READY REFERENCE TOOLS

(Links to familiar information tools, as well as  web sites, maps, weather, and telephone listings)


   Library Links
Click here for Dictionaries, Almanacs, Encyclopedias and more.

Free Online Videos
Click here for free educational videos & more.


Ask.com   /    Bartleby.com  /  AnyWho.com

Dictionary.com /  EncyclopaediaBritannica.com   / FastWeb.com /    Merriam-Webster.com 

MapQuest.com  /  GoogleTranslate.com  /  SwitchBoard.com

 

Online References

Words

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias 

  • Britannica Online
    Need subscribe for full access, but provides FREE one-week (30-day?) trial membership
  • Encyclopedia Smithsonian
    Not really an encyclopedia in the classic sense, it uses Smithsonian exhibitions to illuminate different facets of its topics

Misc.

News

50 States and Capitals
Information for all fifty states and seven territories, including state flags (picture and description), state symbols, political and geographical information, and a direct link to the state’s official web page.

City-Data.com
Find data on many cities in the U.S., including census information, maps, weather, photos, and more. Find similar information on e-podunk.com, with ranked lists of standard and unique statistics.
Official City Sites
Links to official state and city web pages in the U.S. and several European countries.
Sperling’s Best Places
Compare over 3,000 U.S. cities in housing, costs of living, crime, education, economy, health and climate. Choose any two cities and see them displayed side-by-side.
State Agency Databases
Electronic database of individual state agencies
State and Local Government of the Net
Directory of state and local government web sites
StateLine: State Policy and Politics
Information, news and resoruces on states
U. S. Gazetteer
Locate a city, township or county by name or zip code. Brief data includes 2000 & 1990 population, as well as an interactive map of the area.

Reference Desks and Other Meta-Indices

Zip Codes

Free Zip Code Look Up

You can’t use this to get an exact zip code by street address, but you can view zip codes by city, or find the longitude/latitude of a zip code (or city) here.