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CIA World Fact Book Good overview, including maps, of most countries in the world.

An online version of the Information Please Almanac.


Biographical Sources
Contemporary Authors A section of the Gale Literature Resource Center. Provides complete biographical & bibliographical information on 120,000+ U.S. and international authors.
Biography.com Over 20,000 entries from the Arts and Entertainment television network show, Biography.
Biographical Dictionary Biographical information on "more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day."

Bookstores Online
Amazon.com Search for books - includes some reviews
BarnesandNoble.com Search for books - includes some reviews
AddALL.com Book search and price comparison

Colleges and Universities
America's Best Graduate Schools Maintained by U.S. News and World Report
Petersons.com Offers information about colleges, graduate study, studying abroad. Links to downloadable enrollment forms, information on test preparation and financial aid.
2007 Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid Page Free college and financial aid searches plus SAT and ACT test preparation.
U.S. Universities and Community Colleges List maintained by the University of Texas at Austin. Links to U.S. universities as well as community colleges.

YourDictionary.com Links to more than 1,800 dictionaries in 20 languages.
OneLook.com "Search engine for words and phrases." Includes translations as well as definitions.
Merriam-Webster Online Searchable version of online English dictionary and thesaurus.

Words and definitions that describe "online world of business, technology, and communication"


Online dictionary of computer and internet technology terms

Roget's Thesaurus Search for synonyms in the 1911 edition.

LiteraryMarketPlace.com The online directory of the book publishing industry, with information about publishers, agents, wholesalers, etc.
PubList.com Easy access detailed publishing information on 150,000+ U.S. and international print and electronic publications
Thomas Register Finds companies and their products manufactured in North America
U.S.Societies & Associations A listing of general interest societies & associations in the United States

Gale Virtual Reference Library Online subject encyclopedias
CREDOreference Full text general reference resources
Wesley Search < ref > under < Local Call Number >
How Stuff Works Offers explanations about the operation of a wide range of items

Government Information
USA.gov A portal to U.S. state and federal government web sites.
United States Depository Ready Reference Sources A convenient arrangement of freguently-used government documents (e.g. Consumer Price Indexes, Budget of the U.S. Government, etc.)
Bureau of the Census The official site includes access tools, current economic indicators, and more.
Constitution of the United States of America Analysis and interpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that deal with core constitutional issues. Also included are proposed amendments not ratified, congressional acts, state measures, and municipal ordinances deemed unconstitutional, and acts of Congress held unconstitutional.
FedStats Easy access to a range of statistics and information produced by more than 70 U.S. federal government agencies.
GPO Access: A Service of the U.S. Government Printing Office Links to some of the most important federal government information, including searchable, full text versions of the Federal Register, Congressional Record, Congressional Bills, and U.S. Government Manual.
The Library of Congress Information about the Library of Congress, digital collections, and links to federal and state government information sources.
United States Code Contains the Legal Information Institute's hypertext version of the full U.S. code (the laws in force as of 26 January 1998) and other important legal documents.
Supreme Court Collection A searchable, hypertext version of U.S. Supreme Court decisions from May 1990 to the present plus 582 historic decisions and information about the Court.
GovTrack Tracking the U.S. Congress
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet The official site for Congress and Senate information. Contains links to the full text of legislation, full text of the Congressional Record, Congressional Record Index, Bill Summary & Status, Legislation, the U.S. Constitution, and more.
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents Offers all public statements or writings of the President, including speeches, press conferences, messages to Congress.
Project Vote Smart Researches, tracks, and provides independent factual information on over 13,000 candidates and elected officials. Voting records, campaign issue positions, performance evaluations by special interests, campaign contribution, backgrounds, previous experience, and contact information are available.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention News, articles on health topics, data and statistics, etc.
Background Notes From U.S. Dept. of State Information about countries: people, history, government, economy, politics plus travel and business information.
U.S. Gazetteer From U.S. Census Bureau, search for information on places in the U.S.
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Online version of popular annual reference book of statistics.
Iowa Official State Website  
Iowa Official Register  
Travel Iowa Official Iowa tourism website
Midwest Profiles From Dept. of Economics at Iowa State. Information about Iowa and 11 other Midwestern States

NationJob.com Information for both job seekers and employers
CareerBuilder.com Search for jobs by job type, location, industry, company.
Monster.com A popular employment site with several search options.
The Riley Guide.com Detailed information on almost any topic related to employment.
IowaJobs Job listings from Iowa Workforce Development
Occupational Outlook Handbook Source of career information for "individuals making decisions about their future work lives."

Librarians' Favorite List
U.C. Berkeley Virtual Information Center Internet resource links by academic disciplines
RensSearch Rennsselaer Polytechnics Reference Room Lists
I-tools.com "Quick access to the best internet tools"
refdesk.com About indexing quality internet sites and assisting visitors in navigating these sites.
Internet Public Library Reference Center From U. of Michigan, a public service organization whose activities include: "finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating information resources.
Librarians' Index to the Internet Searchable and annotated subject directory of resources selected and evaluated by librarians.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory List of Lists Internet searching resources with a science emphasis.
Bartleby.com Search several books of quotations, including the 1919 ed. of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
LibrarySpot.com Hand selected sites intended as "a free virtual library resource center for educators and their students, librarians and their patrons."

Maps, Atlases, Driving Directions
MapQuest The leader in online mapping and driving directions
Rand McNally Driving directions as well as planning a road trip feature
U.S. Gazetteer Search for any place in the U.S.
National Geographic Maps & Geography Online "Map machine" feature searches online atlas to provide a variety of worldwide maps.
Indo.com How Far Is It? Finds "latitude and longitude of two places and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies)."
1895 U.S. Atlas: Iowa  

News/Current Events
Today's News Archival News
Links to Iowa Newspapers - Complete coverage of all daily and weekly newspapers in Iowa  
Burlington (IA) Hawkeye Newspaper  
Cedar Rapids Gazette Online  
Christian Science Monitor Electronic Edition  
Des Moines Register  
Mount Pleasant News  
New York Times College Edition  
Television News Archives  
Newslink - Links to thousands of newspapers, magazines, radio and TV sources worldwide  
CNN (Cable News Network)  
BBC (British Broadcasting Co.)  
ESPN (sports)  

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations Search the 1919 10th edition of this famous work.

Yahoo TV Local listings and Nielsen ratings
Yahoo Movies  
ESPN sports  
NCAA Subject search for sports related topics plus statistics and polls

Statistical Resources on the Web Statistical files assembled by the University of Michigan. Included are hundreds of U.S. statistics as well as those for foreign countries and trade.
Statistical Abstract of the United States As the National Data Book, it contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the U.S.
FedStats Gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies.
Iowa State DataCenter The official source for U.S. census statistics about Iowa.
Sports Statistics on the Web  
U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics An extensive collection of statistics and reports related to crime and justice.
National Center for Education Statistics Collects and analyzes education related data.
National Center for Health Statistics Collects and analyzes health related data.

Telephone Numbers/Addresses/E-mail/Zip Codes
AnyWho One stop searching for residential and business phone numbers and addresses. Include toll-free numbers. From AT&T.
WorldPages Look for business, people, e-mail addresses in the U.S. and worldwide.
Telephone Directories on the Web An annotated meta-index of online phone books.
Zip+4Lookup From U.S. Postal Service. Gives zip codes nation-wide.

Intellicast.com Weather for the Mt. Pleasant area (choose "Iowa" then "Mt. Pleasant" to get weather forecast)


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