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Reference & Research

Reference & Research

General Reference Resources:


USAGov, formerly known as the Federal Citizen Information Center, publishes the Consumer Information Catalog, the Consumer Action Handbook, operates the USAGov Contact Center, and a family of websites to provide free, timely, and useful government information to the public.

The Internet Public Library

A librarian’s choice of the best of the best sites on the web on almost 100 subjects.

Virtual Reference Desk

The single best source for facts on the Internet.

US Census Department.



One of the most complete guides for reference on the web.


Quick Access to Internet research tools. Search dictionaries, directories, language converters, maps, financial and more.


Search dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations and English language usage.

Almanacs & Encyclopedias:

Almanac Search

From infoplease.com. Search general almanacs or specific topics.

The Old Farmer's Almanac

The original!

World Almanac for Kids

Offers games, quizzes, contests, and reference facts on topics like space, presidents, the environment, and animals.


Search a variety of encyclopedias on the web.


Search over 100 encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Geography & Maps:

World Fact Book

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

National Geographic Online

An interactive addition of the magazine. Part of The National Geographic Society, the World’s Largest Nonprofit Scientific and Educational Organization


Look up address, get driving directions & more

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

From the University of Texas a vast collection of historical maps.

Quotations, Style & Writing Guides:

APA Formatting and Style Guide - The OWL at Purdue

APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 5th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.

The Quotations Page

The oldest quotation site on the Web, established 1994. With 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.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature.


Contains a large collection of quotations divided by topic and author, as well as the text of historical documents

The Elements of Style

The principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

A Guide to Grammar& Writing

The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, over 170 computer-graded quizzes, recommendations on writing -- from basic problems in subject-verb agreement and the use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and help with argumentative essays, and a way to...

Directories & People Finders:

Connecticut White Pages

From Connecticut Area Guides

The Yellow Pages

From Search.com search by state or city.

ZipCode Finder

US Postal zip codes

Search Systems

A public record information database with over 8000 database sources.

Dictionaries & Thesauri:


A comprehensive tool.


An online language center.


A companion to dictionary.com.Uses Roget'sThesaurus.

Biographies & Genealogy:

The Biographical Dictionary

This dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.


The number one source for family history online.



Unit & Language Conversion Tools:

WWW Unit Converter

Converts almost every type of measurement, any possible way.

Online Conversion

Convert just about anything to anything else. Over 5,000 units, and 30,000 conversions.

The Currency Converter

A multi-lingual Currency Converter with up to date exchange rates provided from leading market data contributors and is filtered for validity.

Language Translation

From Google.

Freeality Online

A searchable database of online translation dictionaries.

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