Reference and Research Apps and Websites

Kids need help with their homework? Arm yourself with helpful places for them to go online for a deeper understanding of topics from geography and the solar system to anatomy and dinosaurs. Check out some of Common Sense Media's favorite research and reference sites and apps.

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International Children's Digital Library Website Poster Image
Multi-language library opens new doors for kids.
URL: http://www.childrenslibrary.org/
(2011)
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Barefoot World Atlas App Poster Image
Delightful way to learn about animals, people, and more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Meet the Insects: Forest Edition App Poster Image
Inspire backyard explorers with bug-tacular resource.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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Meet the Insects: Village Edition App Poster Image
Budding naturalists will go buggy for this rich resource.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2013)
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Meet the Insects: Water & Grass Edition App Poster Image
Interactive resource packed with content for nature lovers.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2013)
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Word Central Website Poster Image
Kid-friendly definitions make site a great reference.
URL: http://www.wordcentral.com
(2011)
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FactMonster Website Poster Image
Tons of fun info on topics from math to history to sports.
URL: http://www.factmonster.com
(2012)
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LearnBop Website Poster Image
Virtual math tutorials give detailed step-by-step guidance.
URL: https://www.learnbop.com/
(2013)
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Britannica Kids: Solar System App Poster Image
Great interactive reference tool with space games and quiz.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
(2011)
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findingDulcinea Website Poster Image
Collection of credible info is a great research tool.
URL: http://www.findingdulcinea.com
(2013)
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ipl2 for Kids Website Poster Image
Staffed by information pros, e-library is a solid resource.
URL: http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace
(2011)
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Q-files Website Poster Image
Enormous kid-friendly encyclopedia also pushes ebook sales.
URL: https://www.q-files.com
(2015)
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Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever App Poster Image
Realistic, scary art in dino lovers' dream database.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
(2010)
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HowStuffWorks Website Poster Image
Excellent tool for kids with nuts-and-bolts questions.
URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/
(2011)
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InnerBody Website Poster Image
Have fun with anatomy using 3-D images, interactive tools.
URL: http://www.innerbody.com
(2012)
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Library of Congress Country Studies Website Poster Image
Dry but reliable social studies site.
URL: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
(2009)
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Wikipedia.org Website Poster Image
Collaborative reference: Research with caution.
URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
(2007)
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MrOwl: Inspire & Collaborate App Poster Image
Find and share info on this interest-based social network.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Google Scholar Website Poster Image
Google scores with scholarly search engine.
URL: http://scholar.google.com
(2009)
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