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Almanacs | Automotive | Biographies | Calculation and Measurement | Calendars/Time Zones | Computer Help | Countries | Dictionaries/Language | Encyclopedias | Etiquette | General Reference | GED/Education | Health Care | History |
Job Search | Law/Legal | Maps and Locators | Newspapers | States and Cities | Statistics and Profiles | Stock Quotes| Translators | Weather Forecasts/History/Road Conditions 

General Reference
Librarian's Index to the Internet
New York Public Library Reference Links


Information Please Almanac:  Brief facts on many topics, searchable by subject or keyword.
InfoPlease -This Day in History:  Significant events by date, searchable by month, date, and year.


Auto Repair Reference Center:  The step-by-step procedures are written specifically for the auto repair do-it-yourselfer, but comprehensive enough for professional technicians. Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954.


Wisconsin History:  The dictionary gives brief lives of more than 2,000 famous Wisconsin people (and many not so famous).
Biographical Dictionary:  This biographical dictionary covering 28,000+ personalities has advanced search capabilities.
Virtual Reference-Science & Technology- Biographical Sources:  A directory of biographical information about scientists and mathematicians.

Calculation & Measurement

Fast Food Facts: For fast food products.
Financial Planning Toolkit: Financial Calculators:  Calculators for loan rates, mortgages, refinancing comparisons, amortization, debt consolidation, and more.
The Inflation Calculator
What is a Dollar Worth?

Calendars/Time Zones

Calendar Zone:  Links to hundreds of calendars, including celestial, event, cultural, daily, and interactive.
Virtual Perpetual Calendars:  Includes calendars for every year in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as holiday dates, leap year information, and more.
Time and  Offers a variety of calendars and clocks for reference or personal use.
World Time Server:  See current time and deviation from GMT for all countries and many large cities. 

Computer Help

Public Library Association: Recommended on line tutorials
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recommendations:
GCF LearnFree; Essential skills to help you live and work in the 21st century
Online Basic Computer Skills; Use online activities to test your basic computer skills
Online Computer Science Courses including career skills, programming, IT skills, and web development.


Global Road Warrior:  The Ultimate Guide to the World.  Use Library card number for access.
Flags of the World:  Each country's flag is pictured in color, with a description of the significance of the colors and symbols, and a brief history.  NationMaster is a central data source to graphically compare facts about nations.
Nations of the World :  Provides links to each country's constitution and selected legal guides along with access to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
Library of Congress American Historical Information:  Profiles of books on American politics, arts, culture, architecture, etc..  


FSI Language Courses: This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format.
BBC Language Courses: Audio and video courses for beginners and intermediates in 36 languages.
Acronym Finder  Find quotations, poetry, English language style and usage, thesauri, encyclopedias and much more in this comprehensive reference resource.
Merriam Webster's Dictionary:  This easy-to-use dictionary includes multiple meanings (including British usage), as well as etymology and pronunciation of words.
On-line Medical Dictionary
Wordsmyth:  A dictionary/thesaurus with exceptional searching capabilities for hard-to-spell or frequently misspelled words and over 50,000 entries.  Links to 1,500 dictionaries covering 230 separate languages, from Afrikaans to Xhosa, plus specialized dictionaries, multilingual dictionaries, verb conjugators, translators, thesauri, synonyms and homonyms, quotations, etymology, and more. 


Encyclopedia Britannica:  Links to Encyclopedia Britannica articles and similar web sites, by general category or specific search topic. 


The Knot:  Wedding etiquette. 


Comcourse GED program: The Comcourse's GED program is available for free for students seeking to enter college. The system provides a complete course of study in all of the subject areas. It is self-paced and requires only an Internet connection. It is open to anyone.
Northland Pines School District

Health Care

On-line Medical Dictionary
Health Finder:   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsored source for reliable health information.
Medicine Plus:  Trusted health information sponsored by U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
Medscape Medical Search:  Articles, News, Conference coverage, Clinical overviews and drug reference.
American Recall Center: Provides drug and medical device recall information alongside practical healthcare information and support.
Clinical Trials: is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. Marshfield Clinic Health Information Center:
Eldercare Planning / Long Term Care:
Contained here are 34 in-depth chapters, totaling over 690 printable pages, from 9 experts and covering all areas of long-term care planning, or as it's more commonly called, elder care planning. 
Find a Doctor: Search for a physician in your area by ailment.
Guide to Senior Safety at Home: This resource guide will review the steps that can be taken to create a safe living area for seniors.


National Archives Footnote: For genealogists, history buffs, and even the average Web passerby. 
History of the Great Lakes: An online library on over 1300 items; including books, journal articles, maps and more.

Job Search

Job Hunt
Neuvoo: job search engine that indexes jobs directly from companies' career websites, placement agencies and job boards. 
Wisconsin Job Seeker: Job Seeker is a collection of free resources, recommended by Wisconsin public libraries, to help build skills and find jobs.
Excel Easy: Excel tutorial on the web.


Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ):  This resource is designed to assist you with information covering all aspects of the role of the Department – from legal services to consumer help for seniors to crime prevention and law enforcement services, victims rights and environmental enforcement.
Wisconsin Court System for the Public:  Wisconsin Court System designed this web site for use by people representing themselves in divorce/separation, complaints against judges, complaints against interpreters, lawyer regulation, and more. 
Wisconsin State Law Library
Wisconsin State Legislature and Statues
Wisconsin Judicare: Equal access to justice

Maps & Locators

Google Street Maps:  Physical and geographic country maps.
Atlapedia Online:  Physical and geographic country maps, complete with statistics and factoids.
How Far Is It?:  This easy-to-use site calculates distance (as the crow flies) between any two points in the world and includes a map for further reference.
MapQuest!:  Interactive street atlases of the continental United States gives you mileage, door-to-door or city-to-city, and street maps with driving directions.
National Atlas:  Create your own maps based on information such as agricultural production, crime, geographic features, population, and more.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection:  Historical, countries and world.
TerraServer-USA:  Free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States."
Topozone:  Every USGS topographic 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map for the entire United States.
Topographic Map Symbols:  Help in interpreting the maps.
United States Geography:  USGS geographers monitor the changes on the land surface by observing the Earth with remote sensing satellites, studying the connections between people and those changes with careful geographic analysis, and providing society with relevant science information they can use to manage the consequences of those changes.
Google Earth:  Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information. Free program that must be downloaded but worth the effort. High speed internet access and a monitor resolution of at least 1024 by 768 is needed. 


Vilas County News Review:  News for Eagle River, WI and surrounding communities.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wall Street Journal

States, Cities and Counties

Vilas County: Government Services
Wisconsin State Government:  Links to Wisconsin State offices, public services, state facts and more.
50 States and Capitals: Information for all fifty states and seven territories, including state flags (picture and description), state symbols, political and geographical information, and a direct link to the state's official web page.
Official City Sites:  Links to official state and city web pages in the U.S. and several European countries.
Sperling's Best Places:  Compare over 3,000 U.S. cities in housing, costs of living, crime, education, economy, health and climate.
Townhunter:  Compare over facts about U.S. cities.
United States Gazetteer:  Locate a city, township or county by name or zip code. Brief data includes 1990 population, as well as an interactive map of the area. 

Statistics & Profiles

Consumer Price Index:  Get the most current CPI press release, or look at an overview of CPIs from 1913-present.
Wisconsin Labor Market Information:  Access statistics about the Wisconsin work force, including the county snapshots,
Wisconsin Office of Economic Advisors:  The Office assists economic data users to better understand the relationships between labor markets and other economic and demographic specifics.
FedStats:  Statistics from 70 U.S. government agencies, searchable by keyword and agency.
United States Census Bureau:  Searchable site with many statistics for the U.S.
State and Metropolitan Data Book
Fact Finder: Contains, under "Other Official Statistics," links to state and international data centers, and the department of commerce. For the latest 1990 census reports see:
Census 2000 Gateway
U.S. State Fact Sheets:
  Basic and agricultural statistics on every state in the U.S., compiled by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wisconsin Blue Book:  The Blue Book contains facts and statistics on Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Health Statistics:  Statistics on Cancer, Health Care Providers, Health Surveys, Health Insurance, Population, and Vital Statistics (Births, Deaths, Marriages, Divorces, Life Expectancy). 

Stock Quotes

Big Charts:  Provides interactive charts for stocks and mutual funds, as well as current and historical quotes.  Thorough and detailed quote coverage. 


Free Language Translation
WorldLingo: (Translation, Localization, Globalization)  Common symbols from a variety of cultures are searchable by graphic element or meaning. 

Weather Forecasts/History/Road Conditions 

National Weather Service Point Forecast
National Weather Service Radar Image
Historical Climate Summaries:  (Midwest Regional Climate Center)  Historical highs, lows, and precipitation records from weather stations around the Midwest.
Wisconsin State Climatology Office
Wisconsin Road Conditions:  From the Dept. of Transportation. Not updated during the summer.
Wisconsin Construction and Detours

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