Wikipedia - free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. This of course creates problems when irresponsible or ill informed persons edit articles in the encyclopedia. Normally encyclopedia articles are written by recognized "experts" in the area. This helps to give a level of authority and reliability to the information. Wikipedia hopes to reach this level of objectivity by "consensus" in which all viewpoints are taken into account. Before attempting to make changes to the text make sure you understand the rules and research the information you are adding. Do not commit electronic vandalism by deliberately adding improper information to the encyclopedia. Have respect for something that represents a worthwhile project. Many persons have invested considerable time to provide high quality articles.
High School Ace - This is a great resource site for your High School Equivalency students to explore and use - no registration, no ads. Find a collection of links to a variety of resources arranged by subject. NEW Nov 2015 - Brockton site
Internet Archive - The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The site is growing to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections. NEW Feb 2016
LibriVox - this site provides free download of audio recordings of public domain texts: poetry, short stories, whole books, even dramatic works. LibriVox depends on a community of volunteers from all over the world who record public domain texts: poetry, short stories, whole books, even dramatic works, in many different languages. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain in the USA and available as free downloads on the internet. NEW Feb 2016
Library of Congress - The Library of Congress is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. It seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections. Many of these resources a may be accessed through the Library's award-winning Web site. NEW Feb 2016
Brainy Quote - this site provides quotes from well-known persons grouped under both authors and topics. These could be used in writing and critical thinking lessons.
Encyclopedia Brittanica - online encyclopedia
U.S. 2010 Census The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.
How Stuff Works - Illustrated guide to how things work.
eHow - How To do Just About Everything. This site has step by step instructions on how to do a wide range of activities. After reaching the main site select one of the main category which include Arts and Entertainmen, Career and Work, Computers, Education, Electronics, Food and Drink, Health, Home and Garden, Internet, Parenting, Sports, and many others.
Infoplease - All the Knowledge You Need
WebMD - Better Information, Better Health. Provides medical and health information.
Medscape - Medical information provided by Medscape for patient use.
National Geographic - Homepage of the National Geographic Society.
Smithsonian Institution - Homepage of the Smithsonian.