Selected websites for doing research - periodicals, almanacs, quotations and more.
Refdesk is a free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources.
Quick Access to Internet research tools. Search dictionaries, directories, language converters, maps, financial and more. iTools helps you use the power of the Internet by giving you a clean interface to make use of many of the best tools of the Web.
Dictionaries & Thesauri
The Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy.
Dictionary.com is the world’s leading digital dictionary providing millions of English definitions, spellings, audio pronunciations, example sentences, and word origins.
Merriam-Webster is America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works. The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary is a unique, regularly updated, online-only reference.
Almanacs & Encyclopedias
Thesaurus.com: Synonyms and Antonyms of Words - A companion to Dictionary.com.
Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has spoken to all walks of life: planting charts for those who grow their own food; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; Moon- and sunrise times for those who watch the skies; and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather left up in the air.
Quotations & Writing Guides
Search over 200 individual encyclopedias and reference books from the worlds most trusted publishers.
The Quotations Page is one of the oldest quotation sites on the Web. The Quotations Page has a searchable database of over 15,000 quotations, Quotes of the Day, Motivational Quotes of the Day, collections of quotations by Author and by Subject, and much more.
The principal requirements of plain English style which concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
The online writing lab offers global support through online reference materials and services for creating citations, cover letters, major-specific writing help, and general writing advice.
The IPL is an educational, research, and service laboratory providing writing help for academic essays and research papers with a repository of 500,000+ essays across thousands of topics.
Geography & Maps
Uncover new writing techniques and ideas. Browse thousands of example essays to help spark new ideas, craft a better thesis, and overcome writer's block.
The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
National Geographic has been publishing the best wall maps, travel maps, recreation maps, and atlases for more than a century. Explore more than 800 map titles and get the maps you need.
From the University of Texas a vast collection of historical maps - the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (PCLMC) comprises more than 350,000 items representing all areas of the world, providing comprehensive cartographic resources.
Directories & People Finders
Google Maps is a web mapping platform and consumer application offered by Google. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° interactive panoramic views of streets, real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bike and public transportation.
Whitepages is the authority in people search, established in 1997 with comprehensive contact information, including cell phone numbers, for over 250 million people nationwide.
411 is a leading white pages directory with phone numbers, people, addresses, and more.
The yellow pages are telephone directories of businesses, organized by category rather than alphabetically by business name.
A public record information database with over 8000 database sources.
Enter the address, city, state, province, or country into the search field to locate a mailing address or find a package’s origin. Find relevant information about the location, other related codes, or search by map to see the global location of the zip or postal code you’re trying to find.
Unit Conversion Tools
The United States Postal Service zip code look up tool.
Convert just about anything to anything else. Thousands of units, and millions of conversions.
A multi-lingual Currency Converter with up to date exchange rates provided from leading market data contributors and is filtered for validity.
Google's service, offered free of charge, instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.