Guide to Free On-line Reference Sites
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, etc.
- Acronyms & Abbreviations
- Associations and organizations
- Biography & Obituaries
- Books and publishers
- Calendars & Holidays & Time
- Citation styles & Writing guides
- Colleges and Universities
- Company Information
- Consumer health information
- Country Information
- Dictionaries and Thesauri
- Electronic Text Archives
- Grants & Scholarships
- Inventions, patents, copyright
- Maps/GIS (see also Gazetteers)
- Newspapers & Periodicals
- Occupations and Careers
- Prizes and Awards
- Telephone Directories
- Traffic, Cars and Transportation
- Virus hoaxes and Breaches
- Weights, measures and scientific constants
- Zip, Postal and Area Codes
Acronyms & Abbreviations
- Acronym Finder
The Acronym Finder is a searchable database of more than 300,000 abbreviations and acronyms covering many disciplines. Its strengths include computer, technology, telecommunication, and military acronyms and abbreviations.
- All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources
- FOLDOC - computing dictionary that includes many acronyms fully defined
- Acronym Links - includes many specialized lists
- Old Farmer's Almanac
Focus on weather and gardening. Published annually since 1792.
- Information Please Almanac
- Guinness World Records
- Fast Facts - links to sites that provide factual and statistical info
- The World Factbook
Unclassified version of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) publication which provides the essential elements of basic information (area, population etc.) on all areas of the world.
- Urban Legends Reference Pages
Associations and Organizations
Associations on the Net
Maintained by the Internet Public Library, this resource is a guide to Web sites of prominent organizations and associations.
Scholarly Societies Project: "The Scholarly Societies Project offers free Internet access to directory information (including links to Web sites) for a selection of scholarly societies across the world. Environmental Organization WebDirectory & National Environmental Directory
Biography & Obituaries
- American National Biography (at NYPL and free trial)
"Profiles of more than 18,000 men and women from all walks of American life."
- Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889 35,000 bios
- Author Bibliographies - about 5000 bibliographies, no biographies
- Biography.comEncyclopedia Britannica
A&E sponsored biographical information on over 25,000 people
- Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Simultaneously searches Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select (CLC Select) and Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB), you'll find in-depth information on the lives and writings of nearly 100,000 authors.
- GIGABiographical Index of Names from John C.Shepard,Provides brief biographies for more than 1,500 authors, 450 images and longer critical surveys of their literary works. Bundled with Magill on Literature which provides Cyclopedia of World Authors, plot summaries and brief critical analyses of thousands of literary works which include Masterplots and Masterplots II.
- Nobel Prize Internet Archive:
Biographical information on Nobel laureates
- Dead Peoples Server (3,000 famous people since 1984)
- Social Security Death Index (millions of people since 1937)
- America's Obituaries & Death Notices from Newsbank
- Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA,
- Largest On-Line Newpaper Obituary Search Listing
- The Obituary Daily Times
- Obituaries- Death Notices: A research guide to printed sources from NYPL.
- SearchSystems links to public records databases, also Ancestry.com and BeenVerified.com
Books and Publishers
- Publishers' Catalogues
Provides listings and Web page links for more than 7700 publishers worldwide.
- Dissertation Abstracts
Electronic Text Archives
- Open Library offers over 250,000 fully accessible free public eBooks for borrowing as PDF or EPUB
- Archive.org book search - A huge collection with holdings in many formats and from many public domain sources including Project Gutenberg, Google and many more
- Genesis - over 2 million nonfiction, fiction books, scientific articles, Comics, Standards, Magazines
- Bibliotheque Nationale de France - over 35,000 full-text books in French
- Eserver.org - over 32,000 items from the University of Iowa
- UMDL Texts - over 27,000 items including 19th Century items (Making of America 8,000 + items)
- Ebook4Expert - 3,000+ recent bestseller and aclaimed titles
- Online books page - 20,000+ items shown by author, title and subject
- Project Gutenberg - archive for full text of 10,000+ public domain books
- Bartleby Library: Great Books Online - full text of selected books from late nineteenth and early twentieth century. As well links to poetry and quotes
- Internet Medieval Sourcebook, a collection of hundreds medieval texts and documents
- Historical Text Archive: History of the United States - Article Database;Electronic Texts
- University of California Press Scholarship Editions - free ebooks
- Electronic Theses and Dissertation Digital Library
- Internet Public Library Online Texts Resources List - List with more ideas and more specialized sources
Book Search and Price Comparison: A one-stop search site that compares the prices of major online booksellers (music and movies too).
"BookFinder.com is a one-stop search site that lets users view the collections of over 40,000 sellers of new, used, rare, and out of print books." Try it first!
A one-stop search site that compares the prices of different online booksellers
- Powell's Books
One of the largest independent used and new books store in the nation. Located in Portland, OR
Online bookstore for new and used books
- Barnes and Noble
- Martindale's Reference Desk: Calculators On-line Center
Exhaustive list of on-line calculators for all subject areas including Cooking, Calenders and Date Conversion, Finance, Mathematics, Science, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering.
- Unit Conversion - Convert anything to anything else
Calendars, Holidays, Timelines
- AnyDay in History This Day in History and On This Day
- Calendars through the ages
Documents the history of calendars
- Calendar Converter
Interconvert dates from a variety of calendars - including Hebrew, Islamic and Persian.
- CalendarHome.com - 10,000 Year Perpetual Calendar
- Calendar Zone
- Computation of Sunrise, Sunset and Twilight Times
- Earth Calendar
A daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world
- Interfaith Calendar - religious holidays
- Time Zone Converter
- Official U.S. Time and World Time Server
- Virtual Perpetual Calendars
- American Memory Timeline
- Infoplease.com Year by Year 1900-2001 U.S.
- HyperHistory Online
- WebChron: World History Chronology
- World Public Holidays Database - for over 100 countries
- California Government Information
- California Statistical Abstract
- California Ballot Propositions Database
- California Code of Regulations
- California Digital Library
- California Legislative Information - official full text California bills(1993+), and current editions of the state Code, Statutes and Constitution.
- California Online Archive searchable database of "finding aids" to primary sources and their digital facsimiles.
- California Voter Foundation information on initiatives, elections, and more.
- Recent Earthquakes in California and Nevada
Citation styles & Writing guides
APA (American Psychological Association)
- APA Format
Grammar Handbook for a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Writers' Workshop.
- Citing Electronic Resources with APA
CBE (Council of Biology Editors)
- CBE Documentation
Based on the "Scientific Style and Format" by the Council of Biology Editors. Compiled by Univ of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (Modern Language Association)
Prepared by the Government Information department at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.
- Uncle Sam
A Brief Guide based on The Complete Guide to Citing Government Documents: A Manual for Writers and Librarians. Prepared by the Government Publications Department, Regional Depository Library, University of Memphis. Gives examples of how to cite both print and electronic resources.
- Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
Maintained by Peter W. Martin, Cornell Law School
MLA (Modern Language Association)
- MLA Style--Documenting Sources from the World Wide Web
Official guidelines on MLA documentation style for web resources authorized by the Modern Language Association.
- Beyond the MLA Handbook
(Andrew Harnack & Gene Kleppinger) A very helpful document on citing electronic sources.
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- UCI Guide to Citing Information: citation guidelines for APA, MLA, Chicago and CBE/CSE
- UCI CommunicationsStyle Guide
- Student Writing Resources - Compiled by the UCI Campus Writing Coordinator
- Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation
- Yale Style Guide (.pdf)
- Columbia Guide to Online Style (tips in .pdf)
- Virtual Training Suite - Online tutorials, including audio, image and video resources
- LearnThat.com - Broad selection of online tutorials, including writing
College and Universities
Colleges and Universities
Information about higher education opportunities in California
- Center for All Collegiate Information
- College and University Rankings
Links to many different sources of college rankings -- from the most wired colleges to the most disability-friendly
- IPEDS College Opportunities On-Line
Search engine to 9,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. by the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
- Peterson's Guide to Colleges and Universities
Links to information about universities, colleges, private schools (K-12)
- U.S. News and World Report College Rankings
Free On-line Tutorials
- 20 of the best free e-learning sites on the internet
- EdSurf - Online Distance Education Learning Resource for Adult Students
- Free IT Training - college-level courses in Visual Basic, Access, SQL, HTML/XML and UML.
- Gary Beene's Information Centers
- Learnthat.com - Free Tutorials, Free courses, computer courses, IT certification exams, business, technology
- TutorGig.com - The Tutorial Website
- CorporateInformation.com - free signup, over 350,000 company profiles worldwide
- CorpTech.com - List rental company
- D&B Small Business Credit Reports - 5,000,000+ free addresses, $ for credit report
- Europages - company information for over 500,000 companies in 30 European countries.
- Factiva - detailed data on 45,000 companies at campuses (was Dow Jones Interactive)
- Hoover's Online - $$ for some data on over 50,000 companies, some data FREE
- Lycos Yellow Pages - searches entire U.S. for a business name
- Powerfinder YP disc from InfoUSA - 14M Businesses
- Thomas Register of Manufacturers (150,000+)
- ValueLine CD (Free for use in library at Thousand Oaks PL & San Jose PL)
- WAND Global Trade Directory - 1,000,000 companies from 177 countries
- Yahoo! Finance - data on over 7500 public companies, links to more data at Reuters.com
- EDGAR, Industry Research Desk,
An SEC gateway site for company and industry-wide data.
- SEDAR - equivalent to EDGAR for Canada
- Free Annual Reports - from the Public Register's Annual Report Service (PRARS)
- Wall Street Journal Free Annual Reports Service or try WiLinks
- Manufacturing Marketplace
Includes a searchable directory of products and services, suppliers, and trade names. In addition, selected articles are available from a dozen highly targeted trade journals.
- Industry Research Desk
An 18-step research methodology and a list of industry portals
- Industry Data Finder
Identifies sources and provides links to over 30 key industries, ranging from aerospace & defense to toys and textiles.
- Business 2.0 and Business.com - popular business portals, extensive hand-picked link lists
- Business Wire - The Global Leader in News Distribution
- OfficialWire - The Official News & PR Delivery Service
- PR Newswire - A United Business Media Company
- PR Web.com - Free Press Release Distribution Since 1997
- PRN Wire: Newsroom
Consumer Health Information
- Merck Manual
- USDA National Nutrient Database Online Search
- Food Composition Resource List for Professionals [download]
- Calorie Counts and Nutrition Facts
- SELFNutritionData - Food Facts, Information & Calorie Calculator
- SELFNutritionData - Nutrients in Food Tool
- Online Glycemic Index Database
Service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health.
From the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
From the American Academy of Family Physicians
- HighWire Search
Indexes over a million medical articles, many available free full-text
- Health & Safety databases from NIH for Home Products
- Whats on my Food - Searchable database of Pesticides on Foods
- Alternative Medicine
Portal for sources of information on unconventional, unorthodox, unproven, or alternative therapies
- Background Notes
From the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Provides the latest demographic information on countries. Includes maps.
- Country Background Notes Fact Sheets
- Country Commercial Guides
Prepared annually by U.S. Embassy staff. Information on the business and economic situation of foreign countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business.
- Country Profiles from BBC News
History, politics and economic background of countries. Also includes audio and video clips from the BBC archives.
- Country Studies from the Library of Congress
- Economist Country Briefings
News, country profiles, forecasts and statistics
Embassies in Washington often include economic data links on their sites
- FirstGov - U.S. Government's Official Web Portal
- Foreign Government Resources - heirarchy of links from umich.edu
- Geography IQ
Online world atlas with geographic, economic, political, historical and cultural information. Includes maps, flags, currency conversion and climate and time zone information.
- U.S. Government Manual
An out-of-date directory of all branches, executive agencies, departments or the U.S. Government. Contains contact information in the form of names, telephone numbers and website addresses.
- NationMaster.com - Extensive statistics worldwide
- The CIA World FactBook
Country reports include information about geography, people, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
- World Almanac (ask your local library for the ebook version you want)
- Also see Travel section
- OANDA currency converter
FXConverter (Foreign Exchange Currency Converter) is a multi-lingual Currency Converter with up-to-date exchange rates provided from leading market data contributors and is filtered for validity. Contains exchange rates for any of the 164 currencies.
- Universal currency converter
Universal Currency Converter ®, allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.
- FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) Exchange Rates & Balance of Payments
From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. FRED® provides historical U.S. economic and financial data, including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business indicators, exchange rates, and balance of payments.
Dictionaries and Thesauri
General English-language dictionaries and thesauri
- Wiktionary, the free dictionary English language Wiki dictionary from the Wikimedia Foundation-almost four million entries from 1400 languages
- Bartleby.com: Includes the following reference books online:
- Strunk's Elements of Style
- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
- World Factbook
- Roget's Intl Thesaurus
- Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
- and over a dozen more
- Mirriam-Webster's Online Dictionary
- Merriam-Webster Thesaurus
- Wordsmyth English Dictionary & Thesaurus
- OneLook Dictionaries
A fast dictionary search tool which allows you to look up a word in 350 different dictionaries simultaneously
- AskOxford.com - a site is for "questions on English grammar, spelling, and usage
A lexical database that provides synonyms and other related words of English language words. Created by the Cognitive Science Laboratory of Princeton University.
- Specialised Dictionaries link list by language - many types listed including slang, idioms, slurs, etc
- SYMBOLS.com Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms
- OneLook Dictionary Search
Search multiple dictionaries or browse title by title. Subject dictionaries at this site include Art, Business, Computing, Medicine, Miscellaneous, Religion, Science, Slang, Sports, Technology. Can limit to the following languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Science and medical dictionaries
- Medi-Lexicon - Dictionary of medical, pharmaceutical, biomedial, and healthcare abbreviations and acronyms.
- FOLDOC - computing dictionary that includes many acronyms fully defined
- Webopedia - yet another source for technical and computer jargon also Whatis
- A Web of Specialized On-line Dictionaries is now alphaDictionary
- Index to organism names - type in the latin species name for basic info
Selected foreign language dictionaries
- Language Dictionaries from YourDictionary.com
- Glossaries by Language
- LEO (German Technical Dictionary)
- Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A free encyclopedia built collaboratively
- Britannica Online Encyclopedia Britannica
Humanities & Social Sciences
- Artcyclopedia: the Fine Art Search Engine
- Encyclopedia Mythica
- Legal Encyclopedia
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Edited by Edward N. Zalta
Comprehensive online source of information about vendors, products, and services for the chemical and allied industries.
A searchable database of chemical properties.
- Thermodex Search Page
From University of Texas - thermodynamic handbooks, chemical compounds and properties, compilation Bielstein etc. online databases and standard handbook,
- Encyclopedia Astronautica
Historical and current information on spaceflight
- Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Comprehensive reference on astronomy and astrophysics
- Encyclopedia of Information Technology
More than 20,000 IT terms and definitions
- Encyclopedia of Plants (BotanyWorld.com)
Provides information regarding the general description of the plants, the various methods of cultivation, such as indoor or outdoor planting, soil and temperature requirements, pruning, and other important details, the means of propagation (seeds, cuttings, division, etc.), and the different varieties and hybrids.
- How Stuff Works
- MEDLINEplus A.D.A.M. Health Illustrated Encyclopedia
Includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries
- The MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Sciences (.pdf)
- PC Webopaedia
Online dictionary and encyclopedia for computer and Internet technology.
- NLM TOXNET
NIH Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
A gazetteer is a geographical dictionary which lists place names alphabetically and provides information about location, size, and, occasionally, principal features.
- Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer: International
- U.S. Gazetteer: 2000 and 1990
U.S. Census Bureau utility
Grants, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Federal Research Grants
Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results searchable database (replaces CRISP)
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA):
Information on how to apply for a grant from NEA
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Information on how to apply for a grant from NEH
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- FinAid!: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Information about student scholarships and loans -- includes helpful "Frequently Asked Questions."
- The Student Guide
Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education
General Grant Resources
Resource to find funds for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education.
- Grant Writing Guides
Includes sample grant applications, funding proposals, and budgets. These guides are designed to assist established, experienced private and public non-profit organizations and entities -- not individuals, for-profit businesses or start-up organizations.
- Guidestar: The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations
- Foundation Center Online
Pacific Film Archive's film document image database
Corbis Image Collection
over 10,000 still images, searchable by keyword and category and
a gateway to 12 collections of still images, covering art reproductions and advertising; most pictures have a fee to download
Google Image Search NASA Image Database NOAA Photo Library - 16,000+ photograph images Symbols.com
Encyclopedia of graphic symbols.
Inventions, Patents & Copyright
Inventions and Patents
- U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
Search for and file patents and trademarks
- USPTO Web Patent Databases
Full-text and image databases
- Canadian Patents Database
- European Patent Office
List of links to patent information on the Internet
- World Patents Database
Links to search European Patent Office, UK Patent Office, and more
- Patents,Inventions, and Technology Transfer Links to many patent databases.
- Patent Searching Tutorials
- Copyright Management Center
Indiana University Information site
- Copyright Matters
From the University of California Office of Technology Transfer
- United States Copyright Office
- US Copyright Database
- US Catalog of Copyright Entries (earlier renewals)
- Stanford Copyright Rewewals Database
- DMCA (Copyright) Complaint to Google
California Public Libraries
- Los Angeles Public Library databases
- Long Beach Public Library
- Beverly Hills Public Library
- Santa Monica Public Library
- Los Angeles County Public Library
- Alhambra Public Library databases
- Altadena Public Library
- Cerritos Public Library catalog
- Newport Beach Public Library
- Thousand Oaks Public Library
- Orange County Public Library
- San Francisco Public Library databases
- Oakland Public Library
- Alameda County Library databases
- San Mateo County Library
- San Jose Public Library
- Sacramento Public Library
- SCLC list and another local list
Out-of-State Public Libraries (with large on-line database collections)
- Austin Public Library
- Boston Public Library
- Chicago Public Library
- Cuyahoga Library (Cleveland OH)
- Miami Public Library
- Minneapolis Public Library
- Multnomah County (Portland, OR) Library
- New York Public Library
- * some public and university libraries allow non-resident access for $$$
UC & Cal State University Libraries (free to walk-in users)
- Melvyl Catalog:
- Campus Libraries of the California State University system:
- UC Database Listings for UCLA UCR UCSB
- CSU Database Listings for SC CSULA CSULB CSUN
- Other Noteable CA Database Listings Stanford Cal Poly
Digital Libraries by State
- BRIDGES - A digital eLibrary OverDrive-based collection for Iowa
- California State Library - digital holdings at Archive.org
- C/W MARS - A digital eLibrary OverDrive-based collection for Western Massachusetts
- Delaware Digital Library - public library users extend their access including ebooks too
- eLibraryNJ - A tiny digital library collection for central New Jersey
- eLibraries Manitoba - A digital eLibrary OverDrive-based collection in Canada
- eZone - Ocean States eLibrary OverDrive-based collection for Rhode Island
- Florida Electronic Library - A-Z titles, subjects, grade levels, eBooks and most popular titles statewide
- GALILEO - free on-line databases for residents of Georgia
- Hawaii - State Public Library OverDrive-based collection
- ICONN - free on-line databases for residents of Connecticut and LION for overdrive holdings
- Indiana Memory - lots of free on-line resources for residents of Indiana & ebooks from OverDrive too
- Library2Go - Oregon Digital Library Consortium OverDrive-based digital media
- Library2Go - North Dakota OverDrive-based digital media for member libraries
- Library2Go - Saskatchewan OverDrive-based digital media for member libraries
- MDEC - Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium ebooks
- MEL - free on-line databases for residents of Michigan
- Nebraska OverDrive Libraries - a modest digital collection for Nebraska residents
- New Hampshire Downloadable Books - a few things from Downloadable Books Consortium via Public Libraries in NH
- NOVEL - New York Online Virtual Electronic Library, residents contact their public library
- North Carolina Digital Collections - lots of free on-line resources for residents of North Carolilna & OverDrive ebooks too
- Ohio Digital Library - OverDrive-based digital media for member libraries
- OPLIN - lots of free on-line databases for residents of Ohio & ebooks too
- Pioneer - free on-line databases for residents of Utah
- South Dakota Titles To Go - Some free OverDrive books for member libraries in South Dakota
- Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. - a sizeable collection from the Regional eBook & Audiobook Download System
- TexShare Databases - lots of free on-line databases for residents of Texas
- VIVA - Virtual Library of Virginia has an academic emphasis
- WPLC - Wisconsin Digital Library Consortium ebooks from OverDrive
- LOC list: State Digital Resources by State - Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections
- Library of Congress Z39.50 catalog gateway - hundreds of university catalogs
Largest OverDrive.com Collections in North America by Size 2018 (in K titles)
- Los Angeles ( 320K- )
- Sno-Isle.org [rural NW WA] ( 197K )
- New York City ( 172K )
- Hennepin Cty, MN ( 168K )
- King Cty, WA (Seattle ) ( 164K )
- Toronto ( 164K )
- Hillsborough Cty, FL (Tampa) ( 156K )
- Ohio Digital Library (Rural) ( 154K )
- Brooklyn Public Library ( 146K )
- Seattle ( 144K )
- Hamilton Cty (Cincinnati) ( 138K )
- Phoenix ( 136K )
- Suffolk Cty, NY ( 133K )
- Digital Downloads Collaboration (Columbus, OH) ( 127K )
- Orange County (Orlando) ( 127K )
- Multnomah Cty, OR (Portland) ( 123K )
- Cuyahoga Cty (Cleveland) ( 113K )
- San Francisco ( 110K )
- Allegheny Cty (Pittsburgh) ( 97K )
- Austin ( 96K )
- Mid-continent Public Library (Kansas City, MO) ( 89K )
- Boston ( 86K )
- Wisconsin Digital Library ( 79K- )
- St Louis Cty, MO ( 70K+ )
- Library of Congress (Wiki)
- National Library of Agriculture
- National Library of Education
- National Library of Medicine
- National Transportation Library
- National Library of Canada (Wiki)
- National Library of Mexico (Wiki)
- 10 Biggest Libraries of the World
- List of National & State Libraries
Other library catalogs
A current, comprehensive listing of academic, public, state, national, and international library pages
- OPAC catalogs KVK (75 million) WorldCAT and COPAC for UK and Ireland
- OCLC Participating Institutions: find lending policies
- California Digital Conservation Atlas
- World Maps
- Mapquest & Maps On Us
- Bing Maps
- National Atlas of the United States
- The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
An electronic map collection from the University of Texas libraries.
- TerraServer - view USGS maps and aerial photos of the U.S.A.
- Zip Code Maps
- U.S, Census Gazatteer
- County/Town Finder
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) - lists all features, creeks, trails, mountains, lakes, etc
- Lots more Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Newspapers & Periodicals
- Key Web Outlets:
- Al Jazeera ABC News Arstechnica BBC CBS News CNN Exposefacts.org
- Free Speech Radio News Independent Media Center ITN World News
- MSNBC News NPR Online - National Public Radio New Yorker Pacifica Radio
- PBS - The Online Newshour Pogo.org Propublica.org Theintercept.com
- Vanderbilt Television News Archive
- Major U.S. Newspapers: Linked by State, Newspapers.com, ABYZ 50states.com
- London Newspapers: Guardian Independent Times
- Business Newspapers: Newspaperdrive.com (Worldwide) Bibliomaven (USA)
- General Article Indexes
- FindArticles.com: free, full-text articles from the most recent two years of over 300 periodicals, including popular and scholarly periodicals as well as trade publications.
- Infotrieve.com: approximately 20 million citations and 10 million abstracts from over 30,000 scientific, technical, medical, and other academic journals, no full text.
- Ingenta: for both general and scholarly periodicals, few annotations, no full text. formerly Carl Uncover.
- DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals, 50,000 articles in 300 free journals
- HighBeam - covers 32 million documents
- Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature Index
Citations only database for 325 of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and Canada from 1983 to the present from Wilson
- Readers' Guide Retrospective
Citation only database for 500+ popular general interest magazines published in the United States, covering all subjects and topics from the years 1963-1982
- NewsDirectory: newspapers, magazines searchable by title, area code,subject
- NewsTrawler: international newspapers, magazines and journals
- Newspapers: USA and Worldwide (refdesk.com)
- MagPortal.com: free on-line magazines
- PubList.com and MediaFinder -title verify free, rest $$
- American Journalism Review Newspapers
- Foreign Language News and Newspapers - organized at MIT Libraries
- U.S. Newspaper Archives on the Web and International News Archives on the Web
- Online Newspapers from Around the World
- MEL:Indexes to Select Books, Newspapers and Periodicals
- Newspapers of the world on the Internet: by geography
- NewsletterAccess: Business, Investments, Health, Advertising, Marketing
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Provides publishing and ordering information for over 250,000 periodicals. Also provides information on what article databases index a particular periodical.
- Electronic Journal Miner - descriptive and contact info for 8000 titles
- PubList - ISSN and publisher contact information (free, but must register)
- Genamics Journal Seek: the largest database of freely available journal information available on the internet. The database presently contains more than 8500 titles.
- NewJour: Electronic Journals & NewsLetters: a completely internet list for new journals and newsletters available on the Internet
- All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources
- Library Genesis: Scientific Articles
- Magzdb.org Magazine Database (in Russian)
- Peace positive Independent news sources
- Statdomain.org Whistleblowing Wiki List
Database Vendor Title Lists
- Gale Group - offers over 8000 journals and 100 newspapers
- OCLC - reseller of many offerings
- ProQuest - offers over 2000 journals and 500 newspapers
- Thomson ISI - over 8000 journals
- Dialog $$ - many specialized databases
- Factiva $$
- LexisNexis $$ - legal and business databases and journals
- Wils Online Database Vendors - lists library database products
- America's Career InfoNet
Wages and employment trends, occupational requirements, state by state labor market conditions, and employer contacts
- Career Guide to Industries
Information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information
- Monster.com , Monster Career Advice, CareerBuilder, Yahoo
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
Describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
Prizes and Awards
- Nobel Foundation
Information about Nobel prize winners, including full-text of Nobel lectures.
- Pulitzer Prizes
Database of winners--searchable by keyword, year, or name. Full texts, photographs and cartoons are available for journalism winners from 1995-2002.
- Literary Awards
Provides lists of winners and direct links to major literary award sites including the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Booker Prize, the Caldecott Medal, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Newbery Medal, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
- Peabody Awards
The Peabody Award is given for excellence in the field of journalism and mass communication. Database of winners--searchable by keyword, year, organization, title, and city.
- Columbia World of Quotations 65,000 quotes from 5,000+ authors (Bartleby.com)
- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th edition
More than 11,000 searchable quotations from this older edition of the famous reference resource.
Offers a collection of quotation sites like Quoteland, Quoteworld, The Quotations Page, Bartlett's Familiar, and Creative Quotations. Also features sites by quotation topics such as movie quotes, Bible quotes, and scientific quotes.
- Simpson's Contemporary Quotations - 9,000+ quotes (Bartleby.com)
- About.com Women's History Site
Features an extensive collection of quotes by women famous in various fields of art, drama, music, science, literature, law, social sciences, and academia. Also provides biographies or links to additional information about some of the featured women.
- Fedstats - provides easy access to full range of statistics and other information from over 70 federal agencies including data on labor, economy, justice, census, the IRS and more
- National UK Statistics Database
- CensusData and Census2010 from the U.S. Census Bureau and (index)
- Census and Opinion data at ICPSR and CensusTools
- Industry Accounts Data - Produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
- Economic Indicators - Produced by the Economics & Statistics Administration.
- NCES - National Center for Educational Statistics site with statistics, studies, reports, and periodicals.
- Official Statistics on the Web: arranged by country
- American Factfinder - extensive free offering from census.gov
- Statistical Abstract of the United States - .pdf files available free from Census.gov
- Counting California
Provides access to a huge number of key economic time series data, with a special emphasis on forecasting data. This site was started in 1996 to help students in an Applied Forecasting class.
- Harris Polls Vault for years 1970-2015
- USA TradeOnline
- Statistics.com - extensive statistics portal
- Statistical Resources on the Web
Hierarchal treatment of links from the University of Michigan
- NationMaster.com - Extensive statistics worldwide
- Area Decoder: Area code look-up service and AreaCode-Info.Com
- Which Phone Book?
- Telephone Directories: links to many different sources of phone directories
- Switchboard.com & SmartPages.com
- Who Where? (from Lycos) and yellow.com (for people and businesses)
- Yahoo! People Search (white pages) and Yahoo! Yellow Pages
- Internet 800 Directory - lookup by product, service or company
- 800notes - lookup by phone number for user entered comment about who has called them from that number, eg telemarketer, bill collector
- International White & Yellow Pages and Telephone Directories on the Web
- International Country and City Calling Codes or here
Traffic, Cars and Transportation
- California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)
- Lyft A ride whenever you need one, similar to uber but maybe cheaper
- CHP Traffic Incident Information Page
- Edmunds' Automobile Buyer's Guides
- Kelley Blue Book: New car prices & used car values
- Southern California Metrolink & I Hate Driving.com & LA Live Traffic Information
- Metrolink Orange County Schedules & OCTA Bus Routes
- Bay Area Transit Information
- Amtrak: Routes & Services -West Coast map and sample fares 800.USA-RAIL
- US Towns and Cities Served By Amtrak - note half the cites only by bus shuttle!!
- TrainWeb and RailServe
- Greyhound Lines, Inc. - 800-231-2222
- Green Tortoise - the West Coast alternative
Translates words and phrases from, and into, English with Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, and Korean. Also offers translation for web pages.
Translates words and phrases from and into English with Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, German, and Portuguese. Also translates Norwegian and Chinese into English.
Links to dictionaries for languages throughout the world (Artificial, African, Altaic, etc.). Also includes links to thesauri, grammars, word identifiers, and much more.
- Language Dictionaries and Translators
A language dictionary and translator with pointers to searchable and browsable dictionaries
- Travlang's Traveling Dictionaries
- iTools - Swiss army knife of websites including translation
- Self Study Quizes for ESL students
- Airbnb: Vacation Rentals, Homes, Experiences & Places
- Center for Disease Control (CDC): traveler's health site
- Lonely Planet
- National Chains with Free Wi-Fi Hotspots 2015 List
- Travel on the web: sites to help you plan your vacation
From an essay with links that mentions kayak.com, Expedia.com, Cheaptickets.com, and Priceline.com
- U.S. National Parks: Accommodations, Lodging, and Information
- U.S. State Department Travel Warnings & Consular Information Services
Virus hoaxes and Breaches
One of the pages considered the industry standard information source for new virus hoaxes and false alerts.
- Symantec Security Response
List of email virus hoaxes
- McAfee-Virus Hoaxes
List of hoaxes and links to other information
Computer Incident Advisor Capability (Computer Security Office of the Dept of Energy)
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Explore Chronology of Data Breaches by search field and/or check boxes
- Data Breach Statistics by Year, Industry, More
Data breach statistics of lost and stolen data
- Identity Theft Resource Center
ITRC Breach Report compilation of data breaches confirmed by various media sources
- Information is Beautiful
Data visualization of the world biggest data breaches, leaks and hacks
- National Weather Service Forecast Office
Forecasts for your area
- Western Regional Climate Center
Information for the Western United States, including historical climate information.
- The Weather Channel
Weather information searchable by city or zip code
From the University of Michigan. Major source of weather information. Provides access to thousands of forecasts, images, and the Net's largest collection of weather links.
- Weather Underground
Weights, measures and scientific constants
Weights and measures
- Convert It!
- Measuring Units Conversion Tables
Scientific constants, properties and data
- MEDLINEplus Drug Information
Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications through two drug resources -- MedMaster™, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the USP DI® Advice for the Patient®.a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
- Druginfonet Database - full text of official package inserts
- Drug Info Resource Center - includes text and audio versions of listings
- RXList- The Internet Drug Index - same info as PDR; & Nurse's PDR - concise
- A Visual Interpretation of the Table of Elements
- Physical constants from the National Institute of Standards & Technology
- GNU units.dat - a more extensive list of constants by Adrian Mariano
- Recent Earthquakes Maps
- US Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications
- Web elements
Periodic table of the elements and their properties
Area, Zip, Postal and Search Codes
- Area Code Look-ups
Contains various database look-up seaches and lists.
- Area Code Look-ups
Listings By Area Code/Exchange, CLLI, Company Name & State, Rate Center & State, OCN, LATA, Zip.
- Area Code radius and Zip Code Look-ups
Contains various look-up tools for zip codes, including zip codes within a county, within a radius of another zip code, and more.
- Zip Code by City, County, Census Tract, Time Zone
Links to many Zip code searchable databases from all-in-one forms pages
- Cedar US National Address Server
Validates and attempts to rewrite an address in the proper format
- Address Verification for US and Canada
Displays the area code, timee zone, lat/long, tract/block. Links to maps, Street Name, Climate, Home Sales & more.
- SmartyStreets Free Single Address Validation Tool
- HomeMetry Virtual Street Walk
Choose a state, city and street and see a list of known addresses with a list of tenants, valuations and much more, get a real feel of the neighborhood [similar to rehold.com & neighborwho.com]
- Zip code look-up from USPS
- Zip Codes and Country Codes of the World
Links to postal code servers worldwide or Codeposte also see Int'l Mail address formats
- NAICS Codes - full list and NAICS / SIC Codes Lookup and Conversion Table
- SIC Codes - full list and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System Search
- IPTC Subject Codes - (from International Press Telecommunications Council)
- ISO 3166 geographic codes
- UNSPSC - United Nations Standard Products and Services Code
- SITC Codes - Standard International Trade Classification
- HTS - Harmonized Tariff System codes