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Dictionaries, Almanacs, & Encyclopedias

  • Dictionaries, Almanacs, & Encyclopedias
    • Almanacs & Quick Information
      • This site lists the fifty states and information on their locations (latitude and longitude), birds, colleges and universities, constitutions, flowers, genealogical resources, geological formations, geographical features, mottos, national forests and parks, newspapers, nicknames, non profit organizations, populations, state and federal representatives, songs, and the dates of entry into the union. All facts are linked to over 1529 governmental or authoritative web pages.
      • Each study is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions. From the Library of Congress.

      • Chock full of information, just like its print version.

      • Comprehensive site that allows you to search by country, keyword or title. Contains over 1500 images
      • Infoplease is a free, authoritative, and respected reference for Internet users that provides a comprehensive encyclopedia, almanac, atlas, dictionary, and more.

      • Large data source gathered from cited authoritative resources that allows users to compare all types of statistics on countries. Fun to browse for interesting statistical facts.
      • This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government going back to 1900 of all currently existing countries and territories. Therefore for Soviet Union, see Russia.
      • The U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets, also known as the Background Notes, are a series of works by the United States Department of State. These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. 

      • A computational knowledge engine using its own internal knowledge base instead of searching the web and returning links. Emphasis on science and engineering plus a variety of subjects including mathematics, statistics, chemistry, finance, stock comparisons, geography, food, and data analysis.
      • Published annually, by the Central Intelligence Agency, this is a handy reference work for basic statistical data on the countries of the world.

    • Calendars
    • Converters
      • This currency converter contains the exchange rates for 164 different currencies beginning on January 1, 1990. The converter is updated every day at 8:00pm EST.

      • Enter what you want to covert and what you want it converted to, then the calculator does its thing.  Also does time zone conversions.
      • Weight, Capacity and Volume, Length, Area, Speed Pressure, Temperature, Circular Measure, and Time.
      • The Time Now provides a Time Zone Converter to find the corresponding local time in one location of your choice.

      • Converts the time and date in one part of the world to the time and date in another part.

    • Dictionaries
      • Search for acronyms and abbreviations individually or by category, that include Computing, Internet, Business, Regional, and International subjects.

      • More than 480,000 entries covering acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms including Information Technology, Military & Government and Slang & Pop Culture.
      • Audio playback clips of word pronunciations by native speakers in over 280 languages with over 2.5 million pronunciations.  Entries limited to those that can be found in a dictionary.  Idioms, short phrases and titles are also included.

      • Contains very basic definitions with hypertext links to other terms for more than 4,400 terms relating to botany, gardening, horticulture and landscape architecture. Updated regularly.
      • Hypertext dictionary of more than 4,000 investing terms, from InvestorGuide.
      • Multilingual on-line dictionary. Searches on words or phrases. More than 5 million words in the database.
      • Based on the Webster's print version of the 11th Collegiate edition. More than 160,000 entries. Each word is accompanied by definition, pronunciation, usage, grammatical function, and a brief etymology. A thesaurus can be queried for similar words, hypertext cross references are available, and misspellings return suggested spellings. Includes an extensive pronunciation guide.



      • Features a listing of hundreds of words that are rapidly evolving into the new vocabulary of the technology industry and the Web community.
      • The ultimate Internet dictionary lookup site. Search 460 general and specialized English dictionaries simultaneously, or select the ones you want to search.
      • Includes thesaurus and dictionary.

      • Translates your words from English to German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Hungarian, Czech, Afrikaans, Latin, or Esperanto, as well as from each of these languages to the others. Includes phrases.
      • Dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology.
      • Hyper-linked definitions of more than 1,000 Internet and computer related terms. All can be browsed or searched.
      • Origins and theory of origins about "Ye Olde English Sayings" and "Amerispeak."
      • This is an original standard dictionary-thesaurus of American English with definitions and pronunciations, an integrated thesaurus, and usage examples. A nice feature is the Approximate Search, which will find words that are close in spelling to your word. The database has approximately 50,000 headwords, and nearly 13,000 of these have thesaurus entries.
      • Internet directory of dictionaries with more than 800 dictionaries in over 160 different languages. Contains the following sections: languages; multilingual; specialized, thesauri and other vocabulary aids; and an index of other dictionary indexes.
    • Encyclopedias
      • Features more than 100 sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, abbreviations, etc.
      • A free content online encyclopedia where anyone can post and edit an article on any subject.