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Reference Desk

The following Web sites are helpful resources for Heatly students and teachers. They are arranged by subject.

English, from the Library of Congress, is an online portal of free reading resources for children, teens, and even adults. It features online versions of out-of-copyright books for children. It also provides webcasts of authors, such as “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, as well as writing contests, suggested booklists, teaching resources, and more.

Social Studies
Choose a state from the alphabetical list. Provides everything about a state from A to Z, from area codes to biographies of famous natives, from license plates to nicknames, from weather to zip codes.

The Fifty States
Click on a state on the map. Provides the state’s flag and a map of the state, as well as a list of facts and a brief history. Scroll to the bottom for the encyclopedia and a list of famous natives.

Online Atlas
Click on a state from the alphabetical list. Provides quick facts about each state, as well as links to census data, state landmarks, tourism and travel.

State Facts for Students
Click on a state on the map. Provides each state’s population by age group, the number of several types of businesses, among other facts.

State History Guide Resources
In the gray box at the bottom of the page, click on a state from the alphabetical list. Provides a list of  facts, climate and weather, elevations and land area for each state.

United States Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service
Click on a state on the map. Provides each state’s population and income and employment, farm characteristics and financial indicators, commodities and exports.

U. S. Geography Map Game
Go to Landscapes: Tutorial: Learn the geographic regions of the U. S. by clicking on them. Click “Play”. Point the cursor at the map and each region is given a color. Click on a region. Geographic region information appears in the yellow box on the left side of the page.
Click on a state on the map or choose a state from the “Select a State pull-down menu. Provides emblems and symbols, geography and maps, history, primary agriculture and industry, travel and tourism of each state.

International Space Archives
This collection not only covers still and video imagery produced by NASA but imagery by the space programs of Russia, Japan, China and other nations.

Worldmapper is a collection of world maps. Territories are re-sized on each map according to the proportion of different resources they share and by their contributions to human society.

New York Heritage
This site is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists and others who are interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of historical New York State. The site provides immediate free access to more than 160 distinct digital collections that reflect New York State's long history.

Explore NY
The New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program (SSRP), the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association (YSS) and the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association (SLMS) are partnering with “Explore 400” (Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial) to compile reading lists for children and teens that celebrate New York State’s history and culture. The reading lists
will expand on all “Explore 400” themes and, under the title of “Explore New York,” will cover historic connections statewide.

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Internship & Job Search

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explains working conditions, training and education needed, salaries and job prospects for hundreds of careers.

Mapping Your Future
Provides career, college, financial aid and financial literacy services. Select “middle/
hs students”.

CollegeBoard: Majors and Careers Central
Provides college admission, assessment, enrollment, financial aid, guidance, learning and teaching services.

Times Union Employment Page
Listings of local jobs and other resources.

Enter your ZIP code to find hourly jobs in the Albany area.

New York State Job Exchange
Job listings posted with the New York State Department of Labor.

New York Career Zone
Job seekers match abilities, interests and skills to job openings. Students explore career options.

Capital Area Help Wanted
Listings of local jobs.

Volunteer Match
Enter the location where you want to be and the type of work you want to do.

Local Volunteer Opportunities
Choose “non-profit/volunteer” under the Job Category drop-down box.

Summer Camp Jobs
Select “Camp Jobs”, then “Camp Job Search”

Camp Jobs

Careers in the Military
Descriptions and contact information for each branch of the military.

Internship Opportunities
Search for internships by location, keyword or job title.

Connects college students with companies in the Capital Region and Tech Valley.

Select “Apprenticeship Training”

I Seek

NY Career Zone

College Grade

Military Careers

O Net Online

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