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Reference Resources

Acronym Finder
Got an abbreviation and don't know what it stands for? Acronym finder can help!
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Book of Days
Organized along the days of the calandar, this site provides detailed descriptions of key historical events, the life and times of people, both great and infamous, and long forgotten customs of cultures from every corner of the world. This is a must-read for anyone aspiring to understand history as our forefathers saw it.
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Baseball Almanac
Everything you ever wanted to know about baseball, from facts, figures, history, calendars, statistics, etc.
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CIA World Factbook
Select a country of interest from the drop-down menu and enjoy access to information about that country's geography, people, government, and economy. Each entry includes a map as well.
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Computer Almanac
A subject based collection of statistics and quotations relevant to computers. For each entry, a reference to the original source is given.
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Farmer's Almanac
Sponsored by the publisher's of the print version, this web site does not carry the full text of the entire almanac, but it does contain calendar and weather information, as well as, recipes and trivia.
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Information Please
Gain access to more than 57,000 articles from the Concise Columbia Encyclopedia, 5th edition. Also available at this site is the Information Please Almanac, the Information Please Sports Almanac, and the Entertainment Almanac. In addition, the site includes the full contents of the Random House Webster's College Dictionary.
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Biographical Dictionary
This dictionary includes brief citations on more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.
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A & E maintains this website based on its popular television show "Biography." The site has over 25,000 brief biographical entries.
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Find a Grave
"See the graves of thousands of famous people and find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc."
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Time 100: Most Important People of the 20th Century
This site covers one hundred influential people of this century. Divided into five categories: Leaders and Revolutionaries; Artists and Entertainers; Builders and Titans; Scientists and Thinkers; and Heroes and Inspirations.
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Computer Encyclopedias

An encyclopedia for computer and Internet technology.
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Britannica Online
Electronic version of the complete 32 volume set.
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Holocaust Encyclopedia
Maintained by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Contains articles about refugees, the liberation, trials for war crimes and much, much more. Information also available in either French or Spanish.
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Agricultural Handbook USDA Index
Contains a broad array of agricultural handbooks by title, number or subject. Titles held by the National Agricultural Library can be verified in the Library's AGRICOLA database.
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Center for Disease Control & Prevention
From the Department of Health and Human Services. Access to journals, podcasts on current health issues as well as state and national statistical data.
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GPO Access: FDLP Desktop
GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. This free service is funded by the Federal Depository Library Program.
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Library of Congress Reading Rooms
General collections (Business, Childrens, Copyright, Genealogy etc), International Collections (African, Middle Eastern, European, Hispanic) and Special formats and Genre (Maps, Manuscripts, Film, Sheet Music, Recording etc).
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Medline: List of Serials Indexed for Online Users
Provides bibliographic information for all journals ever indexed over time with the MeSH® vocabulary and cited in MEDLINE®, the backbone of the NLM PubMed® database.The 2009 edition contains 13,410 serial titles, including titles currently indexed for MEDLINE as well as titles indexed over time which have ceased or changed titles, listed alphabetically by the journal title abbreviation.
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Reference Center and General Government
Includes government acronyms, calendars, forms, statistics, maps, historical documents and much, much more.
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Senate Virtual Reference Desk
A clearinghouse of Senate information on the Web and guides to resources in libraries and archives.
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Primary Sources

100 Milestone Documents
This site contains links to landmark documents in U.S. history. The documents are from the period 1776 to 1965. Includes documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Civil Rights Act. Copies of the actual documents and document transcripts may be downloaded from the site.
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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
This website is a project sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Information about newspapers from the 1600's to the present is available.
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Presidents of the US: Public Papers
Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the textnote.
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Primary Source Repository from Univ of Idaho
A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. All links have been tested for correctness and appropriateness.
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Primary Sources - via Berkeley
Provides a list of gateways to government and academic sites - substantial information on the American South and Civil war time period.
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Time Magazine Archives from 1923
Great resource for a primary source assignment
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