FACTS ON FILE: WORLD GEOGRAPHY & CULTURE A global approach to the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills. Includes maps, flags, and images. If you're using this resource on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.
Assignment: New Jersey - A good basic history of the state, arranged by time periods, plus a timeline, fast facts, maps, symbols, and famous firsts. Middle school and up (State of New Jersey). For more on New Jersey, as well as information about South Plainfield, see our Local Information page.
California: Calisphere - Primary sources (photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, political cartoons, art, and other cultural artifacts) that explore California's role in national and world history. Brief overviews of each topic provide historical context for images. (University of California)
Canadian Encyclopedia - The complete illustrated text of The Canadian Encyclopedia, 'a first source for information on all Canadian topics.' Released in enhanced digital interactive form in October 2013. (Historic Canada, 'the largest, independent organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship.')
China ABC - Basic facts about mainland China, including history, flag, emblem, anthem, people, geography, holidays, government, and more. Formerly China in Brief. (2014, Official Website of the Chinese Government)
Country Studies UPDATED LINK! - Electronic versions of 80 books about the history and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. Most books in the series deal with a single foreign country, but a few cover several countries or a geographic region. The series includes several books on countries that no longer exist in their original configuration, such as Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the Soviet Union, Sudan, and Yugoslavia; does not include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and some other nations. Listed alphabetically. [NOTE: These studies were created in 1988 - 2011, so information is chiefly of historical interest.] The site also contains printable (PDF) Country Profiles UPDATED LINK! on select countries, created 2005-2008. High school and up (Library of Congress). See also World Fact Book, below, for up-to-date information.
European Union at a Glance - Explains what the European Union is and how it was formed, plus Key Facts & figures about Europe and the Europeans, and maps and brief descriptions of each member country. (2010 - 2015, European Union official site)
Flags and Maps of the World - Flags for each country, plus a map and a basic overview of geography, people, government, economy, and more. Updated frequently (2015, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency). Flags of the World displays the official flag for each country, with explanations of symbols, as well as historical flags, military flags, coats of arms, and lots of other flag-related info. Also includes flag outlines you can print and color in. All ages (1994 - 2015; volunteer-maintained site).
Geography Dictionary & Glossary - Defines hundreds of terms used in geography and related disciplines; high school and up. (2005 - 2014, by Danny Harrington, ITS Tutorial School, Hong Kong)
Geography Quizzes INTERACTIVE - Test your knowledge of capitals in the U.S. and around the world by taking the World Capitals Quiz INTERACTIVE and the U.S. State Capitals Quiz INTERACTIVE (1994 - 2015, Michigan State University). You can also test and improve your knowledge with Geography Web Games INTERACTIVE (Sheppard Software; site includes advertisements).
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® Online - Find geographic coordinates (latitude & longitude), official & alternate names, and other information about more than a million places around the world. [Enter town/city name in 'Find Name or ID' box and country name in 'Nation' box.] (J. Paul Getty Trust)
India - Provides a basic profile of India, plus information about Indian culture & heritage, national symbols, India & the World, and more. (Official Portal of the Indian Government)
License Plates of the World - Photos of license plates from all US states and countries around the world; includes specialty plates, historic plates, and links to Motor Vehicle Departments and related sites. (By Michael Kustermann, license plate collector; site includes advertisements)
Maps: Finding Our Place in the World - Explores the history of maps and mapmaking, with text and images. (2007, Field Museum)
Maps: U.S. National Map INTERACTIVE - Interactive maps of the US on a variety of topics including environment, agriculture, history, people, geology, and climate, and printable US reference and outline maps (U.S. Department of the Interior). NOTE: The Printable Maps that were available from nationalatlas.gov are now available from nationalmap.gov.
Maps: World Region & Country Maps: National Geographic Mapmaker Maps - A good source of printable black & white maps. Click on the drop-down menu for the region or country you want. Use the menus to customize maps with names, borders, and other features. See also National Geographic Atlas Explorer NEW! (site includes advertisements), additional National Geographic map resources NEW! INTERACTIVE, United Nations Maps: World Region & Country Maps UPDATED LINK! (use the drop-down menu under the heading General Maps), Map Outlines with or without labels (2008, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company), and World Fact Book, below. Maps Online is a huge collection of online maps of the world and specific regions and countries, including relief maps and historical maps, as well as maps related to current events; high school and up (University of Texas).
Pictures of Places - Need a picture of the Eiffel Tower, the Lincoln Memorial, the Taj Mahal, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa? This site links to thousands of great printable pictures of places all over the world. Arranged by state / country / region (MindTravellers Inc.; site includes advertisements). Cities Around the World: Photographs has thousands of photographs from the slide collections of the American Geographical Society (University of Wisconsin).
Population Clocks (U.S. and World) - Constantly updated estimates of U.S. and world population. (U.S. Census Bureau)
State Facts for Students - Quick facts on each of the 50 states - population, geography, business, and more; for kids aged 8-12. More advanced students can access data from the 2010 Census and related surveys on the State & County Quick Facts and Census FactFinder pages. See Data Visualizations for infographics on U.S. topics such as population, employment, income, education, and more. (U.S. Census Bureau)
Times Topics: Places VIDEO - Click the name of a country, state, or other location, to view recent and archival news about that place. Formerly News by Country and Territory. (New York Times; site includes advertisements)
United Nations News Centre - Current news about the U.N.; high school and up.
World Fact Book - Flags, maps, photos, and up-to-date overviews of all countries, plus statistics on geography, environment, government, economy, people, transportation, communication, and the military. Maps, flags, and photos for all ages; text and data for high school and up. Use the drop-down menu to choose a country or territory. (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
World Leaders - This site lists the names of current foreign government leaders; arranged alphabetically by country and updated weekly. (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
Worldwise Schools UPDATED LINK! AUDIO - Learning resources including stories, folk tales, and foreign language lessons from Peace Corps Volunteers around the world; browse by geographic area or themes such as food, arts & music, environment, and more. Peace Corps Passport is 'the window on what it's like to serve in the Peace Corps.' Includes blog posts by current & returned volunteers, staff, and thought leaders in international development.