CIA World FactbookFrom the web site: "The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."

Country Profiles
Country Profiles is a website with the current geographic, social, economic, and political summaries organized by country.

InfopleaseInfoplease is a comprehensive reference source that combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. A single search engine allows you to search all these sources at once.

Old Farmer’s Almanac
Since 1792, The Old Farmer's Almanac has spoken to all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near the ocean; sunrise and planting charts for those who live on the farm; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; and forecasts for those who don't like the question of weather left up in the air.

Dictionaries, Thesauri, and Quotations
Alphadictionary Language Directory
Of the roughly 6,912 known languages and dialects spoken in the 191 countries of the world, only 2,287 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 300 of these have online dictionaries. You can search for them on Google and wade through 50 million mostly irrelevant returns or quickly peruse the cream of the crop here at alphaDictionary. We carefully select and add new dictionaries, grammars, and LANGUAGES regularly, marking the new languages below with a bullet (•). is an aggregator of definitions, encyclopedia entries, and language translations.

The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge. includes definitions from American Heritage, Random House, and Merriam-Webster.

Internet Picture Dictionary
The Internet Picture Dictionary is a completely free, online multilingual picture dictionary designed especially for ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language learners of all ages.

A Maths Dictionary For Kids
A Maths Dictionary for Kids is an animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explains over 600 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language.

Mathworld Dictionary
Source of mathematical definitions and concept explanations.

Merriam Webster
Online dictionary based on the print version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary
6,000 full-color images; 20,000 terms with contextual definitions.

Visual Thesaurus
Displays a unique visualization of connections between words.

Definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology results

Quotations Book
Index of 40,000+ famous and community generated quotes.

Quotations Page
26,000 quotations from 3,100 authors. Lots of pop-up ads.

Thousands of quotes organized under hundreds of topics.
Thousands of famous quotations sorted by author.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.


Britannica Online

Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a leading provider of learning and knowledge products. We're proud to be one of the world's most trusted sources of information on every topic imaginable - from the origins of the universe to current events and everything in between.Get a glimpse of our company, products, and business opportunities here on our corporate site to see how we're making it happen.


Nation Master
Atlas containing maps with numerous informational overlays.

Aerial/hybrid imagery and various tools for road navigation.

Google Maps
Browse interactive maps, find local businesses, and get driving directions.

Color Landform Atlas of the US
Maps include satellite information, 1895 state maps, and links to outside resources

How Far Is It?
Courtesy of - discount Bali hotels, this service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server.

Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (PCL 1.306) is a general collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. Many of the maps are included in our Library Catalog. More than 11,000 map images from our collection are also available online.

News Sites
Agence France Press
Largest French news agency and leading global news wire.

Associated Press
Global news network. Source for thousands of news outlets.

Global financial data, news, and analytics.

BBC News
Britain's leading news agency providing news, analysis, and insight.

Among the world's leaders in news and information delivery.

Easy Newspapers
EasyNewspapers is an easy to use database for newspapers, online newspapers, national newspaper and local newspapers worldwide. Do not be led astray by reading one newspaper, instead at the click of a button you can now make your own informed opinions by accessing a variety of newspapers, each with their own unique point-of-view. Staying in touch with the world and its events has never been easier with our simple categories. Find your favorite medium whether it is newspapers, magazines, journals, online newspapers, television or radio. With almost twenty thousand newspapers, EasyNewspapers is your first stop for news across the world.

Google News
Google News is a computer-generated news site that aggregates headlines from news sources worldwide, groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader's personalized interests.

Aggregates and sorts stories from established media and independent journalists.

Yahoo! News
Search or browse the latest headlines from around the world.

The New York Times
National newspaper of record. Daily broadsheet. Circulation: 1,038k.

USA Today
Daily broadsheet with easy-to-read synthesis of world news. Circulation: 2,114k.

Wall Street Journal
Leading finance and business news publication. Circulation: 2,080k.

Bureau of Labor StatisticsThe Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
FedStatsFedStats, which has been available to the public since 1997, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capabililties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.

U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by our strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers

Writing Resources

APA StyleSummary of APA manual. Commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.

BibMeAutomatically generate bibliographies for books, articles, films, and web sites.

Chicago Manual of StyleOutline of bibliographic style most commonly used in the humanities.

MLA StyleFeatures brief in-text parenthetical citations keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited.

OWL, Online Writing LabWriting resources and instructional material for students and teachers.