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Quick Reference



Biographical Dictionary
This biographical dictionary can be searched by name, birth, death, profession, literary or artistic works, or other keywords.


Use this site to find information on the lives of famous people, including current personalities and celebrities.


Lives, the Biography Resource
This is a large biographical index of links to biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, etc. that can be searched by name.



A great place to browse quotes by topics or authors.


Creative Quotations
Search for quotes and proverbs in many ways--topic, theme, keyword, author, etc.


Quoteland:  All the Right Words
Use Quoteland to search for quotes by word or topic or to get help identifying quotes.


Welcome to Your Quotation Center
A very good site to search quotation by keyword or author.


A large database of quotes to search by author, title, or keywords.  An archive of documents is a help in locating historical quotes.


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
This online version of Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett provides a very useful search by keyword or author.


Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Choose any of the listed Cambridge dictionaries to search words, phrases, and idioms.
This comprehensive site has a combination dictionary, thesaurus, translator, grammar and writing help.


1 One Look Dictionaries:  The Fast Finder
This great site helps you search words indexed in many online dictionaries at one time.
The online version of the well known Roget's Thesaurus has the capability to search words and phrases. The alphabetical index of words may also be browsed.


WWWebster Dictionary
The Merriam Webster Dictionary has a word search function as well as a thesaurus and vocabulary links.



This is an excellent place to find the basic facts found in Information Please Almanac, the standard almanac and reference tool.


The Leadership Library
This site organizes and provides links to several general and specific interest almanacs.


Old Farmer’s Almanac
The online version of this classic almanac covers all the data collected and recorded in the traditional almanac--weather, gardening, astronomy, food, etc.



Browse and search online Encyclopedia Britannica with links to the best web sites.


Encarta Learning Zone
Encarta Encyclopedia is available online at this site.



Find News--Online News Directory



Newspaper Association of American Hotlinks


Newspapers Online


Online Newspapers


Newspapers US and Worldwide


Television News Archive
An archive of television news broadcasts and other programming collected and maintained by Vanderbilt University.




USA Today
The online version of USA Today.


US Newspaper Links
A listing of newspapers in the US organized by state.


World Newspapers
World newspapers online and news sites in English by region.


Acronyms & Abbreviations

Acronym Finder


The World Wide Web Acronym and Abbreviation Server



Clip Art Gallery
This clip art gallery for teachers is a good way to find school related graphics.


Clip Art Theme Page
This site provides an annotated list of links to clip art collections.


Finding Images Online
This comprehensive directory of archives, galleries, etc. will help you find almost any image.


Image Finder
Search several databases from this site, including NASA.


Image Libraries
Use this site to link to various image sites, including National Geographic, American Memory (Library of Congress archives), and Kodak.


Pictures Theme Page
This annotated list of links of photographs and images is a helpful and organized approach to finding the appropriate graphic.


Video Search Engine
This index searches for video clips.


Web Places Clip Art Searcher
Use various search engines to find graphics, clip art, web graphics, sounds, etc.


Government Documents

Federal Web Locator
This is a searchable database of government publications provided by the Center for Information Law and Policy.


National Archives and Record Administration
Locate agencies, organizations, departments, public publishers of government information by using this government archive.


State and Local Government on the Net
This site is a portal to state and local government sites.  It is a great index and organizes information on the states and local areas.


University of Michigan Library Documents Center
This document center organizes local, state, federal, and international government information.


General Reference
This site can be browsed or searched through a fact search window.





Ask Oxford
This site includes Oxford Dictionary. writing advice, and games.


Lycos Rhyme Zone
A good rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, quotation source, and Shakespeare concordance.


Merriam-Webster Online
Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictonary and Thesaurus are available online.


Your Dictionary
A very comprehensive and excellent portal to english and foreign language dictonaries from around the world.          


All in One Search Page
This is a great place to find the perfect search engine, directory, or index to execute a search.


Associations on the Net
Use this guide to search for noteable organizations and associations


National Address Server
Enter a postal address and this site rewrites and formats the address for printing with a barcode.  Also, view a map of the address.




Find Articles
Use this terrific database to view magazine articles by topic or keyword.


A great database to serach for magazines by keyword or broad topics such as business, education, health, science and technology, etc.


Full texts of magazines and newspapers on the web.




National Atlas
This site is a collection of multimedia and interactive maps.  Create a map of various states, regions, cities or select various geographic criteria - agriculture, climate, biology, boundaries, environment, geology, history,etc.


National Geographic
Retrieve a variety of maps including historical, topographic, physical, etc.


An excellent source for topographic maps of the entire United States.