detailed information about the federal government.

  • Electoral College
    Learn about the Electoral College and view historical election results.

  • Kids in the House
    Learn about House members and officers, how bills become law, House history and art. Information is divided into four levels of learning for young learners, grade, middle and high school students. From the U.S. House of Representatives.

World

See also International Information.

History

Good Starting Points

See also History of Virginia.

  • DK Find Out! — History
    Learn about ancient history, kings and queens, castles, pirates, spies, World War I and II, and much more. This visual site includes facts, quizzes, pictures and videos to help with homework.

  • Khan Academy — History
    Khan Academy encourages learning through watching U.S. history and world history videos, answering practice questions, and testing your understanding through Unit tests.

  • Outline Maps
    An educational site providing copyright-free outline maps.

  • Speeches

Ancient History

  • Ancient History
    The British Broadcasting Company provides links to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as prehistoric British, Viking, Anglo-Saxon, ancient Indian and other cultures. Younger students can play games — click on Ancient History to learn how to make a mummy, build a pyramid and solve a mysterious death in Rome.

  • Ancient Mesopotamia
    Examine artifacts to learn about life in ancient Mesopotamia. Produced by the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago

  • British Museum
    Choose themes such as cities, religion, buildings, writing, trade or technology to learn about ancient civilizations. The site requires Macromedia Flash Player. The museum's blog, which includes podcasts, posts and brief essays about ancient objects and history, is suitable for older students.

  • Bulfinch's Mythology
    Stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes.

  • Discovering Egypt
    Learn about hieroglyphic writing, stories of kings, queens, ancient Egyptian gods, mummies, inventions, pyramids and temples.

  • Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Documents and Images

  • 100 Milestone Documents
    The documents in this collection were chosen to represent significant milestones in American history between 1776 and 1965. You may view an image of the original document or read the document transcription and the annotation placing it in historic context. Provided by the National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, and USA Freedom Corps.

  • American Journeys
    Primary documents about the exploration of North America are offered in this digitized collection (including text and images) drawn from books from the 17th to the 20th century. Emphasis is on eyewitness accounts contained in original manuscripts, valuable geographic and cultural information and chronological listings of highlights. All material is searchable by keyword or can be refined by using drop-down topic menus.

  • Avalon Project
    The Avalon Project at Yale Law School is an online resource for documents covering law, history and diplomacy from ancient to contemporary times. When possible, links to supporting documents “expressly referred to in the body of the text” are included.

  • Famous Trials
    This collection of 75+ trials focuses on themes of free speech, murder, religion, race and war/corruption/politics. The site was created by Professor Linder of UMKC law school and includes his original commentary on the selected trials as well as trial transcripts, maps, images and other materials. The intended audience includes high school, college and law school instructors and students. Professor Linder also offers a Constitutional Law companion site which focuses on United States Supreme Court cases.

  • Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
    This collection includes more than 2200 books and 7800 photographs documenting voluntary immigration to the United States. Browse topics by category or region, or search the collection by keyword. Provided by Harvard University.

United States History

See also History of Virginia.

  • America's Story
    Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this site provides selective images and highlights from American history. It is not designed for in-depth research, but would be suitable for elementary school students needing brief, straightforward coverage of milestones, eras or themes in our country's past.

  • Eagle Eye Citizen
    Middle and high school students can solve challenges in which they will analyze primary sources from the Library of Congress to think critically about civics, Congress and American history.

  • Interactive Constitution
    Constitutional scholars of differing perspectives discuss the Constitution and debate how it can be interpreted today.

  • KidCitizen
    Interactive episodes using primary source photographs from the Library of Congress guide K-5 students in exploring government and civics topics. By examining the photographs, students can learn about primary sources, child labor laws, community helpers, members of Congress and more.

  • Presidents

    • American President
      Sponsored by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, this site offers "Facts at a Glance" as well as essays on each U.S. President. The essays include information on life before and after the presidency, campaigns and elections, domestic and foreign affairs, impact and legacy, and key events. There are also profiles of the first ladies and cabinet members. Material is geared toward high school students.

    • Library of Congress — Presidential Images

    • US Presidents
      A comprehensive resource guide with links to a wide variety of topics of information about the Presidents.

  • Shmoop — US History
    Shmoop tries to make learning about history fun for high school or college students by writing in a teen-friendly way. Most topics include an introduction, summary and analysis, timeline, facts, and information about the people who made it happen. Many of Shmoop's writers are PhDs and PhD candidates and want to help students understand why they should care about history.

  • Supreme Court: The Oyez Project
    Using sound, text and panoramic graphics, the creators of this website have fashioned a comprehensive tool for accessing Supreme Court cases focusing on constitutional law. One can scan biographies of the justices, listen to oral arguments from 1968 to the current term, browse the Cases section to see listings of cases currently before the court, review abstracts of historic decisions and more.

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Law

See also Constitutional Law.

  • Virginia Rules
    How does Virginia law apply to teens in everyday life? Topics include the legal rights of juveniles, family relationships and the law, dating violence, property crimes and many more. From the Office of the Attorney General.

  • Youth Rules
    Are you a teen working in a part-time or summer job? Learn about federal and state rules for teen employment including what hours you can work, what jobs you can do and how much you should be paid. From the U.S. Department of Labor.

Online Social Sciences Resources

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