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  • Bartleby combines encyclopedias, thesauri, quotations, and English usage guides for one stop searching.
  • The IPL is a virtual library on your desktop created and managed by librarians dedicated to serving the public by "finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating quality information resources." A first-class site.
  • OAIster is an easy to search reference site, which consists of "a collection of freely available, difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources."
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  • This website, from the University of Washington, is an interactive tutorial about how to conduct research. It is an excellent resource for teachers, students, or anyone looking to hone their research skills.
  • This website, edited by two librarians, adds high-quality web-based resources on a daily basis.
  • Use StartSpot to "simplify your search for the best of the Web." StartSpot features links to topical information about books, movies, employment, genealogy, government, headlines, homework, libraries, museums, and travel.

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