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Reference Resources on the Web

Dictionaries

Jargon Buster - Jargon Buster is a dictionary of grammatical and literary terms brought to you by Oxford.

Merriam Webster OnLine - An online dictionary and thesaurus.

yourDictionary.com - Check out features such as dictionaries in more than 260 languages, thesauri, abbreviations dictionaries, and specialty dictionaries for business, sports, law, medicine, and more.

Writing & Study Guides

Guide to Grammar and Writing - Developed by Professor Charles Darling, this guide provides helpful tips for writing at any level: sentence, paragraph, or paper.

Study Guides and Strategies - Guides to help you with everything from organizing projects to building your vocabulary. A great resource for highly motivated students.

Research and Documentation Online - Clearly written directions for finding and documenting sources in humanities (MLA), the social sciences (APA), history (Chicago) or the sciences (CSE).

Biographies

U.S. Senate - Search or browse for senators in the 108th congress. You can also use the Biographical Directory to find basic information about any member of congress from 1774 to the present.

U.S. House of Representatives - Use the "Representatives Web Sites ... " drop-down menu to choose a representative or enter a zip code to find representatives in that area.

Biography.com - "Search the Biography.com database for over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present."

Geography, Maps & Atlases

National Atlas - An excellent resource if you are seeking geographic, social, or cultural information about different regions in the United States. This site is maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Google Maps - Find maps, driving directions, and more.

Primary Source Documents

American Memory - "American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress's vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library."

The Avalon Project - A collection of primary source documents in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, and Government. Documents are sorted by century, from pre-18th to 21st.

Chronology of Historical Documents - Important primary sources in American History from the pre-colonial era to the present. Includes everything from the Iroquois Constitution to the 2008 State of the Union Address.

Bartleby.com - A database of quotations and reference links.

Polls & Statistics

Census 2000: State & County QuickFacts - "Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography."

The Gallup Organization - The Gallup Organization posts results of polls about work, politics, lifestyle, and more. Some of the information on this site is only available for a fee.

GeoHive: Global Statistics - Mainly population data, but also some statistics on economic factors. This site collects statistics for many countries and areas.

Kids Count Census Data Online - Population, social, economic, and housing data on children in the U.S.

Infonation - The United Nations developed this site that allows you to compare statistical data for all of its member countries.

MassStats - Population and labor supply, income...it's all here and it's all about Massachusetts.

Population Reference Bureau - Their mission is "to be the leader in providing timely and objective information on U.S. and international population trends and their implications." .

Statistical Resources - The University of Michigan Documents Center has collected statistics in more than 20 broad categories at their award-winning site.

The United Nations World Statistics Pocketbook - An authoritative and comprehensive compilation of 55 key statistical indicators with data for more than 200 countries and from over 20 international statistical sources.

The World Factbook - Global statistics compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Almanacs & Calendars

infoplease - Features an online almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia, and atlas which are all searchable through a single interface.

Old Farmer's Almanac - Offers weather, calendar, and other useful and interesting information.

Calendar - This year's calendar on one page! This site also allows you to create custom calendars.

Time & Weather

World Clock - Current times around the world are displayed here.

National Weather Service - Storm advisories and weather forecasts provided for regions across the U.S.

Weather Underground - Weather information by region and country.

News Sites

Boston Globe

BBC News

CNN

Hartford Courant

Internet Public Library

NPR

The Republican (Springfield)

Thousands of Newspapers on the Net - Collection of links to online newspapers from countries around the world. This site arranges its collection of newspapers by geographic region or alphabetically by country name.

Washington Post

General Sites

Internet Public Library Reference - Go to this page and click on "Ready Reference." Provides links to online versions of research tools such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, calculators, and more!

How Stuff Works - A collection of articles that explain just about everything, from electronics to science, to cars!

Library Spot - This site provides links to online libraries, library catalogs, encylcopedias, maps, and other online reference tools.

Directories

American Universities - Links to home pages for American universities granting Bachelors or advanced degrees.

Verizon Superpages - Use the Yellow Pages section to find business listings and the People Pages section to find residential listings throughout the country.

Government Information

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State of Connecticut

FedWorld

Federal Directories

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