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Almanacs

Biographies

  • Biographical Dictionary - this dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.
Calculators & Conversion Tools

Census Data & Demographics

  • American Factfinder: U.S. Census Bureau - this vast site provides users with the capability to browse, search, and map data from many Census Bureau sources: the 1990 Census, the 1997 Economic Census, the American Community Survey and the Census 2000 Dress Rehearsal. In early 2001, the data from Census 2000 will be available in American FactFinder.

  • Worldwide Census Info
Date and Time

  • Learn About Calendars from Various Cultures - "From the beginning of organized civilization, humans have always had a need to organize and document time as well as plan for future dates. Calendars, by their very nature, allowed people to plan and order events as well as a way to communicate about the events relative to one another. Calendars originally primarily revolved around agriculture or religious occurrences, and many ancient calendars were based on the phases of the moon or other natural phenomenon."

  • Perpetual Calendar - Enter month and year for display of calendar month. With a daily almanac, including a word for the day.

  • Timeanddate.com - site has the current time and date for 512 cities, worldwide, and Greenwich Mean Time. World times can also be displayed for each continent, or sorted by country or by time zone. An annual or monthly calendar (1 to 3999 A.D.) can be displayed, showing the phases of the moon, and holidays for select countries. Also display the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds that exist between 2 dates.

Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Dictionary.com

  • Merriam-Webster Online - Based on the Webster 10th Collegiate edition, 1993. More than 160,000 entries. Each word is accompanied by definition, pronunciation, usage, grammatical function, and a brief etymology.

  • One-Look Dictionaries - Search more than 595 general and specialized English dictionaries simultaneously, or select specific dictionaries.

  • Thesaurus.com - Find synonyms and antonyms.

  • yourDictionary.com - Comprehensive and authoritative portal for language and language-related products and services on the web with more than 1800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages.
Encyclopedias

Genealogy

  • Ancestry.com

  • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites - more than 59,000 links, categorized and cross-referenced in over 120 categories.

  • Ellis Island Records

  • FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' (aka Mormon or LDS) genealogical site has a search engine that looks through records of over 35 million names in its Ancestral File, over 360 million names in the International Genealogical Index (Britain, North America, and Finland), and the Family History Library Catalog with records from more than 2 millions rolls of microfilm, as well as thousands of indexed Web sites.

  • Researching Your Roots - Researching your roots can be a lifelong project. With so many records and resources, it's not easy to find a starting point. While every family history follows a different path, there are general guidelines that every beginner should know.
Geography & Maps

Health

People Finder

  • AnyWho: Find Telephone Numbers - AT&T's comprehensive listing of over 100 million listings. You can do reverse lookups, ask for a street proximity listing for a business or residential listing, use their 'sounds like' match for last name lookups, and get maps of the address from MapsOnUs.

  • Phonebooks - "Phonebooks.com is the only phonebook website to offer users access to three different types of online phonebooks and an international phonebook directory. Unlike similar websites, all our information is available completely free."

  • Telephone Directories on the Web - "Search Worldwilde With Online Telephone Directory, Browse Through Business And Residential Pages Around The World, Infobel.Com."
Quotations

  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - the complete 10th edition, 1919.

  • Quoteland.com - extension collection organized by hundreds of topics. Discussion groups to ask research questions and sections on Literary and Humorous Quotations. Search on all of part of a quote for author.
Style & Writing Guide

  • Citation Styles Index

  • Elements of Style - complete 1918 Edition by William Strunk, Jr.

  • Guide to Grammar and Writing - Guide to Grammar and Writing - extensive guide to effective use of the English language. Includes definitions of sentence parts, rules for comma usage and other punctuation marks, plurals and possessives, spelling, nouns and modifiers, words and phrases to avoid, capitalization, spelling and abbreviations and even a place to ask questions.


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