Smethport Area School District Smethport Area School District
414 S. Mechanic St., Smethport, PA 16749-1522

Smethport Area Jr.-Sr. High School Library

Reference Desk

To have access to a reference librarian twenty-four hours a day seven days a week use Ask Here PA.

Just click on the link and ask your question.

The Reference Desk is a place to look for basic reference information that can be found in dictionaries, thesauri, the periodic table, calculators, government sites, travel sites, atlases, and more! This is a great place to start you research for basic background facts!

Reference Portals

University of Albany


Library Spot


Know Play

High School Hub

Encarta Reference

Atomic Integrated Information on Demand

bigchalk Homework Central

Multnomah County Library’s Homework Center

Homework Spot

Library Spot

New York Times Navigator

Dictionaries & Thesauri

American Heritage Dictionary the English Language American Heritage Spanish Dictionary

Encarta World English Dictionary

Merriam-Webster’s Word Central

Merriam-Webster Online Language Center

Lycos Rhyme Zone

Dictionary of Symbolism

Write Express, Online Rhyming Dictionary

Internet Picture Dictionary

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary

Visual Thesaurus


Internet Public Library’s A+ Research and Writing

Purdue University’s Online Writing Laboratory

Common Errors in English



Fact Monster

World Almanac for Kids Online

Fast Facts

U.S. Census site

Old Farmer's Almanac

Afro-American Almanac


Columbia (concise) Encyclopedia

Britannica Concise

Encarata Concise

World Book Encyclopedia (concise) See Catalogs and Databases for the full version

EH.Net Encyclopedia (Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History)

Cambridge Encyclopedia of English and American Literature

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Encyclopedia Mythica

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Free Internet Encyclopedia

New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia

Wikipedia (collaborative open content)


Encarta Map Center


All the Worlds Maps

Perry Casteñeda Map Collection

Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century

United Nations Cartographic Section

American Memory Maps Collections

Places in the News

National Atlas

National Geographic’s Map Machine

Color Landform Atlas of the United States





Biographical Dictionary

Lives, the Biography Resource

PBS Biographies

Gale (free resources)


Grolier's American Presidency


President of the United States

Presidents of the United States

Presidents Index offers profiles, as well as links to speeches, writings, and libraries.

Nations, States, Travel General Travel Sites

Library of Congress Country Studies

Library of Congress is Portals to the World

State Department’s Background Notes

CIA World Factbook

Atlapedia Online


InfoNation (United Nations comparisons)


INCORE: Internet Conflict Data Service

Worldwide Gazeteer

Ethnologue (information about world languages)

Human Rights Watch

Internet Public Library’s Culturequest


Economist Country Briefings

Amnesty International

Lonely Planet’s Destinations

  The Fifty States

Internet Public Library’s Stately Knowledge

50 States and Capitals State Reports

Government Information

FirstGov:Your First Click to U.S. Government


Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

U.S. History American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century

Primary Sources Pathfinder

Social Issues

Multnomah County Library’s Social Issues Page

Public Agenda Online

Public Education Network

See Issues Pathfinder

About flags Flags of the World

World Flag Database

Guide to American Flags

Flags of All Countries

Calculators and Conversion Convert It!

Universal Currency Converter

Unit Conversion

Convert Me

About time: Calendars, Holidays, This Day in History Alterna Time (chronologies)

Web Chronology Project

This Day in History

(On This Day

Today in History Archive What Happened That Day? (subscription)

Information Please Day in History

DMarie Time Capsule


KidLink Multicultural Calendar


Bartleby (combined quote index search)



Math Remedies

Discovery School Webmath

SOS Mathematics

Periodic Tables Los Alamos National Laboratories


Visual Elements

  • Attention Parents

    Parents are encouraged to access PowerSchool for student grades, attendance, and school announcement information.

  • Draft Special Education Plan-28 Day Public Review

  • Seasonal Flu Facts and Prevention

    Please visit the Nurse's Corner for important information regarding flu season.

  • Health and Wellness

    Understanding Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

  • Website Disclaimer

    A website disclaimer was sent home with every student in the school district. This disclaimer is to be sent back to us ONLY if you DO NOT want your child's photo posted on the school's website. Click here to download another copy if needed.

  • Attention Parents ~ Safe2Say Program

    Please view the informative materials pertaining to the Safe2Say Program: Letter, Brochure, and Presentation.

  • SASD Emergency Protocol

  • Substitute Teachers Needed

    If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher for the Smethport Area School District, please click on the District Office tab at the top of the page and then click on Employment Opportunities for an application. Please call 887-5543 for more information.

  • District Level Comprehensive Plan

    Draft Copy available for Public Review

  • Megan's Law

    The School District is made aware from time to time of individuals on the Megan's Law website that move into the District. Visit the District Offices tab for more information.