Selected Reference Resources

Acronyms | Almanacs | Associations | Biographies | Book Reviews | Calculators | Careers and Jobs | Citation Guides | Colleges and Universities | Companies | Countries | Dictionaries and Thesauri | Directories | Elected Officials | Encyclopedias | Exchange Rates | Geography and Maps | Government Information | Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships | Health | Industries | Law | Literary Criticism | Movies/Reviews | Municipal Profiles | News | Newspapers | Patents | Personal Finance | Phone Books, Area Codes, Zip Codes | Quotations | Recommended Web Sites | Reference Collections | Search Engines | Statistics | Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds | Tax Forms | Timelines | Weather

Acronyms

Acronym Finder
"The Acronym Finder is a world wide web (WWW) searchable database of more than 259,000 abbreviations and acronyms about computers, technology, telecommunications, and military acronyms and abbreviations."

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Almanacs

Infoplease.com
Resource for statistics, articles, biographies, and other data. The information is drawn from a collection of reference resources including an atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia, and several almanacs.

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Associations

Special Collections Created by IPL2 - Associations on the Net
U.S. Societies and Associations

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Biographies

Biography.com
Includes over 25,000 biographical entries drawn from the Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia
Encyclopaedia Britannica's Guide to Women's History
Biographies of notable women in American history. Also includes timelines of significant events in American women's history, primary documents, etc.
Gale Biography in Context
"This database combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Biography Resource Center also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search. With the Complete Marquis Who's Who(R), find quick reference information on an additional 900,000 people." Full text.
S9.com Biographical Dictionary
"This dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day."

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Book Reviews

Booklist
Includes online book and electronic media reviews, author interviews, book-related essays, and other features.
H-Net Reviews
Includes review of books in the humanities and social sciences.
The New York Times - Books
Provides free full text reviews of books appearing in The New York Times since 1996.

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Calculators

Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center
Includes engineering, mathematics, science, and statistics calculators. Also included are a large number of calculators which don't fall within these broad subject categories.
Mortgage and Financial Calculators

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Careers and Jobs

CareerBuilder.com
Includes listing for over 250,000 jobs. This site also enables a job seeker to create a resume online and send it to a prospective employer.
Careers in Science and Engineering
A primer for the student planning a career in the fields of science and engineering. Included are sections on evaluating your career goals, assessing the personal qualities necessary to achieve your career goals, educational training needed for careers in science and engineering, job interviewing techniques, etc.
JobHunt
Meta-list of job listings, resume banks, reference materials, commercial job services, and other meta-lists.
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-13
Information on various careers from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Riley Guide
Includes job resources in various fields. Also provides information on the use of the Internet in the job search.
What Can I Do With A Major In...?

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Citation Guides

APA Style Guide to Electronic References (Western New England University Connect2U username and password required for access)
Chicago Manual of Style Online
Searchable online version of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Citation Guides for correct MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE formats

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Colleges and Universities

CollegeSource (Use of a proxy required for off-campus access)
CollegeSource Online provides cover-to-cover coverage of 60,000+ catalogs from colleges and universities throughout the world. Full text.
Peterson's Education Portal
Includes profiles of colleges, universities, and other educational institutions plus other information pertaining to the education field.
Universities Worldwide
Collection of links to colleges and universities around the world.

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Companies

AnnualReports.com
Includes free annual reports of U.S. publicly-traded companies.
FreeEdgar
Provides access to 10-K, 10-Q, and other documents filed by public companies with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These documents can be viewed in real-time as they are filed with the SEC.

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Countries

Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands
World Factbook 2013
Profiles of countries produced by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Dictionaries and Thesauri

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
"The 4th edition of this resource includes "over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes."
Foreign Language Online Dictionaries and Free Translation Links
Merriam-Webster Online Search
Search several Merrian-Webster's resources including a dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English dictionary, and a medical dictionary.
Mondofacto Online Medical Dictionary
"The mondofacto dictionary is a dictionary of terms relating to biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, medicine, plant biology, technology and zoology - in fact anything to do with science and medicine. It includes acronyms, conventions, eponyms, and history."
OneLook Dictionary Search
Search for a word or acronym in over 1,000 online dictionaries.
Oxford English Dictionary

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Directories

Million Dollar Directory
"The D&B® Million Dollar Directory (MDDI) provides a valuable source of information on both privately and public companies and their executives. Mergent’s MDDI now combines complete coverage on all businesses in the U.S. and Canada with business profiles on firms in over 200 countries worldwide."
ThomasNet
Includes product information for over 155,000 U.S. companies.

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Elected Officials

Directory of Senators by State
Listing of U.S. senators arranged by state and name. Includes a link to each senator's home page.
List of Members of the House of Representatives of the United States
Listing of members of the U.S. House of Representatives arranged alphabetically by state and name.
Massachusetts Legislators
Listing of Massachusetts senators and representatives arranged by city and town.

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Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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Exchange Rates

Currency Converter
Provides both currency conversion and historical exchange rates.

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Geography and Maps

How Far is It?
Calculates the distance between two places.
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
"The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection holds more than 230,000 maps covering every area of the world."
U.S. Gazetteer
Search for information on places in the U.S. -- cities, towns, etc. Each place is linked to a map and 1990, 2000, and 2010 Census data.

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Government Information

Congress.gov
Offical source for United States legislative information.
Mass.Gov
Official website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
U.S. Government Documents Ready Reference Collection
"This is a subject arrangement of the most frequently used depository document titles at Columbia University Libraries."
U.S. Government Manual 2013
Provides information on the agencies comprising the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government. Also included are quasi-official agencies, boards, commissions, committees, and international organizations in which the United States participates.
USA.gov
U.S. government's official web portal.

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Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Grant Advisor Plus
The Grant Advisor includes new grant and fellowship announcements and a database of past listings, as well as information on a wide array of grant and fellowship opportunities in a range of disciplines.

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Health

Virtual Hospital
"The goal of the Virtual Hospital digital library is to make the Internet a useful medical reference and health promotion tool for health care providers and patients. The Virtual Hospital digital library contains hundreds of books and brochures for health care providers and patients."
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

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Industries

IBIS World
Includes industry reports for over 700 industries in the U.S. Also included are global industry reports covering world industry analysis.

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Law

FindLaw
WashLaw Web
Home Page of Washburn University School of Law.

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Literary Criticism

Contemporary Literary Criticism
"Contemporary Literary Criticism...is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each...entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works, and sources for further study." Full text.
ipl2 Literary Criticism
"The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period."
Online Literary Criticism Guide
Collection of "some of the best starting places for finding online critical writing."

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Movies/Reviews

Internet Movie Database
"The IMDb is the ultimate movie reference source and covers everything that you could possibly want to know about movies."
Movie Review Query Engine
Search several hundred thousand movie reviews.

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Municipal Profiles

Commonwealth Communities
Includes information on the 351 cities and towns comprising Massachusetts.

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News

CNN.com
FoxNews.com

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Newspapers

Online Newspapers
Collection of online newspapers from the U.S. and around the world.

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Patents

USPTO Web Patent Database

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Personal Finance

Financial Terms Dictionary

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Phone Book, Area Codes, Zip Codes

AreaCodeLocations.info
Includes area code listings for the United States, Canada, and several Caribbean islands.
Reverse Phone Lookup
Search for people by phone number.
Toll Free Numbers Directory
U.S. Postal Service Zip Code Lookup
Searchable by address, city, and company.
White Pages
Search for U.S. residential phone numbers and addresses.
Yellow Pages
Search for U.S. business phone numbers and addresses by name or type of business.

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Quotations

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Online version of the 1919 edition of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.

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Recommended Web Sites

Academic Info
Academic Info is a directory of Internet resources tailored to a college or advanced high school audience. Each subject guide is an annotated listing of the best general Internet sites in the field, as well as a gateway to more advanced research tools."
INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
"INFOMINE is intended for the introduction and use of Internet/Web resources of relevance to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level."
ipl2
An organized collection of websites designed to serve the information needs of the Internet community.
Scout Report Archives
Includes the best Internet resources as chosen by the editorial staff of the Scout Report.

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Reference Collections

Internet Public Library - Reference
"The IPL Ready Reference Collection is a collection of Internet resources gathered together with the needs of the Internet community in mind. It is not intended to be a comprehensive hotlist to all sites on every subject, but rather an annotated collection, chosen to help answer specific questions quickly and efficiently."

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Search Engines

The Search Engine List
Collection of search engines arranged alphabetically by search type.

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Statistics

Budget of the U.S. Government
Census of Population and Housing
County and City Data Book 2007
Includes summaries of demographic, employment, housing and other data for counties, states, and cities with populations over 25,000.
Digest of Education Statistics 2011
The Digest's "primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from kindergarten through graduate school."
Economic Report of the President
FedStats
Main portal for U.S. Government statistics. Includes links to more than 100 federal agencies who produce statistics.
GeoHive: Global Statistics
International Data Base
"The International Data Base is a computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for all countries of the world."
OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web
Pew Research Center
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
"The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States presented in over 600 tables from more than 100 sources."
State and Metropolitan Data Book 2010
Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2012
Collection of statistics on economic, social, and international subjects compiled by the federal government.
Statistical Resources on the Internet
A well organized site of statistics from a variety of national and international agencies created and maintained by the University of Michigan.
Uniform Crime Reports
"UCR is a city, county, and state law enforcement program which provides a nationwide view of crime based on the submission of statistics by law enforcement agencies throughout the country."

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Stocks and Bonds

Big Charts - Historical Quotes
Enter a ticker symbol to obtain stock prices of a company on any given date.
CNNMoney - Bonds
Includes information on bonds and interest rates.
CNNMoney - Stocks
Obtain current stock quotes and other stock market data.

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Tax Forms

Federal Tax Forms
Federation of Tax Administrators State Tax Forms
Massachusetts Tax Forms

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Timelines

Timelines - AlternaTime
"Browse the Past and some Futures...a collection of Timelines on the Web."

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Weather

CNN Interactive - Weather Main Page
Includes four-day forecasts for 7,200 cities worldwide, weather maps, the Storm Center, etc.

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