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SMARTeKIDS / Social Studies Links
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Social Studies Links

  • Annenberg Political Fact Check - Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
  • Project Vote Smart - Non-partisan information on the voting records of elected officials.
  • FirstGov - intended as a portal for all U.S. government transactions, services, and information.
  • Fedstats - intended to be a portal to statistics maintained by federal agencies FedStats provides information for Federal agencies reporting expenditures of at least $500,000 per year in various statistical activities.
  • The CIA World Factbook - Quick reference for statistical information on countries.
  • Nationmaster - This site compiles national statistics and creates graphical representations by combining information from multiple sources (including CIA World Factbook). Definitely worth a look if you're comparing countries.
  • Culturegrams - This database is like a giant interactive almanac of the world and the states. A great place to look if you're trying to learn details about an unfamiliar place.
  • Dataplace - Free US Demographics from Fannie Mae.
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • - Web portal for Michigan governmental agencies.
  • Michigan Legislature - Search for bills and compiled laws in the State of Michigan.
  • Supreme Court of the United States or check out OYEZ another repository of Supreme Court information
  • The Library of Congress - an enormous library which citizens of the United States own. This includes:
    • Thomas, a great resource for legislative information and
    • Country Studies, a series that "presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world."
    • American Memory, a large digital collection of mostly primary sources related to American History
  • LOC guide to law online - annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online from the Law Library of Congress. Here is their page on Michigan Law.
  • US Government Printing Office - Here you can access the Budget of the United States Government,a Compilation of Presidential Documents, Congressional Bills, Congressional Documents, Congressional Hearings, the Congressional Record, Congressional Reports, the Federal Register, Public and Private Laws, etc.


United States Project Links





  • Kids.Gov - Links to State Websites for Kids


  • Ask Kids - This is a search engine for kids.  Students can do a general search or they can search for images, games, videos, and movies related to their state.   


  • Kids Research Resources  - Dictionary Links, Encyclopedia Links, Map Links, Almanac Links, Plus Several Language Tools!


  • US Geography Games - over 38 fun online map games teach capitals, state locations, and more. Also info on the United States culture, history and more.




  • US States - An interactive map created by the History Channel.  By clicking on a state, you can learn more information about that state and see photographs of it as well.