Reference Tools

 


| Almanacs | Arts and Humanities | Associations & Organizations | Atlases | Biographies |
| Business | Calculator | Careers and Occupations | Citation and Style Guides (APA, MLA) |
| Colleges and Universities | Dictionaries | Directories | Education | Encyclopedias |
| Environment | Government | Health and Medicine | History | Human Resources | Law |
| Library Science | Literature & Language &Thesauri | Online Bibliographies |
| Other Libraries | Psychology | Social Sciences | Statistics | Science and Medicine |
| Technology and Science | Weather | Women's Studies |

Almanacs

Afro-American Almanac
A list of events in African-American history
Information Please Almanac
Online version of the popular almanac for World and United States information.
Library Spot
LibrarySpot.com is a free virtual library resource center published by StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. LibrarySpot.com wants to make locating topical information on the Internet a quick, easy and enjoyable experience
Old Farmer's Almanac
Contains links to "Today in History" and "Today in Weather History"

Arts and Humanities

ArtLex Art Dictionary
for artists, collectors, students and educators in art production, criticism, history, aesthetics, and education
Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary
World Wide Art Resources
"The largest marketplace for contemporary art, international art news, research and gallery portfolios, online since 1995".
American Journeys
This website contains over 18,000 pages of North American travel narratives not available from other online collections.
American Memory Project
This project, from the Library of Congress, provides access to a wide range of information and primary sources relating to America's history and culture. Over 7 million digital items are available from many historical collections.
EDSITEment
This website contains lesson plans in the categories of Art & Culture, Literature & Language Arts, Foreign Language, and History & Social Studies. The website was developed through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Trust for the Humanities, and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet

Association & Organization

Associations on the Net
Information on the Internet Public Library
Idealist.org
nonprofit organizations - Action without boarders
Scholarly Societies Project
AMA Online Doctor Finder
American Hospital Directory
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
Zip Code Directory

 

Atlas

AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment
The American Association for the Advancement of Science produced this online publication available in html or flash
Ancient World Mapping Center
An incredible web site created by the University of North Carolina with historical maps and images.
United Nations Atlas of the Oceans
Sections of the atlas discuss the uses of the oceans, issues, background information, and geography

 

Biographies

ACRL Internet Resources - Authors
This ACRL site lists Internet Resources columns from past issues of College & Research Libraries News. The resources are organized by topic with commentary, and include a section on 20th century authors.
Biographical Dictionary
A directory of 28,000 biographies. Search by name, keyword, and date.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Biographical information for all individuals who have served in the United States Congress and the Continental Congress, 1774 to date. Biographies are also included for persons who have served as delegates to Congress from the territories of the United States.
Biography.com
The WWW page for the Biography Channel containing 25,000 biographies.
Internet Public Library: Biographies
Biography resources are divided into categories such as: artists and architects, authors, entertainers, musicians and composers, politicians and rulers, and scientists and inventors.
Library Spot
LibrarySpot.com is a free virtual library resource center published by StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. LibrarySpot.com wants to make locating topical information on the Internet a quick, easy and enjoyable experience. Forbes.com selected LibrarySpot.com as the Best Reference Site on the Web for 2001 and 2000.

 

Business

Accounting Terminology Guide
This website includes press releases for all CPSC recalls (back to 1989), information for businesses regarding Consumer Product Safety Act and other issues, information in Spanish, children's safety games, and information on fireworks safety.
Bank Rate Monitor Infobank
Mortgage rates, CD rates, auto loans, credit cards. An online publication that provides consumers with financial data, research and additional information.
@brint.com
"The Premier New Economy Business Technology Portal."
Best of the Best Business Web Sites
Business Web sites selected by the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
A wealth of information in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
Business.com
"The leading business search engine and business directory designed to help its users find the companies, products, services, and information they need to make the right business decisions."
Biz Miner Balance Sheet Data and Financial Ratios
The Free Stuff page includes marketing research tips from Biz Miner's Marketing Plan Research Edge newsletter, as well as selected industry and area rankings for key business vitality measures
California Business Search
Provides access to more than two million records filed in California's Secretary of States Office's corporation and limited partnership/limited liability company databases.
Competitive Alternatives
Provides an online version of a study that analyzes business costs in the G-7 countries, Australia, and the Netherlands - in total , covering 9 countries and 86 cities.
Corporate Information
Extensive links to sites offering corporate information in over 80 coutries. Provided by Wright Investors' Service
County Business Patterns
County economic data by industry produced by the U.S. Census Bureau
Economic Census (2002)
This website contains the data for the 2002 Economic Census.
EDGAR Archives (SEC)
The SEC requires all public companies (except foreign companies and and companies with less than $10 million in assets and 500 shareholders) to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access this site
Export.gov - Company and Industry Market Research
An excellent starting point for country information and research relating to international business
globalEDGE International Business Resource Desk
This site was created by Michigan State University. Country information includes business climate, political structure, history, and statistical data for more than 190 countries. The Global Resource area is a directory of international business resources categorized by specific orientation and content
Hoover's Online: The Ultimate Source for Company Information
Ultimate source for information about companies worldwide. Search by company name, ticker, keyword, or D&B number, etc. Advanced search is available.
Microsoft Case Studies
Case studies describing how Microsoft products have been used in businesses
NAICS Lookup
Search for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. The same website enables you to convert Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes to NAICS codes and vice versa
Standard Industrial Classification Codes
SuperPages.com
<"Find any business in America." Map directions included./td>
The Times 100
This website offers 37 full-text business case studies
Thomas Register - Industry Answers Results
An online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America
U.S. Department of State - Country Information
Facts, figures, background information, and news and press releases on countries around the world.
WSRN.com - Your One Stop for Financial Research
Up-to-date financial spreadsheets, historical data, professional analysis, stock quotes. All the financial data. `

 

Caculator

Measurement
Common Equivalent Weights and Measures
How Far Is It?
Molecular Weight Calculation
Online Conversion
Money
Bloomberg.com calculators
currency, mortgage, retirement
Exchange Rates
Inflation Calculator
Mortgage-Calc.com
Salary Calculator
Universal Currency Converter
What's A Dollar Worth
Time
Time Zone Converter
Time Zone Map
World Time Server

 

Career and Occupations

Job Listing
Academic 360.com
America's Job Bank
CareerBuilder.com
Locate job openings, post your resume and read advice about interviewing and resume writing
Career Network
College Grad Job Hunter
Monster.com

Jobtop.org

Resume and Salary
College Grad Resumes
Resumes & Cover Letters
JobStar - Salary Surveys
Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
U.S. department of labor
Salary Calculator
Salary.com
General Career Sites
About.com Careers
CareerJournal
Career Magazine
EmploymentGuide.com
JobWeb.com
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Contains occupational conditions and forecasts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Citation and Style Guides (APA, MLA)

APA Style.org
APA style information, tips, and FAQs as well as changes to the 5th. edition of the Publication Manual regarding the citing of electronic media.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Extensive guide to effective use of the English language. Includes definitions of sentence parts, rules for comma usage and other punctuation marks, plurals and possessives, spelling, nouns and modifiers, words and phrases to avoid, and capitalization.
Karla's Guide to Citation Style Guides
Nicely annotated page of links to various styles for citing electronic, and other sources - MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
A writing tutorial center which includes workshops, resources, ESL study materials, practice exercises, and information on MLA and APA styles.

 

Colleges and Universities

America's Best Colleges 2006
College rankings from U.S. News and World Report
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
College Journal
This website is sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. It contains information about colleges and employment.
CollegeNET
The college search site.
IPEDS College Opportunities Online
A College search tool from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Peterson's Education Center
Study Abroad
TheAdmissionsOffice.com
links to colleges, school rankings, online applications, and financial aid resources

Dictionaries

AbbreviationZ
Search for the meaning of acronyms & abbreviations or browse a list of terms relating to specific subjects .
A basic guide to American Sign Language
This dictionary has both animated and text definitions of over 1,270 American Sign Language terms.
American Heritage Dictionary
The 4th. edition of this dictionary contains over 90,000 entries with audio word pronunciations, color illustrations, and word-root appendices.
American Sign Language Browser
Video clips demonstrate American Sign Language terms on this site hosted by Michigan State University.
Dept. of Defense Dictionary of Military & Associated Terms
Internet Public Library: Dictionarie
These dictionary search tools are divided into 3 sections: English, non-English, and translation
Merriam- Webster Dictionary Online
Merriam-Webster's online dictionary and thesaurus, along with other features such as word games, word of the day, and a top 10 list of the most frequently looked-up words.
Online Dictionaries and Translators
Links to language translators from around the world
yourDictionary.com: A Web of Online Dictionaries
Includes links to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed.), translators, and over 300 English, multilanguage, and specialized dictionaries and thesauri. Compiled and managed by Robert Beard.
Webster's 1913 Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The 1913 version of Webster's Dictionary with over 109,000 words.
What is?.com
Definitions for thousands of information technology and computing words.

 

Directories

AnyWho: Internet Directory Assistance; Yellow Pages, White Pages, etc.
AT&T's directory service database is the most feature-rich phone book on the Internet. You can do reverse lookups, ask for a street proximity listing for a business or residential listing, use their "sounds like" match for last name lookups, and get maps.
GTE SuperPages: Interactive Yellow Pages
The leading online Yellow Pages directory service with millions of business and residential listings nationwide.
Infobel
Telephone directories on the web
InfoSpace - The Ultimate Directory
Access to over 112 million U.S. and Canadian listings of people, government offices and businesses. Search for a listing by name, address, business category or do a reverse lookup by phone number. You can access federal, state and local people and addresse

 

Education

California Department of Education
Official web site for the California Department of Education.
Curriculum & Instructional Resources
Curriculum Frameworks & Content Standards for California.
Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
An excellent website that allows you to search for award-winning childrens books by: suggested age of reader, format, setting, genre, historical period, multicultural, ethnicity of protagonist, gender of protagonist, and publication year.
Ed-Data
Fiscal, demographic, and performance data for California's public K-12 school system.
Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Use the ERIC database search option only if the subscription ERIC databases from Ebsco or OCLC are not working. This version of ERIC does not have any full-text journal articles while Ebsco and OCLC do. This website also contains a calendar of education conferences, and the Thesaurus of ERIC descriptors.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Primary federal source for education statistics in the United States and other nations

 

Encyclopedias

Britanica.com
Offers abbreviated articles from the classic encyclopedia. Includes helpful links to Web sites and also to related articles in journals and magazines.
Canadian Encyclopedia
Columbia Encyclopedia 6th ed. offers over 50,000 entries with more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references, plus biographies and maps
Encyclopedia Resources
Links to a variety of encyclopedias and reference sources.
encyclopedia.com
Includes more than 50,000 articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition.
Symbols
An online encyclopedia of graphic symbols including their histories, uses, and meaning.
Tech Encyclopedia
"More than 13,000 definitions of computer terms and concepts.... The source for this encyclopedia is The Computer Desktop Encyclopedia." This site is very useful for authoritative computer and Internet technology definitions

 

Environment

Earthquake Information from the USGS
At this site from the U.S. Geological Survey you can look at the latest earthquake information and reports (including a special on recent California earthquakes), and find out more about quake hazards and preparedness.
Global Change at the National Academies
This National Academy of Sciences website provides an overview of global change relating to such topics as: the atmosphere, climate, oceanography, ecosystems, water resources, land use, and sustainable development.
UN Atlas of the Oceans
"An Internet portal providing information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans". This atlas is designed to be used by policy makers, scientists, students, and resource managers.

 

Government

FirstGov
The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal.
Library of Congress
The American Memory Project, the flagship of the Library's digital services, offers multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, motion pictures, and text from the American historical collections of the Library and other institutions
U.S. Government Printing Office
The U.S. Government Printing Office disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government.

 

Health and Medicine

Hospital Connect
HospitalConnectTM links together the Internet sites for dozens of organizations serving health care providers.
MedlinePlus
Health topics, drug information, a medical encyclopedia, and current health news.
MediLexicon
"Over 70,000 medical, pharmaceutical, biomedical & healthcare acronyms and abbreviations"
Familydoctor.org
The American Academy of Family Physicians presents health topics, drug information, and self-care tools.
S*P*I*R*A*L
Health information in Chinese, Cambodian/Khmer, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese

 

History

PBS History
The Dictionary of the History of Ideas
The Encyclopedia of World History


Human Resource

National Human Resources Association
This website provides links to a Career Center, a meeting and event calendar, and a Resource Center. The Resource Center contains articles and white papers relating to human resources and personnel management


Law

The Council of California County Law Libraries
This website is divided into the following categories: Self-Help Centers, Legal Links, Mini Research Class, and County Law Library directory page.
ABCs of Law
Attorney's Toolbox
Cyberspace Tools For Attorneys and Legal Professionals
Free Advice
Comprehensive site for FREE information on a broad range of legal subjects.
Heiros Gamos
Comprehensive source of information on more than 200 legal subject areas. Includes discussion groups, law library, live news, seminars, legal guides, law journals, etc.
Internet Law Web
FindLaw:
Law information Web directory
Legal Encyclopedia:
Legal and Business Books, Forms and Software
Martindale.com
Lawyer locator

 

Library Science

ACRL Standards and Guidelines
These are standards, guidelines, and model statements from the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Infomine
Scholarly Internet resource collections.
Infopeople training information
Workshops available online and in various locations throughout California. Webcasts are free for libraries in California.
Librarians' Index to the Internet
The mission of Librarians' Index to the Internet is to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources, serving California, the nation, and the world.
Library Spot
LibrarySpot.com is a free virtual library resource center published by StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. LibrarySpot.com wants to make locating topical information on the Internet a quick, easy and enjoyable experience. Forbes.com selected LibrarySpot.com as the Best Reference Site on the Web for 2001 and 2000.
Search Engine Watch
This website has searching tips and news articles relating to Internet search engines.
The Council of California County Law Libraries
This website is divided into the following categories: Self-Help Centers, Legal Links, Mini Research Class, and County Law Library directory page.
The Researching Librarian
This site has a great list of free library and interdisciplinary databases, library science journal publishers, library statistics, tools, newsletters, and conference proceedings.
Librarian's Online Internet Directory

 

Literature & Language & Thesauri

The New York Review of Books
Includes a complete searchable index of the magazine's contents from 1963 to the present. The site currently contains the full text of several hundred articles from the Review, both recent and from years past.
Bartleby.com: Quotations
Bartleby.com contains more than 87,000 entries from both contemporary and classic quotations collections.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 1919
Cambridge History of English & American Literature
Columbia World of Quotations
Literary Index
An author and title index to 40 major literature series published by Gale Group. Contains more than 130,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and more than 140,000 titles
Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
The Quotations Archive
An extensive and searchable database of general quotations. Browsing is by subject or alphabetically by author, and is searchable by keyword
The Quotations Page
Established in 1994, the Quotations Page contains over 20,000 quotations from over 24,000 authors. Browsing is by author and by subject.
Merriam-Webster Thesaurus
Access Merriam-Webster's online thesaurus and dictionary, along with other features such as word games, word of the day, and a top 10 list of the most frequently looked-up words.
Roget's Interactive Thesaurus
Search on a word and retrieve a list of that word's synonyms and antonyms, along with a brief definition. This thesaurus contains over 17,000 entries.

 

Online Bibliographies

NoodleBib - The MLA Bibliography Composer
Free service that simplifies the process of creating and editing MLA-style bibliographies.
What is an Annotated Bibliography
Provides explanations and preparation advice. Includes a sample entry for a journal article.
Knowledge Management: Bibliography
This Bibliography is a collection of the literature listed in a useful format for the individual interested in Knowledge Management
Leadership & Management Bibliography

 

Other Libraries

Nearby College/ University/ Public Library Information


Psycology

American Art Therapy Association
The website of the AATA, a non-profit organization dedicated to a belief in the healing and therapeutic powers of creativity in the artistic process
American Psychiatric Association
The APA is dedicated to the compassionate care and effective treatment of all those with mental disorders. The Association's website offers information and resources on advocacy, education and research, ethics, and psychiatric practice.
American Psychological Association
Information and resources relating to the care and treatment of people with mental disorders. This site is a major source of information for students, practitioners, and the public.
ABuros: Test Reviews Online
Cambridge University Press
Psychology books available from Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Michael Fenichel's Current Topics in Psychology
The website of a clinical psychologist who has assembled articles, websites, and research tools relating to psychology.
Mental Help Net
Mental Help Net indexes over 9,000 sites relating to mental health.
Psych Web
This web site contains lots of psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology."

 

Social Sciences

Alcohol and Drug Information
Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

 

Statistics

AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment
The American Association for the Advancement of Science produced this online publication available in html or flash.
Bank Rate Monitor Infobank
Mortgage rates, CD rates, auto loans, credit cards. An online publication that provides consumers with financial data, research and additional information.
Criminal Justice Statistics Center
Economic Census (2002)
This website contains the data for the 2002 Economic Census.
Ed-Data
Fiscal, demographic, and performance data for California's public K-12 school system.
Fedstats: One Stop Shopping Federal Statistics
The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.
FirstGov
The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal.
GeoHive: Global Statistics
Excellent source for country-by-country statistical data on population, cities and regions, land use, climate, and industrial output. Data is drawn from such resources as national and international census reports, the World Almanac, and the Book of Facts.
Library Spot
LibrarySpot.com is a free virtual library resource center published by StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. LibrarySpot.com wants to make locating topical information on the Internet a quick, easy and enjoyable experience. Forbes.com selected LibrarySpot.com as the Best Reference Site on the Web for 2001 and 2000.
National and International Data Sources
Links to International statistical agencies compiled by the United Nations Statistical Division.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Primary federal source for education statistics in the United States and other nations.
National Mental Health Association
The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. The website contains links to news, advocacy, and mental health information.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Contains occupational conditions and forecasts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Population Reference Bureau
This database contains data on 85 demographic variables for 221 countries in the world.
Stateline.org
This site provides comprehensive and comparative information on the public policies of all 50 states. It contains current and archived news, a calendar of events, and background information about the states and their governments.
Statistical Resources on the Web
Comprehensive site of free resources via Univ of Michigan Documents Center.
The Right Site: Demographic Reference
Demographic reports, maps and site selection.
The Ultimate Directory - InfoSpace.com
Yellow pages, White pages, Classifieds, Shopping, Travel, Games, Entertainment. Search for any of these in the ultimate directory.

 

Science and Medicine

MEDLINEplus
MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on about 500 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials
Merck Manual of Medical Information (Home Edition) (2000)
Full text online edition provided as a free service by Merck & Co., Inc.
National Insitutes of Health
Information provided by the 25 separate Institutes and Offices comprising the NIH, inlcuding the Health Information page which links to full-text Consumer Health Information
World Health Organization

 

Technology and Science

Hazardous Chemical Database
Searchable database of information on almost 2,000 chemicals. Entries include any synonyms, the formula, some physical data, registry numbers, a physical description, and a link for the DOT number.
High Tech Company Profiles (CorpTech)
CorpTech publishes high quality data on high-tech manufacturing, development and services. Search for over 50,000 growth companies in the computer, biotech, chemistry, environmental industries
Mad Scientist Network
This website unites "hundreds of scientists in a forum where people can ask questions and learn more about the world around them." Questions submitted must be science-related and are usually answered within seven days.
ScienceWorld
UCSD's database of Science
UCSD's database of Science and Social Science resources. Look for public sites such as Government Resources, Societies/Associations, and Web Megasites.
Satellite Predictions
Every night satellites visibly pass overhead and, with this database, you can predict the satellites expected to pass a specific location. Input your city, or latitude and longitude if you know it, and get a list and brief description of the satellites.
The Visible Human Project
National Library of Medicine's digitized view of the human body. Sample images and an animated video are freely available online.

 

Weather

Anaheim Weather
Anaheim area weather forecasts
National Climatic Data Center
Connect to Regional Climate Centers, NOAA data; Click on "CLIMATE" for link to Climate Research Data-- Daily Historical Climatology Network
UM Weather
Links to weather cams, web sites, radar and nexrad
The Weather Channel
Forecasts for the U.S. only. Also, explanations of types of weather patterns
Weather Underground
Weather forecasts, current conditions, radar images, for the United States and Possessions
Weather Regional Climate Center
California weather service

 

Women's Studies

American Memory Project
This project, from the Library of Congress, provides access to a wide range of information and primary sources relating to America's history and culture. Over 7 million digital items are available from many historical collections.