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This collection of reference resources draws together many of the best internet sites providing quick access to information. These resources are not only helpful for reseach, but will also be useful when you just want to find a statistic, fact, or bit of trivia.


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      Almanacs
      Book and Film Reviews (Full-Text Archives)

           Book Reviews - General
           Book Reviews – Subject Specific
           Film Reviews
      Bibliographies
      Biographical Resources
      Consumer Information
      Conversion and Computing Tools
      Country Information
      Dictionaries
           Standard Dictionaries
           Language Dictionaries

       Utility and Phrase Finding Dictionaries

           Quotation Resources
           Subject Dictionaries
           Trivia Sources

      Directories
      Encyclopedias
           General Encyclopedias
           Subject Encyclopedias

      Fact Checking Sources
      Geography Resources
      Government / Political Science
      Handbooks
      Indexes
      Online Reference Desks
      Statistical Sources
      Virtual or Online Libraries
           General
           Subject
      Weather



Almanacs

CIA World Factbook
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook

Farmers Almanac
http://www.farmersalmanac.com

Information Please
http://www.infoplease.com/

Old Farmers' Almanac

http://www.almanac.com/

World Almanac for Kids
http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/

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Book and Film Reviews (Full Text Archives)

http://www.booklistonline.com/

New York Times Book Review Index (must set up free login account)
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/index.html

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Book Reviews – Subject Specific

The Bryn Mawr Classical Review
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/archive.html

H-Net Reviews (Humanities & Social Sciences)
http://www.h-net.org/reviews

The Medieval Review (Previously The Bryn Mawr Medieval Review)
http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=tmr;cc=tmr;tpl=browse.tpl

Review of Biblical Literature
http://www.bookreviews.org

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Film Reviews

Movie Review Query Engine
http://www.mrqe.com/lookup

New York Times Movie Reviews (must set up free login account)
http://movies.nytimes.com/ref/movies/reviews/index.html

Roger Ebert Movie Reviews
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/

Women's Studies Database
http://www.mith2.umd.edu/WomensStudies/FilmReviews

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Bibliographies

Aurthuriana/Camelot Project Bibliographies
http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/acpbibs/bibhome.stm

Bibliography of the Vietnam War
http://www.clemson.edu/caah/history/FacultyPages/EdMoise/bibliography.html

Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: An Annotated Bibliography
http://www.u.arizona.edu/~chalmers/biblio.html

Roman Army: A Bibliography
http://www.csun.edu/~hcfll004/armybibl.html

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Biographical Resources

Academy of American Poets
http://www.poets.org/poets/index.cfm

Biography.Com
http://www.biography.com

Dying Words of Famous People
http://www.corsinet.com/braincandy/dying.html

Find a Grave
http://www.findagrave.com

National Inventors Hall of Fame
http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/1_0_0_hall_of_fame.asp

The Nobel Prize Internet Archive
http://www.almaz.com/nobel/nobel.html

Presidents of the United States
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents

The Pulitzer Prizes
http://www.pulitzer.org

Rulers
http://rulers.org

400 Years of Women in Science
http://www.astr.ua.edu/4000WS/

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Consumer Information

ConsumerReports.org
http://www.consumerreports.org/main/home.jsp

Consumerworld
http://www.consumerworld.org

Edmunds - Auto Consumer Information
http://www.edmunds.com

Kelley’s Blue Book
http://www.kbb.com

Tax Help

http://taxhelp.org/

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Conversion and Computing Tools

OANDA, The Currency Site

http://www.oanda.com/

OnlineConversion.Com
http://www.onlineconversion.com

Time and Date Gateway
http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/xtra/tzdate

Universal Currency Conversion
http://www.xe.com/ucc

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Country Information

Atlapedia
http://www.atlapedia.com

CIA World Factbook
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook

CountryReports.Org
http://www.countryreports.org

Country Facts & Information
http://geography.about.com/cs/countryfacts

Country Studies - Library of Congress

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

Geographic.Org: Country Profiles
http://www.geographic.org/countries/countries.html

Infonation
http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/infonation/e_infonation.htm

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Dictionaries

Standard Dictionaries

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
http://www.bartleby.com/61

OneLook Dictionary Search - simultaneous searching of 972 dictionaries

http://www.onelook.com/

Your Dictionary: the Last Word in Words

http://www.yourdictionary.com/

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Languages & Translation Dictionaries

American Sign Language Dictionary

http://www.masterstech-home.com/ASLDict.html

American Slanguages
http://www.slanguage.com

ARTFL Project: French-English Dictionary

http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/ARTFL/forms_unrest/FR-ENG.html

I Love Languages: Guide to Languages on the Web

http://www.ilovelanguages.com/


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Utility and Phrase Finding Dictionaries

The Book of Clichés
http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/sybev/cliche

Dictionary.com
http://www.dictionary.com

Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid
http://www.nd.edu/~archives/latgramm.htm

OneLook Dictionaries
http://www.onelook.com

The Phrase Finder
http://phrases.shu.ac.uk/index.html

RhymeZone
http://www.rhymezone.com

Roget’s International Thesaurus
http://www.thesaurus.com

Synonym Dictionary
http://vancouver-webpages.com/synonyms.html

Translator-Dictionary.com
http://translator.dictionary.com/text.html

Vocabulary of Alliteration
http://www.xs4all.nl/~in/Poet/VocAll.htm

Wordsmyth
http://www.wordsmyth.net

WorldWideWeb Acronym and Abbreviation Server
http://acronyms.silmaril.ie/cgi-bin/uncgi/acronyms

yourDictionary.com
http://www.yourdictionary.com

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Quotation Resources

Bartlett’s Quotations (And Many Other Search Tools)
http://www.bartleby.com/100

BrainyQuote
http://www.brainyquote.com

Dictionary of Quotations
http://www.quotationreference.com

LitQuotes - Quotations from Literature

http://www.litquotes.com/

The Quotations Archive
http://www.aphids.com/quotes/index.shtm

The Quotations Page
http://www.quotationspage.com

The Quotations Home Page
http://www.theotherpages.org/quote.html

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Subject Dictionaries

Artlex: Art Dictionary
http://www.artlex.com

Beilstein Dictionary – Organic Chemistry
http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/swain/beilstein/bedict1.html

A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names
http://www.philosophypages.com/dy

Duhaime’s Law Dictionary
http://www.duhaime.org/diction.htm

FOLDOC: Free On-line Dictionary of Computing http://foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/index.html

Medterms.com
http://www.medterms.com

Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences
http://bitbucket.icaap.org/

Psychology Dictionary
http://allpsych.com/dictionary

Webopedia: Computer and Internet Technology Terms
http://www.webopedia.com

World of Mathematics
http://mathworld.wolfram.com

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Trivia Sources

AbsoluteTrivia: Totally Trivia Search Engine
http://www.absolutetrivia.com

Encyclopedia Fun Trivia
http://www.funtrivia.com/


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Directories

BigBook: Verizon Super Pages

http://www.bigbook.com/

Open Directory Project
http://dmoz.org/

Telephone Directories on the Web
http://www.infobel.com/teldir/default.asp

Zip Code Lookup
http://www.usps.gov/ncsc/lookups/lookup_zip+4.html

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Encyclopedias

General Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Brittanica

http://www.britannica.com/

Encyclopedia.com
http://www.encyclopedia.com

Fact Monster - Columbia Encyclopedia
http://www.factmonster.com/encyclopedia.html

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Subject Encyclopedias

The Canadian Encyclopedia
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com

Encyclopedia of the Orient (North Africa & Middle East)
http://i-cias.com/e.o/index.htm

Encyclopedia Mythica
http://www.pantheon.org

Encyclopedia Titanica
http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org

Encyclopedia of Psychology
http://www.psychology.org

Encyclopedia Smithsonian
http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
http://www.utm.edu/research/iep

New Advent: Catholic Encyclopedia
http://newadvent.org/cathen

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
http://plato.stanford.edu/contents.html

Symbols.com – Encyclopedia of Symbols
http://www.SYMBOLS.com

Encyclopedia of the First World War
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWW.htm

Internet Mental Health
http://www.mentalhealth.com

The Orb Encyclopedia - Medieval Studies
http://www.the-orb.net/encyclo.html

Physics Encyclopedia
http://members.tripod.com/~IgorIvanov/physics

A Shi’ite Encyclopedia
http://www.al-islam.org/encyclopedia/newindex.html

World Wide Encyclopedia of Christianity
http://www.ccel.org/php/wwec.php

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Fact Checking Sources

The UFO and Urban Legends Archive
http://www.urbanlegends.com

TruthorFiction.com
http://www.truthorfiction.com

FactCheck.org

http://www.factcheck.org

Hoax Busters

http://www.hoaxbusters.org/

Symantec Security Response Center

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html

Urban Legends Reference Pages - Snopes

http://www.snopes.com/

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Geography Resources


Borchert Map Library

http://map.lib.umn.edu/

Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/20centry.htm

How Far is it?
http://www.indo.com/distance

Lonely Planet
http://www.lonelyplanet.com

Mapquest
http://www.mapquest.com

Map Machine
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps


National Park Service

http://www.nps.gov/

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html

Topozone.com
http://www.topozone.com

U.S. Geological Survey
http://edc.usgs.gov

U.S. Gazetteer
http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html

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Government / Political Science

Findlaw
http://www.findlaw.com/toc.html

IRS: Tax Forms and Publications

http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
http://thomas.loc.gov

United States Postal Service

http://www.usps.com/

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Handbooks


Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama
http://www.luminarium.org/mythology/ireland

Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm

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Indexes

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
http://www.hanksville.org/NAresources/

Ingenta
http://www.ingenta.com

LibDex: Index to 18,000 Libraries
http://www.libdex.com

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Online Reference Desks

Internet Public Library: Reference Resources
http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&tid=6996&parent=0

RefDesk.com
http://www.refdesk.com

The Virtual Reference Desk
http://www.virtualref.com

THOR: The Virtual Reference Desk
http://thorplus.lib.purdue.edu/reference

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Statistical Sources

American Fact Finder

http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en

FedStats: Gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal Agencies

http://www.fedstats.gov/

GeoHive: Global Statistics

http://www.xist.org/

Government Documents Archive

http://www.publicadministration.net/resources/government-documents-archive/

Statistical Abstracts of the United States
http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-us.html

Tax Help

http://taxhelp.org/

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Virtual or Online Libraries

General

Digital Librarian
http://www.digital-librarian.com

InfoMine: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

http://infomine.ucr.edu/

Librarian’s Index to the Internet
http://lii.org

Library Spot
http://www.libraryspot.com

WWW Virtual Library
http://vlib.org


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Subject

Albert Einstein Archives Online

http://www.alberteinstein.info/

Jewish Virtual Library
http://www.us-israel.org/jsource

Links for Chemists
http://www.liv.ac.uk/Chemistry/Links/links.html

Virtual Library of Sport
http://sportsvl.com

Virtual Library on Genetics
http://www.ornl.gov/TechResources/Human_Genome/genetics.html

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Weather

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