Dictionaries and Language
Bartleby.com: The "reference" section includes dictionaries, thesauri, usage guides, quotations, and more.
- Word Spy: Dictionary of new words and phrases that cites news articles and other published sources where they've been used.
- Word2Word: Index to foreign-language and translating dictionaries and sites on the Web.
Directories (Telephone numbers, addresses, etc.)
- AnyWho: White pages, yellow pages, reverse, international, toll-free.
- InfoSpace: White pages, yellow pages, reverse lookups, links to foreign directories.
- ZIP Code Lookup: Find ZIP Codes for addresses and cities.
- See the Business Centerfor company directories.
- World Almanac Encyclopedia: Part of the Facts.com reference center.
- World Book Online: World Book Encyclopedia, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, and more. (Link for in-Library use.)
- Bartleby.com: Includes the Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed.) and other reference resources.
- Wikipedia: Free encyclopedia, collaboratively written by its readers.
Entertainment (Movie, music, and sports reference)
- AllMusic: A lot of information about recordings, musicians and groups, composers, and instruments.
- ESPN: News and information for just about every sport.
- Internet Movie Database: Film information: plot summaries, credits, actor biographies, links to reviews, and much more.
- Screen It!: Lists just about everything in each movie that parents might not want their children to see or hear.
Facts and Statistics
- Facts.com: World Almanac, historic events, country profiles, and more.
- FedStats: Gateway to statistics from the U.S. government.
- Illinois Facts: Statistics, state symbols, and other information.
- Urban Legends Reference Pages: Site investigates whether rumors are true.
Law and Government
- Thomson Gale LegalForms: Templates you can download and edit.
- FindLaw: Laws and court decisions, articles on legal topics, lawyer directory.
- FirstGov: Gateway to U.S. government Web sites.
- Illinois Government: The state's official site.
- Martindale.com: Lawyer directory and articles on legal topics.
- Tax forms & information: Federal. Illinois.
- Will County Bar Association: Member directory, local court rules, some legal forms, information about lawyer referrals.
Maps and Directions
- Google Maps: Includes satellite pictures and map/satellite overlays.
- MSN Maps & Directions
- Yahoo! Maps
Search the Web
- Librarians' Internet Index: Directory of high-quality sites selected and reviewed by volunteer librarians.
- Google: Many people's first choice for searching the Web. Advanced Searchpage.
- AlltheWeb: Features a useful "refine" function to narrow down search results. Advanced Searchpage.
- Ask Jeeves. Advanced Searchpage.
- Clusty: Results can be clustered together by topic or source. Advanced Searchpage.
- CompletePlanet: "Find databases with highly relevant documents that cannot be crawled or indexed by surface web search engines."
- Dogpile: Performs basic searches simultaneously over several major search tools (Google, Yahoo, etc.). Advanced Searchpage.
- MSN Search. Advanced Searchpage.
- Pandia Powersearch: Web search, plus a directory of links to special search tools.
- Proteus: Convenient site for basic searches of (and links to) most major search engines.
- Wayback Machine: Archive of past versions of Web sites. Look here for pages or sites that aren't "on the Web" any more.
- Yahoo!. Advanced Searchpage.
- Search tips and tutorials: