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Arts & Entertainment 

Film & Television 
E Online is a general entertainment website that features the news of famous celebrities.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is a HUGE collection of movie information. We try to catalog every pertinent detail about a movie including movie talent, production teams, trivia, to filming locations and even the locations of reviews and fan sites on the web.

TV Guide  Not only does TV Guide come through with 2 weeks worth of their TV schedules, they also provide news and information on current TV, film, music and sports happenings. The hidden gem of the site is the Movieguide with its Cinebooks Database, a searchable archive of cast, credits and reviews for over 35,000 movies taken from classic reference sources. Filmographies on thousands of actors, directors and others involved with filmmaking are available.

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All Readers There are a zillion book review sites out there, but ours is different! For starters, we classify books based on plot, setting, character and writing style. If you know what type of book you like you can find other authors who write similar kind of stories.

Book List is a digital counterpart of the American Library Association's Booklist magazine. The site annually reviews about 4,000 books for adults, 2,500 titles for children, 500 reference books and electronic reference tools, and 1,000 other audiovisual materials. This searchable site includes feature articles and bibliographies. It has a cumulative index not available in the print version for librarian use.

Juvenile Series & Sequels The 'Juvenile Series and Sequels' database contains over 29,000 books in 3,700 series titles

The New York Review of Books In addition to selections from the current issue of the magazine, the site has an archive of several hundred articles from past issues including full text of its famous first issue (February 1, 1963).

Novelist (Get User ID & Password at the Library) is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles.

Overbooked This is a website for ravenous readers. Overbooked provides timely information about fiction as well as readable nonfiction.

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Billboard Music News & Reviews Features such as Daily Music News, The Charts (with music samples), Reviews & Previews and Columns are available. On the road includes Tour Finder (finding current concerts) and Boxscore (top moneymakers). Fun & Games offers This Day in Music and other trivia.

Children's Music Web This is an excellent site for parents, teachers, children and professionals, that promotes music for children with unbiased, free information. The site focuses on music resources, not artists or companies. Partner sites link to more educational information, national and international radio programs and Webcasts, broadcasting resources, organizations and cionline music.

Rolling Stone This site is the online version of the famous music magazine.

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Visual Arts 

Des Moines Art Center This website is the homepage of Des Moines’ world-class art center.

National Gallery of Art: Classroom The National Gallery of Art is an excellent site with educational resources for students and teachers.

Olga's Art Gallery  is one of the largest and most comprehensive online collections. On their pages you will find over 10,000 works of art. They are dedicated to bringing you quality information about artists and their artwork from all around the world.

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Local Arts & Entertainment 

Ankeny Community Theatre This link will take users to the homepage of ACT: Ankeny's Community Theatre.

Blank Park Zoo The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation.

Des Moines Art Center Learn about the permanent collection, current exhibits, the architecture of the building, programs, classes and workshops, the calendar of events and more.

The Des Moines Botanical Center  is one of the most popular cultural attractions in Iowa, providing educational, recreational and community resources to thousands of users. Its goal is to provide botanical displays and educational services for its visitors. It is located on 14 acres along the east bank of the Des Moines River, close to downtown.

Des Moines Civic Center Performance descriptions and schedules as well as their educational programs and a variety of theater-related links are available on this site.

The Des Moines Playhouse  website provides information about the theater including schedules, performances, classes, auditions, ticket purchasing, and the history of the Playhouse.

The Des Moines Symphony is a full-service professional orchestra. The orchestra performs seven pairs of classical concerts throughout the season, as well as a pops performance, family concerts, in-school ensemble performances and its annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, a free performance on the State Capitol grounds on July 3rd.

The Fleur Cinema & Café is a local movie theater offering mostly art-house and independent films. Check here to find current and upcoming shows. Information on prices and concessions can be found in the FAQ section.

The Metro Arts Alliance provides a schedule of upcoming exhibits and performances as well as links to member artists and organizations like the Des Moines Arts Center, Botanical Center, Des Moines Symphony and many other local art, music, theater and cultural agencies. The organization sponsors Jazz in July annually.

Iowa Department of Tourism Find out what to do and see around the state.

Iowa State Fair The internationally-acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country.

Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest into the most productive farmland in the world.

Neal Smith Nature Center Home page of the Neal Smith Nature Center, this site is where you can experience the breathtaking beauty of over 5,000 acres of tall grass prairie and native Midwest.

The Science Center of Iowa is a center devoted to lifelong learning featuring six dynamic experience platforms and where visitors can explore and experiment.

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Auto Repair Everything cars is at reviews, buyer's guides, previews and a free "lemon check."

Edmunds Inc. was founded in 1966 for the purpose of publishing new and used automotive pricing guides to assist automobile buyers.

Go Local is the online study guide for student drivers.

Iowa DOT Office of Driver Services Find out where to get a license, obtain a driving record or an accident record.

Kelly Blue Book online offers pricing information for used cars, trucks, motorcycles and RV's.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration This site provides information on recalls and technical service bulletins.

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Search for a Job 

America's Career Infonet This site is sponsored by the Labor Department.

America's Job Bank This site is maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor and state employment offices.

Career lists thousands of jobs worldwide. The site is searchable by location, job type, industry, and other factors.

CareerJournal This site is provided by the Wall Street Journal.

Des Moines Register Job Classifieds lists jobs from The Des Moines Register plus job listings from career sites nationwide.

Iowa Jobs has thousands of jobs posted each business day. It provides 24-hour access to all of the job listings in IWD's statewide system and links to job listings in other states through America's Job Bank, and additional local, state and federal jobs.

Iowa WorkForce Development site allows users to file for Unemployment Insurance or Worker's Compensation. is the gateway to hundreds of links.

State of Iowa Jobs Find and apply for state jobs online

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Resumes, Cover Letters, etc. 

Damn Good Resumes This site is an excellent resource. Highlights include answers to more than 50 job search questions, identification of skills and talents and solutions to typical tough resume problems (such as gaps in work history). Resume Center is a great site for advice on building an effective resume. It includes several samples.

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Food & Recipes Recipe search engine covers many categories within a large database. Features a Mastercook recipe export capability.

Martha Get information about decorating, cooking and entertaining, crafts, gardening, home keeping, weddings and more. There are also links to the television shows, magazines and ideas of Martha Stewart.

Food TV is a great resource for looking up a recipe, a list of the top ten most requested recipes, looking up information about shows that you see on the Food Network, cookbooks that are available for purchase as well as other resources.

BBC Food This site offers articles, recipes and other food-related information from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It features a directory of recipes from the BBC's cooking shows, including vegetarian and seasonal dishes. In addition, it offers interviews with chefs, feature articles, program details, a glossary and sections on healthy eating, children's nutrition and cooking basics. 

Food & Nutrition Information Center This directory site has links to surveys, statistics and data on food consumption in America and how it has changed over time. It includes links to information about income and food expenditures, food safety and targeted nutrition surveys of children, the elderly and minority groups. This site is provided by the National Agricultural Library and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cook's Thesaurus Substitutions for thousands of cooking ingredients, including low-calorie and low-fat alternatives for dieters, inexpensive substitutes for gourmet cooks on a budget and innovative replacements for hard-to-find ethnic ingredients are all available on this site.

All Recipes This site has recipes, menu ideas, meal preparation tips, cooking terms and more. Sections include: appetizer, barbecue, bread, cake, Christmas, cookie, ethnic, holiday, etc., special diet recipes including diabetic; dairy-, egg-, gluten-, and sugar-free; vegan; and vegetarian. Users can create their own meal-planning resource that allows them "to store, organize, rank, review and share their favorite recipes." Recipes show nutrition facts and a shopping list can be created from a recipe.

HGTV offers a comprehensive website that has links to the shows on the popular HGTV station. The site provides resources to help you organize your home, get your house ready to put on the real estate market and properly fold a fitted sheet.

American Heart Association (AHA): Delicious Decisions is a site for learning how to eat right, stay fit and establish good habits for a lifetime. It features the AHA Food Pyramid, grocery shopping advice, recipes, heart-healthy tips for dining out and suggestions for a fitness routine.

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Genealogy Spot Genealogy portals are good starting places from which to expand your search. Included at these sites are sections on how to get started in genealogy research and mistakes to avoid.

Roots Web is the oldest and largest free genealogy site.

Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Genealogy Library (URL: /)
This site is the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world.

Cyndi's List is an award-winning site with links to other genealogy sites.

Ellis Island Records Search for immigrants who came to the US via Ellis Island. 

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General History 

National Archives The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records and with increasing public access to those documents

Library of Congress Country Studies The site gives very detailed information on countries' geography, society, economy, transportation, communications, government, politics and history. This site does not cover some of the world's smaller countries.

The History Channel Here you can find historical information and learning activities for all ages. Some features are the historical calendar, exhibits, quizzes and more.

Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century This site contains a number of interactive and easy to understand maps detailing topics from government and war to art and living conditions.

BBC: History section offers an impressive array of exhibitions, activities, games, photo galleries and other resources. Major categories include: Ancient History, Archaeology, Church and State, Science and Discovery, Society and Conflict, War and Culture and Family History.

Digital History is a great new site that includes: a U.S. history e-textbook; over 400 annotated documents, primary sources on slavery, Mexican American and Native American history, and U.S. political, social, and legal history; short essays on the history of film, ethnicity, private life, and technology; multimedia exhibitions; reference resources that include a searchable database of 1,500 annotated links, classroom handouts, chronologies, glossaries, an audio archive including speeches and book talks by historians and a visual archive with hundreds of historical maps and images.

Smithsonian Education The site is divided simply into three main categories: Educators, Families, and Students. The Educators section is keyword searchable and features lesson plans -- many pertaining to history. The Students section features an interactive "Secrets of the Smithsonian" that teaches about the special collections at the Smithsonian.

Library of Congress Map Collection: 1500 - 2004 Searchable database of maps housed in the Library of Congress' collection. This site specializes in "Americana and Cartographic Treasures ".

CIA World Factbook This site features comprehensive information on countries including maps. Each country section features information on the geography, people, history and economy of the country.

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International Government & U. S. Foreign Relations   

BBC News World Edition: Country Profiles This informative site provides an "instant guide" to news, history, politics, event timelines and economic background of world countries. It presents country overviews, basic facts, Web links and details on leaders and media. The site includes news stories and audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Consumer Information Center FCIC provides the answers to questions about the Federal Government and everyday consumer issues.

The European Union On-Line This is the English version of the official site of the European Union (EU). The site provides current news and upcoming events, EU activities, information on the different institutions and bodies of the EU, official documents and information sources and contacts.

Government Printing Office GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government.

UN News Centre News from the United Nations is updated daily. The site provides an events calendar, UN statements, briefings, press releases and news conferences and UN links.

The World Bank site provides information on health, education, the environment, private sector development, poverty, urban development, gender and economic reform issues. It includes factual data on the countries that are assisted by the World Bank. The searchable WDS database of the 6,000 plus World Bank publications, select full-text reports and learning resources for teachers and students is particularly useful.

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U. S. Federal 

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government For Kids This is a fantastic site for kids in 3rd to 5th grades. The site covers topics including as law, governmental branches, citizenship and federal vs. state government.

Project Vote Smart This site tracks the performance of more than 40,000 office holders and candidates for public office. Resources include voting records, issues information, background information, campaign finances and performance evaluations made by over 100 liberal to conservative special interest groups and other directories of political information. A great feature is the ability to type in your zip code and get back information on all your representatives, state and federal, including biographical, address, committee assignments, etc.

THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet provides a collection of databases offering access to the full texts of bills and laws from the United States Congress, the daily Congressional Record, relevant proceedings and proposed legislation, committee reports and roll call votes available from the present back to the 93rd Congress (1973). The site includes links to major U.S. legislative Web sites.

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State & County Government 

Iowa Courts Online This is the homepage of Iowa’s judicial branch.

Iowa Driver's License Manual 

Iowa Official Register 1860 – 2000 

Iowa State and Local Government 
This site includes organized links to Iowa's legislative, judicial and executive branches, as well as its boards & commissions. This site also includes links to Iowa county and city government websites.

Polk County Government 

Polk County Assessor 

Polk County Recorder 

State of Iowa Home Page This site provides comprehensive and comparative information on the public policies of all 50 states. It contains current and archived news, a calendar of events and background information on the states and their governments. Statistical data tables include: budget and taxes, crime and prisons, environment, highways and transportation, income and poverty and population, in addition to the specific issues listed above.

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City Government 

City of Ankeny 

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Social Services  

Iowa Department of Health & Human Services offers information about Iowa's Child Support, Medicaid, SSI, Foster Care, Food Stamp and other programs.

Social Security Administration provides information about Medicare, Disability and SSI, Social Security Cards, Social Security Benefits and more. Site includes online forms. 

United States Department of Health & Human Services is an excellent and easy to use site with information about healthcare, social services and more.

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Health & Medicine 

American Heart Association (AHA): Delicious Decisions is a site for learning how to eat right, stay fit and establish good habits for a lifetime. It features the AHA Food Pyramid, grocery shopping advice, recipes, heart-healthy tips for dining out and suggestions for a fitness routine.

Discovery Health site includes links to Diseases and Conditions, Sexual Health Center, Pregnancy Center and Berman & Berman. There are also links to the other Discovery websites, Discovery Kids, BBC America, Discovery Science, Discovery Home, Discovery Wings, Discovery en Espanol, Discovery HD Theater, FitTV and Discovery School. The Health Insurance Marketplace is Open! Find new health care options that meet your needs and fit your budget. Apply for coverage that can begin as soon as January 1.

Healthfinder is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies.

HealthInfoIowa is the result of a grant provided by the National Network of Libraries, Greater Midwest Region. The grant provided funds to support access to electronic health information for the public.

Eat Right With nearly 70,000 members, the American Dietetic Association is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being.

Mayo Clinic The Mayo Clinic's three main Web sites provide information and services from the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice.

Medline--National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies and health-related organizations

Nutrition This website is geared toward educating the public on healthy eating tips and facts about nutrition. Site includes information on health management, food assistance, research, food safety, food facts and special life cycle sections.

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) We are a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa that helps Iowans make informed decisions about Medicare and other health coverage.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States and is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation.

The Virtual Hospital: A Digital Library of Health Information This site provides educational content for patients, health care providers and students interested in the health sciences. It includes textbooks, pamphlets and images at both the professional and lay levels. Users may search either the adult or children's hospital content or browse by topic to find information about anatomy and physiology and conditions and diseases. All materials on the site are peer-reviewed. The site is maintained by the University of Iowa.

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. The “Frequently Asked Questions” is like “Islam 101” as it concisely explains the basic principles of Islam, including the most widely accepted definition of “jihad.” This site provides an abundance of fascinating facts about Islamic history, basic beliefs and various other topics through its portrayal and interviews of various Muslims.

NY Times: Middle East News from the Middle East from the New York Times

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Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport is an excellent and comprehensive site that covers all aspects of South American history.

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Wills and Estate Planning Part of the Nolo Legal Encyclopedia, this site provides basic guidelines for preparing a simple will, with advice on whether a lawyer needs to be consulted. Topics include: guardianship, life insurance, probate and funeral planning. Search for a lawyer by location and type of case.

Iowa Judicial Branch is a comprehensive and easy to navigate site with all kinds of information about Iowa's justice system.

Iowa Code 

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World Maps 

CIA World Factbook features comprehensive information on countries including maps. Each country section features information on the geography, people and economy of the country plus much more.

Perry-Castañeda, World Maps is an excellent site with links to maps of all kinds.

Nat'l Geographic Map Machine Hosted by National Geographic, this site is searchable and includes all kinds of maps and links for educators.

World Sites Atlas offers a series of maps of continents/regions, countries, states and provinces nicely organized by continent.

United Nations Cartographic Section is an easily navigable site with a variety of maps brought together by the UN.

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United States Maps 

Library of Congress Maps: 1500 - 2004 is a searchable database of maps housed in the Library of Congress' collection. This site specializes in "Americana and Cartographic Treasures."

Perry-Castañeda, United States Maps is an excellent site with links to maps of all fifty states as well as historical, topographic, census and other types of maps of the United States.

The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), developed by the USGS in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN), contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States.

US Geological Survey National Mapping Info offers links to Geographic Names Information, Global Land Information, National Atlas of the United States, TerraServer, Digital Backyard, National Spatial Data Infrastructure, U.S. GeoData and much more.

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Iowa Maps 

Iowa Maps and Geographic Files offers census maps of Iowa from the State Library of Iowa website.

Iowa Counties offers a map of Iowa from the U.S. Census Bureau and includes U.S. Census data for each county.

Driving Directions 

Google Maps 


Yahoo Maps  

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Big Charts offers historical stock data.

Choose to Save develops user-friendly, multimedia materials to help individuals plan and save for their financial future.

Edgar Homepage contains annual & quarterly reports for publicly traded companies.

Google Finance is an early beta product that offers a broad range of information about North American stocks, mutual funds and public and private companies along with charts, news and fundamental financial data.

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National and International News 

The Economist 
National Public Radio 
National Weather Service 
New York Times 
Reuter's News Network 
Time Magazine
White House Daily Press Briefings
USA Today
Wall Street Journal 
Washington Post
Weather Channel

Local News Sources 

Ames Daily Tribune 
Des Moines Business Record 
Des Moines Register 
Iowa Public Television
WHO Radio
• WOI Radio 

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Schools, Homework & Education 

Information for Students 

ALA Parent Guide offers links to homework help, preschool activities and general parent guide.

Ankeny Community School District is the official website of the Ankeny Community School District.

Ask for Kids (formerly known as Ask Jeeves for Kids) is a fast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to search online.

Fact Monster website is grouped in areas of subjects, reference materials and skills.

Homework Center offers a collection of Internet resources selected to assist students, grades 4-12, with their homework assignments.

Kids Click! offers a web search for kids by librarians.

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Information for Teachers 

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site "This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics." The site is focused on pre-kindergarten to eighth grade educator's needs and has lesson plans, display ideas and a free quarterly newsletter. Carol Hurst is a consultant and author.

Free Government Resources for Educational Excellence All the free information and sources government agencies have available to educators and it's all in one place!

Lesson Plans Library offers a searchable collection of hundreds of lesson plans. Browse by grade level or subject. Each plan includes objectives, materials, discussion questions, procedures, evaluation, suggested readings and related links. Additionally, quizzes, puzzles and a glossary are included.

Schools Online is a searchable collection of study units for both students and teachers. Areas include plant science, incubation and embryology, worm anatomy, natural resources and the environment, apples, aging, sports and nutrition and social development.

US Department of Education Get information in the form of publications from the U.S. Department of Education. Some available publications include: help your child learn to write well, help your child learn science and help your child use the library.

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University & College Information 

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education needed; earnings; expected job prospects; what workers do on the job; and working conditions.

Des Moines Area Community College 

Federal Student Aid Source for free information, guidance and tools for federal student assistance—from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid— including the FAFSA online forms.

Mapping Your Future Mapping Your Future is your free resource for career, college, financial aid, and money management information. Our goal is to help individuals achieve life-long success by empowering students, families, and schools with web-based information and services.

Paying For Higher Education US Government publications on paying for college.

Preparing For College US Government publications on paying for preparing for college. 

U.S. News and World Report College Rankings U.S. News has collected data from more than 1,400 colleges and ranking them in various categories.

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For Homeschoolers 

A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site will help you homeschool your kids with free online education, home-friendly lesson ideas, educational websites, helpful articles, top homeschool programs, books, materials, curriculum... and best of all... homeschool friends!

Home Education Magazine presents homeschooling information, support and encouragement, resources and reviews, free newsletters, networking and discussion lists and the online archives of Home Education Magazine

Home Schooling contains links to a variety of homeschooling resources online.

Homeschool World is the official site of Practical Homeschooling magazine and The Big Book of Home Learning/Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Homeschooling.

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Science & Technology  

Athena: Earth & Space Science engages students in observing phenomena using remote-sensed data to construct knowledge about the world. Data sets and instructional pieces are related to oceans, the atmosphere, Earth resources and space/astronomy. The material is intended for direct use by students with appropriate assistance from teachers. The goal of Athena is to enhance the K-12 science curriculum and facilitate use of the powerful computational tools in classrooms networked to the Web.

How Stuff Works From cars to cameras, electronics to the entertainment industry, use this site to find out how stuff works.

NASA Kids This NASA-hosted website is a great resource for kids.

Science Center of Iowa Explore the sciences at Des Moines' science center: find out about their programs, exhibits, planetarium, schedules and more.

Scientific American Ask a question or read the experts' answers to other people's questions about computers, chemistry, astronomy, physics, medicine, the environment and other areas of science.

The Why Files explores the science behind the news by providing in-depth but accessible articles about science and how it affects everyday life. "The Why Files in Education" classifies the stories according to science education standards.

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General Sports Links 

Big Ten offers detailed coverage of all Big Ten sports.

ESPN offers sports news network including scores, chats, fantasy games, and radio.

International Olympic Committee is the official site of the Olympics.

Sports Illustrated provides complete sports coverage including current scores, news and commentary and chat communities.


NFL is the official NFL web site, with full news and statistics.

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Baseball Almanac is a good source for "baseball history, awards, records, feats, humor, lists, quotations and stats." The site can be searched and is easy to browse.

Major League Baseball is the official site for Major League Baseball including scores, schedules, and an impressive library.

National Baseball Hall of Fame is the official web site of the Baseball Hall of Fame includes information about visiting the museum, photos and biographies of the 253 Hall of Fame members, information about the museum's exhibits and collections, web-based exhibits, games and activities and information about the museum's Research Library.

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FIFA is the official site of the World football's governing body.

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NBA is the official site of the National Basketball Association.

WNBA is the official site for the Women's National Basketball League includes news and features, player and roster information, schedules, results and chat.

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Local Teams 

University of Iowa provides information about the Men's and Women's athletic programs, including schedules, scores and more.

Iowa State University is the official site of Cyclone Athletics.

Drake is the official site for Drake Athletics.

University of Northern Iowa is the official site for Panther Athletics.

Iowa Cubs is the official site of the Iowa Cubs.

Des Moines Buchaneers is the official site of Des Moines' hockey team.

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Outdoor Recreation  

Iowa Parks, Recreation, & Preserves Division provides information about camping rates at Iowa state parks and recreation areas.

Travel Iowa: Recreation Find information on Iowa's Public Campgrounds, RV Parks & Independent Campgrounds, Trails, Ski Resorts and Golf Courses.

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Fodors Travel Online A complete list of Fodor's travel guides can be found at, along with up-to-the-minute trip planning information, bargains and advice from the most knowledgeable travel community on the web.

Lowest Fare Finder for Travel and Lodging is a leading provider of discount travel products and services for the leisure travel market.

Orbitz is a leading online travel company offering leisure and business travelers a wide selection of low airfares, as well as deals on lodging, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and other travel. The site was created to address consumers' need for an unbiased, comprehensive display of fares and rates in a single location.

State Departments of Tourism provides links to state department of tourism in all 50 states.

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Census 2010: Your Gateway to Census 2010 Data from the 2010 United States census available here includes summary tables focusing on age, sex, households, families and occupied housing units; general demographic profiles; and redistricting data for state legislature redistricting and congressional apportionment. There is also a schedule of release dates for additional data, a directory of regional and local sources for Census 2010, lesson plans and other material for classrooms use and information on how the census is taken.

Fed Stats More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government are represented in this site maintained by The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies. Search by keyword, browse by subject or agency.

International Data Base IDB, was created in the Census Bureau's International Programs Center to provide demographic and socioeconomic statistics for all countries of the world. The interactive interface allows users to select one of 26 demographic, ethnic and economic variables and any or all countries of the world and receive a table for that variable for the latest year, selected individual years as far as 1950 and as far ahead as 2050 or for a range of years.

State Data Center is the official United States census information for the state of Iowa.

United States Historical Census Data Browser provides data from census records and other government sources for 1790-1970. Users can view extensive population and economic-oriented statistical information at state and county levels, arranged according to a variety of categories. Site also includes an essay on the history of the census.

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Federal Tax Forms Find the tax form you are looking for in a variety of formats at the IRS website.

Free Online Filing from the Internal Revenue Services is about Free File. The site explains eligibility requirements for this free service, steps to get started and a list of related FAQs.

NOLO: Taxes & Audits includes tips on dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, filing returns, audits, appeals, tax bills and tax crimes and has links to the Nolo information on small business taxes, estate and gift taxes and homes as tax shelters.

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Iowa State & Local 

Iowa Taxes Find Iowa tax forms and file online.

Polk County Assessor's Office Property Search is the source for information relating to properties and property taxes in the Des Moines and Polk County Area. They also have online maps, property data, and forms.

Pay Property Taxes Online 

Web Site Directories

IPL2  In January 2010, the website "ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. Lists web sites by category and subcategory. 

The IPL was founded at the University of Michigan's School of Information. Michigan SI students almost exclusively generated its content. Since January 1, 2007 it is being run by the "IPL Consortium", a group of 15 colleges still including the University of Michigan. In 2010, it merged with the Librarians' Index to the Internet 

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