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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
Here you can look words up online in Houghton Mifflin's American Heritage® Dictionary.
Roget's Thesauri
This classic thesaurus is invaluable when you're looking for a synonym.
The American Heritage Book of English Usage
This is a valuable writing reference tool that looks at grammar, style, diction, and word formation.

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Encyclopedias and General Reference — Because knowledge is cool.
Each article at this site is enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles as well as pictures and maps. Interesting Today in History facts are also included on the main page.
CIA - The World Factbook
By selecting a country, find information about its geography, people, economy, government and more. Maintained by the CIA.
Fact Monster: Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help
This is a fun general reference site for information that is organized, easy-to-find, and concise. The Homework Center provides valuable resources for subject specific help.
Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution site contains all sorts of information on the Smithsonian's museums, exhibits, programs, staff, and other resources. In addition to easy reference to everything you could ever want to know about the Smithsonian, this site hosts The Electronic Smithsonian—a collection of excellent online exhibits based on several of the Smithsonian's real-world exhibitions.

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Maps and Atlases

Home Page of The National Atlas of the United States of America
This site delivers easy to use, map-like views of America's natural and sociocultural landscapes, and provides a reliable summary of national-scale geographical information. There is also an interactive mapmaker.
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
This site provides shaded relief maps showing landforms of each U.S. state. Also includes satellite views of 48 states and maps from 1895.
National Geographic MapMachine—online atlas, street maps
Maintained by National Geographic, this site provides interactive maps. Also provided are atlas, street, and historical maps, as well as other information.

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NARA | Exhibit Hall | Exhibit Hall Main Page
This site from the U.S. National Archives & Records Association provides a collection of online exhibits of historical documents and events.
National Museum of American History: Virtual Exhibitions
Virtual exhibitions illustrate periods and events in American history.
The Presidents of the United States
Search by name or by date of presidency to find biographies of all the U.S. Presidents. Learn also about life in the White House through tours of the various important rooms.
National Civil Rights Museum
This site is the official homepage of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The site offers a chronological virtual tour of the Civil Rights movement, beginning with Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas and ending with the civil rights struggles of today. You can also find links to other sites of interest, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Human Rights Home Page.
The Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern
This site is a comprehensive chronology of more than 20,000 entries that span the millennia from prehistoric times to the year 2000.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History
The goal of the Museum's Timeline of Art History is to provide a basic geographical and chronological context for the history of art around the world, from prehistory to the present. The timeline is a work in progress.

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American Museum of Natural History
The Museum's Web site is an excellent resource with engaging information on topics from fossils, dinosaurs, and ancient peoples to Einstein, butterflies, and space.
This is a fun reference site for all things related to Earth, astronauts, space, and beyond.
Smithsonian: Science and Technology
Here you will find a rich array of articles and exhibits about science and technology.

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