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VIRTUAL REFERENCE DESKS

 

Need to find a quote or a word definition or time of day overseas? Maybe you need a biography, currency conversion, or the population of Tasmania? Perhaps some leads for that term paper. These "virtual reference"  sites provide much of the same kind of information found in TC Library's paper Reference Collection but  is readily available through your personal computer.

Comprehensive Reference Databases

CREDO REFERENCE  Over 100 titles and  millions of entries from world class electronic reference books on a variety of topics. BETTER than Wikipedia!

Gale Virtual Reference   Comprehensive reference materials from the TC Reference Room now online and at your fingertips 24/7. 

Associations

Foundation Center, provides assistance in grant writing...
The Scholarly Societies project lists international academic and scholarly societies...

Biographies

Biography, from A&E--covers 20,000 individuals...
Biographical Dictionary, has entries for 24,000 people...
 

Demographics

American Fact Finder, from the Census Bureau, offers extensive demographic information and has a search engine...
World Flag Database...
Zip Code Directory, from the USPS...
Holiday Festival.com, is a worldwide holiday and festival site...
InfoNation allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the member states of the United Nations...
Pew/Internet: Pew Internet & American Life project  Essential site for searching for information on the impact of the internet on life in America from 2000-present.
 

Dictionaries

yourDictionary.com, formerly A Web of Online Dictionaries, covers 100+ languages...
Acronyms and Abbreviations...
Merriam-Webster's OnLine Dictionary...
OneLook Dictionaries, the Faster Finder...
WebSonar, lets you type in a phrase, say from a play or poem, and find out where it came from. Amazing!
 

Encyclopedias & Almanacs 

Afro-American Almanac...

 Citizendium   A Web 2.0 project that aims at credibility and quality of information and involves contributions from lay persons and credentialed experts alike.  All articles are signed by real names and all are required to register before contributing. 
Infoplease.Com, offers full-text versions of "Information Please Almanac," "Information Please/ESPN Sports Almanac," "Information Please/A&E Entertainment Almanac," the "Columbia Encyclopedia," and the "Information Please Dictionary."
Tennessee Encyclopedia  the online version of The Encyclopedia of Tennessee History and Culture.
bigchalk-The Education Net work,formerly Homework Central.com...
Encyberpedia is extensive...

Wikipedia online community encyclopedia.  This dynamic work in progress is a good place to begin gathering information on a topic but should not be used as a primary source of information for research papers.  Students are also encouraged to visit Citizendium.
 

Measurement & Conversion

Megaconverter, converts and calculates units of mass, weight, volume, length, time, speed, power, energy, force, density, pressure, etc.
 Learn2.com, formerly Learn Everything will teach you about almost anything...
Postage Rates, from the U.S.P.S....
 Xenon Lab's Universal Currency Converter...

Quotations

Bartlett's, for quotations...
Good Quotations by Famous People, (who said "I would have made a great pope?" Answer at bottom of this page at *)...
The Quotations Page...

Reference Desks

Bartleby
Electronic Reference Sources, via "Yahoo" Library...
Emory Law Library Electronic Reference Desk...
Martindale's "The Reference Desk" is updated weekly....
Quick Reference--University of Texas at Austin...
ITools, includes a variety of web-based references from the CIA World Fact Book to biographical dictionaries...
THOR: The Virtual Reference Desk at Purdue University...
RefDesk.Com  April '04 PC World Names Refdesk: "Best Reference and News Resource"
Internet Public Library maintained through the Univ. Of Michigan School of Library and Information Science.

Statistics

FedStats, statistics from 60+ U.S. government agencies...
Statistical Resources on the Web sponsored by the Univ. Of Michigan's Documents Center
U.S. Statistical Abstract data...



 *Richard Nixon

Note: Some additional  sources for documents are listed in the Political Science section of the "Links Library."

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