- Locate free biographical essays at this site provided by the Gale Publishing
- a free website to help researchers and clinicians manage and share
a collection of favorites (bookmarks). Keep
links to your favorite web sources to share with others and discover
- a social bookmark manager where you can store
your favorite links online and access them from any computer.
- save, tag and search your own bookmarks and notes.
On-Line - OUTSTANDING SITE that provides over 13,300 calculators to
calculate just about everything, including statistics, basic math, cost of
raising children, insurance costs, retirement benefits, mortgage payments,
etc. It is part of Martindale's 'The Reference Desk' Martindale's
Health Science Guide; Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center & all Centers,
Sections, the sole property of James G. Martindale and is hosted by
University of California, Irving, Science Library.
AFFAIRS - Information on special programs for seniors,
students, people with disabilities, disaster victims, small-business
owners, and other groups.
- Information on various consumer issues, such as
telemarketing, child slavery, and dietary supplements. This site will
help consumers make purchasing decisions that effect political change.
- Check to see if the latest rumor you heard is just that, or actually
- English dictionary with multi-lingual search capability.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Maintained by Cambridge University Press.
Dictionary.com - A mult-source dictionary
search service produced by Dictionary.com.
Encarta World English Dictionary
- English dictionary, thesaurus and translator.
Forthright's Phrontistery - Lists
over 400 of the rarest modern English words.
Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary
- Maintained by Merriam-Webster, America's foremost publisher of
language-related reference works
hundred most mispronounced words
- List of the most mangled words and phrases.
One Look Dictionaries
- Search for words from a variety of online dictionaries.
Skeptics Dictionary - "A
Critical Survey of Questionable Therapies, Eccentric Beliefs, Amusing
Deceptions and Dangerous Delusions."
- Detailed definitions, synonyms, audio pronunciation guides and
Your Dictionary - A web of
on-line dictionaries, including language, subject specialties, translation,
and many more.
World's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of
acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms
The Alternative Dictionaries
- Focuses on slang,
profanities, and insults from all over the world. 162 dictionaries
can be downloaded as PDFs. Select a dictionary and an alphabetized
list of words appears. The heading of the selected dictionary gives
the name of the language and the geographic region in which it is
spoken. For example, the language Galician is spoken in Spain. The
Galician word lacazan is slang for people who are lazy. It treats
vulgar terms objectively with an eye to concision and reliability.
Not all of the languages have entries.
Ethnobotanical Dictionary (Tico)
Alphabetical listing by scientific name. Includes brief descriptions
of usage and identifies cultures in which each plant is of interest.
Ohio State University Plant Dictionary
- Plantfacts - An encyclopedia
and hypermedia resource of information about plants with over 5,000 images
and searchable databases.
- On-line dictionary of computer terms.
DICTIONARY MAINTAINED BY SMART COMPUTING MAGAZINE
- Includes an encyclopedia with in-depth descriptions of
than 14,000 definitions of computer terms and concepts.
- Defines words, phrases,
and acronyms related to computers and the internet.
Age of Fable Or Beauties of Mythology
- Written to
"teach mythology not as a study but as a relaxation from study," these
ageless volumes span the ages: from the Olympus of Zeus and
the Valhalla of Thor, to
the Round Table of King Arthur and the escapades of Robin Hood.
Phrase and Fable -
Giving the Derivation, Source,
or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words That Have a Tale to
Translates English-Latin and Latin-English; allows
searching by the stem of words; and includes a link to Words by
William Whitaker, Latin to English with 39,000 entries. Maintained
by the University of Notre Dame.
Dictionary of Units
- A Dictionary of Units converts things like viscosity, spread rate,
concentration, metrication, etc.
- Outstanding math dictionary.
- Directs users to the "best" multilingual
dictionaries. Unique items include an English/Finnish dictionary, a
Chinese characters Web dictionary, and the English/Danish Glossary
of Electronics Terms
- Covers over 200 languages.
Multilingual Glossary Language Table
Multilingual glossary for library users.
Rap Dictionary - Latest definitions of
- Excellent resource for physics terms.
DICTIONARY - Describe a concept and the
site provides a list of words and phrases related to the concept.
Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator
- Find the meaning of common abbreviations and
acronyms used in message boards, blogs and texting.
Roget's International Thesaurus of English Words
DIRECTORIES - GENERAL:
Exhibitions on the Web - Center for finding online
exhibitions from the library and archival communities. The list
includes over 1,200 exhibitions and is a project of the Smithsonian
State and Local Government Internet
directory - Provides one-stop access
to thousands of state agencies and city and county governments.
DIRECTORIES - PHONE:
- Access to international
phone directories (as well as U.S. phone directories)
DSM-IV CODES:DSM-IV CODES:
DSM-IV CODES -
- 2 tables give basic codes for all DSM-IV diagnoses,
however, the numbers
are the least important part of the diagnoses: Additional verbiage, often
not stated in the tables but given in the text, conveys the actual sense of
the individual patient's diagnosis. In addition, there is a great deal
of symptom interpretation only available in the book. (In our
CITIZENDIUM - "a 'citizens' compendium
of everything,' is an experimental new wiki project. The project,
started by a founder of Wikipedia, aims to improve on that model
by adding "gentle expert oversight" and requiring contributors to
use their real names."
Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition
Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s
Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, in
addition to other research tools.
access is limited to
currently enrolled students and employees of Yakima Valley Community
- Provides more than 17,000 articles from the Concise Columbia
Encyclopedia Mythica: An Encyclopedia on Mythology, Folklore and Legend
- Nearly 6000 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings,
and legendary creatures from worldwide cultures.
Encyclopedia of Days
- Site lists holidays, holy days, and other observances for every
country in the world and for all major religions.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE EARTH
electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and
their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free,
fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars,
professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each
- Authoritative site features illustrated biographies of Titanic
passengers and crew, with photographs and supporting documents.
- Comprehensive encyclopedia of all types of glassware.
- Site is accurate, readable, and informative. One of the best and most
reliable Holocaust sources available on the Internet.
SCHOLARPEDIA - Free peer-reviewed
encyclopedia written by scholars.
(Area Handbooks) - A continuing series of books prepared under the
Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the
Army. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country,
describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national
security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships
of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.
- Intended for use by authors, screenwriters, educators,
and students, fashions range from Byzantine and Medieval eras through
the 20th century and cover all corners of the world.
- Career information, designed to provide
valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC),
sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department
of Education, produces the world's premier database of journal and
non-journal education literature. This site provides a centralized
searching of the ERIC bibliographic database for more than 1.1 million
citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal
documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based
services only, are available for free.
FACTS ON FILE - Full-text of the
Facts on File World News Digest since 1980 - updated
weekly. Provides information in core databases maintained by Facts On
File News Service. Databases include Facts on File, Issues
and Controversies, The World Almanac,
Today's Science, The World Almanac Encyclopedia, and
Book of Facts.
Facts On File
access is limited to currently enrolled students and employees of Yakima
Valley Community College
- virtual library of scholarly Internet
resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the
university level maintained by the Library of the University of
IN THE FIRST
personal narratives, including letters, diaries, memoirs,
autobiographies, and oral histories. (Primary documents)
to the Internet for Washington State
- Search the wealth
of links on subjects, including Arts, History, Science and Philosophy, with a
Washington State focus and sites selected in part by Washington State
librarians and library employees.
- Index to NGS publications (Find out when and where
National Geographic covered a specific subject).
- Folksongs, Hymns and Spirituals of America, sorted by first line of lyric and
title, with title in italics.
BOOK OF ODDS - Intriguing data ranging from the
odds of becoming a YouTube celebrity, to the odds that you will wind up alone.
- Site features several free workshops and games to assist
in selecting a career.
Center for Public Integrity
- a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that conducts investigative
research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around
- An experimental environment enabling individuals the opportunity to try out
different approaches to improving access to credible information on the World
Wide Web. Tools will be provided to researchers as well as the public, allowing
them to try out search strategies, collections and other approaches to improving
access. The Commons can be viewed as a collaborative space in which to share
ideas, data sets, results and innovations. This project is sponsored by the
DO IT YOURSELF -
Tips about doing almost anything yourself, including repairs and cleaning.
FIND HOW -
Instructions for many everyday tasks.
FLASH CARDS - Free flash cards and other tools for studying a variety of
Pharmacology, Phlebotomy, Nursing,
Physiology, Psychology, Laboratory
The site also includes study guides for the
- allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400
billion in Federal grants. It is THE single access point for over 1000
grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies.
HATHITRUST DIGITAL LIBRARY - brings
together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form,
preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future
HOW TO CLEAN
ANYTHING.COM - A huge database of cleaning tips -
from general cleaning to stains.
virtual reference and information community for the visually impaired. You can
ask questions via email or ask a librarian in real time via chat. The service
is provided by a group of talking book libraries.
INTERNET ARCHIVE -
an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for
researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE -
Details about movies from who was in it, to who made it, to trivia about it, to
filming locations, and even where to find reviews and fan sites on the web.
Sacred Text Archive - Contains the primary text(s) from the major
traditions. Nonprofit archive of religions texts privately maintained by J.B.
Hare, not affiliated with any religions organization or institution.
MERLOT - (Multimedia Educational Resource
for Learning and Online Teaching) - A free and open resource designed
primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online
learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer
reviews and assignments.
OCLC IDENITIES NETWORK - Use the OCLC Worldcat
holdings to virtually explore the interconnectivity and relationships between
An Identity can be a person, a thing (e.g., the Titanic),
a fictitious character (e.g., Harry Potter), or a corporation (e.g., IBM).
OAIster - A collection
of freely available, difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital
resources, maintained by the University of Michigan Library.
Omniglot: A Guide to Writing Systems
Information about languages with a written form. Over 160 different
alphabets, syllabaries, and other writing systems.
OpenContent - Wide
variety of high-quality, well-maintained content that people are willing to
share under one of the websites licenses.
SHEET MUSIC COLLECTION - built from a core collection donated
by Paul Ashford to the University of Washington in 1959. The collection
contains music from and about Washington state, the Pacific Northwest and the
University of Washington.
controversial issues in a
straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format.
SCHOOL MATTERS - Database of comparative
data on the performance and characteristics of U.S. public elementary, middle,
and high schools.
Social Science Information Gateway -
Selects and describes the best resources available in the social sciences.
virtual reference Shelf: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias,
Other Reference Tools
- Offers a compilation of reference works from directories,
government publications, and statistical information to SIC Codes,
maintained by the Library of Congress.
WESTERN WATERS DIGITAL LIBRARY -
Features the collaborative effort of twelve university libraries in eight
western states to provide key primary sources related to the Columbia, Colorado,
Platt, and Rio Grande Rivers. Access a wealth of digitized collections,
including historic maps, hydrology reports, flood damage summaries, and wildlife
Homepage of the
organization - general information.
Specific Prize information:
free patent searching.
Patent and Trademark Office
- Information about patents, a guide to filing a design patent application and
registering a trademark.
SUMOBRAIN - Free
- "Combines the best of both contemporary and classic
quotations collections into a searchable database of over 86,000 entries, the
largest of its kind ever compiled." Barbleby.com searches
The Columbia World of
The Quotations Page - searchable
database of over 15,000 quotations.
Quotable Quotes - Over 43,000 famous
quotes by 10,000 authors from Aristotle to Zappa.
Quoteland.com - Continually updated
Library of Congress -
Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
- "Provides access through
group or item records to about 65% of the Division's holdings, as well as to
some images found in other units of the Library of Congress. Many of the
catalog records are accompanied by digital images--about one million digital
images in all."
"Not all images displayed in this
catalog are in the public domain. The Library
offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education
and scholarship. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy
copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise
distributing materials found in the Library's collections. In some
collections, only thumbnail images display to those searching outside the
Library of Congress because of potential rights considerations. See the
Notices for more information."
New York Public Library Digital
Gallery - includes Civil War photos, New York City historical items,
16th-century maps of North America, sheet music covers, floor plans of
prewar apartments, Yiddish theater, placards, Japanese prints, menus,
Russian civil war posters, theater photos, and more.
ACME HOW TO - Step-by-step
troubleshooting and repair of common household problems, from appliances to
Do It Yourself - Free instructions for completing many projects.
FIXYA - Post a message or
have a Web chat with an expert when something breaks.
How Stuff Works - Current, practical content explaining
everything from how computers work to how power grids work.
INSTRUCTABLES - Find out
how to make anything from a corsage to a catapult.
Inventors Digest - This site is
designed for anyone who has ever said, "I've got a great idea . . . Now what
do I do?" It's also THE spot for anyone who's searching for the next HOT
Live Manuals - Manufacturer product
guides with diagrams, warranty and support information for all types of
NATION - Renovate using environmentally friendly products and methods. Site
also features information about green companies and products.
THIS OLD HOUSE - Thousands of home
improvement videos. Site also includes difficulty level, average time to
complete the project, tool requirements and shopping lists
- Find the average income, cost of a car, diameter of the earth.
Travel through millions, billions, trillions, quadrillions,
quintillions, and guacamoleons.
AGINGSTATS - The Federal Interagency
Forum on Aging Related Statistics evaluates data collected by 15 major
U.S. government agencies including the Administration on Aging and the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It provides wide
access to summarized data.
collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography
citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and
congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations,
religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate
concerns, etc. The religions of the world are enumerated here.
American Factfinder - Searches for Census 2000 information by address.
Entering an address in the Advanced Geography Selection provides a pull down
menu with choices of data, including census tract, block, and congressional
district, as well as city, county, and state.
ASSOCIATION OF RELIGIOUS DATA ARCHIVES
(ARDA) - Access to the best data on religion for educators,
journalists, religious congregations, and researchers interested in
American and international religions. Data included in the ARDA
are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in
CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE - The
census conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides
consistent, uniform and detailed account of basic agricultural data.
There are quick links to specific commodities, as well as to state,
county, and congressional district agricultural profiles.
COUNTY AND CITY DATA BOOK
- Data for all top cities with a population of 25,000 or more.
County and City
- Facts about people, business and geography.
- Gateway to statistics gathered from more than
100 federal agencies.
GENDER STATISTICS -
Aims to bring together both gender statistics and policies. Focus
is on the production, dissemination and use of gender related data.
Maintained by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
LABORSTA INTERNET - View and
download labor data and meta data from over 200 countries and
territories. Maintained by the
ILO Department of Statistics (International Labor Organization).
Center for Educational Statistics -
A rich source of data on a wide variety of topics. Want to compare the
U.S. to other countries? Check the effect of education on voting? This
is the place.
NationMaster.com - Large numerical
database used as basis for interactively generating charts and maps.
Presents statistics from a variety of resources in an easy-to-use and
interesting graphical format.
Population Reference Bureau - comprehensive
virtual gateway to data and reports on population trends. Provides
timely and objective population information.
SalaryExpert.com - Provides salary data, broken down by job and geographic
location, that is easy to use and authoritative.
State and Metropolitan Area Data Book --Comprehensive data for states and
STATE OF THE CITIES DATA
SYSTEMS - Maintained by HUD's Office of Policy Development and
Research. Includes information on housing and economic
development. Access demographic and economic population
characteristics, labor force data, job information, crime rates, etc.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
- Site maintained by University of Michigan.
UN statistical databases from which users can search and
download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.
United States Census Bureau
United States Government Statistics -
Site maintained by the
University of Washington.
State Census QUICK FACTS - Facts about the State of
Washington State Counties, Cities and Towns - Population counts that
include age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and household characteristics. (Note
that this is a 617-page file in .PDF format and will not work well on
computer with slow connections).
Art & Architecture
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
Lexical FreeNet: Connected Thesaurus
Rogets II: The New Thesaurus
Wordsmyth English Dictionary Thesaurus (WEDT)
- Click through the various categories of information such as World Time,
Population, Death, Illness, Environment, Energy, U.S. Crimes, Food and More
(where you can watch the U. S. National Debt).
Server - Provides the most accurate current local times of any
world clock on the Internet. It makes real time adjustments for Daylight Saving
ACADEMIC EARTH -
Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars.
Free access to a large collection of
professionally-produced and user-generated how-to videos. The site includes a
rapidly-growing library of videos on a wide variety of topics, presented in deep
detail by accomplished, credible experts.
ACCUWEATHER - Collection of over two million
photographs, graphics and audio clips from the Associated Press from 1826 to the
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