Internet Reference Tools

Many of these websites containing reference materials of all kinds have been gathered from's Reference Pick of the Day.


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Miscellaneous Internet Reference Tools
CataList--the official catalog of LISTSERV lists
Chegg: Textbooks for sale or rental, which saves students on average over 80% on books and $500 each year in education costs. Plus, students get 7-day free eTextbook access while they wait for their physical books to be delivered

Cookie Central--provides information on Internet 'Cookies'--if you don't know what cookies are, this is the place to start
Education World--getting Started on the Internet: Add YOUR Name to a Listserv
EMUMail--a web page that will check your mail on any server telnet-by going start/run
Higher Education in the US of America--Description: Features links and resources for both domestic and international students interested in attending college in the US. Includes a listing by state of graduate schools.
Internet Public Library--information regarding evaluating Web resources
Innovative Teaching--newsletter is designed to keep teachers up to date with Internet resources on a weekly topic
Kovac's Consulting--a web-based internet trainer's Math worksheets generators allow teachers to generate dynamic math worksheets for all grades in 4 easy steps

LibrarySpot--This site features a wide collection of resources available online as well as a directory of public, academic, and special libraries worldwide. Site was created to break through the information overload of the Web and bring the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial in one user-friendly spot.
Queen's University--structured gateways to the uses of the World Wide Web for teachers and educational researchers; through online guides users have the opportunity to explore hundreds of databases and to supplement collections of recommended sources
Surfing the Net with Kids search engine
Topica:  Learn more, surf less
UniXL Online Education and Careers Information Portal--provides students, general public and businesses with high quality and relevant education and careers related resources.
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Facts and Figures
Ameritrade--This site features The Encyclopedia of Finance which is an excellent resource for basic financial information. It explains financial concepts in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way and is a great companion for the Guide to Online Investing.
Ask A Librarian--This site is an online library and lets you interact with a real librarian.
Encarta--search engines and browsable indexes; encyclopedia, a dictionary, and an atlas
Fact Finder--This U.S. Census Bureau site is designed to make finding census information easier. Included are community profiles, reference and thematic maps, and population and housing facts.
Glossary of Computer Terms--A Glossary of Computer Oriented Abbreviations and Acronyms
Guinness World Records--This site is for the Guinness Book of World Records.
iTools--This site features dictionary, thesaurus, and translation tools, as well as library, geographical, financial, and Internet search functions.
Jargon Dictionary--how it works to where it came from
Nature Guide Gallery--pictures and reference material
Netlingo--all of the latest computer jargon and ASCII art
Portals--selected links to authoritative, in-depth information about nations and areas of the world
Religion--This site allows you to select the religion you are interested in and then it will bring up information about the religion.
Thesauri--This site offers thesaurus, dictionary, and encyclopedia information.
World Time Server--This site allows you to look up the current time from a database containing any country or major city in the world. Displays the time, the GMT offset, a globe image, and a section map. Site features a world time calculator and a freeware utility to synchronize your PC with an atomic clock.
Yahoo Dictionary--Over 200,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes.
Yahoo Encyclopedia--A rich source of answers to questions about the full range of human knowledge, with more than 25,000 alphabetical entries, covering the arts, business, computers, geography, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, politics and popular culture.
Yahoo Weights and Measures--This site has a conversion calculator that can help you convert measurements for area, length, weight, and volume whether you're using the metric system, the U.S. system, or both.
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History on the Internet
Abraham Lincoln
Bartleby--This site is The Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern.
David Drumsey--This site has over 8,800 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented.
Ford's Theatre--research information, photos and more
K-12 History on the Internet Resource
TV Museum--This site is The Encyclopedia of Television. It examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information.
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Lesson Plans and Activities
Chegg: Textbooks for sale or rental, which saves students on average over 80% on books and $500 each year in education costs. Plus, students get 7-day free eTextbook access while they wait for their physical books to be delivered

Cool Math--This site is a graphing calculator.
EduHound--Site is an educational directory with built-in resource links offered free to educators, students and parent.  This program seeks to harness the vast information resources of the Web, while enabling educators to use the Internet as a classroom tool
EdTech Updated--Massachusetts Department's educational technology programs are categorized by student learning, teacher professionalism, administrative efficiency, broad initiatives, and an index
Global SchoolNet--shows K-12 teachers how to  harness the power of the World Wide Web for classroom use
Graphing--This site shows you how to create graphs.
National Air & Space Museum--Site offers virtual tours internet activities, and extensive links to other air-and-space websites
The Nature Guide Gallery--pictures and reference material
National Science Digital Library
Quiz Maker--On this website, teachers can create online surveys and quizzes for the students.
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Literature and Writing Resources on the Internet
Aplus--This site by the Internet Public Library, provides a step by step guide to researching and writing a paper, tips in finding information in cyberspace and in your library, and links to great online resources for research and writing.
Bloomsbury Magazine--This site is a free on-line database of reference books.
Educational Reference Tool--organizes primary source material found on the Internet
Find Articles--This site has a vast archive of published articles that you can search for free. Constantly updated, it contains articles dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals.
Online Library--This Online Books Page is a searchable and browseable collection of over 18,000 English works in various formats that are all free for personal, noncommercial use.
Online Texts Collection--contains over 16,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification. You can also search all material on the site
Thompson--describes PDA’s and how to get free books.
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Geomar--The following site lets you construct your own map -- you pick coordinates for map boundaries, type of projection, types of data included on map.
Go--This site offers maps from all over the world.
Maps--This site offers maps and driving directions. Quick maps include: world atlas, United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Overview maps are available for the entire World. Street level maps (accessed by entering as little as a city name) are available for Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.
Map Machine--With this site, you can find nearly any place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, and much more. Plus, browse antique maps, find country facts, or plan your next outdoor adventure with our trail maps.
Nation Master--This site is a central data source and a way to graphically compare nations. You can generate maps and graphs with ease for many different statistics and select the countries that you want included.
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