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Encyclopedias & Almanacs

Catholic Encyclopedia -- A source for historical & biographical research.

Information Please -- Easy-to-use reference materials on just about every subject, plus definitions, articles, photographs, and maps.

Old Farmer's Almanac -- First published in 1792. Useful information for people in all walks of life.


A&E's Biography Database -- Over 20,000 brief profiles with links to web sites.

Biographical Dictionary -- 27,000 "notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day."

National Women's Hall of Fame -- Short biographies of women who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. --A database of 25,000 people - past and present

Time 100: The most important People of the 20th Century -- Leaders & Revolutionaries, artists & entertainers, builders & titans, scientists & thinkers, and heroes & icons.

Biographies -- Historical people in American History.

Island of Freedom -- Biographies of nearly 100 theologians, philosophers, poets, composers, and artists.

MTV -- Includes bios of bands and singers.

National Baseball Hall of Fame -- Hall of Famer biographies.

Internet Public Library Biographies -- Find Artists & Architects, Authors, Entertainers, Musicians & Composers, Politicians & Rulers, and Scientists & Inventors.

PBS-History -- Contains biographies of dozens of men and women whose lives have shaped the course of history.

Nobel Prize Internet Archive -- Biographies of Nobel Laureates.

PBS Online -- In-depth information for over 53 famous people from history.

Lives -- Links to thousands of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives, oral histories and more. Individual lives of the famous, the infamous, and the not so famous. Group biographies about people who share a common profession, historical era or geography.

People Index -- Very short biographies of people in world history. Especially useful is the click-able timeline.

Top North American Athletes of the Century -- From ESPN, biographies of their choices for the 100 best athletes of the 20th century. - Biographies of celebrities in movies and TV are included.

Gallery of Achievers -- Biographies of achievers of all fields from around the world.

Language Arts/Literature Resources

Gale Index-- Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale Group, Inc.

Internet Movie Database -- A searchable site of movie reviews.

Internet Public Library Literary Criticism Collection-- "4241 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works."

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature, A Research and Reference Guide -- An ongoing online project by Paul P. Reuben, Department of English, California State University Stanislaus.

SparksNotes -- Online book study guides

Grammar Bytes -- Includes an index of grammar terms, interactive exercises, handouts, and grammar rules.

Purdue Online Writing Lab -- Resources to help you become a better writer.

Wordsmyth: the Educational Dictionary-Thesaurus -- An American English dictionary with an integrated thesaurus, "contains 50,000 headwords, and very precisely defined and hyperlinked synonyms."

Annabelle's Quotation Guide -- Locate a quotation by topic or keyword.

Bartlett's Quotations -- The 19th edition (1919) of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

Quotations Page -- Search by keyword, phrase, or author.

Word a Day -- Web site for the mailing list, "A. Word. A. Day."

Social Sciences


American Presidents Life Portraits

History of the White House -- Biographies of presidents and first ladies.

Lists of U.S. Presidents -- Information (including trivia) about all of the presidents.

POTUS (Presidents of the United States) -- "In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents."

Federal Government -- Congressional Information Center

First Gov -- ". . . the first-ever government website to provide . . .  one-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources."

Country Information

Library of Congress Country Studies -- 100 detailed reports about the political, economic and social institutions of a country.

National Geographic Index -- Online index to the National Geographic Magazines

State Department Background Notes -- Background information about  countries provided by the U.S. State Department

Maps & Flags

Flags of All Countries

Maps of the States - Outline maps of the 50 states

Map Machine

Outline Maps (Houghton Mifflin)

UN Cartographic Maps -- More than 100 General Maps are currently available. Maps are in PDF format

States Information

Statistical Abstracts of the United States -- Information about population, infant mortality rates, doctors, crime rate, poverty levels, education, and more.

All Fifty American States Home Page -- Connect to the home page of each state in the Union.

The Internet Public Library's Stately Knowledge -- Facts about the states and Washington D.C.

The National Atlas of the United States -- Create your own interactive map


Fodor's Travel Guides


Earth Sciences

EPA Student Center -- Learn about the environment.

NASA Homepage

Ocean Planet Home Page -- ". . . Over 99 percent of living space on earth is ocean"

Virtual Solar System -- A web site from National Geographic. Volcano World -- "The Web's Premier Source of Volcano Info"

Welcome to the Planets -- "This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program."

Windows to the Universe -- A graphics intensive web site about the Earth and Space sciences.

Physical Sciences

Atoms Family

Particle -- An interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors.

Physlink -- Physics and astronomy online reference and education.


Chemical -- "An Online, Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements."

Chemicool Periodic Table -- An award-winning site.

Yahoo's directory of Chemistry Web Sites

Anatomy & Biology

Animal Diversity Web

Animal Omnibus-- A list of web sources indexed by the name of the animal.

Animal Planet-- From the Discovery Channel.

Cells Alive! -- An award-winning site rich with images and animations.

Human Anatomy Online

Human Genome Project -- Information about the U.S. and worldwide Human Genome Project.

MIT Biology Hypertextbook -- "This hypertextbook is designed to . . .  give you additional tools to learn introductory molecular biology."

Wildflowers in Bloom - "A pictoral resource of wildflower information" from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

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