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General Reference Sources


Access the Locust Valley Middle / High School Research Guide by clicking here.

Reference Shelves on the Internet and The Internet Public Library Reference Center provide comprehensive listings of major information sites on the Internet. Try these great new sites... Reference Desk Quick Reference and Research and iTools organize hundreds of reference sites in easy to use formats. High School Ace and Cool and Useful Student Resources include Reference Sources, Search Engines, News Sources, and Subject Guides.

Academic Info is a portal to academic information on the Internet.

Fact Monster is an almanac, atlas, dictionary and encyclopedia all rolled into one. Topics include World and News, U.S., People, Word Wise, Science, Math, Sports, Cool Stuff, Games and Quizzes, and Homework Center. Daily features include Today in History, In the News, Analogy of the Day and Spelling Bee.


Information Please Almanac Browse the contents of the Information Please Almanac and The Columbia Encyclopedia.

Old Farmer's AlmanacThis almanac answers questions about weather, astronomy, folklore and history, and provides household hints and gardening advice.

Atlases Explore the world with online resources ranging from a complete world atlas to "Topozone," the web's first interactive topographical map of the entire United States.

World The map resources here include color reference maps, blackline masters of the world, continents, and most nations, official flags, and lists of important economic, demographic, physical, and political statistics. Maps contains outline maps of the United States and most countries.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection is an enormous collection of online maps arranged by continent. It includes U.S. Historical maps, city maps and outline maps.

National Geographic Xpeditionsis an online atlas that allows you to select the country and type of map you would like to view.

Outline Maps is an excellent collection of continet/hemisphere outline maps.

Blank United States Outline Maps

American Meteorological Society Weather Maps includes many of the resources forecasters use to study current weather. Includes downloadable surface maps of current temperatures, pressures, and fronts.


Calendar Zone A directory of all calendar related resources on the Internet.

10,000-Year Calendar Zone Find out what day any date fell or will fall on.

Aztec Calendar This site allows you to see how the Aztecs tracked time.

Calendar and Clock Page Lots of information on everything related to calendars, dates, holidays, and time.

World Dates Archive Use this site to search for important events by month.

Citation Guides

You can now access the Locust Valley Middle and High School Research Guide on the web. Just click HERE and find all of the information you need on note taking, parenthetical citations, creating Works Cited lists, the Big 6 Research Process and much more.

Online Citation Styles Includes MLA, APA, and Chicago citation styles for electronic sources. Use MLA for Locust Valley Middle and High School assignments.


Bureau of Engraving and Printing is responsible for the production of U.S. currency, including stamps. The homepage offers direct links to information on new currency design, facts and trivia, counterfeiting, and more.

Coin and Currency Collection at the University of Notre Dame is devoted specifically to American currency. Coin World is a great site for coin collectors.

Money Museum offers in-depth information on the history, legends, lore and literature associated with "money" in all its forms.

The United States Mint includes lots of information about coin composition, minting techniques, history of U.S. currency and more.


Your This is a one-stop source for language information. The site includes dictionaries and thesauri for 240 languages; a language identifier; 86 specialty dictionaries for areas such as law, medicine, business, finance, and sports; dictionaries for rhyming, pronunciation, synonyms, homonyms, antonyms, spelling; grammar rules; and much more.

Acronyms and Abbreviations Search more than 15,000 acronyms and abbreviations.

LOGOS Dictionary Multi-lingual online dictionary.

OneLook Dictionaries Search 432 general and specialized English dictionaries.

Rhyming Dictionary Find rhyming matches to words you choose.

WWWebster Dictionary Based on the Webster 10th Collegiate 1993 edition. Also includes a thesaurus.


Encarta Online This is Microsoft's free encyclopedia with concise entries. More than 17,000 articles from the Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.

WhatIs is a free encyclopedia of technology terms.

News and Current Events

All You Can Read provides online content from popular and news magazines from all over the world. Get the world point of view on any current topic.

Documents in the News provides a news research source for articles on current events and events dating back to 1995.

CNN Interactive This site is updated frequently and includes news digests and feature stories.

MSNBC Popular and frequently updated news site with interactive features.

Newsweek Headline and feature articles from the popular news weekly.s This site includes selected articles from the news weekly and a search option for archives back to January 1994.

Today's Papers is a daily news briefing compiled from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and other major newspapers.

World News Megastories features in-depth coverage of major news stories from around the world. Go to "NEWSWIRE" at this electronic database service for the latest international news from ten international news organizations.


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations The most familiar quotation resource available.

Quoteland Thousands of quotations organized by topic and author.

Quotations Page Searchable database of twelve quotation resources on the Internet.

Statistics & Records

Finding Data on the Internet offers a list of sources for a variety of statistical information.

Statistical Resources on the Web is a portal to statistics on a variety of subjects.

Using the Internet to Find Statistics This site provides a tutorial and a list of useful statistical links including guides, search engines and portals.

Health and Medical Statistics includes links for United States health statistics.

Guinness World Records is the classic source for official world records.

County and City Data Book Useful for data on U.S. cities with a population over 200,000.

Historical United States Census Data Browser 1790-1970 "The data presented here describe the people and the economy of the U.S. for each state and county from 1790 to 1970."

PopNet: The Source for Global Population Information A directory of population-related web sites.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book Contains statistics on social and economic conditions of state and metropolitan areas of the U.S.

Statistical Abstract of the United States The complete 1995-1998 volumes of U.S. statistics are available.

U.S. Bureau of the Census Current U.S. demographic information.

World Factbook Published by the CIA, this is a handy reference source for basic stats on the countries of the world.

Study Skills

Study Strategies Homepage Take the study skills survey, do a time audit, and learn strategies for planning, test taking, and improving your memory.

Study Guide for High School Students Advice on studying smarter, time management, and developing listening skills.

Study Guides and Strategies This site contains good advice and strategies for improving critical thinking skills, notetaking, classroom participation, reading skills, test preparation, test taking, writing skills, and math and science skills.

Telephone Directories

Any Who: Find Telephone Number and Address Includes 90 million white page listings and 10 million yellow pages listings. E-mail, home page, FAX and toll free numbers included if supplied by users.

AT&T 800 numbers Directory of toll free numbers.

Area Code Look-Up Look up the area code for any U.S. or Canadian city.

Website Evaluation

It is important to evaluate websites for authentic, reliable information. The following links offer suggestions on how to evaluate a website.

Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources
The Ten Cs for Evaluating Internet Sources
QUICK: Quality Information Checklist
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
Why We Need to Evaluate What We Find on the Internet