Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acronym Finder
Searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.

All that JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources
Search for full titles of journals from their abbreviations and/or acronyms.

The WorldWideWeb Acronym and Abbreviations Dictionary
Search for an acronym, for the acronym's meanings, or submit one to the database.

U.S. Postal Service List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Includes states and territories, street abbreviations, and secondary unit designators.


The Farmer's Almanac
Now in its 180th year, The Farmers' Almanac features links to weather, gardening, astronomy, "best days for...," lunar and solar calendars, and more on its web presence.
A great site for almanac look-ups, but extends beyond the almanac to include clickable maps, notable residents, headline news, government information, and other useful sources for each state in the U.S.

Information Please
A good, comprehensive, almanac.

The World Factbook (CIA)
An annual publication, this source provides basic information about various countries worldwide.


Biographical Dictionary
From the A & E television show

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress


Biography Resource Center

Classical Composer's Archive


Business and Company Resource

Calendars & Time

The Calendar Zone
Formerly CalendarLand, this site features a "comprehensive categorized calendar catalog..." to Greek, lunar, solar, leap year, millennium, and religious calendars.

The Encyclopedia of Days
Includes a search engine for specific holidays and observances, a calendar, and index.

Internal Revenue Service
Tips, forms, and lists of deadlines for taxes. Includes electronic filing.

The Worldwide Holiday & Festival Site
Exhaustive listing and search engine by country, date, observance, and religion. Includes a search engine and notation of official country holidays.

Official U.S. Time
Clickable map displays official times in each area of the country, which areas participate in Daylight Savings Time, and a history of timekeeping (click "Exhibits").


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Colleges & Universities

American Universities

College Board

Graduate Schools

Higher Education in the United States of America
Features links and resources for both domestic and international students interested in attending college in the US. Includes a listing by state of graduate schools.

South Carolina Colleges and Universities

Web U.S. Universities, by State

Universities Worldwide

Dictionaries (General)

Bible Dictionary

Business Dictionary

Computer & Internet Terms

Health & Medical Dictionary

Law Dictionary

Music Dictionary

One Look Dictionary

Rap Music Dictionary

Translating Dictionaries

Dictionaries (Language)


The Alternative Dictionaries of Slang

The American Heritage Dictionary

Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

A Semantic Rhyming Dictionary


Chinese < - > English Dictionary


ARTFL Project: French < - > English Dictionary

French - English Dictionary


German < - > English Dictionary



Italian < - > English


Japanese < - > English Dictionary


Kurdish < - > English Dictionary


Latin < - > English Dictionary


Spanish < - > English Dictionary


English to Swahili to English Dictionary

Swahili dictionary


Action Without Borders
A searchable directory to the homepages of nonprofit organizations on the Internet.

AmeriCom Long Distance Area Decoder
Use this resource to find the area codes for cities around the world.

Associations on the Net
Over 300 Internet sites with information on a variety of professional, trade, cultural associations and organizations.

Better Business Bureau

Consumer Price Index

Global) Books in Print
Global Books in Print provides easy access to crucial information on the international book publishing industry. Includes book reviews from industry sources; links to NYU Libraries' catalog.

City/State Zip Code Finder

U.S. News and World Report's College Rankings for 2002
Graduate school rankings and more.

U.S. Postal Service ZIP+4 Lookup
Use this site to find those 4 digit postal add-on codes.

Yellow Pages
Use this site to find business addresses and phone numbers around the country.


After College


Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

South Carolina Department of Education


Ask Jeeves
Not an encyclopedia, but a good source for general reference questions.

Columbia Encyclopedia
The 6th edition of this general encyclopedia.

Reference Desk

Environmental Health Resources


Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology/Environmental Teratology Information Center (DART?/ETIC) Database

Hazardous Substances Data Bank


Household Products Database

Integrated Risk Information System




Famous Historical Documents

InfoUSA: Basic Documents and Writings
INFORMATION USA is an authoritative resource for students seeking information about official U.S. policies, American society, culture, and political processes. Documents include:

The Mayflower Compact

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States

The Bill of Rights

The Federalist Papers (complete)

The Emancipation Proclamation

Robert's Rules of Order
Parliamentary procedure manual governs most policy-making bodies. Full-text edition.

Speech and Transcript

Health & Medical


Directory of Health Organizations Online (Dirline)

Health & Wellness Resources Center

Health Finder




National Institute of Health

National Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine Gateway

Maps & Gazetteers

How Far Is It?
Uses University of Michigan Geographical Name Server to find the distance between two locations.


National Atlas of the United States
Designed to promote a greater geographical awareness by providing map-like views of U.S. natural and socio-cultural landscapes.

U.S. Census Bureau's Gazetteer (Tiger)
Search by name to retrieve demographic data and map, which displays user-selected parameters (highways, congressional districts, national parks, etc).

U.S. Census Bureau's Online Maps (Tiger)
Provides road maps for U.S. cities. Search by name or specify longitude and latitude coordinates.

Math & Computer Science
Comprehensive Calculation and Conversion Utility


IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Quotation Dictionaries

Bartlett's Book of Familiar Quotations
The 1901 edition of Bartlett's providing familiar quotations from passages, phrases and proverbs. Also includes a list of authors' names and their quotes

Creative Quotations
Index includes collections of Thoreau, Gandhi, and King; sections on women, proverbs from 300 countries, poetry, and thematic quotes.

Includes quotations by topic and author, search engines, and discussion groups.

Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
More than 10,000 quotes from over 4000 sources with source, date and occasion provided for each quote.

Social Issues

Opposing Viewpoints

South Carolina Links


American Factfinder
A good source for U.S. population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

Statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies

Library of Congress Country Studies
Includes demographic information, history, and statistics. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered.

This one stop Internet source from the US Department of Commerce publishes the best statistical data the Federal government has to offer, listing over 300,000 reports and statistical series.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
A collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the U.S. at the state and metropolitan area levels. Selected data for component counties and central cities of metropolitan areas are also included.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States (2001)
Based on census data; includes downloadable graphs and charts

*See Reference Librarian


Federal Government

State of South Carolina


Merriam Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus
Online searchable dictionary.

Roget's II: The New Thesaurus
This new version of Roget's contains 35,000 synonyms in a revised format.


A+ Research and Writing
Useful guide for writing research papers.

American Heritage Book of English Usage
An authoritative guide to contemporary English usage and style.

A Brief Citation Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities.
Derived from Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 5th ed.

Columbia Guide to Online Style
Published by Columbia University Press, this resource is endorsed by the Alliance for Computers and Writing.

Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the APA

Guide for Citing Electronic Resources
From the Sarah Byrd Askew Library at the William Paterson University of New Jersey.

The King's English
This resource illustrates "by living examples, with the name of a reputable authority attached to each, all blunders that observations shows to be common".

Online! Citation Styles
Covers MLA, APA, Chicago, CBE and others.

Plagiarism: Dr. Cite Right

Strunk's Elements of Style
A well known source providing the essential rules of English style