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  • Includes a searchable database of all Academy Award winners and nominees.

  • Are you using the Accelerated Reader program at your school? This web site provides the book level of over 100,000 books. Just type in the title of a book, topic, or author that you want to read, click go, and you will see the book level (BL) and the points (AR pts) for the book. If you want to look at a list of books to read, go to the advanced search and choose an Interest Level and an ATOS Book Level range.

    The Independence Public Schools and some of the area private and parochial schools have access to all of the tests offered on the AR BookFinder web site. Please check with your school librarian to make sure that your school offers the test for the book you’ve selected.

  • ACT

    Find information about the ACT test.

  • Information and technical assistance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care. Includes information for prospective and adoptive parents; information about searching for birth relatives; and resources for adoption professionals.

  • Private, non-profit adoption placement agency that provides all those involved in adoption with support and counseling, before, during, and after placement.

  • This portal includes online collections of primary sources from the Library of Congress that include photographs, music, manuscripts, plays, books, and more.

  • This is a directory of online resources concerning the subjects of African-American archaeology, history and cultures, and broader subjects of African diaspora archaeology.

  • Site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also features a mail list, message boards and genealogy chats.

  • The Department of Aging Services functions as the Area Agency on Aging for Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.

  • Buy used books, used textbooks, rare and out-of-print books.

  • This site has information about Missouri history from the Missouri State Archives.

  • Look up U.S. and Canadian area codes.

  • Find and book hotels around the world.

  • This site provides details about video games for all types of platforms, including reviews, controls, credits, system requirements, screenshot images, and more.

  • Includes movie overviews, reviews, cast details, production credits, awards, and more.

  • All genres and styles of music are covered here, ranging from the commercially popular to the obscure. It includes critiques of albums and artists within the context of their own genres, as well as pertinent facts.

  • Directory of magazines and newspapers around the world.

  • The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

  • DoctorFinder contains basic professional information on more than 690,000 licensed physicians in the United States. Provided by the American Medical Association.

  • Find literacy programs in your area.

  • This is a directory of websites about the American Civil War. Topics include the Secession Crisis, Images of Wartime, Documentary Records, State/Local Studies, Battles & Campaigns, Rosters & Regimental Histories, Other Military Information, Civil War Reenactors, Civil War Round Tables, and Fictional Accounts of Wartime

  • The American Diabetes Association is a nonprofit health organization that provides diabetes research, information and advocacy.

  • This financial aid organization provides information on financial aid, planning for college, managing your loans, and more.

  • Population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau

  • Part of the U.S. Census web site, American FactFinder offers detailed data sets on population, housing, economics, industry and geography of the United States. Access may be confusing at first, but the FactFinder provides excellent video tutorials with attached written transcripts.

  • The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

  • A recreation-based non-profit organization, American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds partnerships, and provides critical resources to plan, fund and develop foot trails.

  • This organization provides relief services to Indian people nationwide and builds bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people.

  • The Library of Congress has online collections of written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience through history.

  • This is a comprehensive collection of material about the Presidents of the United States and the history of the presidency. This web site features essays about the President's life before, during, and after each presidential term. It also provides information about the First Lady and cabinet officials of each administration.

  • View secular U.S. holidays by year

  • This is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology. Information may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds.

  • Provides educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.

  • Get answers from quality reference works about the arts, business, entertainment, food, government, health, legal, leisure, military, people, religion, science, sports, travel, words, and zoology.

  • Find phone numbers for people and businesses or do a reverse lookup to find a business or person by their phone number.

  • This is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.

  • This site contains photographs taken in Egypt and Mesopotamia between 1973 and 1990 on archeaological sites.

  • Provides links to art history information online from prehistoric to contemporary art.

  • This site includes information on artists, artworks, movements, mediums, subjects and nationalities.

  • ARTINFO.com offers breaking news, profiles of top and emerging artists, stories about collectors and collecting, gallery round-ups from around the world, the best of student art, market trends and analysis, and detailed coverage of art fairs.

  • Over 120,000 artists - painters, sculptors, and illustrators - are listed in this searchable resource.

  • This stie provides statistics about religions worldwide, religious beliefs and behaviors, U.S. congregational membership, U.S. denominations, and more.

  • Search the online edition of the Yellow and White pages for cities all across the United States.