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  • CIA World Fact Book   Information about countries of the world. Geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues, and maps.
  • Information Please Almanac  "All the information you need." Contains daily & interactive almanacs, world and US history & government, biography, sports, arts & entertainment, business & finance, society & culture, health & science, weather & climate, and more.
  • Today in History   Archive of the Library of Congress American Memory Collection. Search full text, day, or month, 365 days of what happened on a particular day in history.
  • Old Farmer's Almanac  Today in History, weather, astronomy, astrology, and the best fishing days, among many other diversions.” 

 Dictionaries & Thesauri



  • Search The Columbia Encyclopedia 6th Edition and much much more 
  • Encyclopedia Britannica 
    Official site of the Encyclopedia Britannica, one of the world's best-known reference books. Find short encyclopedia entries and definitions, or register for complete access.
  • Infoplease 
    Online encyclopedia entries, dictionary definitions, and thesaurus help from Infoplease, covering topics from astrophysics to Zimbabwe.
    Get answers from a variety of encyclopedias, dictionaries, glossaries, and atlases with, an online reference source.
  • Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia is a free, open content, community-built encyclopedia with thousands of articles on topics from A to Z. Available in dozens of languages.  Be sure to check facts!!

  • Yahoo! Reference
  • Find an online encyclopedia, quotations, and other fact-finding tools at Yahoo! Reference. Search for dictionary definitions, spelling help, thesaurus synonyms, maps, flags, and other answers.

 Libraries, Virtual Libraries & General Subject Sites

    This reference site has everything – essential reference tools,almanacs, moon phases, Gallup polls, USA and world newspapers, health and news sites, and much more.
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries
    "Galaxy of knowledge: Books, images, and more." Includes American Discovery, Mosaic of Science, Art & Design, Industry & Technology collections.
  • Virtual Middle School Library
    “Open 24 hours a day.” Find web sites for students, resources for teachers and parents, a virtual wall calendar, daily newspapers and magazines,resources for school librarians and more.



Miscellaneous Reference