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Library Skills: Elementary School

These sites are about libraries. Includes parts of a book and how to care for books. Read about Melvil Dewey who created the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Take a virtual tour of a university library. An eThemes Resource of online reference material is included.


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Take a virtual tour of Columbia University's Butler Library and compare its departments to your own library.
Learn the anatomy of books, their parts inside and outside. NOTE: This site contains ads.
What is the difference between an almanac and an encyclopedia? Here are definitions and examples of various reference books.
This site shows you how to use the Dewey Decimal system. There is also a short biography of Melvil Dewey, and an interactive page for students to test their DDC knowledge.
By clicking on the book icons students can learn about Melvil Dewey, the classification of fiction and nonfiction, and how books are arranged in the library.
Learn about each of the categories of books, types of books that belong there, and how to use this system.
These simple illustrations show the main parts of a book. Links at the bottom have information about how books are published, how to make books, and how to get your writing published.
This site for younger students gives a description of some of the resources that can probably be found in your local library.
This is an article about teaching children information literacy.
These sites include online dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, almanacs, telephone directories, and Internet searches to locate information. Also learn about primary sources and where to find them.

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