Library catalogs

Library of Congress catalog
Searchable catalog of approximately 12 million records representing books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials.
Library of Congress List of Z39.50 Gateways
Library catalogs around the country.
LibDex: The Library Index
Links to libraries both public and educational, all over the USA and the world.
California Digital Library (CDL)
Use the Melvyl Catalog to locate books at all UC libraries, and the California Periodicals database to find journal titles at UC, CSU and other California libraries.
Socrates catalog for Stanford University.
National Library of Canada
Follow link to the gopher which has telnet links to every major OPAC on the net in Canada.
State Library listings
All the US State Libraries now have web pages, some have searchable catalogs.
Wisconsin Library listings
Listings for every level of library in WI. A model site.
IFLA's list of National Libraries of the World
Many of these national libraries have catalogs and links to catalogs in their countries.
Links to over 6600 pages from libraries in over 115 countries.

Reference works:

Reference Sources

INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Links to over 14,000 academic Internet/Web resources including databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, listservs, online library card catalogs, articles and directories of researchers.
Internet Public Library
Pointers and reference info, etc. from UMich, with extra resources for librarians.
Librarians Index to the Internet
A searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 12,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries.
Library of Congress
Library of Congress Home Page - pointers to LOCIS, MARVEL & exhibits.
Information Please
Almanacs, encyclopedia, dictionaries and more. Lots of ready reference from credible sources. Books!
They offer a one million book catalog searchable by author, subject, title, keyword or their specialized indexing.
Academic Information
A subject directory of Internet resources. Each subject guide is an annotated listing of the best general Internet sites in the field, as well as a gateway to specialized and advanced research tools.
ResearchIndex is a scientific literature digital library that aims to index scientific research papers available in postscript.
Offering contemporary and classic reference works, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and word books, style manuals, ettiquette and more.

Reference desks

Library Land: Resources for Librarian
A librarian's guide to the Internet from the Ramapo Catskill Library System.
A searchable collection of ready references sources.
A reference portal to search engines and reference sites around the web.
Web Guerrilla Reference
John Leonard's useful links to commonly asked reference questions.

Individual works

Dictionaries and Word Books

Your Dictionary
Pointer page for dictionaries.
Freeality Online Dictionaries
Pointer page for dictionaries.

Merriam-Webster Online
Searchable on-line version based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary, Tenth Edition.
Searchable dictionary (main words only) with wav and aiff files for pronunciation.
A searchable multilingual on-line dictionary. Consult at dictionary.
The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
A classic work of reference from 1894.
Online Etymological Dictionary
This online resource was compiled from a number of etymological dictionaries.

Langenburg Language Translation
The meta-translation engine gives you a variety of languages to translate web pages, passages of text and single words. Also a "guess/identify the language" feature.
Babel Fish Translations
Translate text or a web site (by giving the url) using this translation program.
Google language tools
Search specific languages or countries and translate text or a web site using their translation tools.
Foreign dictionaries and translation tools.

Free On-line Dictionary of Computing
A searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architectures, operating systems, networking, theory, mathematics, telecoms, institutions, companies, projects, products, history, in fact anything to do with computing. US Mirror Site.
Free online dictionary of computing (not updated since 2000).
eLook Computing Reference
An updated version of FOLDOC with about 1,000 further definitions.
Whatis Tech Target
A technical/IT dictionary/encyclopedia.
BABEL: A Glossary of Computer Oriented Abbreviations and Acronyms
Discover the meaning of acronyms and abbreviations used in writing about personal computers, multimedia, communications, programming, networking, etc.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Searchable index of Bartlett's. Also author lists.
World Wide Words
Michael Quinion's site exploring the international English language from a British viewpoint. He discusses new terms, displays weird words, gets behind expressions in the news, helps with tricky points, and answers questions.
The Quotations Page
A compilations of quotes from sources including The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce; 20th Century Quotations by Kevin Harris and much more - quotations by women, collections from around the net, etc.
The Quote Cache
Quotations arranged by categories from quotes submitted by net users. No veracity checking mentioned.
Quote of the Day
Daily email quote service and searchable quote database.

Roget's Thesaurus
e-Books in Print
R.R. Bowker's reference source for e-books and print-on-demand.
Enter a word, and the site will tell you words that rhyme with it. You can also ask for antonyms, synonyms, similar-sounding words, and words with the same prefix or consonant pattern, among other features.

Manuals of Style

A Guide for Writing Research Papers
Based on Styles Recommended by The American Psychological Association which is used by most of the social sciences.
Modern Language Assn (MLA style)
The style recommended by the Modern Language Association for preparing scholarly manuscripts and student research papers.
American Psychological Association
The editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field.
Elements of Style
First edition of the classic by William Strunk.

Encyclopediae and Factbooks
Offers more than 17,000 short articles from the Concise Columbia Electronic Encylopedia, Third Edition.
Free access to opening paragraphs of Encyclopaedia Britannica articles (full articles by subscription), plus Britannica's Internet Guide, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, articles and news stories.
Encarta Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia from Microsoft.
World Fact Book
World Factbook 1996 - The CIA's book on regions, countries, oceans, and more. Other CIA publications available.
Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons
Provides interview sources to working members of the news media.
The Old Farmer's Almanac
Weather predictions and homey advice since 1792.
Peterson's Education Center
The venerable educational info provider comes to the web with educational resources and opportunities at every level.

Maps and Geographical works

Geography Network
GIS info which allows you to browse a world of geographic data to create live maps of your areas of interest.
USGS Geographic Names Information System
Information about a specific geographic features (towns, mountains, airports, etc) in the US and territories thereof.
National Geographic Map Machine
Dynamic atlas allows one to locate nearly any place on Earth, find country facts, and search and print historical, weather, and population maps.
Online mapping and driving directions.
Yahoo! Maps
Online mapping and driving directions.

Other Reference works

Flags of the World
A site devoted to vexillology (the study of flags).
World Flag Database
Basic country information and a .gif of the national flag.
Periodic Table of the Elements
Basic information on the elements plus abundance, characteristics and more.
Introductory Manual to the International Patent Classification (IPC)
WIPO-produced manual on using, assigning and searching IPCs.
University of Michigan Virus Busters
This site is dedicated to control and prevention of computer viruses and the stopping of hoaxes.
Bank Rate Monitor
Source for business news and consumer rates on savings, mortgages, auto loans, home equity loans, credit cards, checking account, ATM, and online fees.
Biographical Dictionary
Search more than 23,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.
Domain name registries around the world
Wondering what country is .bf? This is the place to look.
The Foundation Center's "Foundation Finder"
Seach for basic facts on approximately 46,000 U.S. foundations.
How Stuff Works
Many articles discussing technology, society and more - and letting you know how they work.
IEEE page pointing to other standards organizations.

Legal Research

Law and Court Web Sites
Pointers to courts, legislation, law schools and libraries.
Master Index to Canadian Legal Resources
Legislation, law and lawyers in Canada.
This site provides FAQs on various legal issues, mailing lists for attorneys and many other resources for legal research.
Computer Law Observer
An electronic newsletter covering a wide range of legal issues relating to computers, technology and the Internet. [See also Judicial Branch below.]

Telephone directories

Telephone Directories on the Web
An index of phone books from all around the world.
Yahoo's phone number listings
Information on yellow and white pages and more.
AnyWho: AT&T Internet Directory
Yellow Pages, White Pages and Toll-Free directories.
US residential and some business listings.
Database America
Residential Directory Assistance.

BigBook Online Yellow Pages
Search 11 million U.S. businesses and get basic (phone/address) yellow pages information.

Searching for Companies

Combines the Thomas Register and Thomas Regional directories, comprehensive regional databases of industrial suppliers searchable by geographic area, company type, trade name and other specifications. New features include CAD drawings which are free to download, news, forums and more.
The List
A truly amazing world-spanning list from Mecklarmedia.

Information about the US Government

General Pointers

Gateway to Government
Provides users with sources for information on all branches and agencies of the federal government.
Louisiana State's compendium of Federal agencies on the net.
Gov't Info from LC
The Library of Congress pointers to government info via the Global Electronic Library project.
The International GovNews Project
Information on the .gov USENET hierarchy which through which the National Science Foundation distributes government news. A newsgroup archive is planned for the site.
NonProfit Gateway
A one-stop website developed by 15 federal agencies for non-profit groups. The U.S. NonProfit Gateway serves as a directory to more than 300,000 government webpages on grants, budgets, volunteer opportunities & agency partnerships.
Government Guide (AOL/Time Warner)
Offers federal, state and local resources.
Links to federal, state and local directory of official government and court web sites. Includes links to all branches of federal and state government, including counties, municipalities, cities, and townships.


US Historical Documents Archive
A variety of texts from the Constitution to M.L. King's "I have a dream..." speech.
US Constitution
Complete text of the US Constitution.
The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
Text of the Declaration of Independence.

Executive Branch

White House
Information on the First Family and the Executive Branch of goverment.
Speak Out
Send a message to the Whitehouse! (Forms capable browser required.)

Legislative Branch

House of Representatives
Information on this legislative body and its members. Especially check out educational info about the Government including the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
Information from the US Senate.
Government Printing Office
Printing and disseminating the publications of the government.
General Accounting Office
Investigative arm of Congress, working to improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the federal government.

Judicial Branch

Supreme Court of the United States
Official web site to make Court information available via the Internet to the Bar, the public and the news media.
Supreme Court cases
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions since 1937 searchable by keyword or by names of parties.
THOMAS legislative information. Searchable database of bills and information on passing laws.

Various Government Departments

First Gov
Search engine for web sites of the US Government.
Links to Federal Agencies & Commissions
A list of links provided by the White House.
Department of Commerce. Census Bureau
Social, demographic and economic information about the United States (many statistics available in .pdf documents).
Department of Defense Directives and Instructions
A searchable archive of DOD directives and other adminstrative items.
Edgar database
Corporate filings with the SEC.
Department of Treasury. Internal Revenue Service
Tax information for individuals and businesses.
NASA Technical Reports Server
Searchable databases of NASA tech reports from various facilities.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Resources on infectious, immunologic and allergic diseases worldwide.
National Technical Information Service
Central source of government information from hundreds of U.S. Government agencies.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
The North American Industry Classification System provides common industry definitions for Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It is being developed in cooperation with the US Economic Classification Policy Committee, Statistics Canada, and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informatica.
Peace Corps
Information about the Peace Corps and its work. Check out the Peace Corps library for PDFs of Peace Corps manuals and resources.
Small Business Administration
Information for and about small business.
US Postal Service
Rates, zip code info and more.
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Labor force statistics from the current population survey home page.

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