Reference Books Online

Biography and Genealogy
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Government Information
Handbooks and Guides
Maps and Geography

Almanacs Find out basic information about festivals and celebrations that are being held in the world. Has keyword searching.
Information Please Almanac Find answers to your questions in this wide ranging reference work, which includes an almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary, and lots more.
The Political Reference Almanac Data and backround information on political parties, processes, politicians, and leaders. Searchable or browseable according to subject.
Today In History A feature of the American Memory Collections of the Library of Congress. A special historical, primary source feature for each day of the year.
The Writer's Almanac Web page and resources from Keillor's daily program of poetry and history, heard each day on public radio stations throughout the country. Read and hear the program.
Biography and Genealogy
Biographical Dictionary Very brief descriptions of over 18,000 people who have helped shape our earth.
Biographies (Homework Center) Links to biographical information, organized by subject.
Classical Composer Biographies Selected classical composers' lives are documented
Distinguished Women of Past and Present Biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways.
Outline of American History Biographies The biographies included in the hypertext book about American History
Science / Mathematics Biographies and History Combines links to biographies and history related to science and math.
American Family Immigration History Center Learn about the immigrant experience in America, and also find out information about the individual people who entered America through Ellis Island.
Behind the Name Focus is on the origin of common first names, plus other interesting facts associated with the name. Includes many countries and cultures of the world.
Greek Mythology Find out the relationships between the Greek gods, including stories of their lives, and their Roman/Latin names.
Heraldica This site contains a variety of information on heraldy and related topics, in the form of texts, images and links.
Dictionaries and Thesauruses
Cambridge Dictionaries Online Three different Cambridge dictionaries may be searched from this site: International Dictionary of English, Diction of American English, and the Learner's Dictionary.
The American Heritage Book of English Usage A source of information on "grammar, style, diction, word information, gender, social groups, and scientific forms.
Artlex Dictionary of Visual Terms Find out about terms and words used in the art world with illustrations and pronounciation notes.
Connected Thesaurus (Lexical FreeNet) Allows searching for relationships between words, concepts and people. A combination thesaurus, dictionary, pun generator, and concept navigator.
The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable The dictionary is extensively cross referenced, lending itself ideally to the hypertext environment.
A Web of Online Dictionaries Hosts an English language dictionary and links to numerous dictionaries for languages of the world. Scroll down the page to access the many links.
Roget's Thesaurus Search Forum An online, searchable version of Roget's Thesaurus, a recently updated version, which will find synonyms quickly, and allow you to link to different major sections easily.
WWWebster Dictionary An excellent online dictionary, offered by the Merriam-Webster Company, a well known publisher of reference books. Specialized dictionary on Information Technology, and explains the meaning of words, but also includes concepts and phrases.
Dictionary of Spanish Translates words to and from English and Spanish
Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid See the "Latin Wordlist and Grammar Aid" section for help in translating to English from Latin.
Latin Language and Literature Links to dictionaries and other aids to learning and translating from the Latin language.
Artcyclopedia Indexed 700 leading art sites and offers more than 24,000 links directly to an estimated 80,000 works by 7,000 different artists.
Encyclopedia of Graphic Symbols Contains more than 2,500 Western signs arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Articles from many sources about philosophy. Includes timeline, table of contents, and keyword searching.
Catholic Encyclopedia An encyclopedia related to matters involving the Catholic religion. This is a broad area, with much historical and biographical information about many things.
The PLANTS Database Includes names, checklists,automated tools,identification information,distributional data,crop information and more about plants.
Abbreviations and Acronyms of the U.S. Government This page shows what strings of letters and words stand for when referring to the government.
Glossary of Internet Terms Find out the meanings of words and phrases related to the Internet.
Government Information
FirstGov Official U.S. Government portal to 30 million pages of government information, services, and online transactions. Browse according to the subject of information you desire.
Info USA Information about many agencies and departments of the U.S. government, produced and maintained by the U.S. Department of State.
Historical U.S. Census Data Browser Data presented describes the people and economy of the U.S. for each state and county from 1790 to 1960.
U.S. Census Bureau The provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about people and economy of the United States.
Handbooks and Guides
All Music Guide Explains the different styles of popular music. Includes essay and backround information on the styles, performers and other aspects of popular music.
American & English Poetry: 1250-1920 Contains five separate collections of poetry. Collections can be searched by keyword, and browsed by several different methods.
AwardWeb: Collections of Literary Award Information Lists of science fiction literary award winners.
Book Browser A site dedicated to reading, which offers fiction reading lists, book reviews, forthcoming titles, author information and more.
The CIA World Factbook Wide variety of information about countries of the world including maps, prepared by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index A very large, well-organized and indexed collection of editorial cartoons.
Consumer Search Product Reviews Find evaluations and reviews of commonly used or purchased consumer goods.
Ethnologue: Languages of the World Information about the 6,800 main languages organized by maps and charts with descriptions and other helpful data.
The Merck Manual Highly acclaimed source of medical information.
Periodic Table of the Elements Find information about the elements that make up our physical world.
Princeton College Review Online version of the famous guide to colleges. Lots of basic information available here related to colleges.
Robert's Rules of Order Revised The copyright on the original 1915 version has expired. However, the modifications and enhancements to this work are here.
RxList - The Internet Drug Index Search for information about common prescribed drugs here.
The Tree of Life A collection of over 1,300 World Wide Web pages containing information about the diversity of life, authored by biologests from around the world.
Maps and Geography
Altapedia Online Contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
Historical Map Web Sites Collection of links to maps of places in earlier times.
Map Collection at Perry-Castaneda Many maps from around the world are available here, at the Perry-Castaneda Library's online map collection.
U.S. Gazetteer Find geographic facts about places in the U.S.
The World Gazetteer Offers current population figures for cities, towns and places of all countries.
Conversations With History Choose your own quotations from these interviews and conversations with famous people of our time.
2001 World Population Data Latest population estimates, projections, and other key indicators for over 200 countries.
Fedstats Full range of official statistical information tracking economic and population trends, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, oil production and more.
Statistical Abstract of the United States Find the most frequently requested statistics about the U.S. collected and provided by the U.S. Census.
Find Articles.Com This is a free database of magazine and news articles/
Finding Data On The Internet How to find basic references and information to back up your research. Designed for reporters, but useful to many others seeking information on a wide range of subjects. Collections of links to ready reference works.