Reference Tools

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  • Bartleby.com Columbia Encyclopedia, American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, American Heritage Book of English Usage, Simpson's Contemporary Quotations, other reference works including Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898)
  • xrefer Search several reference sources at once
  • The Exploding Dictionary search several dictionaries at once
  • Hutchinson Dictionary of Difficult Words
  • Periodicals.net Find out whether a periodical is available online
  • CARL Uncover Free searching of gigantic periodicals database; charges for delivery of full text. Check your local library first, similar services may be available free.
  • Yahoo! People Search Look up email addresses, phone numbers, even get a map to an address via a link to MapQuest
  • GTE SuperPages Interactive yellow pages
  • InfoSpace Phone directory for US and Canada
  • International Phone Directory (mostly fax directories)
  • WorldPages
  • Classmates Reconnect with people in your old high school class
  • Alumni.NET International alum searches
  • Zip2 Locates addresses, phone numbers, etc. of businesses.
  • National Atlas of the United States
  • The current time anywhere in the world
  • World Time Server
  • Cost of living calculator Adjusts dollar amounts for inflation for any year since 1913
  • WWWebster Merriam-Webster Online Language Center, featuring dictionary and thesaurus
  • Dictionary.com Links to all kinds of help with language
  • Hypertext Webster Gateway Dictionary
  • Funk and Wagnalls.com Free encyclopedia & dictionary
  • OneLook Search many dictionaries at once
  • Voycabulary Lets you click on any word on a web page and look up its meaning
  • WordLab
  • Roget Form Searchable version of Roget's Thesaurus of the English Language
  • William Strunk: Elements of Style Warning: useful but dated (1918 edition)
  • Bartlett's Familar Quotations
  • The Quotations Page
  • Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
  • Online Etymology Dictionary
  • The Word Detective Not really a reference work, but this collection of columns on language provides answers to many common queries.
  • The Modern Languages Association's official site for its citation style, including Internet citations
  • Beyond the MLA Handbook: Documenting Electronic Sources on the Internet (unofficial)
  • MLA-Style Citations of Electronic Sources (unofficial)
  • FAQ Finder Locate information all on sorts of subjects
  • Repositories of Primary Sources
  • US Census International Database
  • U.S. Historical Census Data Browser (Harvard)
  • Fedstats Searchable index of U.S. government statistics
  • United Nations InfoNation
  • Festivals Information about various festivals & holidays worldwide
  • Aerial images High-resolution satellite photos of the earth
  • Canadian resources atlas
  • U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock
  • Nobel Prize Internet Archive
  • Guinness Book of Records
  • Britannica Guide to Nobel Prizes
  • AllExperts.com
  • ATM Finder Find the nearest automatic teller machine. Limited to machines in Visa's database, but may prove useful when traveling.
  • Flowerweb A database about flowers
  • Scholarly Societies Project Index to 1106 scholarly societies
  • WorldTime
  • WorldSkip Quick info on nations
  • Dave Gross's Trolls, Hoaxes, Culture Jamming, Poetic Terrorism, Media Hacks, Frauds, Impostors, Spoofs, Counterfeits, Fakes, Pranks, Scams, Extraordinary Popular Delusions, and the Madness of Crowds
  • Infoplease
  • How Stuff Works
  • Concordances of Great Books
  • Useless Knowledge
  • Cemetery Records Online
  • FamilyTreeMaker.com
  • Online Conversion These links are no longer being continuously updated. Use them at your own risk. I never add links at the request of anyone who writes to me asking for one. Please do not send me such mail. It will not be answered.

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