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Abbreviations and Acronyms Addresses and Telephone Directories Associations Biography Calculators and Convertors Calendars and Time Countries Dictionaries
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Abbreviations and Acronyms Top of page

Acronym Finder (
"Searchable database of more than 289,000 abbreviations and acronyms. Focuses on computers, technology, telecommunications and military abbreviations."
Acronym Search (
Searchable database for over 40,000 acronyms. Covers acronyms in various subject areas including chat, computers, finance, accounting and sports.Calendars of all types, including religious, cultural, gender specific, and others.
All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources (
Directory of journal abbreviations. Organized by subject.
The Opaui Guide to Acronyms, Abbreviations and Initialisms (
Exhaustive Directory to acronym and abbreviation Websites. Provides list of Websites for over 50 different subjects.
Wiley InterScience: Scientific & Technical Acronyms, Symbols and Abbreviations (
Contains over 200,000 entries for symbols, acronyms and abbreviations in various areas of science and technology.

Addresses and Telephone Directories Top of page

Anywho (
Find telephone numbers and email addresses for individuals and businesses.
InfoSpace (
International in scope. Allows searching for people and businesses. Provides information on email, address, and telephone number.
PeopleSearch.Net (
Search engine allowing domestic and international searching. Users can search by name, email address, street address and telephone number. (
Name only search engine. Provides current street address and telephone number. Covers the United States only.
Switchboard (
Provides name and address searching for people and businesses in the United States.
Telephone Directories on the Web (
United States and worldwide.
Who?Where? (
From Lycos, allows people search using over 1,000 public record databases.
Yahoo People Search (
Search for people by name and email address. Provides updated phone and street address. Covers the United States.

Associations Top of page

Associations on the Net (
Compiled by the Internet Public Library, this page contains a list of organizations and associations organized by subject.
GuideStar (
Database for non-profit organizations. Provides a list of over 850,000 IRS-recognized non-profit organizations.
Idealist (
Directory for over 16,000 organizations and associations. Covers 165 countries.
International Organizations (
From the Yearbook of International Organizations, provides list of organizations by name and subject.
Scholarly Societies Project (
Sponsored by the University of Waterloo Library, this database provides a list of 3,266 scholarly societies. Lists are organized by name, subject and country.

Biography Top of page

Biography-Center (
Biographical Directory covering over 19,000 people. Coverage includes domestic and international people. User may use search or browse functions.
Biographical Dictionary (
Provides brief biographical entries for over 28,000 men and women. Time period ranges from ancient times to the present day. Users may search by birth years, death years, profession, etc.Includes maps, driving distance calculators, and general trip links. (
From the Arts & Entertainment Cable Channel, provides over 25,000 biographical entries.
Lives: The Biography Resource (
This biography directory provides links to biographical Websites. List contains over 3,900 listings and 3,500 sites.

Calculators and Converters Top of page

Martindale's 'The Reference Desk' (
On-Line calculators for a variety of subjects/needs, listed in categories. (
Provides list of calculators for many areas including agriculture, engineering, finance and science.
Measure 4 Measure (
Great collection of sites covering topics such as health, science, math and finance.
International Salary Converter (
Converts salaries between any cities in the US and Canada, and selected cities in the rest of the world.
MegaConverter 2 (
Provides access to several types of converters for math, science, finance and other measures. Also provides links to other convertors.
OANDA Currency Converter (
Mulit-lingual converter with up-to-date currency rates. Converts over 164 types of currency.
Time Service Department (
From the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC, this site has the USNO Master Clock Time, "The Official Source of Time for the Department of Defense and the Standard of Time for the United States." Also has links to other aspects of clocks and time, as well as sunrise/sunset data.
Universal Currency Converter (
Convert deutsch marks to pesos, dollars to francs, or whatever else you please.

Calendars and Time Top of page

The Calendar Zone (
Calendars of all types, including religious, cultural, gender specific, and others.
Encyclopedia of Days (
Alphabetical directory of holidays, covering many different countries and topics. (
Shows time (in UTC) and calendars with Moon Phases and holidays based on country selected. Also has links to other time and date resources.
Time Service Department (
From the U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC, this site has the USNO Master Clock Time,
"The Official Source of Time for the Department of Defense and the Standard of Time for the United States." Also has links to other aspects of clocks and time, as well as sunrise/sunset data.

Countries Top of page

Background Notes (
From the U.S. Department of State, provides country profiles for 188 countries. Each profile contains information on economics, history, government, political conditions, foreign relations, U.S. relations and travel/business.
CIA World Factbook (
Provides basic country profiles with recent historical information, statistics and organizations.
Country Studies (
From the Library of Congress, The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.
From the World Resources Institute, provides country information on social, economic and environmental topics.

Dictionaries Top of page

American Heritage Dictionary (
Fourth edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Provides 90,000 entries including 70,000 audio word pronunciations and 900 color illlustrations.
Merriam-Webster Online (
English language dictionary; includes thesaurus. (
" provides the most comprehensive and authoritative portal for language & language-related products and services on the web with more than 1800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages. "

Directories Top of page

Occupational Outlook Handbook (
Online version of this directory of job descriptions, requirements, training, and opportunites. Compiled by the US Government.
The College and Universities Homepage (
Links to academic institutions' homepages in over 70 countries.

Encyclopedias and Almanacs Top of page

The 50 States of the United States (
State directory providing basic facts including economy, largest cities, county information, history, maps and population statistics. Links for categories are connected to State Government Websites.
World Almanac (FirstSearch)
A searchable version of the classic World Almanac on the OCLC FirstSearch system.
2000 CIA World Factbook (
Information about countries around the world, collected by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Information Please Almanac (
Online version of the popular almanac which you can browse by topic or search. Also includes the Random House Websters College Dictionary and the Columbia Encyclopedia.
Global Statistics (
Almanac of statistics on human populations around the world, mostly in chart form.
Columbia Encyclopedia (
Provides access to the 2000 (6th edition) version of the encyclopedia. Contains over 51,000 entries.
Encyclopedia Mythica: Mythology, Folklore & Legends (
Directory providing over 6,000 listings of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world.
EncycloZine (
"EncycloZine is a hybrid portal / concise encyclopedia, with fun interactivities for learning and exercising the mind. Daily articles introduce new topics in the arts, humanities, science, and technology, and links for further study."
Microsoft Encarta Concise Encyclopedia (
"A free concise encyclopedia that contains 16,000 articles and more than 2,200 photos, illustrations, maps, charts, and tables."
The Old Farmer's Almanac (
The site only offers a small portion of the Almanac online, although you can order the print version directly from the page.
World Book Online (Curriculum Materials Library Only)
Full-text articles from the most current print edition of World Book Encyclopedia, 1800 additional articles, web links, multimedia features, teacher & parent resources.

Maps Top of page

Mapquest (
(U.S., some International) Includes maps, driving distance calculators, and general trip links.
National Geographic Mapmachine (
(U.S.& International) Provides several types of maps including world themes, United States themes, atlas, street and historic maps.
Yahoo Maps (
(U.S. Only) Enter a street address and city to receive a resizable, printable map.
PCL Map Collection (
(International) Maps of the world.

Postal / Zip Codes Top of page

Zip+4 Codes Queries (U.S. Post Office) (
National Address Server (
When provided a valid U.S. street address, this server attempts to provide the address in the proper format including zip code.
World Postal Codes (
Directory with links to postal codes from countries around the world.
Zip Search (
From the National Address Server, allows user to enter city and state to find associated zip codes.

Public Opinion Polls Top of page

The Gallup Poll (
Updated daily, features public opinion polls on various topics including political, social and economic issues.
National Election Studies (
Provides data on voting, public opinion, and political participation.
Pew Research Center (
Independent opinion research group that studies public opinion towards the press, politics and public policy. Provides links to polls back to 1997.
Public Agenda Online (
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that studies major policy issues. The site contains public opionion polls for several issues including abortion, gay rights, race and right to die.
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (
From the University of Connecticut, the center compiles public opinion polls for various issues.

Quotations Top of page

Barlett's Book of Familiar Quotations (
Online version of the classic work. Searching is limited to author searches only.
The Quotations Page(
Provides over 15,000 quotations by author and subject.
Simpsons Contemporary Quotations(
Provides 10,000 quotations from over 4,000 sources. Covers time period of 1950-1988.

Statistics Top of page

Statistical Abstract of the United States (
From the U.S. Census Bureau, provides access to social and economic statistics. Provides statistics back to 1995.
Education Statistics (
Website of the National Center for Education Statistics, provides access to tons of educational statistics including adult literacy, school crime, illiteracy, etc.
Labor Statistics (
Created by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site contains statistics on U.S. labor conditions. Topics covered include wages, benefits, productivity, injuries and unemployment, just to name a few. International in scope. Allows searching for people and businesses. Provides information on email, address, and telephone number.
Criminal Justice Statistics (
From the U.S. Department of Justice, the site provides statistics on crime and victims, law enforcement, courts and sentencing, corrections and other topics.
FedStats (
Directory that provides statistical information to over 100 U.S. governmental departments and agencies.
Health Statistics (
Created by the Center for Disease Control, this site provides access to various health statistics for the United States.
Official Statistics on the Web (
Statistical directory providing links to various resources around the world. Statistics are available by country, region or topic. Many files are downloadable as spreadsheet files.
Population & Demographic Statistics (
Directory site that provides links to various demographic and population statistical sites. Coverage includes domestic and international sources.
Statistical Resources (
Created by the University of Michigan, this site is the most comprehensive directory of statistical pages. Covers various topics.
U.S. Census Bureau (
Official site of the U.S. Census Bureau. Provides access to an incredible amount of statistical information for the United States.
United Nations: International Statistics (
This directory site provides links to various international statistical sites. Sites include national statistic sites for various countries, national publications and statistical yearbooks.
United Nations: Infonation (
Provides access to statistical information from around the world. User may search by specific country or created a search comparing up to seven countries at one time. Data is provided by the United Nations Statistics Division and the World Statistics Pocketbook.

Weather Top of page

EarthWatch: Weather On Demand (
Provides weather forecasts, stormwatch and satellite and radar images.
Intellicast (
Includes forecasts, radar loops, satellite loops, and more.
National Weather Service (
Official Government source for current weather news and updates.
The Weather Channel (
Contains interational and domestic forecast information.

Other Useful Sites Top of page

Human Relations Area File
Full text information on American ethnic groups and cultures around the world.
Kelley Blue Book(
Extensive pricing and equipment information on new and used cars and trucks.