From the site, “Infotopia is an academic search engine designed for “students, teachers, and especially homeschoolers.” Created by Dr. Michael Bell (former chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians) and Carole Bell (former middle school librarian and director of libraries), Infotopia uses a Google custom search to provide access to previously vetted websites selected by librarians, teachers, and educational professionals.” Infotopia provides tabs to different subject areas. These include: Arts, Biography, Games, Health, History, Images, Languages, Literature, Math, News, Reference, Sci/Tech, and Social Sciences. Under each tab, a topic can be selected from different websites, besides the Google-like search that can be done. Citation sources and search tips are also shown on the site.


NIDA for Teens: The Science behind Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) created this site in consultation with teens to offer “science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so that kids will be armed with better information to make healthy decisions.” The site features facts about selected drugs, FAQ’s, personal stories, games, a blog, and materials for teachers and parents. Designed for teens from 11 – 15 years of age.


Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture’s on-line edition is an updated version of the the book that was originally published in 1998.  Students, teachers, and researchers can use this website to find information about Tennessee.  Topics are broken down into user friendly categories.  Popular subjects include the Civil War, Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson and Daniel Boone.  This on-line version has updated and new entries, over 500 images, and also video and audio files.

Science, Industry and Business Library Research Guides

The Science, Industry and Business Library of the New York Public Library has created research guides on a variety of topics.  Although we may not own some of the reference materials mentioned, these are still extremely good resources to help initiate a search on a particular topic.  Some of the topics covered include: acoustical engineering, business plans, green building, industry surveys, international trade, market research, patents and trademarks, and tsunamis.

A link has been added in the Blogroll on the right-hand side of the page to provide quick access to this very useful site.