Although databases are the prefered tool to use for research purposes, the world wide web offers a large variety of really useful and accurate information, which is largely available for free and without having to login/access with a password. Knowing how to evaluate the authenticity and credibility of websites is a really important skill to develop. However, when in doubt, remember you can ask a teacher or a librarian to help you determine the quality of the information you are considering.
The following are some websites that are recognized for their accuracy and credibility. These lists will be updated as new information sources are discovered.
Using Image banks within public domain
Creative Commons Licensing
Advameg’s websites provide free access to information covering a wide range of topics including science, history, health, business, and much more.
Primary Source Collections
Many libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums are digitizing (making electronic versions) primary research sources such as personal letters, official government documents, maps, treaties, photographs, works of art and culture, and research and scientific data and making these available for viewing over the Internet. The same is true for audio and, in some cases, video. These digital collections expand access and offer learning opportunities to everyone.Digital Collections
Digital collections offered by Massachusetts Libraries.
Digital collections offered by Massachusetts Libraries, historical societies, archives, schools, universities, etc.
Digital collections from cultural institutions across the United States.
Library of Congress (For Teachers)
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.
Duolingo (for schools)
Duolingo for schools offers teachers a blended learning companion for their classroom.
Duolingo lessons give each student personalized feedback and practice and helps to prepare them to get the most out of classroom instruction.Teachers can track all their students in one place via the dashboard.