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AP Fact Check– Associated Press’ website, an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting, founded in 1846.

Fact Check– A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Fact Tank: News in the Numbers– “Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.”

US Surgeon General – Confronting health misinformation

MediaBias/Fact Check– comprehensive media bias resource; currently 3200+ media sources in the database and growing every day.

Media Matters for America– “A web-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting misinformation in the U.S. media.”

PolitiFact– non-profit run by the Poynter Institute

PunditFact– “a project of the Poynter Institute, dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media.”

SciCheck- Fact Check’s site “focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. It was launched in January 2015.”

Sunlight Foundation– “a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis, and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.”

TinEye– this is a reverse image search that tells you whether or not an image was altered.

Common Sense Media – Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Goodreads – Launched in 2007, Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.

LGBTQ Reads – All ages and genres for queering up your shelf, one rec at a time.

Rainbow Book List – The Rainbow Book List is created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Rainbow Round Table of the American Library Association.

#1000blackgirlbooks – This resource guide from The GrassROOTS Community Foundation was created in direct response to the multiple requests made by educators, parents, and students, who asked for books with black girls as the main characters.



ALA’s Thinking Money for Kids – Online version of Thinking Money for Kids traveling exhibition.

A Book and A Hug – Online tool for kids to create a book list of their favorites or for classes and friends to share a book list.

Guys Read – Author Jon Scieszka tips to connect boys with books they want to read.

International Children’s’ Digital Library – Read books from around the world. Hundreds of books in twenty-nine different languages are available. – A free foreign language learning site for children. Simple games, activities, and resources for learning vocabulary in French, Spanish, German, Italian, and more.

Read Kiddo Read – An authoritative resource for finding the best, current literature for children of all ages. It includes summaries, read-alikes, reviews, and links to related activities.


You need a library card for at-home access to researchIT databases.

ABCya – Educational games for grades PreK – Grade 6

Animal Fact Guide – Learn interesting facts about animals around the world.

The Big6 – Big6 is a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information.

CrashCourse –  High-quality educational videos available to everyone for free!

Explora for Elementary Schools – Multi-source curriculum-based reference tool.

JSTOR – Open and free content from JSTOR and ARSTOR

NASA’s Space Place –  For elementary school-age kids showing them that science and technology and learning about space are fun and understandable.

National Geographic Kids

Newspaper Source Plus

MetKids – Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art

PBS Learning Media – CPTV and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers like you.

RoomRecess – is dedicated to providing children with free learning games that are fun. Our online games reinforce important skills that are vital to elementary students and their educational process

SpellingCity – Makes practicing for spelling tests fun.

Thinking Money for Kids – The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has a collection of free online games to teach children basic financial skills.

TurtleDiary – Activities are compatible with grade levels K-5 and provide opportunities to enhance material retention and increase success in the classroom.

History Reference Center –  Must comprehensive history full-text database.

Wonderopolis – Where the wonders of learning never cease

Your Dictionary – Provides an easy-to-use search engine for words and the results are quite detailed. Also offers 400 different language dictionaries.

App Inventor –  MIT App Inventor is the fastest way to build apps for Android phones and tablets.

Art for Kids Hub – Discover all sorts of awesome art lessons, from drawing to painting, and even some super cool origami. Whether you’re a beginner or a budding artist, there’s something fun for everyone!

Chess for Kids – Learn to play chess with interactive lessons, quizzes, games, and puzzles. – is a site designed to support the learning and teaching of computer coding.

Cyberchase – Kids can dive into the world of science with this online science-themed shows.

Engineer Girl – Designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. – Live African webcam

Girls Who Code @ Home – Free activities — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty. Each activity features a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology.

Fun with Spot – Fans of Eric Hill’s Spot books will enjoy playing these games and reading the animated versions of some of these books.

Harry Potter Digital Escape Room – This escape experience was created by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.

The International Space Station – An interactive model of the International Space Station.

Nickelodeon – Like to watch Nick? Here is where to click.

Nick Jr. – Nick for the Preschool crown.

Official Star Wars Website – For Star Wars fans everywhere.

PBS Kids – Games and activities connected to your favorite PBS programs, including Super Why, Arthur, Sesame Street, and Clifford.

Scratch – Scratch is a programming language and an online community. Program and create your own interactive stories, games, and animation and share with others. Includes video and step-by-step guides.

Sports Illustrated for Kids – Covers all kinds of sports from around the world.

Minecraft – Official site

Starting Harry Potter – Explore the world of Harry Potter

Dan Gutman – My Weird Read-a-Loud videos

HarperKids – We’re HarperCollins Children’s Books and we’re all about stories that young minds never forget.

Kate Messner Shares –  Author Kate Messner shares links to her favorite authors

Mo Willems – Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Oliver Jeffers – Stay-at-home storytime with author Oliver Jeffers. A book a day read by the author.

Storyline Online – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Assisted Living in Connecticut– Well-detailed and thorough information for families and senior citizens in Connecticut about assisted living.


Volunteer Match – Making it easy for good people and good causes to connect.

Volunteer Square – Volunteers are connected with opportunities at nonprofit agencies in Connecticut.

Zooniverse – The Zooniverse enables everyone to take part in real cutting-edge research in many fields across the sciences, humanities, and more. The Zooniverse creates opportunities for you to unlock answers and contribute to real discoveries.

Georgia Tech’s Black Lives Reading Room – Resources include popular and academic materials centered on social injustice.

Bureau of Indian Affairs – National archive of over 18,000 photographs from Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Anti-Racism Resources for the AAPI Community – Resource links provided by Cornell University Asian American Studies Program. – Forms, instructions, and publications

Voter Registration Lookup – Office of the Secretary of State

Online Voter Registration – Office of the Secretary of State

Absentee Ballot Application – As the U.S. government’s official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. – “When making decisions about your health, it’s important to know where to go to get the latest, most reliable information. has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.”
MedlinePlus – “MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.”
National Health Information Center – “The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service. NHIC links people to organizations that provide reliable health information.”
National Institute of Mental Health – “The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.”
National Institutes of Health – “The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services External Web Site Policy, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.”
National Library of Medicine – “The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.”
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – “This site is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”
United States Department of Health and Human Services –  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS is headed by the Secretary who is the chief managing officer for our family of agencies, including 11 operating divisions, and 10 regional offices, as well as the Office of the Secretary.

Gizmo 4 Mental Health – Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health Guide takes an upstream approach to support the mental health and wellness of youth.

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