basic reference tools
A reference & encyclopedia that provides articles in all areas of topics within Earth & Environment, History, Literature & Arts, Health & Medicine, People, Philosophy & Religion, Places, Plants & Animals, Science & Technology, Social Science, Law, Sports, Everyday Life, and more.
This site "combines the best of both contemporary and classic reference works into the most comprehensive public reference library ever published on the web."
Yahoo's Index of Reference Tools
Internet Public Library Ready Reference
"Find the best library and reference resources at LibrarySpot.com, including top dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, maps, quotations and much more."
Martindale's The Reference Desk
almanacs, dictionary and encyclopedia
Galaxy's Guide To Reference Sources
345 dictionaries now indexed
Web of On-line Dictionaries
Now linked to more than 800 dictionaries in 150 different languages
DICT Development Grp
Search Several Dictionaries
Search dictionary or thesaurus
Webster's Dictionary at Carnegie Mellon
the online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology
the internet language dictionary
Yahoo Index of On-Line Dictionaries
Newbury House Online Dictionary
Based on the best selling Newbury House Dictionary of American English, this online tool provides a wealth of sample sentences, idioms, and a wide array of cultural facts and figures.
Galaxy's Guide To Dictionaries
Translation dictionaries in many languages.
Online Etymology Dictionary
"...a free dictionary of word origins online..."
Nolo's Law Dictionary
Confused by legalese? Not sure what a toxic tort or a q-tip trust is? Get plain-English definitions of legal terms from Nolo’s online law dictionary.
The Alternative Dictionaries
This is a web service where you may read and input words that are not normally included in dictionaries. A number of languages are supported.
The CMU Pronouncing Dictionary
The Carnegie Mellon University Pronouncing Dictionary is a machine-readable pronunciation dictionary for North American English that contains over 100,000 words and their transcriptions.
The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary
find words that rhyme with, almost rhyme with, or sound exactly the same as a certain target word.
Language Dictionaries and Translators
Translation Software and Electronic Dictionaries from Ectaco, SYSTRAN, Babylon and PowerGlide
"Majstro" is a multilingual translation dictionary with a vocabulary database that is based on more recent versions of the Ergane wordlists that are currently used by other translation services.
"Dictionary, thesaurus and translation with spelling correction. Online multilingual dictionary can be put on your browser, web page, mobile computer, phone."
The Official Smiley
The largest selection of smiley face emoticons...
Encyclopedia.com from Electric Library
Funk & Wagnall's Multimedia Encyclopedia
"Here's your opportunity for 30 consecutive days of free access to the 32-volume Encyclopædia Britannica -- plus thousands of newly added articles, graphics, and related Internet links!"
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The Catholic Encyclopedia
As its name implies, this proposes to give a full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine.
Yahoo Reference: Libraries
U.S. Public Libraries with Websites
Listed by state.
The Library of Congress
USA Academic Libraries on the Web
State Library Websites
This site, "allows you to: scan thousands of volumes simultaneously; search by subject, author, or title; download eBooks to your computer; make notes and bookmarks; search every word in every book; highlight text; print selected information."
Writing & Grammar
OnLine English Grammar
11 Rules of Writing
Elements of Style
classic on proper English usage
Guide to Grammar & Writing
The English Pages
As more and more information is available over the Internet, citing research sources can get tricky. This site gives examples for citing websites, newsgroups, ftp sites, email and more.
"...the Web's largest collection of topics, ideas, and assistance for school related research projects."
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directory of 90,095 mailing lists
Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
Search this group's electronic journal database for links to thousands of Web-based publications.
This database of e-zines also maintains a monthly top 5 list, a top 100 list, and a 100 most-popular list.
Internet Scout New-List
Keep track of mailing lists as they're created. View today's or this month's archives or subscribe to the New-List mailing list itself. You can search the entire archive, too.
Publicly Accessible Mailing Lists
It's been around since 1981, so you can imagine the size of its database. Look for mailing lists or check out the FAQ.
Vivian Neou's List of Lists
One of the largest databases of e-mail lists on the Web. Results tell you how to subscribe and give a short description of the list's focus.
WWW Virtual Library Electronic Journals List
From Ask the Master Plumber to Zipzap, you'll find lots of e-mail newsletters as well as publications and archives (online and print) here. Browse by category or search by keyword.
FXConverter is a multilingual currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals. It uses daily OANDA Rates®, the touchstone foreign exchange rates used by corporations, tax authorities, auditing firms, and financial institutions.
The WWW Unit Converter
"Online conversion of area, density, energy, force, length, mass, power, pressure, speed, temperature, volume and bytes."
"...a resource for weights, measures, calculators, converters."
"FREE Online Converters and Calculators"
XE.com-The Universal Currency Converter
"The world's favorite free Internet foreign exchange tool."
"All FREE Online Measurement Converters Calculators and Unit Translators Metric Imperial"
"Acceleration to Euro Converter to RGB to HEX to Velocity and more."
The Weather Channel - Home Page
U.S. city forecasts: Just enter a complete or partial city, name and hit "go city" to get forecasts and current conditions. Also list of cities with weather reporting by state and US weather maps.
USA Today-Forecasts Along Interstates
Weather forecasts for towns and cities along the U.S. interstates of your choice...plus state and world forecasts and much more.
Includes US and World Weather plus travel and ski conditions, dewpoints, allergy alerts, pollen counts and radar images.
Find the Weather for any City, State or Zipcode, or Country.
CNN - Weather
Includes temperature, forecast, satellite, and radar maps and four day forecasts for hundreds of cities worldwide.
National Warnings Area
Provides immediate access to all available warnings for the United States: tornados, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods and winter storms.
Hurricanes, Typhoons & Tropical Cyclones
Tropical storms world wide.
Welcome to the BBC Weather Centre
The BBC Weather Centre produces over fifty broadcasts a day from its purpose built studios in Television Centre, London, for the British Isles.
Maps & Driving Directions
Mapquest - Maps
Create a map for your use from your information.
Maps & Driving Directions
"Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world."
Mapquest - Driving Directions
Create Driving directions between two addresses.
Free Trip's AutoPilot
The award-winning, easy-to-use Highway Trip Planner that creates personalized and comprehensive driving itineraries.
MapBlast! allows you to create, customize, and save easy-to-read digital maps pinpointing almost any location within the United States.
U.S. Postal Service ZIP Code Lookup
Find a ZIP Code for an address, what cities and ZIP Codes are associated with each other, official Abbreviations, how the Postal Service prefers to see address components abbreviated and more.
International Dialing Codes
A list of Country Codes and IDD (International Direct Dialing) prefixes.
Area Code Lookup Service.
Area Codes, Area Code Finder, Area Code Look Up, Telephone Area Codes
AreaCode.org is an area codes locator and comprehensive directory of area codes across the United States. Find information on each area code, including coverage area and local dialing instructions.
Who WherePhone Numbers & Addresses
Enter a name and find their address and telephone number.
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Search their database for a web hosting plan with the options that you need. They have a complete directory with hundreds of hosting companies.
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Internet 800 Directory
The Internet 800 Directory is the only toll free directory on the WWW that lists any 800 or 888 number FREE and REGARDLESS of long distance carrier.