Resources for general reference questions

vocabulary dictionary Dictionary. Use for definitions, pronunciations, and spelling.

your dictionary

Your Dictionary: Dictionary. Use for definitions, pronunciations, and spelling. Detailed results, 400 different language dictionaries.

american heritage dictionary

American Heritage Student Dictionary: Definitions and spelling.

merriam webster college thesaurus

Merriam-Webster’s College Thesaurus: Finding synonyms. Using a variety of words can make your work richer, more interesting, and more powerful.

encyclopedia britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica: Free version of the globally renowned general information source with nearly 65,000 articles. Free online encyclopedia.

google scholar

Google Scholar: Index of scholarly literature. Some full text is free, some available for a fee, and sometimes only the citation is available.


Infoplease: Concise answers to general who, what, where, which, why, when, and how questions.

fact monster

Fact Monster: Children’s version of InfoPlease. Includes The TIME for Kids Almanac and the Columbia Encyclopedia.

old farmer's almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Information on a range of subjects: weather, gardening, astronomy, cooking, birding and fishing, rural estate, etc.


Bartleby: Encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, style books, quotation books, gazetteers, fact books, and anthologies. Includes Gray’s Anatomy.

purdue online writing lab

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Writing help for students in Years 7-13. Covers all aspects of the creative and academic writing process.

convert me

Convert-me: A conversion table for weight, time, length, area, speed, pressure, and other things.

bj pinchbeck homework helper

BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper: Carefully chosen web sites for students with homework to do, a research or science project, or any other informational need.


EDSITEment: Access to some of the worlds great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities.


Pics4Learning: Teachers and students are granted permission to use all of the free images in this collection.

NY public library digital

New York Public Library Digital Collection: Thousands of prints, photographs, maps, videos, and more. Updated daily.


Biography: General biographical information on 25,000 well-known people from ancient times to the present.

kahn academy

The Kahn Academy: Educational content for Years 1-13 math , science, finance, history and the humanities. 10-minute videos, exercises and assessments.

spark notes

SparkNotes: Study guides in literature, arts and sciences. Includes literary classics, health, nutrition, computer science, and biography. New: test preparation.

open culture

Open Culture:  Resources for personal and professional development. Links to online courses, certificate courses like MOOCs, movies, audio books, language learning tools, ebooks, and educational resources.

dk find out

DK Find Out: Articles on a wide range of subjects. Years 1-9. videos, quizzes, interesting facts, homework help, and science fair projects.

google maps street view

Google Maps Street View Treks: Visit world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants and small businesses with 360° images on Google Maps.

kids click

Kids Click: Annotated searchable directory of websites created for kids by librarians. Searchable by subject, reading level and degree of picture content.

national archives uk

National Archives UK: Section of Department for Culture, Media and Sport of the United Kingdom. Contains the nation’s most iconic documents, dating back more than 1,000 years.


TED: TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.

reference Question answering service and general information reference.


CiteThisForMe: Automatically create bibliographies, citations, and works cited lists in the correct format using the APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, or Harvard referencing styles.


EasyBib: Automatic citation and bibliography formatting.


Pixabay: Nearly a million images free of copyright restrictions for use in projects and presentations.

Ouvrages de référence

dictionnaire visuel

Dictionnaire Visuel: Découvrez 17 thèmes en sélectionnant les vignettes ou questionnez l’outil de recherche pour accéder à un monde de connaissances.

bon patron

BonPatron: Correcteur de grammaire et d’orthographe.


Cordial: Correcteur d’orthographe et de grammaire, dictionnaire, et règles de français.


WikiMini: Encyclopédie pour les enfants écrite par les enfants.


Allô Prof: Aide aux devoirs et aux leçons.


E-Bahut: Aide aux devoirs.


Dictionnaire: Pour trouver les définitions de mots de la langue française.


Conjugaison: Pour conjuguer les verbes.


Ressources: 101 sites pédagogiques.

dictionnaire synonymes

Dictionnaire des synonymes: Ensemble de mots et de liens ou relations de synonymie entre ces mots, quelles que soient les nuances d’emploi régissant ces relations.


E-Rara: Le portail pour les imprimés numérisés des bibliothèques suisses.

Open access databases


DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals): Indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.


OAJSE (Open Access Journals Search Engine): An open access e-journal search portal.

free full pdf

FreeFullPDF: Download free scientific publications.

Spotting fake news

Don’t be fooled! Think critically about the news you read.

fake news

Evaluating online resources

Use the CARS checklist to evaluate internet resources:

  • Credibility
  • Accuracy
  • Reasonableness
  • Support

Using Wikipedia wisely

  • Wikipedia is a good resource for general information and for hyperlinks to more in-depth resources.
  • Usually, research requires additional resources. Try the school library’s collection or some of the free internet resources on this website.
  • Double check the accuracy of Wikipedia information by locating the same information in at least one other reliable resource.

Google Scholar search

Search Google Scholar for scholarly literature. Enter your topic, and find academic articles, theses, and books related to your search. Go ahead- try it!

Research tips

Click here for research tips and examples of citations, references, or bibliographies.