Search Tools

Looking for a search engine to find the information quickly? Here are some, with tips on how to use!

Easy stuff: look here

World Book Online

CV's online encyclopedia

Google Maps

A different map to a location? Try this!

Fact Monster

A web based encyclopedia

Information Please

An almanac: use this tool to find information about 

Merriam Webster Online

An online dictionary


Need a map? Here it is!

Need to know about someone? Try this!

For the hard stuff: look here


the best, but not the only search engine!


Kid Safe Search Engine


Yahoo's first engine


Uses the Teoma Search Engine to find facts fast!


Another great search source

Love the citation resources on this site! Try it--you will like it!


And the rest of the stuff: here 'tis!


web search by librarians, for kids!


An online library!


Michigan Electronic Library

FBI for Youth

Looking for information about the FBI? Check here.

Government Info needed for Research? Check these sites!

(Thanks to Doug Way from Grand Valley State University Libraries, MAME Conference, 2006)

Statistical Abstract of the United States

"The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States."

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970

Part 1: PDF document introducing U. S. statistical information on many topics from Colonial times. Use the column at the left to locate the category of information.

Part 2: Same as above, but later dates of information. See the Table of Contents for specific dates.


"The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies"

American FactFinder

"Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data"

State and Country Quick Facts

"Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography"

Decennial Census of Population and Housing, 1790--2000

"Census of Population and Housing data present here ranges from our most recent census to the historical decennial census conducted throughout the decades."

Digest of Education Statistics

Information about education in the United States. Contains a list of links to other materials.

Health, United States

"Health, United States is an annual report on trends in health statistics.  The report consists of two main sections: A chartbook containing text and figures that illustrates major trends in the health of Americans; and a trend tables section that contains 147 detailed data tables." Use the Fast Facts to find what you need; part of the site is unavailable to the general public.

Uniform Crime Reports

"In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, several annual statistical publications are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States."

Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

Archives of immigration statistics compiled by the Office of Homeland Security.