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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

Almanacs

Automotive

  • Auto Repair Reference Center:  Use Library Card to sign in.  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.

Biographies

Calculation & Measurement

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 Date.com:  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

Countries

  • 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.com:  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..  

Dictionaries/Language

  • 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
  • Bartleby.com:  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.
  • YourDictionary.com:  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. 

Encyclopedias

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

Etiquette

GED/Education

Health Care

History

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.

Law/Legal

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:  Free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the world.
  • 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. 

Newspapers

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

Stock Quotes

  • Big Charts:  Provides interactive charts for stocks and mutual funds, as well as current and historical quotes.
  • Quote.com:  Thorough and detailed quote coverage for auto, home improvements and life insurance. 

Translators

Weather Forecasts/History/Road Conditions 

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