Below is a list of free and open-access e-resources in varying disciplines. For ease of use, it is arranged alphabetically by type of material.
Fact Monster. A kidSAFE Coppa Certified website, Fact Monster contains facts, games, and trivia quizzes useful for grade schoolers and adults alike.
Infoplease. “Combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records, Infoplease places the resources of an entire reference information center at your fingertips.”
Old Farmer’s Almanac. From planting charts to weather forecasts, the Old Farmer’s Almanac contains credible and reliable information on weather, astronomy, gardening, food, and home & health.
Atlases and Maps
Altapedia Online. “Atlapedia® Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.”
MapQuest. A free online mapping service, MapQuest allows you to find driving directions, maps, live traffic updates and road conditions.
Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Thesauri
Dictionary.com. “Dictionary.com is the world’s leading online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins, audio pronunciations, example sentences, slang phrases, idioms, word games, legal and medical terms, Word of the Day and more.”
Tagalog Online Dictionary. Based on Dr. Teresita V. Ramos’ Tagalog Dictionary published by the University of Hawaii Press, 1971, the Tagalog Online Dictionary is available in small, medium, and large. The Tagalog root words are the main entries with the English definition and active/passive forms of Tagalog verbs provided. Synonyms and variations of the Tagalog terms are also provided (under L2 definition), along with the language origin (entered under Notes) of the words — e.g., Spanish, Malay, Chinese, Sanskrit.
Philippines Yellow Pages. A source of up-to-date information, Philippines Yellow Pages functions as an online telephone directory, job portal, and news center.
White Pages Philippines. Allows the user to search for a person or a business via email or phone number.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online. “Encyclopedia Britannica Online is a fast-checked online encyclopedia that contains hundreds of thousands of articles, videos, biographies, images, etc.”
Encyclopedia.com. “Encyclopedia.com has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.”