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Almanacs & Encyclopedias Links

InfoPlease: Great reference site that searches encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, and atlases, to provide you with a wealth of information across a number of topics and subject areas.

My Virtual Reference Desk: Offers a virtual fact checker for the Internet to access search resources, news, facts, and a host of other means for accessing materials online.

Texas Almanac:
Provides selections from the Texas Almanac about all things related to the Lone Star State since 1857 and searchable by topics, towns, perform your own search, and more.


Citation & Writing Guides Links

Citation Machine: Generate citations using all the leading styles including APA and MLA by inputting the information requested and the cite will generate the current format for you.

Guide to Grammar and Writing: This site offers well-organized help on all sorts of grammar and writing problems from capitalization and italics to sentence structure and essay composition.

Karla's Guide to Citation Guides: Contains online information on citation style guides with links for more information on each and how to use them properly.

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


Dictionary Links

Acronym Finder: A searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military. Find definitions, synonyms, and antonyms from a number of sources as well as a translating feature.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works to provide an online dictionary for English-language users.

Your Dictionary: Provides the most comprehensive and authoritative portal for language and language-related products online with more than 1,800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages.


Frequently Requested Information Links

Department of Education: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.

Internal Revenue Service: Discover how to file your tax return, locate and print out the tax forms you need, check the status of your refund, and more.

Medicare: Signup for Medicare, read about what Medicare covers, and find doctors, hospitals, and other services that work with Medicare.

Microsoft Office Tutorials: Get free tutorials on how to use Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and other programs in Microsoft Office provided by Microsoft itself.

Social Security: Apply for a Social Security card (or change the information on your card) and learn about Social Security retirement benefits.

Social Security Disability Benefits: Find out how to apply for Social Security disability benefits, check your application status, and learn more about Social Security Disability coverage.

Texas Department of Public Safety: Read about Concealed Handgun licensing, renew your Driver's License, learn how to become a Texas State trooper, and more.

Texas Unemployment Benefits: Apply for unemployment benefits and view the status of your claim; provided from the Texas Workforce Commission.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service: Find out how to apply for citizenship, get a green card, and check your case status from start to finish.

Your Texas Benefits: Learn what to do to receive Medicaid, food stamps, TANF, Children's Medicaid and CHIP, along with checking your current benefits.


General Links

Calculators Online Center: Offers access to calculators for everything you could want to count including loans, fractions, graphing, percentage, temperature, area, and more.

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

Online Conversion: Convert just about anything with thousands of units offering millions of conversions.

The Phrase Finder: A phrases thesaurus and searchable database of English phrases and sayings offering information on the origin and meanings of phrases.


Language/Grammar Links

American Sign Language University: A sign language resource site for ASL students and teachers. You will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.

BBC-Languages: As the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, this page has online language courses, phrase guides, and more language learning resources in many languages.

Busuu: Offers interactive courses and lessons to help you learn different languages and opportunities to converse with other people worldwide.

Common Errors in English: Is it "effect" or "affect," "flaunt" or "flout?" This site lists many common mistakes and explains them clearly.

duolingo: A free site to help you learn a second language that is effective, user-friendly, and fun. Free apps are also available for Androids, Apple devices, Windows, and Kindle Fires.

English Grammar Guide: Provides everything you could ever want to know about writing.

Google Translate: Offers a free online language translation service that instantly translates text and web pages and supporting a number of major languages.

LingQ: Learn a number of different languages online including English, French, Spanish, and German. You can also join in on conversations with people from around the world.

LiveMocha: A web-based learning platform for instructional content with a global community of language learners with a full range of practical reading, listening, writing, and speaking exercises.

Translating Dictionaries: What does a German word mean in Spanish? A French word in English? An English word in Spanish? You can find those answers here.

Your Dictionary: Provides the most comprehensive portal for language and language-related products and services on the web with more than 1,800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages.


Library Association Links

American Association of Law Libraries: Promotes the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field.

American Library Association: The oldest and largest library association in the world that provides information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

American Society for Information Science and Technology: The only professional association that bridges the gap between information science practice and research, and leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.

Library of Congress: Access the nation's oldest and largest library housing millions of items and serving as the research arm of Congress.

Library and Information Technology Association: The leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership, while providing programs for everyone from absolute beginners to hi-tech professionals.

Public Library Association: A division of the American Library Association that exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.

Reference and User Services Association: Responsible for stimulating and supporting excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, readers' advisory, and resource sharing for all ages.

Texas Library Association: The largest state library association in the U.S. established to promote, support, and improve library services in Texas.

Young Adult Library Services Association: National association of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens ages 12-18.


Library Links

LibDex: Access the directory of libraries across the world to be provided with an index of library homepages, Friends of the Library pages, and more.

Abilene Library Consortium: Local consortium consisting of the Abilene Public Library and the university libraries at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry to deliver higher-quality library services to the community and member libraries.

Library of Congress: Access the nation's oldest and largest library housing millions of items and serving as the research arm of Congress.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Official library of the state designed to safeguard resources, provide information services that inspire and support research, education and reading, and enhance the capacity for achievement of current and future generations.


Phonebook Links

AnyWho: Online resource allowing you to search by telephone number or street address to locate directory information.

AreaDecoder: Provides you with current information on area codes. Simply type in the 3-digit code and you'll be provided with a list of associated cities associated with that code.

Four11: Offers online white pages services to lookup phone numbers of people, businesses, addresses, driving directions, and more.

SuperPages: Great directory for phone numbers and addresses, but also for fax numbers too if available.

Switchboard: Search for information on people, businesses, by phone numbers, and addresses to located listed directory information online.

Telephone Directory: Online resource offering international telephone directories, searchable by continents and countries.

Tollfree Directory: Access a directory of free and toll free numbers for businesses and companies including the prefixes of 800, 888, 877, and 866.

WhoWhere?: People search and yellow pages search engine helping users to find the people or businesses they are looking for.


Statistics Links

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

AIER Cost-of-Living Calculator: American Institute for Economic Research provides an inflation/cost of living calculator to convert any number of U.S. dollars in any year between 1913 and 1999.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours, and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

CIA World Factbook: Contains plenty of detailed information on the geography, demographics, government, and economies of countries, territories, and regions of interest to the U.S.

City Comparisons: Excellent site to compare U.S. cities by various categories .

Consumer Price Index: Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards containing lots of lists of historical CPI's as well as information on how to use the CPI and how it's 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 U.S. federal government produce statistics of interest to the public and 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: Provides links to Geographic Information System maps for various cities and countries in Texas.

Texas Bureau and Industry Data Center: An ongoing initiative of the U.S. Census Bureau to make economic data and statistics more widely available at the state and local levels.

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.

U.S. Census Bureau: Department providing information on the makeup of the nation concerning population, demographics, geographic information, and more.

U.S. State Fact Sheets: Provides information on population, per-capita income, earnings per job, poverty rate, total number of jobs, unemployment rate, and more.