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The World Factbook
Prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency for the use of US Government officials, and the style, format, coverage, and content are designed to meet their specific requirements.

Information Please Almanac
From the print reference database, offering millions of useful and interesting facts on a wide range of topics online. Also includes a dictionary and encyclopedia.

The Old Farmer's Almanac


Perpetual Calendar



Acronym Finder
A dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms with 355,000+ definitions

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online

OneLook Dictionary
Searches multiple dictionaries for definitions or translations of words.

Your Dictionary.com


Associations on the Net: a collection of over 700 Internet sites providing information about a wide variety of professional and trade associations, cultural and art organizations, political parties and advocacy groups, labor unions, academic societies, and research institutions.

PubList.com: The Internet Directory of Publications
An online global resource for information about periodicals and serials.




Discovery Channel Online
The Discovery Channel Online is livelier than an encyclopedia but just as jam-packed with information about everything under the sun.

Was created by Infonautics Corporation to give Internet users a simple, one-stop site to begin their research and answer basic questions. Composed of high-quality articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition, the site links 17,000 diverse articles to the resources available on Infonautics' popular online research service.

Funk & Wagnalls Multimedia Encyclopedia
Complete and unabridged, with thousands of pictures, hundreds of sounds, and loads of animations.



Flags Of The World
Is a site devoted to vexillology. Here you can read more than 1500 pages and view more than 2400 images about flags.


U.S. Gazetteer
Is used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 1990 Census Lookup server. You can search for places, counties or MCDs by entering the name and state abbreviation (optional), or 5-digit zip code.

Quick Maps of the World

Consumers can explore interactive maps for over three million cities and towns worldwide, generate detailed door-to-door driving directions with TripQuest, and customize and save maps.


Large collection of quotes.

Familiar Quotations (Bartlett)
The full title of this 1901 classic is Familiar Quotations: a Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature, and tracing your favorites is easier than ever. You can search by entering a few words, or browse a chronological list of authors. Best of all, there are links that let you discover who said what first.


Legislative Indexing Vocabulary (LIV)
A thesaurus especially developed for use with legislative and public policy subject matter, legislative analysts from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress examine the content of each bill and assign one or more index (subject) terms to each bill.

This is a project at Vancouver Webpages to generate copyright-free lists of English synonyms for a search engine.

Roget's Thesaurus (ARTFL Project)
The last word on synonyms. Search the headwords (i.e. category heads) or full text of Roget's Thesaurus version 1.02, supplemented: July 1991. If you hated the printed version, you'll love this: Typing in a word results in an almost immediate jump to the appropriate section, and all those horrible category numbers are linked for easy additional searches.



USPS ZIP+4 Lookup Form
Lookup ZIP+4 Codes by mailing address.

Official Postal Service Abbreviation



Who's Who in Asia

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Biographical Dictionary
You can get there from here. Where? Almost anywhere. The Biographical Dictionary links important scientists to sites that give you more. Alexander Graham Bell, for example, is linked to Ben Franklin (the connection is electricity) and Franklin is linked to a site that discusses thunderstorms, thunder, and lightning. This is part of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library, with an alphabetized list of more than 60 topics that ranges from Aboriginal Studies to Zoos--and each topic has links to other sites. Best of all is HST Greatest Hits 1990-1995--The Hubble Space Telescope's Gallery of its ten most spectacular photographs.

The Nobel Prize Internet Archive


Free nationwide residential and business directory.

Internet Address Finder
Search for users by name or by entering an e-mail address.


Big Book: This collection of over 11 million U.S. business lets you find specific services anywhere in the country

Big Yellow: Your Yellow Pages on the Web
Find over 16 million U.S. business listings

Find people, business, and government numbers in the US and Canada.

Internet Yellow Pages
Where you can find any business in your area.

US business phone listings

Yellow Pages


Automobile Leasing: The Art of the Deal
Feel intimidated by car dealers? Think you might want to lease a car, but know very little about negotiating a deal? Well, you're in luck, now you can wow them with your expertise. This site gives you all the details of the leasing process as well as the information you'll need to ensure you get a good deal. It won't win any awards for visual content, but the depth of information this site provides more than makes up for it.

Browsing this site will tickle your itch to travel. Not only can it help you decide where to go, it'll give you the info you need to plan your vacation. CityNet offers access to the Web pages of hundreds of cities across the globe, with links to the major areas of interest. Read this before you go and leave those heavy travel guides at home!

Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library's goal is to bring the varied resources of public libraries everywhere to the Internet community. It offers access to reference sources on a wide variety of topics, from entertainment to medicine, all carefully chosen by library staff. There is also a reference desk, still experimental, that actually answers questions you submit.

Internet Movie Database
With Information on 80,000 movies, a 1,000,000-entry filmography, and listings of hundreds of actors, actresses, and crew members, the IMDB is the single best film resource on the Web.

The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
A virtual telescope for aspiring astronomers, with detailed descriptions of each planet that make it a great reference. Photographs, movie clips, and external links take you where no man has gone before.

The Global Health Network
For the health-care professional--or the hypochondriac--this is a truly worldwide venture, with links as far-ranging and diverse as the World Health Organization, the Poisons Information Database at the National University of Singapore, U.S. State Department Travel Advisories, and the Human Genome Project's mutation databases. You can study images of blood or organ pathology, or the initiatives of the International Molecular Epidemiology Task Force (IMETAF). And you can find out the vaccinations and precautions you need for international travel or scare yourself silly reading about horrible new viruses.

Government Reference Resources

The Library of Congress
With over 70 million documents of all kinds in its possession, the Library of Congress should play a large role in the information revolution. A Services and Publications link lets you read about the Library's services, such as the U.S. Copyright Office. Its American Memory service lets you view digitized collections of American cultural and historical significance. It also sponsors exhibits and events in collaboration with other large libraries around the world. The Library hosts THOMAS, which contains the complete text of current bills and the Congressional Record. As if that weren't enough, there are links to other federal and state government sites, and subject indexes to other World-Wide Web services.

The United States Department of Justice
The largest law firm in the country includes the attorney general as well as the FBI, the DEA, the INS, and many other well-known acronyms. You can find out about the rewards for catching the Oklahoma City bombers and the Unabomber, and of course visit the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. The business community can keep up to date on U.S. vs. Microsoft and other such litigation through the Antitrust Division's page or the Department's gopher.

White House: An Interactive Citizen's Handbook
A ubiquitous symbol of the Web itself, this delightful page merits its place on every top-site list. See the sculptures in the First Lady's garden, tour the old Executive Office building, and of course, listen to little Socks meow. On a more serious side, this service keeps you up-to-date on other executive branch servers and provides a form that lets you tell the President where you stand on the issues.

GPO Gate
The University of California at San Diego provides this interface that lets you search on and download the full text of many publications of the U.S. Government Printing Office, including the Federal Register, the Congressional Record, Congressional Bills, GAO reports, Senate and House calendars, economic indicators, and the United States Code.

The United Nations
Did you know there are currently 37 different peacekeeping operations going on around the world? It's a big job, but the U.N. has taken it on. See a map of all these operations and keep up-to-date on what the General Assembly is mulling over on their new Web site with gopher interfaces.

Consumer Information Center
Get booklets and brochures published by more than 40 federal departments and agencies. An amazing range of topics is covered: cars, employment, travel and hobbies, food and health, investments and more. You'd normally have to send away for these booklets and pay a nominal price, but this Web server gives you the full text free with no wait.

The U.S. Census Bureau
You expect to get the country's population and economic statistics here, but you also get a lot more. The Bureau highlights demographics relevant to current issues of public debate. For example: mothers receiving public assistance. It's also the place to get leading economic indicators such as monthly wholesale trade and housing starts. The Bureau even provides software tools that let you extract and view data from huge databases.

FedWorld Information Network
A central access point for locating and acquiring government information. The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the Department of Commerce introduced FedWorld in 1992 as a system of linked BBSs. FedWorld now lets you telnet to the more than 130 dial-up BBSs that aren't on the Web, and its FTP site has more than 10,000 files, including information on business, health and safety, and the environment.

Internet Related Resource

The Ultimate Collection Of Winsock Software
It offers exhaustive directories of Winsock-compliant freeware and shareware on a variety of platforms.It has descriptions, reviews, and links to the actual programs.It also uses rating system to help you decide which programs to download and try.

The Web Developer's Virtual Library
Attention Web masters: If you're serious about Web development, check out The Web Developer's Virtual Library. If offers links to important style guides, technical sites and development tools, and job listings.

Hot Java
The future is here today--at least in the alpha stages. The fledgling Hot Java browser lets you access sites that contain embedded applications (written with Sun's Java programming language) and paves the way for a truly interactive Web. Download the browser and unprompted sound bites and dancing icons will offer you a Web experience unlike any other.

"The nation's largest Internet service provider" offers an site that is saturated with online information. Both the corporate and private user can benefit from PSI's product overviews, company contacts, news, and technical support.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications
This veteran site has always been a hub for Internet resources. Although it lacks the flamboyant graphics that are so prevalent on the sites of other major players, it does supply Internet pointers, industry publications, multimedia exhibits, and myriad Internet software, including NCSA Mosaic.

Naturally, the world's most popular browser has one of the most popular Web sites. Fine graphics lead into pages devoted to the hippest Web sites, the newest Web sites, Internet directories, and outstanding software. The newest Netscape browsers support threaded discussion groups, secure e-mail, Windows 95, and the Java programming language.

Silicon Graphics
As one would expect, the Silicon Graphics site provides unparalleled Web art. Such visual stimulation, however, is simply an added perk among the extensive information on prime Internet hardware and software such as the Web Force server and authoring tool. The novel Surf Zone even supplies a VRML Web experience.

UUNet Technologies
One of the slickest sites you will see, UUNet offers intense graphics, a unique flow chart of the entire site, and a motherlode of Web statistics. An eclectic list of hot sites supplements a mass of information on high-end Web products and services.

World-Wide Web Home (CERN)
The birthplace of the Web is not indicative of its current countenance, but it is still the prime site for Internet development information. Specifications for HTTP, HTML, Internet commerce, addressing, and graphics are readily available, as is World-Wide Web consortium information, Web mailing lists , and newsgroups.

The descriptions of site contents are drawn from outside sources and do not reflect the opinions of the American Resource Center staff.

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