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Updated 3/11/15

ALMANACS & ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Canadian Encyclopedia
"This free version, provided by Historica, is searchable or browsable. It includes articles from the English, French and junior editions. It also includes "On this day in history" feature, quizzes, interactive maps, graphs and games, biographies of 100 notable Canadians, and the 100 greatest events in Canadian history."

Information Please
Searches encyclopedias, almanacs, and dictionaries (does not list the actual sources)

My Virtual Reference Desk
Offers links to various reference sites.

Texas Almanac
Selections from the Texas Almanac.

DICTIONARIES

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations Online
The classic volume of quotations offered online.

OneLook Dictionaries

A Web of On-line Dictionaries

NUMBERS & ADDRESSES

AnyWho?
One of the few sources that allows you to search by telephone number or street address.

Four11

SuperPages
A good source for fax numbers, as well as the usual addresses and phone numbers.

Switchboard

Telephone Directories
Links you to other countries' telephone directories on the web.

Tollfree Directory

U.S. Postal Service

USWEST DEX

WhoWhere?

Whitepages Reverse Look-up
This website allows you to look up a person using the phone number or address. You can also look up and area code to see what major towns/cities it covers.

World Directories

Yellow Pages (Netscape)

STATISTICS

AIER Cost-of-Living Calculator
The American Institute for Economic Research provides this inflation/cost of living calculator. You can use it to convert any number of US dollars in any year between 1913 and 1999 to the equivalent dollar amount in any other year. (And you can probably do it quicker than it takes to read the preceding sentence.) The calculations are based on consumer price index values as supplied by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours, and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.  Enables customized tables of labor and economic data to be browsed or downloaded.

CIA World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook contains plenty of detailed information on the geography, demographics, government and economies of countries, territories, and regions of interest to the US.

City Comparisons
An excellent site to compare U.S. cities by various categories.

50 U.S. States and Capitals
Find text of state songs, pictures of many state flowers and birds, maps, parks, office holders, etc.

Consumer Price Index Home Page
One of the pages hosted by the US Bureau of Labor Standards, the CPI home page has lots of lists of historical CPIs as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

Economy at a Glance
The Bureau of Labor Standards produces this table of key economic indicators. It includes such commonly referenced values as the CPI and the unemployment rate for each month of the last year.

Fedstats
More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

GIS Online Data for Texas
Links to GIS (Geographic Information System) maps for various cities and counties in Texas.

Texas Business and Industry Data Center
"The Business and Industry Data Center (BIDC) program is an ongoing initiative of the U.S. Census Bureau to make economic data and statistics more widely available at the state and local levels. The Texas Department of Economic Development supports this site, hence the wealth of demographic and economic data and the analysis of the Texas economy.

Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
Health statistics, including births, deaths, and marriages/divorces. Includes links to information on obtaining birth/death certificates, epidemiology, and more.

US Census Bureau

U.S. State Fact Sheets
"The State Fact Sheets contain information on: Population; Per-capita income; Earnings per job; Poverty rate; Total number of jobs; Unemployment rate; Percent employment change; Farm & farm related jobs; Top export commodities; Farm characteristics; [and] Farm financial indicators.  The State Fact Sheets are updated when new data become available. The data are from a variety of sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, and ERS."

CITATION GUIDES & WRITING

Elements of Style
The writing manual by William Strunk, Jr. offered online.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Created by Professor Charles Darling of the Capital Community-Technical College, this site offers well organized help on all sorts of grammar and writing problems, from capitalization and italics to sentence structure and essay composition.

Kathy's Guide to Citation Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab
The Purdue Online Writing Lab offers over 200 free resources on writing and teaching writing, research, grammar, style guides, ESL, job search, professional writing and more.

OTHER

Acronym and Abbreviation Server

Acronym Finder
"A searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military."

Calculators On-Line Center
Calculators for everything you could want to count.

Calendar Zone
Links to all sorts of calendars including, celestial, cultural, historic, geographic, religious, reform, and women-oriented calendars.

IFP Measuring Units Conversion Tables
"Provide for conversion from/to metric and imperial and US measurement systems."

Measurement Conversion
Conversion caculator. Recognizes hundreds of measurements.

Units of Measurement Dictionary
Includes archaic measurements and measurements in other languages.

The Phrase Finder
Calling itself a "phrases thesaurus and searchable database of English phrases and sayings," this site offers information on the origin and meanings of phrases. Although brief, the information is usually more than adequate.

Pro-Con
Links and articles for both sides of many contentious issues.

Sun and Moon Rise/Set Data
Times for sun and moon rising and setting from anywhere in the U.S.

 

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