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Consider this Research Central! You’ll find a huge variety of sites to help you properly reference and research your school work and more. We’ve separated these sites into separate categories, so you can locate the type of information you’re looking for even faster.

Almanacs - Atlas - Maps - Encyclopedias - Dictionaries - Foreign Language Dictionaries - Thesaurus - Biographical Resources - Research Directories - Phone & Postal Directories - U.S. Government
Conversion Calculators
- Statistics & Demographics
- Style Guides & Citation


Almanacs

World Factbook from the CIA
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Facts and maps of every country compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The Original Farmer’s Almanac
http://www.almanac.com/

New York Times Almanac (Book)
http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Times-Almanac-2009/dp/0143114573

The World Almanac and Book of Facts (Book)
http://www.worldalmanac.com/world-almanac.aspx


Atlas

Altapedia.com - Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world
http://www.atlapedia.com/

Online Atlas
http://www.onlineatlas.us/

The National Atlas of the United States of America
http://nationalatlas.gov/

World Atlas
http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm


Maps

Maps, Satellite Images from National Geographic
http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=r&c=43.74999999999996

Mapquest
http://www.mapquest.com

Google Maps
http://www.maps.google.com

Yahoo Maps
http://www.maps.yahoo.com

Types of Maps from FactMonster.com
http://www.factmonster.com/world/geography/types-maps.html


Encyclopedias

Encylopedia.com
http://www.encyclopedia.com

Britannica Online Encyclopedia
http://www.britannica.com

Reference.com
http://www.reference.com


Dictionaries

Dictionary & Thesaurus from Dictionary.com
http://www.dictionary.com

Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus
http://www.merriam-webster.com/

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
http://www.bartleby.com/61/

Specialty Dictionaries
http://www.yourdictionary.com/specialty.html
Choose your topic of interest for a dictionary on that subject.


Foreign Language Dictionaries

Translate 16 languages from English
http://www.freedict.com/onldict/fre.html

Diccionarios.com (Spanish Language Online Dictionary)
http://www.diccionarios.com/

Multiple Language Translations
http://translate.reference.com

WordReference.com – translate multiple languages
http://wordreference.com/


Thesaurus

Thesaurus.com
http://www.thesaurus.com


 Biographical Resources

Biographical Dictionary
http://www.s9.com/

Biography.com
http://www.biography.com


Research Directories

GuideStar.org – NonProfit Research Source
http://www.guidestar.org

Acronym Finder
http://www.acronymfinder.com/


IPL.org – A searchable, subject-categorized directory of links to online newspapers and magazines.
http://www.ipl.org/div/news/



 Phone & Postal Directories

Zip Code Look Up
http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/

United States Post Office
http://www.usps.gov

Country & City Telephone Codes
http://www.longdistancepost.com/Country_City_Telephone_Codes.htm

Find Area Codes
http://www.whitepages.com/area-codes

Anywho.com
http://www.anywho.com

Switchboard.com
http://www.switchboard.com

SuperPages
http://www.bigbook.com/


U.S. Government

A-Z index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml

FedWorld makes it easy to locate government information
http://fedworld.ntis.gov/

United States Postal Service
http://www.usps.gov


Conversion Calculators

OnlineConversion.com
http://www.onlineconversion.com/

Conversion Calculator
http://www.worldwidemetric.com/metcal.htm

Temperature, Liquid & Weight Conversion Calculator
http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/convert/conversion.html

Time Zone Calculator
http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

World Clock & Time Zones
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Yearly Calendars 2004-2014
http://www.rice.edu/cgi-bin/refcal


Statistics & Demographics

FedStats.gov
http://www.fedstats.gov/
Provides access to a full range of official statistical information provided by the Federal Government

Quick Reference & Research Guide
http://www.refdesk.com/instant.html

Demographic Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
http://www.bls.gov/bls/demographics.htm


Style Guides & Citation

APA Style Guide
http://www.apastyle.org/

APA Formatting and Style Guide
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

MLA Handbook
http://www.mla.org/

Citation Machine
http://citationmachine.net/

Documentation Guidelines for Citing Sources
http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/

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