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General Websites

The Faculty and Staff have assembled the following additional links to serve as student resource materials. You are encouraged to make suggestions for additional websites that you feel are useful in your research and that others will find beneficial.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University is an excellent resource for learning about APA style and citations. In addition to general information about writing, it provides details about formatting for the most common types of sources and has a sample paper available for download.

General Websites

Online Books

Project Gutenberg - Full-text copies of selected books that are not copyrighted. This generally means that texts are taken from book published pre-1923. You will not find the latest bestsellers or modern computer books. However, you will find authors like Shakespeare, Poe, Dante, as well as, well-loved favorites like the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Tarzan and Mars books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Alice's adventures in Wonderland as told by Lewis Carroll, and thousands of others.
On-Line Books - Database of online books that are freely readable over the Internet. Includes index of thousands of online books and links to directories and archives of online texts. Assembled by Mark Ockerbloom and hosted by Penn Library.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts - Public domain texts in the areas of American and British Literature, and Western Philosophy. A unique feature of the Catalogue is the on-the-fly creation of PDF or ebook (Newton Paperback, Palm Pilot, or Rocket eBook) files. Provided by Eric Morgan - Search the full text of thousands of freely available eBooks. Searches are case sensitive. All of the results are cached on the SearcheBooks server so that everything you find in your search will really be available.
English Server - Major humanities text collection. Browse or search by topic. Location and keyword searchable. Many other interesting topics and diversions. Highly recommended. Currently hosted by University of Washington.
Internet Public Library - Collections include searchable online serials, newspapers, texts, and reference center. Full-text holdings are available. Provided by University of Michigan School of Information.
IPL Online Text Collection - Internet Public Library Online Text Collection. Includes over 18,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification. Many full-text holding are available.
Bibliomania - Site includes thousands of e-books, poems, articles, short stories, and plays all of which are absolutely free. Read the world greatest fiction by authors such as Dickens and Joyce, Sherlock Holmes mysteries, all Shakespeare plays, or just dip into some short stories by writers such as Mark Train, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allen POE
Classics at Online Literature Library - Classic literature organized by author. Easy to use. All offerings are full-text.
Books Online from Bartleby - Online source for full-text reference, verse, fiction, and nonfiction classics. Database is searchable.
National Academy Press Online Books - Search of print offerings of the National Academy of Science. Many free online books.
Electronic Book Resource Compendium - Site includes a comprehensive listing of text sites including the classics, computer books, foreign languages, literature, religion, philosophy. Site sponsored by University of Texas at Austin.
Federal Government Publications using GPO Access - Free electronic access to information products produced by the Federal Government. Information provided by this site is the official, published version and can be used without restriction. GPO Access is a service of the Government Printing Office.
RAND Online Publications - RAND's online publications listed by category. Available in PDF and HTML formats. No charge for online versions.
US Army Center of Military History Online Books - Books listed alphabetically by category. Research materials, book series and Army regulations are included on site. No charge for online edition of publications.

Online Journals and Magazines  

Free Magazine Portal - Search for individual articles from a collection of free online magazines. Search by key word or browse directory. Sponsored by Hot Neuron LLC.

Reference Tools  

Refdesk - Reference Desk for the Internet. Includes a directory of links to facts and sites on the Web. Includes links to facts-at-a glance, top reference tools, facts search desk, help & advice, current news & weather, business, sports, social sciences, applied sciences, philosophy, religion, Internet facts, arts/entertainment, literature, geography/history.
LibrarySpot - An online Library Reference Room. Many excellent links to searchable databases.
Library of Congress Home Page - Includes a searchable online database of holdings, frequently ask questions, kids info, copyright forms and information, online exhibition gallery, full-text legislative information, and the National Digital Library, and much more.
Library of Congress Services for Researchers - This section of the Library of Congress site includes Library catalogs, electronic resources, research guides & bibliographies, and general research information. - The Internet's free encyclopedia with more than 50,000 articles.
Merriam Webster Online - Searchable database for the Collegiate Dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus. Links to other dictionaries on the Web.
OneLook Dictionaries - Search for word definition using the databases of over 750 dictionaries combined into one search tool.
YourDictionary - Look up a word in the dictionary or thesaurus. Site includes language dictionaries, specialty dictionaries, and grammar lessons for different languages. Includes over 1800 dictionaries and 250 languages.

General Reference

Information Please Almanac - A compendium of information from almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases. Both directory and database search available.
Guinness World Records - Online database of world records included in the Guinness Book. Selected records include videos.
How Stuff Works - Easy to understand answers to common questions. Selected categories include computers & Internet, engines & automotive, electronics & telecomm, science & technology, aviation & transport, body & health, living & entertainment, and household machines.
Making of America Digital Library - Collection of primary sources in American social history from the ante-bellum period through reconstruction. Particularly strong in areas of education, psychology, history, sociology, religion, science, and technology.


Republican National Committee - Plans and organizes the GOP national campaign. Activities include fund raising and candidate selection. Plans and executes the National Republican Convention for the Grand Old Party. The GOP was founded in 1856 by John Fremont and was the party of Abraham Lincoln.
Democratic National Committee - Plans and organizes the Democratic national campaign. Activities include fund raising and candidate selection. Plans and executes the National Democratic Convention. Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic Party in 1792.
Human Rights Watch - This is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Human Rights Watch researchers conduct investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world and publish their findings in dozens of books and reports every year.
United Nations - The UN is comprised of nearly every autonomous nation in the world. Chartered in 1945, it is an international organization designed to facilitate communication and cooperation among member nations in order to avoid armed conflict. It has a wide-ranging humanitarian and peacekeeping mission.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization - NATO is comprised of 19 member countries (mostly European and the US) who have formed an alliance to preserve world peace. Formed after World War II, it was initially concerned with conflict between the Soviet Union and the West. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, it has focused on regional instabilities (Kosovo, Middle East, etc.) and most recently on anti-terrorism.

Information Technology

Zdnet - IT Technology news from the publisher ZDNet. Includes top stories, latest prices, software reviews, hardware reviews, careers, and downloads. A great online industry "rag."
ComputerUser High-tech Dictionary - Search for definitions to high-tech terms.
Webopedia - Online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology. Search by key word or by category.
Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE - Information and support for digital library developers worldwide.

Statistical Data

FedStats - The gateway to statistics from over 100 US Federal agencies. Includes national, state, county, and local statistical profiles.
Population Reference Bureau - Information on US and international population trends and their implications.

Lookup Tools

InfoSpace - An online web directory. Includes yellow pages, white pages, location references, shopping, classifieds, computing, travel, public records, and entertainment. Similar to Yahoo, but much smaller.
SuperPages Yellow Pages - Online Yellow pages for Verizon. Search by category and location or use the directory of supertopics. Not a complete listing since only business that pay an additional fee are included.
Switchboard - Directory that includes both Yellow and White pages. Use it to find a person or a business. Not affiliated with any telco.
The Ultimate White Pages - Metasearch for Internet white pages. Locate a person using Whitepages, Infospace, Yahoo, Whowhere, Switchboard, or Anywho. Perform reverse searches using Infospace or Anywho. Perform map searches using Mapquest, Mapblast, or Mapsonus.
ZIP Code Lookup - Offered by the US Postal Service, site includes the Lookup Engines for Zip+4 Codes and City/State/Zip Code Associations.

Maps and Country Data

National Geographic Map Machine - Interactive map generator that includes world themes, US themes, street maps, Atlas maps, historical maps, flags, and facts. Multiple scales and views.
All The Worlds Maps - A searchable database of country and city maps.
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - Online collection includes maps of general interest (world, country, state), maps of special interest, historical maps, links to maps on other web sites. Hosted by University of Texas at Austin.
Geographic Names Information System - Developed by the US Geological Service, in cooperation with the US Board of Geographic Names, this searchable database contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features of the United States, Territories, and Antarctica. Links to sites offering map viewers for graphical display.
UN Maps and Geographic Information - Assembled by the Cartographic Section of the United Nations, this site includes a directory of general maps, peacekeeping maps, and thematic maps. Maps are in PDF format and printable.

Businesses and Associations

Chamber of Commerce Directory - Information on visiting or relocating to a specific US city or state.
Corporate Profiles and Country Information - This Corporate Information site includes company profiles worldwide, industry and economic information about specific countries, and currency rates.
Associations on the Net - Collection of over 2000 Internet sites with information of professional and trade associations, cultural and art organizations, political parties, and advocacy groups, labor unions, academic societies, and research institutions.

Health and Nursing

Global Health Observatory - The Global Health Observatory (GHO) is the World Health Organization's (WHO) gateway to health-related statistics from around the world. The GHO issues analytical reports on priority health issues, including the World Health Statistics annual publication, which compiles statistics for key health indicators. Analytical reports will address cross‐cutting topics such as women and health.
PubMed - PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.