Helpful Websites


Welcome to our helpful websites page.

Here you will find an wide assortment of free, informative websites on topics ranging from homework help, to finance, to local entertainment, to national news, to home improvement and more.


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  • Digital Imaging Project Contains art historical images of sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to post-modern periods.
  • Great Buildings Information about notable architects and structures around the world.
  • Skyscraperpage Diagrams and comparative high charts for the tallest buildings around the world
  • Structurae This site offers you information on works of structural engineering, architecture or construction through time, history and from around the world.




  • IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library Sheet music online
  • Musopen Mission is to improve access and exposure to music by providing free resources: recordings, sheet music, and textbooks without copyright restrictions.



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Small Business

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  • fictiondb is for readers: Everything you need to know about fiction books and authors.
  • Kirkus Reviews Bestsellers book reviews.
  • RBM: A Journal of Rare Book, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. Review past issues for free.


  • Baen Free Library Science fiction and fantasy. Includes the first title in many sci-fi series published by Baen.
  • Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature by the University of Florida's Gearge A. Smather's Library.  Their digitized collection currently holds over 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover.
  • ePub Books Titles for sale but some free (mostly classics); epub format; includes genre descriptions
  • Both fiction and non-fiction. Includes many recent titles. Lots of ads on this site.
  • Google Books
  • Hathi Trust
  • NYPL Boundless Library iPad app. The Boundless Library, Biblion: World's Fair collection, is designed to take you into the Library's legendary stacks, opening up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad story lines they hold and preserve.
  • Fiction and non-fiction, classic and modern. Includes titles in 36 languages.
  • OpenLibrary Over 20 million book records but only around 1 million available for free download. Can also borrow titles from this site.
  • Project Gutenburg
  • Writing Spaces is an open textbook project for college-level writing studies courses. Each volume in the Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing series contains peer-reviewed collections of essays about writing—all composed by teachers for students—with each book available for download for free under a Creative Commons license.



  • Adelaide eBooks access to lit, science, philosophy, history, and more eBooks
  • The Online Books Page a listing of over 1 million free books on the web hosted by the University of Pennsylvania


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  • ERIC Education Resources Information Center
  • Common Core State Standards Initiative. Preparing America's students for college and career.
  • Lexile Score framework for reading
  • TEL Curricular Resources free curricular development resources: Common Core tools, find readings by Lexile sore, K-5 TEL how to search database videos and more.
  • TEL en español Hay varios recursos para hispanohablantes en la Biblioteca Electrónica de Tennessee (TEL). Cualquier residente de Tennessee puede usar TEL sin costo.


  • AR Bookfinder Search for Accelerated Reader books
  • Ben's Guide to U. S. Government for Kids choose a grade range and explore.
  • The Best Children's lists of the best children's books covering a variety of subjects and award winning titles.
  • kidcentral tn: Building blocks for building children. Includes Tennessee State Services directory.
  • Medline Plus safety games for kids
  • Read Tennessee Tennessee early grades learning toolkits
  • Reading Bear teaches children to read by introducing phonics principles painlessly and systematically, while teaching new vocabulary.
  • SlimeKids helps kids explore their interest in books and reading through games, kids search engines, books trailers, reference tools, books reviews and more
  • Smithsonian Encyclopedia covers everything from Dinosaurs to Islamic Art
  • preschool, kindergarten through 2nd grade, and home school children have fun learning to read


  • EasyBib Write Smart Create MLA | APA | Chicago/Turabian citation styles for websites, books, newspapers, journals and databases.
  • Landmarks Citation Machine online tool is part of the Landmarks for Schools Web site for teachers.
  • WebMath Does your child need help with his math homework? Here is a site that helps him find the correct answer. It will also explain how to find the right response.


  • Writing Spaces is an open textbook project for college-level writing studies courses. Each volume in the Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing series contains peer-reviewed collections of essays about writing—all composed by teachers for students—with each book available for download for free under a Creative Commons license.


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  • 292-Baby Community to support all parents and caregivers of infants and children through telephone, television and web video on demand.
  • Find childcare providers (babysitters and nannies), find childcare job postings
  • Community Resource Directory Franklin Special School District
  • Free Story Time for Me free online children's stories
  • Imagination Library free books for young children
  • kellymom breastfeeding & parenting
  • kidcental tn provides information on health, education, development and support to Tennessee families, as well as a searchable State Services Directory. Families can create a Parent Profile to receive information tailored to the specific needs of their child. 
  • La mano amiga website includes more than 350 indexed articles from La Mano Amiga Magazine, an evergreen publication, to assist with questions asked by immigrants. Written in Spanish at low-literacy levels for Spanish-reliant Latinos.
  • Rapley Weaning baby-led weaning
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  • Congressional Directory The official directory of the U.S. Congress, prepared by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). It presents: Short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district. Committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers for Members of Congress. Lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries. 105th Congress, 1997-1998, to date.
  • is the most accurate internet database of county government offices in the United States. Use our site to locate your county assessor, board of elections, chamber of commerce, child support offices, colleges, coroner, courts, clerk, district attorney, DMVs, fire departments, hospitals, IRS office, jails, libraries, medical examiner, parks department, post offices, police departments, prisons, private schools, probation departments, public schools, recorder of deeds, social security offices, sheriff, tax collector, treasurer, and unemployment offices. Our database includes names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers.
  • Federal Register Main Page
  • The Government Manual Provides public access to comprehensive and authoritative descriptions of the organizations, programs, and leadership of the Federal government. The Manual also contains useful information about quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees.
  • Thomas legislative information from the Library of Congress
  • U.S. Department of Justice federal criminal investigation and enforcement agency, federal registry
  • U.S. Department of State Diplomacy in Action
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • - The U.S. Government's Office Website
  • White House

National Flood Insurance Program Information



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  • AAFP Conditions A to Z
  • American Cancer Society Saving lives by helping people stay well, get well, find cures, & fight back.
  • A registry and database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. This site also includes information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers.
  • DoctorFinder American Medical Society database assists the user in finding AMA rated physicians. User must fill in the captcha box to proceed in a search.
  • provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products. Also includes a pill identifier and a database of pet medication
  • Drug Digest A noncommercial consumer health and drug information site created to assist consumers to make informed choices about drugs and treatment options. Includes tools to identify drugs, identify pills and find out about drug interactions and treatment.
  • Health information for the whole family—this site has a database of conditions, a separate Seniors page and a smart patient guide to help the user be proactive about their health.
  • Health Grades Reports and ratings to guide you to better care providers including 750,000 physicians, 5,000 hospitals, and 181,865 dentists.
  • A government Web site where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
  • Household Products Database Created by the Department of Health and Human Services, assists the user in finding information on products used in the home, for cars, for pets, including safe handling and side effects.
  • Lab Tests Online Peer-reviewed Non-commerical Patient-centered. A patient-centered public resource focusing on lab testing, created and maintained by the lab professionals and available in multiple languages.
  • Mayo Clinic Find information on hundreds of conditions. Check your symptoms. Improve your lifestyle.
  • Medline Plus is a government sponsored database to assist users in locating reliable health information online. Includes a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, as well as health related videos and tutorials.
  • Medline Plus Informacion de Salud para usted Un servicio de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de EE.UU. Institutos Nacionales de la Salud
  • provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. aims to educate and guide users.
  • National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Heath. Website is a major resource to consult to learn more about cancer, including trials, research. Site also has a Spanish tab.
  • National Institute of Health NIH provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health of the Nation by conducting and supporting research.
  • National Library of Medicine The world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
  • NIHSeniorHealth features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
  • PubMed More than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • Tox Town Find out about toxic chemicals where you live, work and play. Investigate environmental health concerns. Search by location, chemical or disaster. Includes a Spanish tab.
  • WebMD Provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information that is timely and credible.

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  • Citation Machine Citation generator includes APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago
  • Knight Cite Citation generator includes APA, MLA, and Chicago

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Credit Reports


Investing News

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Local Information

Local / National TV / Online

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Calculators and Conversion Tools

Citation Guides and Tools

  • EasyBib Write Smart Create MLA | APA | Chicago/Turabian citation styles for websites, books, newspapers, journals and databases.
  • Landmarks Citation Machine online tool is part of the Landmarks for Schools Web site for teachers.

Dictionaries and Thesauri



  • more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.
  • Encyclopedia of Western signs and ideograms contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.
  • Smithsonian Encyclopedia covers everything from Dinosaurs to Islamic Art

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Animals / Fish / Insects

Earth Science


  • Envirolink Online directory of environmental resources
  • Nature Serve Providing science-based information for conservation in North America




  • WebMath Solutions and explanations for your math problems



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General / New

  • Kim Kommando Show the latest tidbits and tips on all things digital
  • Life Hacker the latest technology tips and information
  • Mashable up to the minute trends in social media, technology, business, and entertainment
  • Tech Crunch up to date information about technology,social media, and gadgets

Online Safety

  • tips on avoiding scams, protecting your kids online, securing your computer and more

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  • Teen Reads A wealth of information and features on teen favorite authors, books, series and characters.


College Aid


  • EasyBib Write Smart Create MLA | APA | Chicago/Turabian citation styles for websites, books, newspapers, journals and databases.
  • Landmarks Citation Machine online tool is part of the Landmarks for Schools Web site for teachers.

Test Prep and College Classes

  • Education Portal Free online classes: AP and GED test prep, Business, English, History, Humanitites, Math, Science, Social Science, and Spanish. Education Portal's free online courses lead to real college credit so you can avoid debt and earn your degree faster. We do not offer credit directly, but we designed our courses to prepare you to pass credit-granting exams. There are three widely accepted ways to earn college credit by exam.
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Air Travel



United States

  • Roadside America Information on offbeat sites and attractions around the country
  • U.S. National Park Service Experience Your America. Visit your favorite park, enjoy videos about plants and wildlife plus watch live webcam views of scenic areas.
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