Reference


Almanacs and Encyclopedias

  • Britannica Online - includes the complete Encyclopedia Britannica, selected articles from more than 70 of the world's top magazines, internet search capabilities, weather forecasts, and stock market data.
  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian - includes the answers to many of the questions that are commonly asked of Smithsonian staff in an encyclopedia format
  • Information Please - provides searching of an encyclopedia; general, sports, and entertainment almanacs; and dictionary
  • Old Farmer's Almanac - "Since 1972, The Old Farmer's Almanac has published useful information for people in all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near the ocean; sunrise tables and planting charts for those who live on the farm; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; and weather predictions ..."

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Blue Books/Consumer Information


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Biographies

  • Biographical Dictionary: Notable Citizens of Planet Earth - searchable database of more than 28,000 biographies of notable people from ancient to modern times
  • Biography - a searchable database of over 20,000 brief biographies from A&E

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Dictionaries and Thesauri


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Directories


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Grammar


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Hoax Information

  • Current Internet Hoaxes, Urban Legends, and Other Digital Lies - maintains a list of current internet hoaxes, urban legends, rumors, and outright junk with links to more detailed information about the original message and response from reputable sources like the CDC, or "the horse's mouth."
  • HoaxBusters - check on the Federal government's Internet hoaxes site for hoax and email virus warnings to see if you should pass on the warning. It also talks about "how to recognize hoaxes, what to do about them, and some of the history of hoaxes on the Internet."

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Homework Help

  • Cool and Useful Student Resources - designed to assist high school students in researching art and art history, economics, foreign languages, geography, government, history, literature, math, music, reference resources, science, and writing; most of the links are to actual sources of information rather than directories
  • Bartleby.com: Great Books Online - web access to reference, verse, fiction, and nonfiction full-text books online.
  • High School Ace - an academic portal for high school students, featuring a poetry contest, college information, a reference desk, and subject guides for English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.
  • Homework Help at ProQuest - K-12
  • Multnomah County Library Homework Center - brief annotations are included for specific sites within more general subject areas
  • Edmentum - search more than 141,000 reviewed and categorized websites

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Library Reference Websites


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Maps

  • The Map Guide- links to collections of maps throughout the world
  • How far is it? - Calculates distance (as the crow flies) between two locations as well as providing county name, zip code(s), latitude and longitude, population, elevation, and type.
  • Terra Server - searchable topographical maps of the world
  • Yahoo MapIt! - provides maps for U.S. street addresses

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Miscellaneous


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Quotations


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Religion

  • The Bible Gateway - an online concordance that allows searching by keyword(s) or citation in multiple translations of the Bible in 12 languages
  • The Book of Mormon - searchable, full-text of The Book of Mormon
  • Sacred Texts - Monroe County (NY) Library System offers links to a wide range of religious sites and e-texts
  • The Koran - searchable, full text of the Koran translated into English
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead- "Literature and artwork on prayer, ritual, and meditation from the religions of Tibet, India, and Nepal"
  • Virtual Religion Index

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Statistics

  • Fedstats - "The Federal Interagency Council of Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by [more than 70 agencies in the U.S. Federal Government] for public use."

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Tax Information/Selective Service Registration


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Time