Reference Portals

University of Albany
Library Spot
Know Play
High School Ace
Encarta Reference
KidsClick! Reference
Multnomah County Library’s Homework Center
Homework Spot
Library Spot
New York Times Navigator

Dictionaries and Thesauri
American Heritage Dictionary the English Language
American Heritage Spanish Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries
Encarta World English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster’s Word Central
Merriam-Webster Online Language Center
Lycos Rhyme Zone
Dictionary of Symbolism
Write Express, Online Rhyming Dictionary
Internet Picture Dictionary
Little Explorers Picture Dictionary
Visual Thesaurus
AltaVista’s Babelfish
Internet Public Library’s A+ Research and Writing
Capital Community College’s Guide to Grammar and Writing
Purdue University’s Online Writing Laboratory
Common Errors in English


Fact Monster
World Almanac for Kids Online
Fast Facts
U.S. Census site
Old Farmer's Almanac The Political Reference Almanac
Afro-American Almanac


World Book Online
Columbia (concise) Encyclopedia
Britannica Concise
Encarata Concise
World Book Encyclopedia (concise) See Catalogs and Databases for the full version
Jewish Encyclopedia
EH.Net Encyclopedia (Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History)
Cambridge Encyclopedia of English and American Literature
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Encyclopedia Mythica
Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Free Internet Encyclopedia
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia
Nupedia (open contribution/peer-reviewed)
Wikipedia (collaborative open content)


Encarta Map Center
Outline Maps
All the Worlds Maps Maps
BBC News: Key Maps
Perry Casteñeda Map Collection
Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century
United Nations Cartographic Section
American Memory Maps Collections
Map Library U.S. Military Academy
Places in the News
National Atlas
National Geographic’s Map Machine
Color Landform Atlas of the United States


Biographical Dictionary
Lives, the Biography Resource
PBS Biographies
Gale (free resources)
Grolier's American Presidency
President of the United States
Presidents of the United States
Presidents Index offers profiles, as well as links to speeches, writings, and libraries.

Nations, States, Travel

General Travel Sites maps.html
Library of Congress Country Studies
Library of Congress is Portals to the World
State Department’s Background Notes
CIA World Factbook
Atlapedia Online
InfoNation (United Nations comparisons)
INCORE: Internet Conflict Data Service
Worldwide Gazeteer
Ethnologue (information about world languages)
Human Rights Watch
Internet Public Library’s Culturequest
Economist Country Briefings
Amnesty International
Lonely Planet’s Destinations
Your Nation

The Fifty States

Internet Public Library’s Stately Knowledge
50 States and Capitals State Reports

Government Information

FirstGov:Your First Click to U.S. Government
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Library of Congress
White House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Supreme Court
National Security Agency
U.S. Information Agency
State of Alaska

U.S. History

American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century
From Revolution to Reconstruction. . .and What Happens Afterwards
Primary Sources Pathfinder primary.html

Social Issues

Multnomah County Library’s Social Issues Page
Public Agenda Online
Public Education Network
See Issues Pathfinder issuespath.html

About flags

Flags of the World
World Flag Database
Flag of the United States
Guide to American Flags
Flags of All Countries

Calculators and Conversion

Convert It!
Universal Currency Converter
Measure 4 Measure
Convert Me

Time & Holidays

About time: Calendars, Holidays, This Day in History
Alterna Time (chronologies)
Web Chronology Project
*This Day in History
(On This Day
*Today in History Archive
* What Happened That Day? (subscription)
*Information Please Day in History
DMarie Time Capsule
Worldwide Holiday and Festival site
KidLink Multicultural Calendar


Bartleby (combined quote index search)

Math Remedies

Discovery School Webmath
SOS Mathematics

Periodic Tables

Los Alamos National Laboratories
Visual Elements

Musuems and Literature