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  • "All news all the time" from the Website of 1010WINS.
  • Numerous facts about the 50 states and the U.S. commonwealths and territories.
  • Includes a summary of the units of measurement used worldwide, a table of conversion factors, definitions of international standard units, and a powerful conversion tool.
  • Abbreviations by category and alphabetical order.
  • Tremendous resource featuring maps of every corner of the globe. Nicely organized and easy to use.
  • Provides local, national, and international weather forecasts as well as a variety of weather, satellite, and radar maps.
  • Comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
  • Provides 9,000 Airport and City Codes worldwide. This site can be searched by U.S. cities or by country.
  • Airwise is an airport and air travel guide. You can check on flight arrivals and departures and find out the layout of national and international airports. In addition, there are some travel resources such as a currency converter and ATM locators.
  • A treasure trove of full-text primary sources spanning 500 years of American History. Speeches, treaties, Supreme Court decisions, declarations of war, and other key documents are arranged chronologically in a simple list, making it easy to find the primary source you need.

  • Offers biographical facts, key events of each presidency, presidential places, reference material, and a video archive.
  • Calculates the date and day of the week for secular holidays celebrated in the U.S. for any year after 1776.
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  • Political weekly from Ireland.
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  • A searchable directory of associations.
  • National and global news from the South.
  • Full-text documents in the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. The site has a search feature and is organized by century and then alphabetically by the name of the document.
  • A collection of hypertexted primary documents relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government.
  • Legal documents dating from pre-18th Century to the present.
  • Yale University's Project Avalon makes available in digital format full text documents in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. This phenomenal resource includes documents as varied as the ancient Code of Hammurabi, the Communist Manifesto, and the Treaty of Versailles.
  • Digitized version of the Ayer's Directory (1869-1919), which is a list of newspapers (and many periodicals) published in the United States and Canada, arranged geographically. Includes basic facts (editor name, subscription cost, etc.) as well as advertising and circulation statistics. The library has owns this title in print (1880-1986).
  • This is a custom made program that displays information from the Social Security Administration in a dynamic visual graph form. It requires a Java enabled browser to work.
  • Find useful tips and resources for performing background checks and people searches.
  • Provides information on over 100 financial products including mortgages, credit cards, automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees.
  • Bartleby combines encyclopedias, thesauri, quotations, and English usage guides for one stop searching.
  • The etymology and history of first names.
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  • A dictionary of "more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day."
  • Multilingual biographical resource.
  • Provides store ratings from customers, price and quality comparisons, and special offers.
  • Comprehensive listings of award-winning books as well as links to book lists prepared by authorities in dozens of fields.
  • National and local news. Today's and yesterday's editions are searchable.
  • Provides links to free government sites along with some important non-government sites which permit searching for public records.
  • The goal of this site is to educate people about chain e-mail and the misinformation junk e-mail produces.
  • Although this hypertext edition is taken from the 1898 edition of the book, many of the phrases and fables we encounter today will appear in this classic source. The text is easily searched by keywords.
  • Hypertext version links relevant points in the text to other authoritative Web resources.
  • Contains over 17,000 math and statistical calculators and dictionaries classified by specialty and language.
  • Comprehensive source for geographical, celestial, historic, event, and other calendars.
  • Explore the fascinating history of the human endeavor to organize our lives in accordance with the sun and stars.
  • Enter a type of food into the calculator and it will determine the number of calories in a serving.
  • List of Canadian newspapers organized by region and maintained by the News Division volunteers of the Special Libraries Association.
  • Saints, Angels, Faq's, Doctors of the Church and more. Site is a member of the Catholic Press Association.
  • News from New York's CBS television station.
  • This website, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides health information for travelers by destination.
  • The CSPI is a nonprofit education organization, which seeks to improve the "safety and nutritional quality of our food supply." This site contains a link to their monthly newsletter entitled Nutrition Action Healthletter.
  • An online guide to New York City's nonprofit and small arts organizations serving the African American, Latino, and Asian American communities.
  • Information on charities.
  • Searchable for the past 7 days.

  • National news and Chicago interest.
  • Citing Sources from the Duke University Libraries. Concise informationon how to cite common sources in APA, MLA,Turabian and Chicago styles.
  • This website from nyc.gov provides the user with detailed information about restaurants and wireless Internet hot spots, as well as detailed images of neighborhoods, and subway locations. An excellent resource with a vast amount of information.
  • From the Sally Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University, this website provides links to primary sources that pertain to women and the Civil War. These documents were taken from the Duke University's Special Collections Libraries, then transcribed and scanned onto the Internet.
  • CNN
    The latest news, with text, audio and video.
  • The sixth edition of this well-known, one-volume desk encyclopedia.

  • Simple lists of the mathematical notations for orders of magnitude, metric prefixes and common U.S. and metric equivalents.
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  • Lists quality product information and reviews.
  • Seeks to investigate, inform, and improve the quality of information published on the World Wide Web.
  • A portal to numerous useful consumer resources.
  • Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization which provides unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns.
  • This cooking encyclopedia contains entries on a variety of ingredients, kitchen tools, and cooking tips.
  • Copyright basics, forms, Freedom of Information Act requests, copyright law, international copyright. Also, the CORDS project for electronic copyright registration and recordation. Search Copyright Office records from 1978-present available via LOCIS (Library of Congress Information System).
  • A printable public domain chart with with up-to-date terms.
  • Online tutorial on copyright.
  • News from Japan, available in English.
  • This site tracks whether famous people are still alive or whether they have passed away.
  • A shopping search engine which enables consumers to compare products, prices, and merchants and access consumer reviews and ratings to make buying decisions.
  • German news in German.
  • News in Spanish from the Mexican Penninsular region.
  • This website focuses on more recent quotes. It also has a search function, and a comprehensive table of contents.
  • Slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom.
  • Dictionary.com is a multi-source dictionary search service that also provides links to a thesaurus, encyclopedia and web search service.
  • On February 17, 2009, federal law requires that all full-power television broadcast stations stop broadcasting in analog format and broadcast only in digital format. Heres what these requirements will mean for you and your television viewing.
  • Information on a range of topics, such as crafts, gardening, hobbies, woodworking, and living.
  • Offers how-to information on home improvement and repair decorating and crafts gardening and landscaping lifestyle and finance and automobiles.
  • Provides consumer electronics information through product reviews, buying advice, and price comparisons of home and car electronics.
  • Provides true market value prices, reviews, and ratings for new and used cars.
  • Spain's news in Castilian and Catalan.
  • This large commercial site specializes in high rise buildings with an international scope. They offer free searches by type of building, city or country with results including graphics, charts, building news or other media.
  • Examines specific programs and people historic moments and trends histories of major television networks and broadcasting systems around the world and special topics. Sponsored by the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
  • A platform for people to share their experiences after using products and services. This Website features over 1 million reviews and comments.
  • Latest sports news from this cable network's site.
  • Features rules on card games, board games, sports, etiquette, kids games, and TV game shows.
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  • A virtual zoo with hundreds of animal photographs.
  • Provides historical airfare averages on over 6,000 routes. Fares and alternate airports can be compared using this site. Information comes from the Department of Transportation.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides information for consumers about vaccines, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, recalls, buying medicines online, buying outside the U.S., and a variety of other topics.
  • Consumer advice and authoritative guides from the federal government on cars, housing, money, travel, and more.

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