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Almanacs

CIA World Factbook
The factbook provided by the Central Intelligence Agency that provides geographic and other information about most countries in the world.
InfoPlease
InfoPlease.com is a new one-stop reference site that freely offers millions of up-to-the-minute facts and statistics covering just about everything. The site integrates the various Information Please(R) Almanacs on sports, entertainment and general knowledge with the Random House Webster's College Dictionary and The Columbia Encyclopedia (Fifth Ed.) into a single reference source that puts a wealth of facts just a mouse click away.
World Almanac
Information about geography, politics, current events, etc.

Biography

Biographical Dictionary
This dictionary includes more than 25,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.The dictionary can be searched by names, birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, miscellaneous achievements, and other keywords.
Biography.com
Biography.com claims news and expanded coverage of more than 20,000 people in all fields. The data on the site is primarily from the Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography.
NameBase
Fascinating database of nearly 200,000 citations, book reviews, essays, and biographical material. Listings cover individual and organizational proper names from approximately 500 " investigative" books and thousands of periodicals. Note that the focus of NameBase is on post World War era politics, intelligence, U.S. foreign policy, crime, and business. Sources concentrate on left of center, conspiracy theory, and spy-tell-all publications.
Nobel e-Museum
The Web site created by the Nobel Foundation. Provides information about each of the Nobel laureates since 1901, when the Nobel prizes were first awarded.

Calculators & Converters

Amortization Calculator
Provides an amortization schedule as well as payment and interest information for loans.
Currency Converter
Allows you to convert any amount from one currency to another. Also provides recent history for the exchange rate between two currencies.
Dollartimes.com
On Dollartimes, you can find the effects of paying the minimum balance of a credit card, determine the most expensive house you can afford, or see how long it will take you to become a millionaire.
Good Calculators
This website provides a variety of online calculators including financial, math, engineering, health, and conversion calculators.
Martindale's Calculators Online
Over 8,000 various calculators.
Unit Conversion Table
Gives you a fast way to convert common measurements like kilometers into miles or fahrenheit into degrees celsius.

Colleges & Universities

Dictionaries & Thesauri

Acronym Finder
A database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms with over 302,000 definitions.
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Provides definitions, illustrations, and scholarly appendices.
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
Allows regular and wildcard searching, so you can find all the words ending in a given suffix.
OneLook Dictionary Search
Type in a word and this site will provide links to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate that word. The site also provides help with misspellings and allows you to search using part of a word.
Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences
A searchable social science dictionary that has 1000 entries covering the disciplines of sociology, criminology, political science and women's study.
Online Etymology Dictionary
Provides the origin, history, and meaning of words in English.
Oxford Music Online
Full text of The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Musicand Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
Project Roget: Thesaurus
Search on a phrase, word, or headword (category of synonyms), and you will jump immediately to the appropriate section of the thesaurus's text.
Roget's II: The New Thesaurus via Bartleby.com
The 3rd edition of Roget's classic.
Visual Thesaurus
Plumb Design's Visual Thesaurus is an experiment in language and interface that displays the interrelationships between words and meanings as spatial maps.
Visual Word Spy
This Web site is devoted to recently coined words and phrases, old words that are being used in new ways, and existing words thathave enjoyed a recent renaissance. These aren't "stunt words" or "sniglets," but new words and phrases that have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, press releases, and Web sites.
Wikipedia.com
Wikipedia is a communal encyclopedia whose content is written collaboratively by people from all around the world.
YourDictionary.com
Provides dictionaries in over 130 languages (from Abenaki to Zulu) as well as translation services in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Italian.

Directories

Anywho Toll-free Directory
Find your free 800 and 888 long distance numbers here.
Switchboard
Find people and businesses by searching this nationwide directory of over 90 million personal names and over 10 million businesses. Includes telephone numbers and email addresses.
Telephone Directories on the Web
Provides links to online telephone directories all over the world.
U.S. Postal Service
This site provides information about ZIP codes, postal rates, changes of address, and other services provided by the USPS.

Encyclopedias

Britannica Spanish Reference Center
Resources in Spanish for all ages using two different versions of the Encylopaedia Britannica: Enciclopedia Moderna for high school ages and up and Britannica Escolar Online for ages 6-12.
Britannica.com
Allows searching of the core content of the Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as providing links to current articles frommore than 70 popular periodicals (e.g., Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, etc.) and access to Britannica's WorldAtlas.
Columbia Encyclopeda (via Bartleby.com)
Contains nearly 51,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), and more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, School Edition
Content from the Encyclopaedia Britannica available for three different reading levels.
Encyclopedia Mythica
A searchable encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, mysticism, and more.
Encyclopedia of Egyptology
A scholarly online encyclopedia in the field of Egyptology.
Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia
Over 25,000 encylopedia entries.
Scholarpedia
Scholarpedia is an online peer-reviewed encyclopedia written by the leading experts in their respective fields.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This encyclopedia of philosophy (provided by Stanford University) is an "in process" living document: each entry is updated and maintained by an expert or group of experts in the field.
Wikipedia.com
Wikipedia is a communal encyclopedia whose content is written collaboratively by people from all around the world.

General Reference

Consumer Information Catalog
The Consumer Information Center (Pueblo, Colorado 81009) is the printing site for federal departments and agencies. Publications available through the catalog cover everything from health to housing, from buying cars to building careers, from food to federal benefits.
Credo Reference
Credo Reference allows the user to search for information about a topic in encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations and reference works covering a wide range of subjects. Reference works include The Oxford Companion to English Literature andThe Grove Concise Dictionary of Music.
Internet Movie Database
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an international organization whose objective is to provide useful and up to date movie information freely available on-line. It currently covers over 100,000 movies with over 1,500,000 filmography entries. It's fully hyperlinked both within the database and to thousands external sites and is updated continuously.
The Internet Public Library
An online version of the public library and its services.
The Virtual Reference Desk
Links to selected government documents, information technology, dictionaries, thesauri, acronyms, phone books and area codes, maps and travel information, science data, calendars and time zones, ZIP, and International Country Codes, plus other reference sources. From Purdue University's library.
The Virtual Reference Shelf
Compiled by the Library of Congress, this site provides links to online reference resources that are categorized by topic and type of source.

Internet Guides & Directories

Academic Info
A subject directory of internet resources tailored to a college and university audience.
Best Information on the Net
Librarian's guide to the best information on the Net. Includes: disability resources, Electronic Reading Room (full texts of books, journals, documents, poetry, and folklore), faculty and administration resources, hot paper topics, important sites by major (Internet resources, job hunting, grad school, surviving college), news (news files on politics, medicine, science, sports, weather, women, picture sources), and images from art, nature, medicine, science.
InfoSpace
Find a business or person online. The Washington Post called this site the Web's premiere online directory. "Fast and comprehensive."
Librarians' Index to the Internet
The Librarians' Index to the Internet is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 8,200 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. It's meant to be used by both librarians and non-librarians as a reliable and efficient guide to described and evaluated Internet resources.
WWW Virtual Library
A distributed subject catalog linking sites across the Internet.

Internet Hoaxes

Snopes
Suspected hoaxes can be easily verified by keyword searching, through an index, or by investigating pre-set categories such as Politics, Old Wives Tales, etc.
Urban Legends and Folklore
A site from About.com that provides lots of information about various urban legends and Internet hoaxes.

Maps

Map Collections: 1500-2003
This Library of Congress site provides a wealth of historical maps.
National Geographic's Map Machine
Quality maps including good satellite and relief maps.
Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection
Makes available many world and U.S. maps, as well as historical maps of the United States. Links to other cartographic Web sites are also provided.
University of Virginia Electronic Text Library
Holdings include sizeable collections of Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and Spanish, as well as French, Japanese, and English Texts.

Oklahoma Information

Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation
A memorial for those who died in the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Also a center designed to educate the public about terrorism.
Oklahoma Historical Society
Museum and library, as well as a bookstore and links to other education sites.
Oklahoma Native America
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department's site containing travel information, attractions, lodging, dining, and events.
Your Oklahoma
The official state Website.

Publishers & Books

Amazon
Information about books, including reviews and author interviews, as well as an opportunity to purchase books.
Barnes and Noble
More information about books from a well-known online bookstore.
Bartleby.com
Bartleby.com publishes literary, nonfiction, and reference works free of charge, including titles such as: Gray's Anatomy,The Columbia Encyclopedia, and the Oxford Book of English Verse.
Books in Print
List of all books currently in print, with book reviews for many of the books listed.To access this database from off campus, you will need an OC login and password. If you have an OC login but are having problems logging into the database, please call the reference desk at 425-5322 or Ask a Librarian.

Quotations

Bartlett Familiar Quotations
Familiar quotations traced to their sources.
Famous Quotes & Authors
Famous quotations for all occasions.
QuoteInvestigator.com
A blog that explores the origins of different well-known quotations.
Quoteland.com
Search for a specific quotation or browse by topic.
Simpson's Contemporary Quotations via Bartleby.com
"The most notable quotations from 1950 to 1988."

This Day in History

American Memory Project
The Library of Congress provides a synopsis of American history for a particular day in history.
dMarie Time Capsule
Provides a list of events that occurred on a specific day in history.
History Channel
Find out what happened on this day in history. From the History Channel.
On This Day
Provides a list of events that occurred on a specific day in history.
Scopes Systems
Provides a list of events that occurred on a specific day in history.

Weather

National Weather Service
Provides up-to-date U.S. weather information.
The Weather Channel
The web version of the popular cable television channel. U.S. and International conditions and forecasts are listed as well as a good selection of weather trivia.



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