|General Reference Resources
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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
A dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms with
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online
Searches multiple dictionaries for definitions or translations of
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
PubList.com: The Internet Directory of
An online global resource for information about periodicals and serials.
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
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.
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
Large collection of quotes.
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
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.
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.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
USPS ZIP+4 Lookup Form
Lookup ZIP+4 Codes by mailing address.
Official Postal Service
Who's Who in Asia
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
PHONE DIRECTORIES -- WHITE PAGES
Free nationwide residential and business directory.
Internet Address Finder
Search for users by name or by entering an e-mail address.
PHONE DIRECTORIES -- YELLOWPAGES
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
The Library of
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The Ultimate Collection Of
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.