Help Support Refdesk
[ Return to Home Page ]
DATE SITE OF THE DAY
National Geographic: Map Machine
National Geographic's redesigned online atlas gives you the world - your way. Find nearly any place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, and much more. Plus, browse antique maps, find country facts, or plan your next outdoor adventure with our trail maps..
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for marine science research, graduate training, and public service in the world. Scripps has occupied 170 acres in La Jolla, California, since 1910, after initially being housed at the Hotel del Coronado (1903-04), then in a small laboratory building near La Jolla Cove (1905-09).
This site offers educational content for students, families, and educators. Find teaching materials, links to hundreds of online resources, and access to the world's largest museum complex: The Smithsonian Institution.
Operation Dear Abby: Messages from Home
Send a special message to our men and women in the military defending American freedom worldwide. In 1967, Sgt. Billy Thompson wrote Abigail Van Buren asking for a Christmas present for our servicemembers -- "Just a letter from home," American citizens have been sending their best wishes to the troops every holiday season. "Operation Dear Abby," has brought joy to hundreds of thousands of U.S. military personnel deployed away from home around the world. Concerns about regular mail delivery have prompted the military to suspend the letter-writing campaign. However, Dear Abby, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of the Navy's LifeLines2000 Services Network in association with SPAWAR SCC is providing this private and secure online resource that will allow you to send a Sailor, Marine, Soldier, Airman, or Coast Guardsman a holiday greeting or message of support.
The Nutrition Source: Knowledge for Healthy Eating
This site is maintained by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Aside from not smoking, the most important determinants of good health are what we eat and how active we are. The site is designed to get you started down the path toward the healthiest diet possible by exploring the latest science about healthy eating for adults and by answering key questions about what you should eat: Should you still be concerned about fat intake? Should you eat more or fewer carbohydrates? What about eggs? Fiber? Calcium?
Insects on the Web
This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures. New content includes an expanding the links section, adding another issue of Cultural Entomology Digest and adding more educational modules to the Class Insecta section.
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States. Television weathercasters and private meteorology companies prepare their forecasts using this information. The NWS is the sole United States official voice for issuing warnings during life-threatening weather situations.
Yahoo Image Search
New and improved Image Search resource from Yahoo. Provides latest celebrity and news images, photos, illustrations, and more. Site allows search by format, coloration, and size, including wallpaper-sized images. The database contains more than 630 million images.
Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or etexts) on the Internet. This collection of more than 13.000 eBooks was produced by hundreds of volunteers. Most of the Project Gutenberg eBooks are older literary works that are in the public domain in the United States. All may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed for non-commercial use.
State Health Facts
The Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts Online includes the latest available data on prescription drug use and spending for all 50 states and the U.S. The new 2003 data include the number of retail prescriptions filled, retail prescriptions filled per capita, the average price of prescriptions, and total spending on retail prescriptions for each state. The percent change from 2002 to 2003 for these indicators is also included. State Health Facts Online is a free resource that provides quick access to these topics and others, totaling nearly 400 indicators covering state-level and U.S. data on health, health care, and health policy.
HomeworkSpot.com is a free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot. With the help of students, parents and teachers, our team of educators, librarians and journalists has scoured the Web to bring you the best resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much more.
CensusScope is an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends, brought to you by the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan. With eye-catching graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for both generalists and specialists.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005
Dietary Guidelines for Americans is published jointly every 5 years by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. NOTE: Please note that documents in PDF format require Adobe's Acrobat Reader. HTML of these documents will be forthcoming.
Home Energy Saver
The Home Energy Saver calculates how much energy your home uses. It then offers recommendations on how to decrease that amount. The first web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool. Start saving energy in your home today!
This BBC site provides resources to help you learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, and other languages through online lessons. You can also learn holiday phrases in 34 languages and more.
NASA: Human Space Flight
This NASA site presents the latest in space news including: Space Shuttle, Space Station, and Behind the Scenes of Human Space Flight.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
Initiated by the Atlanta-based The King Center, the Martin Luther, Jr. King Papers Project is one of only a few large-scale research ventures focusing on an African American. In 1985 the King Center's founder and president Coretta Scott King invited Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson to become the Project's director and senior editor. As a result of Dr. Carson's selection, the Project became a cooperative venture of Stanford University, the King Center, and the King Estate.
100 Best Companies for Working Mothers
This site allows you to view profiles of the '100 Best Companies for Working Mothers' as selected by Working Mother magazine.
2003 Fact Sheet: Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer, other than skin cancer, among men in the United States, and it is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer-related death among men. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2003, about 220,900 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 28,900 men will die of the disease.
"I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
This Library of Congress site is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. Related site: Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States.
Fun science facts from the Library of Congress. This site will help you get the answers to many of life's most interesting questions through scientific inquiry. All of the questions presented on this Web site were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library of Congress, Science Reference Services.
USA: Crossword Puzzle
USA Today offers a daily crossword puzzle. You can choose either regular or master skill level. Regular level players can get hints for words. Incorrect letters are marked in a different color. Archived crosswords are also available. Related site: Refdesk Crosswords Page.
Experiencing War: Stories from Prisoners of War
Every veteran has his or her own war, and each is custodian of a unique story and memories. This site by the Library of Congress, Veterans History Project, presents the personal narratives by veterans from all wars. Vivid as if they happened yesterday, these heartfelt accounts make us laugh, cry and remember. The stories are not a formal history of war, but a treasure trove of individual feelings and personal recollections.
Companion web site to the PBS NOVA series, 'Origins.' This series takes you on a cosmic journey to the beginning of time and into the distant reaches of the universe, searching for life's first stirrings and its traces on other worlds.
Iraq Election At-a-glance.
The interim Iraqi government has set a date of January 30, 2005 for its first nationwide election since the toppling of Saddam Hussein. This BBC News site looks at some of the key issues surrounding the vote and how it will take place.
The DNA of Literature
Welcome to the DNA of literature - over 50 years of literary wisdom rolled up in 300+ Writers-at-Work interviews, now available online - free. Founder and former Editor George Plimpton dreamed of a day when anyone - a struggling writer in Texas, an English teacher in Amsterdam, even a subscriber in Central Asia - could easily access this vast literary resource; with the establishment of this online archive that day has finally come. Now, for the first time, you can read, search, and download any or all of these in-depth interviews with poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists, critics, musicians, and more, whose work set the compass of twentieth-century writing, and continue to do so into the twenty-first.
This site empowers you to make better medical decisions. Powerful medical information at your fingertips. Free for everyone seeking answers to a healthier life. Site features include: Diseases & Disorders, Medications, Parenting & Pregnancy, and Medical Dictionary.
Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
Conversations with America is a collection of the interviews Studs Terkel conducted for his books and for his radio program.
10 Legal Myths About Advance Medical Directives
This American Bar Association site presents the 10 Legal Myths About Advance Medical Directives ranging from 'Everyone should have a Living Will' to 'Advance Directives are a legal tool for old people.'
Go2Broadband, a service of CableLabs, is the cable industry-wide tool that not only identifies what cable services are available at an address, but links customers directly with the cable operator(s) so that services may actually be ordered. Let Go2Broadband work for you. Simply enter your address, select your interests, and Go2Broadband will search for the cable services that are available at your location.
This site is a a searchable directory of glossaries and topical dictionaries.
[ Search Net ] [ Facts Subject Index ] [ Facts Encyclopedia ] [ Newspapers USA/World ] [ Report Broken Links ]
[ Fast Facts ] [ First Things First ] [ Quick Reference ] [ Site Map ] [ Top of Page ] [ HOME ]
[ Return to Home Page ]