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General Resources

Academic Info
An organized directory of resources for college and high school students. The annotated subject guides contain over 25,000 hand-picked resources that include arts, sciences, business, humanities, law, government, health and medicine, reference, job placement resources and more. Also contains a directory of online degree programs and admissions test preparation resources such as the SAT. ACT, GRE, LSAT, etc.

Search thousands of free online reference works and literature, including encyclopedias, quotations, thesauri, Shakespeare, Bulfinch's Mythology, Gray's Anatomy and the King James Bible.

Internet Public Library
Features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative web sites. Also provides tools such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, a KidSpace section and a TeenSpace section for younger searchers.

Simple and fast access to dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, world atlas, rhyming dictionary, etc.

Library of Congress' Virtual Reference Shelf
Web resources compiled by the Library of Congress.

Librarians' Internet Index
A searchable and annotated subject directory of Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries.

A one-stop site for all things Internet including news, weather, sports, reference, encyclopedia (50 areas), facts on file, FAQs, tutorials, search engines and more.

Abbreviations & Acronyms

The ultimate resource of acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms on the web.

Acronym Finder
The web's largest searchable dictionary of abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms.

Acronym Search
Quickly and easily find acronyms and abbreviations.


Fact Monster
A version of the Information Please Almanac just for children. It has an easy-to-use interface, and includes an online dictionary, encyclopedia, a homework center, "today in history," and a word of the day.

Information from the Information Please Almanac. Also includes an atlas, encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, biography database, features, and quizzes.

Old Farmer's Almanac
Categories include Astronomy, Weather, Gardening, Food, Outdoors, Press, and Shop. Look for weather forecasts, weather history, moon phases, gardening tips, and more.

On This Day
Daily historical facts and events, famous birthdays, world history, music history, and quote of the day.

Texas Almanac
Chronicles Texas history, government, business, and includes a searchable database of Texas towns.

Dictionaries & Thesauri

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Fourth Edition. Over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustration, language notes and word-root appendixes.

Babel Fish Translation
Provides online text and web page language translation.

Simultaneous look-up in a wide variety of dictionaries, including medical, legal, investment, computing, jargon, idioms, acronyms and crossword.

A directory of online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries. The site has a fully searchable database with over 5000 dictionaries referenced.

Online Etymology Dictionary
Online source of word origins. Use the "Introduction and abbreviations" link at the bottom to decipher the originating language abbreviations.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Offers pronunciation of words and a thesaurus.

Free help with crossword puzzles, anagrams and cryptograms - search to find answers to crossword puzzle clues.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary
Lets you describe a concept and get back a list of related words and phrases.

Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition (Bartleby.com)
"Containing 35,000 synonyms and over 250,000 cross-references in an easy-to-use format, this thesaurus features succinct word definitions and an innovative hyperlinked category index."

RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus
Find rhyming words and phrases with the results sorted by the number of syllables.

Focuses on recently coined words and phrases, old words that are being used in new ways, and existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance.

Multi-lingual dictionaries, specialty English dictionaries, Thesauri and other vocabulary aids, language identifiers and more.


Britannica Concise Encyclopedia
A free source based on the single volume print version. Find short articles on a variety of subjects.

Columbia Encyclopedia Online - Yahoo! Education
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia containing almost 52,000 entries that can be browsed or searched.

HighBeam Encyclopedia
A free encyclopedia with frequently updated articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia. Each article is enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles as well as pictures and maps.


A Guide to American Flags
Search for current state flags as well as national and historical American flags.

World Flag Database
Browse and index of flags by country or search by flag color, flag design and other flag markings.


Celebrate! Holidays in the USA
Provides information about national holidays celebrated in the United States, selected ethnic and regional celebrations and brief histories of holidays.

Earth Calendar
Provides a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.

Holidays and Celebrations from Around the World
Describes holidays and festivals throughout the world.

Holidays Around the World
Information on different holidays throughout the world.  Also provides fun craft ideas and activities with the resources.

Holidays on the Net
Information on holidays celebrated around the world.

Measurement & Conversions

Online weights and measures conversion. Online calculators for quick and easy metric conversion, conversion tables for area, mass and weight, distance and length, capacity and volume and more.

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

Martindale's Calculators On-line Center
A collection of links to calculators for every subject imaginable including science and math calculators.

Metric Converter
Convert weight, volume, temperature, and length to and from the metric system.

Online Conversion
A resource for weights, measures, calculators, converters and more.

Universal Currency Converter
Convert U.S. dollars to any foreign currency.


Encyclopedia Mythica
An online encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend, containing definitions of gods, goddesses, heroes, deities, fabulous creatures and places, as well as images and stories.


Search for a poet or a poem.  Poets.org is one of the many programs sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.


Quotations at Bartleby.com
Search Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, The Columbia World of Quotations, Simpson's Contemporary Quotations, and Respectfully Quoted simultaneously. You can also choose one source to search using the drop-down menu. Look under Collections for a description of each source.

Time & Date

Calendar Zone
A collection of links to calendars on the Internet. Categories include celestial calendars, cultural and religious calendars, holidays, interactive calendars, and calendar software.

Local Times around the World
Find the time for any country.

Time and Date.com
Provides time zones, a perpetual calendar, date calculators and more.

Provides the official U.S. time. This site is a public service cooperatively provided by the two time agencies of the United States: a Department of Commerce agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and its military counterpart, the U. S. Naval Observatory (USNO).

Get the exact time for anywhere in the world. Provides a graphical time zone map and conversion.

Get correct and current world times with accurate daylight saving adjustments for every zone.