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US Sites

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 US Sites



This page is intended to assist Enquire librarians when providing reference to US patrons, in those areas which differ between the two locations, such as local government and educational systems.  Note that most of the wiki sites have useful sites for U.S. Research, including Search Tools





Structure of U.S. Education        http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d01/fig1.asp

This page gives you a chart by age and grade through the variations of U.S. Educational system.  The chart reads from the bottom up by age.  This site also has comprehensive reports by school district on primary and secondary education, as well as a college finder program to identify programs in higher education. 


U.S. Educational System       http://www.isss.umn.edu/publications/useducation/2.pdf

A comprehensive guide to the U.S. Educational system, including charts of grades and ages, from the University of Minnesota International Studies Program.


International Student Guide to American Education     http://www.internationalstudentguidetotheusa.com/articles/american_education_system.htm

This gives a more in-depth look at how education in the US is organized, including political oversight and jurisdictions.


Common Core Standards        http://www.corestandards.org/

The U.S. does not have a national curriculum, but many states have adopted these standards. 


For students doing homework, see also Homework Help [primary & secondary]

and Homework by Subject [primary & secondary]

and College Assignments [University]


For materials for teachers, see Education in College, Careers and Education


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All Federal (country wide) departments end in .gov, and some state and local governments do as well.  A google search limited to site:.gov is often the best approach to finding government information.  A search for a state or city name and "official site" is also helpful. 


Ben's Guide to Government   http://bensguide.gpo.gov/

Ben Franklin is your guide to the United States Federal Government and how it works.  Intended for 3-12th grade (students ages 8 - 18 years), it also provides good basic information on government structure, including how a bill becomes a law and what the three branches of government do.


USA.gov    https://www.usa.gov/topics

A searchable guide to U.S. Government Services and Departments.  You may also browse by general topic. 


FedStats   http://fedstats.sites.usa.gov/

A searchable source for statistics from many U.S. government agencies.   


GovEngine.com     http://www.govengine.com/

This advertising supported site is run by a Florida nonprofit dedicated to providing easy access to government sites at all levels.  A clickable map lets you choose your state, which then lists the branches of the state government, followed by county and city government links.




Simple search box to enter zip code and return the local representative to all levels of government.



State and Local Government on the Web      http://www.statelocalgov.net/

Provides quick links by state to all branches of the state government, county and city governments, boards and commissions and other topics of interest.  There is also a drop down search engine menu on the left.


State Websites for Kids          https://kids.usa.gov/learn-about-the-states/index.shtml

 Links by state to official web sites and sources of information on each of the 50 states. 


See also Law and Government


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Selected  Internet Resources in United States History     http://www.nypl.org/node/111981

From the New York Public Library,  a list of web sites with a variety of types of information on U.S. History, arranged by type of resource and by time period.  Includes links to primary source document collections.


See also  Homework Help -- History    Places: Geography, Countries, Travel     College Assignments   Reference (specialized encyclopedias)




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10 American Slang Terms That Confuse Brits     http://www.bbcamerica.com/mind-the-gap/2014/09/19/10-american-slang-terms-phrases-confuse-brits/

From BBC America, terms and phrases that are uniquely American.


American Slang Dictionaries Online      http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/slang/american-slang-dictionary.html

This article provides some common slang expressions and links to several different online dictionaries.



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Libraries   https://www.usa.gov/libraries

Links to a listing of public libraries, state libraries, and other major U.S. Libraries.


The Library of Congress    https://www.loc.gov/

Serves as the National Library of the United States.  


Library Fast Facts      https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=42

From the National Center for Education Statistics, links to data tables on libraries in the U.S.


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Updated 8/30/2015  AAH

Links checked 8/29/2016 AAH



Comments (2)

Amy H said

at 9:56 pm on Jul 19, 2017

Links checked 7/18/2017 AAH

Linda Denney said

at 2:03 pm on Sep 3, 2014

reviewed and updated 9/3/2014 ld

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