Recommended Websites

GENERAL:
The Ohio Web Library – “The Ohio Web Library is an evolving collection of thousands of online publications and research resources. The Ohio Web Library includes: popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, speeches, poems, plays, maps, satellite images of Ohio, and more. The Ohio Web Library supports quality education, a skilled workforce, business growth, and lifelong learning in Ohio.”

ThoughtCo.- “Whether about science, history, math, or religion, ThoughtCo’s in-depth articles give you the answers and information needed to be smart, informed and confident.”
 
HOW-TO WEBSITES:
eHow – “Whether you need to fix, build, create or learn, eHow gives you practical solutions to the problems life throws at you. We empower you to efficiently solve each new challenge and make your life better and easier.”

How-To Geek Computer Help – “We are an online tech publisher, dedicated to explaining the “hows” and the “whys” of today’s technology and news. With a reach of over 15 million readers worldwide, we are committed to putting technology into context for everyone, from regular people to geeky technophiles.”

Howcast – “Howcast videos are here for all the times you’ve thought “I wish I knew how to…” or “where can I watch a video about…” Howcast offers high-quality, expert-hosted videos on topics ranging from hair and makeup, sports and fitness, and food and family, to dance and recreation, arts and crafts, and health and relationships, just to name a few.”

HowStuffWorks – “HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor's kitchen table. From there, we quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works.”

Ready – “Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.” 

wikiHow – “wikiHow is a worldwide collaboration of thousands of people focused on one goal: teaching anyone in the world how to do anything. Everything you read on wikiHow was written by someone who wanted to help someone else.
 
MOVIE REVIEW SITES:
IMDb (Internet Movie Database) – “IMDb is the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. We offer a searchable database of more than 250 million data items including more than 4 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and 8 million cast and crew members. IMDb launched online in 1990 and has been a subsidiary of Amazon.com since 1998.”

Metacritic – “Metacritic's mission is to help consumers make an informed decision about how to spend their time and money on entertainment. We believe that multiple opinions are better than one, user voices can be as important as critics, and opinions must be scored to be easy to use.”

MRGE (Movie Review Query Engine) – “MRQE.com – the Movie Review Query Engine, is the Internet’s largest database of movie reviews for over 100,000 titles. The continually growing site provides a searchable index of all published and available reviews, news, interviews, and other materials associated with specific movies. The unique combination of reviews, news, and user discussion—all accessed through MRQE’s search portal—allows any user to read and add to the Internet’s most comprehensive collection of opinion about film."
 
Plugged In – “Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate, and impact the culture in which they live. Through our reviews, articles and discussions, we hope to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."
 
Rotten Tomatoes – “As the leading online aggregator of movie and TV show reviews from professional critics, Rotten Tomatoes offers the most comprehensive guide to what's Fresh. The world famous Tomatometer score represents the percentage of positive professional reviews for films and TV shows and is used by millions of fans to help with their viewing decisions.”
 
RESEARCH AND REFERENCE WEBSITES:
Great Books Online – “We are the preeminent internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.”
 
The CIA World Factbook – “The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.”
 
Dupli Checker - Dupli Checker provides a suite of free online services, including a plagiarism checker, a grammar checker, word count checker, and much more.
 
GrammarBook.com  - GrammarBook.com is an easy to use and effective resource for learning grammar and punctuation.  The site includes English rules, free and subscription quizzes, English usage videos, and much more.
 
iTools – Since 1995 iTools has enabled people to use the power of the Internet through collating the best tools for what you want to do, all in an easy to use interface.

Purdue Online Writing Lab – “The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.”
 
LibrarySpot - “LibrarySpot.com is a free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.”