Ready Reference


The Purdue University On-line
Writing Lab (OWL)

“The OWL at Purdue offers online writing, research, and MLA and APA style help to the world. Now celebrating more than ten years of operation, the OWL at Purdue receives over 50,000,000 visits per year, with usage increasing steadily each month.”



“The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary is based on the print version of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Tenth Edition.

The online dictionary includes the main A-Z listing of the Collegiate Dictionary, as well as the Abbreviations, Foreign Words and Phrases, Biographical Names, and Geographical Names sections of that book. It also includes 1,000 illustrations and 25 tables. Selected sections of the print Collegiate Dictionary”


The Quotation Page

“This page was originally developed as a catalog of Quotation resources on the Internet; it has since evolved into a large-scale Quotation site with many original resources.”



“Provides interactive atlas, maps, and other tools to plan trips.”


Odden’s Bookmarks: The Fascinating World of Maps and Mapping

“A collection of over 8200 links to maps, atlases, cartography, map collections, and related matters.”


Airlines of the World

“Provides links to airlines web sites around the world. Very comprehensive and useful for looking up air ticket prices and flight schedules.”


CIA World Factbook

“Provides social, economical, political, and other facts for 266 nations, dependent areas, and other entities.”


Daily Almanac

Find information about today, such as Today’s Fun Fact, Today’s World, Today in History, Sunrise/Sunset Calculator, Tarot and Biorhythms, Today’s Horoscope, Today’s Birthdays, and Today’s View of Space.


The Pulitzer Prizes

“Provides a chronological list of all prize winners since 1917, a searchable database of all prize winners by year, category, author or explanatory text, and archives of all Pulitzer Prize-winning works, including photos, editorial cartoons, music clips and the full text of all winning articles.”


The Writer’s Almanac

“A daily program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor, can be heard each day on public radio stations throughout the country.”



Census Bureau

“Census and dempgraphic information about the population of the United States.”


Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

“This bibliography presents selected articles, books, electronic documents, and other sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet and other networks. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are available via the Internet.”

“Search over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.”

Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.


Encyclopedia & Reference Resource

“This site has extensive information from trusted sources on over 100,000 articles covered under earth & environment, history, literature & arts, health & medicine, people, philosophy & religion, places, plants & animals, science & technology, social science, law, sports, everyday life, and more.”

Provides “more than 17,000 articles from the Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, third edition … free, quick and useful information on almost any topic.”

“The world’s largest online encyclopedia of graphic symbols…. contains more than 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics. In 1,600 articles their histories, uses, and meanings are thoroughly discussed. The signs range from ideograms carved in mammoth teeth by Cro-Magnon men, to hobo signs and subway graffiti.”


The 10,000 Year Calendar

“This web calendar shows holidays, allows for multiple languages, and you can find the history for any date by clicking on that date.”

“In 2000,,, and combined. Verizon presents this new with over 13 million businesses nationwide, plus Canada. It can be searched by business category, name, city, and state.”


AnyWho (AT&T) Directory

“Find telephone numbers, e-mail, FAX, and toll-free numbers in the U.S. This site has the ability to search by street name, plus, toll-free and reverse look-up make this site especially valuable.”


Internet Country Codes

A listing of countries and their codes for use on the Internet.


Free E-Mail Address Directory

“Over 500 services listed, plus a good collection of e-mail directories, and listing for free in other categories.”



“NetLingo has thousands of definitions that easily explain the Internet and the online world of business, technology, and communication.”



“Refdesk’s database works on three levels: quick, studied and deep. For thumbnail snapshots: Fast Facts, Quick Reference / Research, and Facts Subject Index. For a more studied approach: Newspapers – USA & Worldwide, Search Engine Resources, Internet Help, and Writing Web Documents. For an in-depth exploration: Facts Encyclopedia with over seventy volumes of indexed subjects and Facts Subject Index with twenty-four subject categories.”


Publishers Weekly Bestseller Lists

“Locate the various Publisher Weekly bestseller lists here. Searching hardcover lists you can find detailed bestseller data for an author, title, or publisher. You can also search lists by date back to 1991.”


Guinness World Records

Find information on record breakers, from smaller to biggest, shortest to tallest.



Wikipedia is a free, open content online encyclopedia created through the collaborative effort of a community of users known as Wikipedians.”


The Nobel Foundation

“This is the official online source where you first learn the names of the new Nobel Prize Winners in October each year. Within seconds after the announcements are made by the Prize-Awarding Institutions, press releases about the prizes are made available.”

“To use the thesaurus, simply type a word in the gold search box and click the ‘Search’ button. A list of synonyms and antonyms will be returned.”