Making Use of the Web Educational and Science General reference websites, which include online encyclopedias, almanacs, and reference collections, are excellent sources of comprehensive, accurate, and organized facts on specific topics. For example, history and literary buffs can appreciate the websites that translate text, contain thousands of free books to download, and provide literary analyses. Among the more comprehensive websites are those sponsored by the American Library Association and the Library of Congress. Answers to perplexing science questions and math problems are available on several educational websites that include practice tests, conversion tables, and current news articles. Environmental websites seek to educate and often persuade citizens to become aware of issues. The information helps consumers to make environmentally responsible purchasing decisions and urges people to become involved in solving global environmental problems. Scientists’ research efforts extend beyond investigating this planet to exploring the great frontier of space. Their science websites contain information about current studies, conferences, and breakthroughs in such areas as biology, earth and ocean sciences, physics, and chemistry. Research This: (a) Visit a general reference website and locate any free resources that you can download to your computer or mobile device. What materials are available to download? Which general topics are available? For which classes would you find the contents useful? Are you able to browse and search the collections? What types of current news articles are displayed? Are links to news stories or research articles shown? How often are they updated? Are previous stories archived so that you can research these events? (b) Visit two environmental or science websites or apps, such as NASA, and browse their contents or download related apps. Which general topics are available for students? What types of current news articles are displayed? Are additional resources, such as videos and photos, available? Are online social network accounts listed to interact with scientists and researchers?