An information leaflet from the Royal Greenwich Observatory, this page details the
history of the calendar as a method for keeping track of the passage of time.
Offering a list of links to other calendar pages, CalendarLand is a comprehensive
resource of general, event, celestial, interactive, and cultural and religious calendars.
The site also offers links to calendar indexes and directories, calendar information and
resources, and calendar software.
Calendars and Their History
This site reprints an essay by L. E. Doggett about the history of various calendars,
including the Gregorian, the Julian, the Hebrew, the Islamic, the Indian, and the Chinese.
Additionally, the essay explains the astronomical bases of calendars, calendar reform
movements, and historical eras and chronologies. This site is an important first step for
anyone trying to understand where calendars originate and how they are created.
Chinese Astrology Calendar
By using this simple interface, you can click any year in the Twentieth Century and be
given a chart that tells you, for example, that 1996 is the Year of the Rat and that 1997
will be the Year of the Ox. The backgrounds at this site are beautiful, but might be slow
This site will generate a calendar, in the year of your choosing, which you can then
print onto a single piece of paper.
Conversion Between Chinese and Gregorian Calendar
Enter either a Gregorian or a Chinese date and this forms-based site will convert your
date into the other.
The Ecclesiastical Calendar site offers Christian calendars for any year you specify.
The calendar calculates when Easter and its attendant Christian holidays (Ash Wednesday,
Good Friday, and others) will fall in a particular year and also when other feast days in
the Roman Catholic tradition will occur. The Web author explains the various algorithms
used to calculate Easter's date, discusses when certain cultures adopted the Western
method for determining the Easter date, and even posits that current formulas for
determining the Easter date might not be valid in the far future.
Gregorian-Hijri Dates Converter
Converts Gregorian dates into the Islamic calendar.
The Hebrew Date for Today
This site translates today's Gregorian date into the Hebrew calendar (for example, 20
April 1996 is 1 Ayar 5756) and offers a list of upcoming holidays.
Heichal Shlomo Interactive Calendar
This frames-based calendar from Virtual Jerusalem offers the Hebrew calendar. Clicking
a hyperlinked date brings up information about events and religious observations on that
date and even "translates" the Hebrew date into the Gregorian (or Western)
Home Page for Calendar Reform
This site details several attempts that have been made to reform the Gregorian
calendar. Included here are the World Calendar, the 13-month calendar, and the Positivist
Calendar, in addition to a history of calendar reform.
Billing itself as a "comprehensive calendar of birthdays, holidays, historical
events, and fun dates", J World's interface allows you to look up a date, either
within the current week or one of your choosing, and find a list of celebrities and
historical figures born on that day plus holidays and historical events that occur on that
This page, from the Royal Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain, reprints an
Information Leaflet the Observatory published explaining the astronomical reasons that
leap years exist.
Literary Hyper Calendar
Offering a "this day in literary history" service, the Literary Hyper
Calendar has an interface consisting of the calendar for the current month. The calendar
is a clickable imagemap and you simply click the date in which you are interested. In
addition, you can choose from a list of other months and days.
Another 13-month calendar proposal, this one lightly humorous. Common to all 13-month
calendar propositions are 13 months of four weeks and 28 days. In this way, January 1
falls on the same weekday, year after year, unlike the current calendar, in which January
1 falls on a different day from one year to the next.
One-World Global Calendar
Offering festivals, celebrations, and holidays from ancient and modern cultures around
the world, this is an excellent multicultural resource. The calendar is updated weekly.
Ron Smith Oldies Calendar
This calendar offers a this-week-in-rock-and-roll-history service, which details the
anniversaries of births, deaths, and famous events occurring in that week.
Steffen Thorsen's Calendar Page
This page displays a calendar for the current year and offers, in addition, calendars
for any year that you specify. You can look up the day of the week on which you were born
or find out which weekday will begin the new millenium (Monday, January 1, 2001).
1990 U.S. Census Lookup
Contains links to WWW servers for accessing 1990 census data from tapes.
TIGER Mapping Service
This site, a service of the United States Census, generates detailed maps of anywhere
in the United States. Images are large and, because the service actually creates the
maps while you wait, download times can be slow.
Search engine for retrieving state and local census information from the 1990 census.
ARTFL Project: ROGET'S Thesaurus Search Form
The ARTFL (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language)
Project, located at the University of Chicago, have provided this online version of
Roget's Thesaurus. The interface is simple--type in the word you want, and the form will
return synonyms and antonyms. This site is among PC Magazine's Top 100 Web Sites.
The Climbing Dictionary
Browse only dictionary of rock/mountain climbing terms in English, along with
translations in German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and Polish.
Dictionary of Cell Biology
Searchable cell biology index. Is the online counterpart to The Dictionary of Cell
Biology, 2nd ed., plus some additions.
The Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing
Searchable dictionary of computer terms. Along with the definition of the term, the
site also provide hypertext links to the terms in the dictionary alphabetically
immediately before and immediately after the requested term. Also includes a list of links
to other reference sites -- some general Internet reference sites, some specifically
computer reference sites.
Both browsable and searchable by keyword. Dictionary of computer terms, especially
those used by hackers.
Hypertext Webster Interface
A simple way to look up word definitions on the Web. You type in the word you want,
click Look up definition, and, within seconds, the Interface returns the definition of the
word. For example, a search on "frontier" brought back the word, broke the word
down into its components (fron-tier), and provided the definition.
LC Thesaurus for Graphic Material: Topical Terms for Subject Access
This site is for catalogers, indexers, and researchers looking for subject terms to use
when indexing or researching pictures and photographs. It can be both browsed and searched
STING software engineering glossary
Searchable by keyword. In addition to definitions of terms, also provides links to
sites with more information about selected term.
The WorldWideWeb Acronym and Abbreviation Server
As simple as it sounds, this site offers a dictionary of acronyms and abbreviations.
You can even offer new acronyms to add to their list or request an acronym definition via
e-mail if you cannot access the Web.
The 11 Rules of Grammar
Another grammar reference, this site explains the eleven rules (according to the
author, these are the most common errors he's seen while grading papers) and offers both
correct and incorrect examples of the rules in action.
The American Dialect Society
This site, dedicated to the study of North American English, offers information about
ADS publications, meetings, and membership. The site also contains an online version of
the Society's newsletter, a link to a Gopher site containing an index of American speech,
and information about the ADS mailing list.
BritSpeak: English as a Second Language for Americans
Have you ever heard anyone say, "I'll knock you up tomorrow morning"? This
statement would be shocking only if you didn't realize that, to the British, the term knock
up means to awaken someone by knocking on that person's door. This site attempts to
clear up many such opportunities for misunderstanding, and provides a dictionary that
converts British words and phrases to American and vice versa.
The Collective Nouns
If a group of fish is called a school, and a group of lions equals a pride, then what
is the name of a group of whales? Would you believe a pod? This fun site catalogs
well over fifty collective nouns, many of them humorous. For example, you might see a
colony of penguins, a siege of herons, a bunch of things, or a giggle of girls.
Cool Word of the Day
As you might imagine, this site provides an exercise in vocabulary-building. The page's
best feature is that, when the page first appears on your screen, all you see is the word
itself. If you don't already know the word's meaning, click the Definition link below the
word. The interface also allows you to view past words or even submit a cool word of your
The Electronic Beowulf
A project of the British Library and the University of Kentucky, the goal of The
Electronic Beowulf is to make available, on the Web, access to digitized
photographs of an early manuscript of Beowulf, one of the earliest surviving works
of English literature. This project, in addition to making the manuscript much more widely
available for study, would also allow the manuscript to be studied through electronic and
computerized methods which would otherwise be impossible.
The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia
This site contains thousands of texts, in Modern, Early Modern, and Middle English,
plus French, German, Japanese, and Latin. Here you will find fiction, science fiction,
poetry, theology, essays, histories, and many other types of materials. This site is
excellent and thorough. Although a huge number of these texts are freely available, some
texts are available only to users at the University of Virginia--the licensors of these
texts have not permitted the University to make them widely available.
ENGL 310: History of the English Language
This page is the Web-based supplement to a course taught at Texas A&M University by
Dr. Anthony Aristar, a Professor of English. You will not earn course credit on the Web,
but you won't be expected to sit for the mid-term or the final, either. You will, however,
learn about the Indo-European and Germanic roots of English and trace the development of
English from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings up through its emergence as a world language.
The Etymology of First Names
Aaron, Zoe, and all their friends will be interested to learn the origins and meanings
of their names at this site, which will also provide plenty of ideas for parents to be.
Grammar and Style Notes
Quick! What's the difference between affect and effect? Jack Lynch has the answer and
he's offered it up on this site, an online guide to the complexities of English grammar.
Lynch clearly explains the difference between commonly confused words, defines terms such
as dangling participle, and offers his own opinions on a variety of style issues.
The Logical World of Etymology
Melanie (no last name please), the creator of this site, offers an abundance of
information about word origins in this site. In addition to explaining how words are
created and providing information about Greek and Latin roots and affixes, she answers
etymology-related questions that have been e-mailed to her. Recent words included jazz,
mafia, Cheyenne, and passion.
Old English Pages
Catherine N. Ball, a linguist at Georgetown University, has developed these pages
devoted to the study of Old English. The page contains links to electronic texts,
manuscript images, and the historical context of the language. Professor Ball has even
included downloadable font packages to display Old English characters that no longer exist
in our language.
The On-line Books Page
Over 1500 English-language books are offered on this site, which you can search or
browse by author or by title. In addition, you can browse new book listings or browse by
subject. Philosophy, religion, science, computer science, literature, law, and medicine
are among the subjects you can browse.
This is the home page for the A.Word.A.Day mailing list, which sends a new word and its
definition to your e-mail box each day.
Word for Word
Another site detailing the origins of words and phrases, Word for Word reprints
installments from Terry O'Connor's column of the same name appearing in the Queensland
The Word Page
Build your vocabulary! (Or, to express it another way, Augment your lexicon!) This page
offers ten new words and their definitions a week. This week's offerings included
transcendental, soliloquy, aesthete, and multifarious.
A lexical reference work, WordNet is designed to map out the relationships and
connections between words and their synonyms. Created by the Cognitive Science Laboratory
at Princeton University, this site is being developed as an educational tool for improving
vocabulary and reading comprehension.
The WWW Anagram Generator
This cool site will form an anagram from any word, name, or phrase you type in. For
example, the phrase "New Riders," when anagrammed forms the phrases, "Sir,
we rend" and "sewn drier," among others.
Dance Floor Etiquette
Provides a diagram of a dance floor with the dance areas outlined (i.e. line dances,
flow dances, swing dances, etc.).
Toilet Training: An Online Guide to Urinal Etiquette
The title speaks for itself.
Provides information about politely posting messages to Usenet newsgroups.
Betsy Ross Homepage
Provides information about Betsy Ross, history of the U.S. Flag, pictures of U.S.
flags, and links to other flag-related sites. Also has instructions for cutting a
five-pointed star in one snip.
The Flag of the United States of America
Provides flag etiquette, history of the U.S. flag, text of the Declaration of
Independence, National Anthem, and Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. The Pledge is in
English, German, and Spanish. Information about obtaining a flag that was flown over the
U.S. Capitol. Links to other flag-related sites. Poetry, songs, etc. about the flag.
The Flag-Burning Page
Yes, this is the page where you can burn a virtual flag. This site provides information
about the proposed Constitional amendment on flag burning, information on the history of
flag-burning, a legal definition of "flag," and information on contacting
members of Congress.
Flags of the 19th and 20th Century
Provides pictures of flags, primarily from the Netherlands and surrounding countries,
plus a few African countries.
National Flag Foundation
Information about how to become a member of the National Flag Foundation.
Save Old Glory From Flames Home Page
This site is in response to the Flag-Burning Page. One can add one's name to a list of
people that support the Constitional amendment to outlaw flag-burning. Also has links to
other politics-related sites.
Cool Site of the Month for Genealogists
The Colorado Genealogy Society sponsors this site, which provides links to sites that
meet the following criteria: they are not widely known to genealogists working on the Web,
they provide an example of good genealogical work, or they contain valuable information
The Genealogy Home Page
This extensive set of pages offers information about maps and geography, communication
with other genealogists, a compendium or genealogy databases, a list of other genealogy
home pages, and other genealogy resources, both in North America and around the world.
The Genealogy Page
This poignant site specializes in genealogy advice for those who lost relatives in the
Holocaust, but offers links to other genealogy sites as well.
Genealogy Resources on the Internet
Chris Gaunt and John Fuller, creators of this site, offer a comprehensive list of
genealogy information accessible through mailing lists, newsgroups, telnet, e-mail, and
ftp, gopher, and World Wide Web sites.
Genealogy Resources on the Internet
Paula M. Goblirsch offers another comprehensive list of Internet resources devoted to
genealogical research, plus a collection of German surnames that she is researching.
Roots Surname List Name Finder
This forms-based site contains over 92,000 surnames contributed by over 6,000
genealogists. It enables you to type in any surname and, if a match is found, it will
display the surname along with a list of people researching that name.
Treasure Maps: The "How-To" Genealogy Site
Offering a wealth of information about researching family history, this site offers
tips for newcomers to genealogy and what to do if you "hit a wall" in your
Happy Birthday, America!
Offering audio files of Vice President Al Gore and the Star Spangled Banner, this page
celebrates the Fourth of July with multimedia, in addition to providing links to important
governmental and historical sites.
Christmas around the World
Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Netherlands are among the regions
with Christmas traditions explained on this site. Here you will also learn how to say
"Merry Christmas" in over 30 languages and you will find a list of other
holidays that fall around the Christmas season.
Chinese New Year
Because the Chinese New Year is celebrated at a different time each year, this site
explains how to determine when the New Year falls, offers a history of the Chinese New
Year, and explains its traditions.
Easter in Cyberspace: A Christian Perspective
This page reminds Easter celebrators of the "true meaning" of the holiday.
You might not find jelly beans or bunnies, but you will find a collection of links about
the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Kwanzaa Information Center
Here you'll find reams of information about the background and purpose, symbols,and
principles of Kwanzaa, as well as a schedule for Kwanzaa Celebration.
Passover on the Net
This beautifully illustrated page offers the story of Passover, information about the
Seder meal (plus recipes), and a collection of downloadable Passover songs in MIDI format.
Be aware though that the lavish backgrounds won't show up in all browsers and the graphics
might be a memory drain.
World Wide Holidays and Events
This cool, searchable calendar lists the holidays and events celebrated on any given
day. You can look up the holidays that fall on the day you access the calendar (April 13
is Songkran Day in Thailand, for example) or you can search the full calendar for a day of
The Yom Tov Page
On this page is a collection of links and information about the Jewish holidays.
This site contains a list of links to information that is especially useful for
acquisitions librarians. Some of the links include telnet links to searchable databases
such as OCLC, RLIN, WLN, Dialog, Lexis/Nexis, LOCIS, and HYTELNET; links to Web sites for
publishers, vendors, and library associations; links for newsletters and journals; and
links to general reference resources.
American Society of Indexers home page
Provides links to online resources for indexers, information about conferences and
workshops, local chapter meeting and contact information. List of links to various online
reference resources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, etc.
Building Digital Libraries on the Web
Provides links to various digital libraries, hardware/software needed to establish
digital libraries, and copyright information. This page is helpful for someone wanting to
establish a digital library or wanting to keep abreast of the new technologies for digital
libraries and other Web searching. Also includes Web searching capabilities.
This site was established for National Library Week and contains information about Log
On Day at Gardiner Public Library in Maine, the library of the year in Charlotte, NC, a
quiz about libraries and their history, trivia about libraries, a link to "Who Reads
What?" which details the reading interests of various celebrities, and information
about joining FOLUSA (Friends of Libraries USA).
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
With hundreds of fiction and non-fiction titles, hymns and choral music, and even a
study bible, this site offers an extensive collection of excellent spiritual titles, all
in the public domain.
Internet Public Library
Includes resources for children, teenagers, and adults. The reference center allows one
to ask questions of a live librarian (not a computer). The youth services and teen
divisions have links to both books and other resources, such as writing contests, college
information, science projects, and author question-and-answer sessions. A section is also
devoted to information for libraries and other information professionals. Other features
include tutorials, an exhibit hall, reading room with browsable full-text resources, links
to Web search engines, and a MOO (Multi-User Object Oriented) environment for browsing the
Internet Resources for Cataloging
Contains list of links and detailed information about accessing various Web, Gopher,
and Telnet sites especially useful when cataloging library materials.
Librarians' professional resources
Provides list of links to other library-related sites, arranged into categories of
"indexes," "topics in library science," "types of libraries and
collections", and "computers and libraries."
Library Job Hunting
Provides information for library professionals who are searching for a job. Contains
links to Web sites for library-related associations, Web and Gopher sites for career
information, and addresses for library-related mailing lists.
The Library of Congress
Provides access to the Library of Congress online catalog through Telnet searches of
LOCIS, Gopher searches of LC MARVEL, the Library of Congress FTP site, and the Library of
Congress Z39.50 Gateway. Other databases available for searching include Vietnam Era
Prisoner of War/Missing in Action database, Task Force Russia database, Global Legal
Information Network (GLIN), THOMAS (full-text legislative information), and the National
Digital Library. This site is a must for librarians because it includes valuable
information about Library of Congress standards for cataloging, acquisitions, and book
preservation; frequently asked reference questions; links to international, federal,
state, and local government information; links to Internet search engines and
meta-indexes; a link to the U.S. Copyright Office home page; and information about Library
of Congress special events and exhibits.
Library Resource List
This site contains lists of links to other sites, arranged into the categories of
Reference Resources, New Sites and Search Engines, Government Resources, Library Sites,
Professional Information, and Libraries, the Net and the NII (National Information
Infrastructure). Although the site is geared toward libraries and government information,
there is still information here that is valuable for anyone doing research on the Internet
or just surfing the Net for fun.
National Archives and Records Administration
Includes both searchable and browsable services for locating government information via
the Government Information Locator Service (GILS). Has links to the Federal Register, the
National Archives and Records Administration Library, and the presidential libraries. The
presidential libraries' page also includes the addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers,
e-mail addresses, and links to the home pages for the presidential libraries. Also has
links for geneological research.
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Contains information especially useful for librarians and other information
professionals. Has links to OCLC documents and forms, a search engine for searching OCLC
information, and demonstrations of OCLC services. Actual logon to some OCLC services is
available by subscription only.
A Plethora of Web Sites: The Librarian's Meta-List
Table of contents consists of a couple dozen very broad categories which then provide
links to relevant sites. Extremely useful as a starting place for Web browsing or
research. Some of the categories include libraries, law, health and medicine, music,
travel, government, education, and religion.
School Libraries on the Web: A Directory
Contains a browsable list of school library Web pages, arranged alphabetically by
state. Also contains links to school libraries in Australia, Canada, Japan, and Sweden.
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Includes links to the various Smithsonian Museums, a search engine for locating
information within the Smithsonian, information about visiting Washington, DC, information
about how to become a member of the Smithsonian, a map showing the locations of most of
the Smithsonian Museums, and a browsable shopping area.
Understanding Call Numbers
This site explains how to read Library of Congress classification call numbers to
locate materials on the shelves. The location prefixes information is specific to the
Honolulu Community College Library, but the call number descriptions and Library of
Congress classification tables are useful for locating materials in any library that uses
LC call numbers (as opposed to Dewey Decimal system).
WWW Library Directory
Click on a country name to be presented with a list of links to libraries in that
country. Most of the countries currently represented are European (both East and West) and
North American, although there are a few Asian, Middle Eastern, and South American
countries also. Also has links to other library-related resources.
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
This service, offered by the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory,
provides topographical and county maps for every state in the U. S. plus links to map
lists at Yahoo, City Net, and Virtual Tourist.
Country Maps from W3 Servers in Europe
This clearinghouse site offers a clickable imagemap that lists the countries of Europe.
Clicking a country's flag takes you to a map of that country. Maps vary in quality (the
United Kingdom's map mainly listed universities, not cities or regions, while the link to
the European Union didn't even offer a map), but all of Europe is represented. The pages
offer English descriptions in addition to commentary in the country's native tongue.
International Map Trade Association
Offers links to member stores' Web sites and a geographical directory of map and travel
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map
Although this site is ostensibly aimed at children, adults and kids alike will enjoy
this site's presentation of how cartographers create maps.
This remarkable but graphics-intensive site offers a number of map-related services.
First, MapQuest has an interactive atlas that enables you to find virtually any street
address or business in the continental United States. TripQuest will plot out a route from
any city in the U.S. to any other. MapQuest offers Java applets and an interactive
"walk" through their site.
National Atlas Information Service (of Canada)
The NAIS offers for sale at this site both conventional and digital maps of Canada.
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
This collection, based at the University of Texas at Austin, contains over 230,000 maps
from all over the world. Be aware that the electronic version of the maps can be quite
large--many of them are 300 KB or larger. Download times can be slow and the maps might
tax your browser. The Frequently Asked Questions page offers tips for viewing these maps.
Rare Map Collection at the Hargrett Library
The Hargrett Library, at the University of Georgia Library, offers over 800 rare maps
from the16th through the early 20th century. Early maps depict the New World, while others
chart Colonial and Revolutionary America, the Civil War, and Georgia's Revolutionary
period, cities, and coastal areas. File sizes are large and downloads are slow.
National Atlas of Canada on SchoolNet
This site, offered in both English and French, offers demographic maps based on
Canada's languages and aging population, maps of wetlands and natural hazards, an atlas of
Canadian communities, and an interactive geography quiz.
VIBE's World Map
VIBE, an online magazine on Time-Warner's Pathfinder site, offers this world map page.
Clicking on the time zone colors brings up the local time for that area plus a list of Web
sites of cities in the region.
Conversion Factor Table
The interface is a bit clumsy, but the information is thorough. Here's how it works:
You want to know how many centimeters are in 10 meters. You find meters in the table, see
that the conversion factor (or c.f.) is 100 (100 centimeters equal 1 meter), and multiply
that number by 10. Ten meters equal 1000 centimeters.
Engineering, Scientific Unit Converter
This forms-based tool will convert values in a number of categories: acceleration,
angle, area, current, force, inductance, mass, power, time, torque, velocity, volume, and
Select from a list of measurement types that includes weight, volume, length, area,
speed, pressure, temperature, circular measure, and time; the script will convert miles to
kilometers, ounces to metric tons, and centuries to seconds.
The Better Business Bureau
Consumers and businesses alike will find reams of valuable information on this site,
which provides membership information, offers tips on how and when to file a complaint,
explains what a reliability report is and how to obtain one, lists online publications for
consumers and businesses, and links to local Bureaus.
Bow Brummell: Where Cyberians Learn the Manly Art of Tying a Bow Tie
This humorous page offers diagrams and instructions on how to tie a bow tie. Arguably
the most noteworthy thing about the diagrams is that the man in the picture is clearly not
tying his own tie.
Billing itself as the place to find information that you aren't aware of not knowing
about (as opposed to information that you don't know, but you realize that you don't know
it--make sense?), Central Notice posts listings of product recalls, class action lawsuits,
and missing children while also assisting with consumer problems and providing lists of
holidays, both important and trivial.
Clocks and Time
More than you ever wanted to know about how time is measured and clocks and watches are
made. This site offers articles about clockmaking and watchmaking; links to books,
journals, and museums dedicated to clocks and watches; bulletin boards that discuss
timepieces; and national and international agencies for time.
The Consumer Information Center
With a browsable catalog, consumer news on topics like car- and home-buying and
children's health, lists of publications, and links to other consumer sites, the CIC's
site is another valuable consumer resource.
The DataStar Information Retrieval Service
This service of Knight-Ridder Information provides a searchable index to over 400
databases culled widely from sources such as automotive industry data; import/export trade
statistics; pharmaceutical, biomedical, and healthcare information; and European news
Disaster Information Network
Offering information about current and historical disasters, this site covers natural
disasters, fires (both natural and manmade), and acts of terrorism.
Listing the final resting places for hundreds of celebrities and VIPs, this macabre
site offers notable graves geographically or alphabetically, pictures of famous graves,
and links to other tomb-related sites.
Gray Ghost: The Links You Use Everyday
A cornucopia of references is what this site offers. Standard, office, scientific,
World Wide Web, computer industry, and government and military references, plus links to
maps and geographical sites, and museums are all located here.
Internet Nonprofit Center
This excellent and extensive grouping of links to nonprofit sites offers a search
engine that will locate almost any U.S. charity, provides links to home pages for
non-profit groups, and even offers a library of rankings of charities and a "Donor
Defense Kit" to help separate the wheat from the chaff when charities contact you for
Jumble & Crossword Solver
Stumped by a scrambled word game or a crossword puzzle? This simple interface allows
you to either enter the jumbled letters (for example, "tbona") or the word you
need with question marks in the spaces you can't fill (for instance, "ba?o?")
and this page will return a word or list of words that answers your query. In the first
example, this page unjumbled "tbona" into "baton" and, in the second,
provided "bacon," "baron," "baton," and "bayou"
Morse Code and the Phonetic Alphabets
Contains the phonetic alphabets in British English, American English, international
English, international aviation English, Italian, and German and the Morse code equivalent
for all letters plus some punctuation marks.
Morse Code Translator
Translates typewritten Morse code (i.e. dots and dashes) into text and text into Morse
MRX - Morse Receive and Transmit Training
Download a copy of MRX from this Web site. MRX is a software program designed to
provide training in Morse code. Software system requirements are DOS 4.0, 286 PC, sound
card or PC Speaker, VGA monitor, and a joystick port.
My Virtual Reference Desk
This site bills itself as a "one-stop reference for all things Internet."
Although it is mainly a collection of links, it maintains a thorough and comprehensive
database of references on a vast array of subjects
The Nobel Foundation
In addition to offering a list of present winners, this official site presents a
searchable database for past winners. Unfortunately, however, you cannot browse the list
of winners or see biographical information about each winner. This site does, however,
offer a bio of Alfred Nobel and discusses his motivations for founding the Prizes, in
addition to explaining how Nobel Laureates are nominated and selected.
The Nobel Prize Internet Archive
Listing both the 1995 Nobel Prize winners (announced in October) and all previous
winners in every category, this site also links to biographical information about many of
the winners. The interface is much easier to navigate than the Noble Foundation's official
The Obituary Page
This morbidly fascinating page offers death hoaxes, in addition to the lifespans of
famous figures from literature, movies, music, politics, sciences, sports, radio and TV,
and visual arts.
The Official Wicked Hair-Dyeing Page
The authors, a brother and sister at Stanford University, provide a great deal of
information here about the equipment needed to dye hair; some dos and don'ts for those who
wish to dye; variables such as natural hair color, shampoos, conditioners, heat, and
moisture; permanent versus semipermanent dyes; and products that they have tried.
On-Line Reference Works
Carnegie Mellon University provides this list of links to dictionaries, Internet
resources, geographical references, bibliographies, and legal and government resources.
The Reporter's Internet Survival Guide
Patrick Casey, an Associated Press reporter in Oklahoma, created this online catalog of
reference materials for reporters on a deadline. Despite that, this is a valuable
reference for anyone needed access to a wide variety of information.
This table-based site requires the use of either Netscape Navigator or Microsoft's
Internet Explorer. By using forms you can search through dictionaries and thesauri; find
acronyms or quotations; translate words between English and French and English and
Japanese; find maps, area codes, and 800 numbers; look up currency exchange rates and
stock quotes; and even track packages through the United States Postal Service, UPS, and
The Scout Report
Net Scout Services publishes this weekly report (via e-mail and the Web) cataloging new
and newly discovered resources and tools available on the Internet. Aimed at researchers
and educators, The Scout Report offers its archives on the Web for both browsing and
Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) Index
Browsable list of the 1987 edition of the SIC index (latest available). List is
arranged alphabetically by subject.
Lists the official meanings of the 10 codes used by police departments.
THOR+: The Virtual Reference Desk
This information-rich site at the Purdue University Library provides references to many
Web resources including the following: government documents, information technology,
dictionaries and language reference, phone books and area codes, maps and travel
information, science data, time and date information, and ZIP and postal codes.
This page offers general guidelines for how much to tip in certain situations:
restaurants, hotels, valet parking, train stations and airports, cruise ships, and the
Today's Fun Fact
Compiled from different sources, this site offers one new bit of trivia every day.
The WWW Virtual Library
This Web-based library offers hundreds of subjects in science, mathematics, art,
literature, music, culture, museums, religion, spirituality, sport, finance, and
transportation. Truly eclectic, some of its more unusual categories include beer and
brewing, paranormal phenomena, roadkill (!), whale watching Web, and yeasts.
UTLink: Resources by Subject
The University of Toronto Library maintains this site, which offers lists of resources,
at U of T and beyond, in academic fields ranging from African and Black Studies to Women's
The World Fact Book 1995
Browsable list is arranged alphabetically by country. Contains the text of the CIA
World Fact Book for 1995, including the appendices and reference maps. The information
provided for each individual country includes a map of the country with major cities
marked and other information broken down into the categories of geography, people,
government, economy, transportation, communications, and defense forces.
This site offers an estimate of the current world population at the time you access it.
World Population Figures
This excellent and extensive site clearly presents population data for every region of
the world. You can find here as well lists of the 25 countries with the largest surface
area, the 25 countries with the largest population, and the 25 largest cities in the
world. The data are presented in tables, which means that not all browsers can display the
European Patent Office
Contains information about the European Patent Office, information about obtaining a
European patent, and links to other patent information sites.
Source Translation & Optimization (STO) Internet Patent Search
Searchable by either class/subclass code or patent number. Provides a browsable list of
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) classification system to determine the
class/subclass code. Search returns patent number, title, and year of issue for all
patents that meet the search criteria.
National Association of Patent Practitioners
Provides links to Web sites for international patent offices, U.S. patent laws and
court rulings, intellectual property organizations and newsletters, patent search engines,
and specific patent firms. Also has membership information for joining the National
Association of Patent Practitioners.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Provides both search and browse capabilities for the U.S. Patent Bibliographic database
and the AIDS Patent database, information on ordering copies of patents, links to legal
information relating to patents, and links to other related Web sites.
Wacky Patent of the Month
Clicking on the patent number of the winning patent will give you a complete
description of the patented device along with all the figures that accompanied the patent
when it was applied for. Also available are the prior winners of the "Wacky Patent of
the Month", from September 1995 to the present.
555-1212.com Area Code Look-Up
Searchable by city and/or state name for U.S. or Canadian area codes, or browsable by
area code or state name. Returns area code and corresponding city/state. Area code links
lead to a business look-up directory that is browsable by category or searchable by
Airline Toll-Free Numbers and Websites
Browsable list of both domestic and international airlines with corresponding 800
numbers and links to Web sites if available.
American Computer Resources, Inc.
Provides browsable list of international country and city telephone codes, plus
instructions for dialing overseas (outside of the United States) phone numbers. Also
includes a link to "Telephone Directories on the Web."
The AmeriCom Long Distance AREA DECODER
Input city, state, and/or country to receive the area or country code and AmeriCom
rates. Input the area code, country code, AmeriCom per minute rate, and/or AmeriCom in
state rate to receive the city, state, or country and the AmeriCom rates. Also has
information about AmeriCom international business opportunities.
AT&T Internet Toll Free 800 Directory
Browsable by category, or searchable by company name, city, state, and/or category.
Also includes information about AT&T.
Searchable by business name, category, city, and/or state for a quick search. Search
can also be narrowed by using the ZIP code, area code, street name, or map location.
Search returns name, address, and telephone number of businesses matching search criteria.
Option is available for seeing business location on a map.
Search for businesses by city, state, business name, category, address, and/or ZIP
code. Returns full address including ZIP+4 and telephone number for all businesses
matching the search criteria. Also includes links to other world-wide telephone
directories and Web search engines, business information for setting up Web sites, and
advertising information for advertising at this BigYellow site.
Central Source Yellow Pages
Searchable by category, company name, phone number, and/or business opportunity.
Includes links for international yellow pages, dictionaries, newspapers, and other online
resources. Contains browsable list of Internet service providers throughout the United
States, although this list is not complete. List is browsable by state name only.
The Internet 800 Directory
Searchable by keyword and state. Returns businesses matching the search criteria and
their corresponding 1-800 telephone numbers, up to a maximum of 100 businesses.
Mutual Fund Company Directory
Lists mutual fund companies from the United States, Bahamas, Canada, Germany, Great
Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, and Luxembourg. Browsable list of companies is arranged
alphabetically by country and includes the telephone number (usually a 1-800 number) of
the mutual fund company and a link to their Web site, if available.
National Telephone & Communications (NTC) Tele-Locator
Searchable by state name, area code, city code, telephone number prefix, telephone
number, or country code (for countries outside the United States). Returns city, state,
area code, and/or telephone number prefix as applicable.
PC Phone List
Provides technical support phone numbers for computer hardware and software. Enter the
name of the company or the software, and the program returns all technical support
telephone numbers (and bulletin board services if available) that match the search terms.
Browsable list of domestic, foreign, and shipping airlines with their 800 numbers.
Provides links to airline Web sites where available.
Enter a phone number to receive all possible letter combinations for that phone number,
or enter letters to receive the phone number corresponding to those letters. Also includes
information about obtaining phonetic telephone numbers and an explanation for why
calculator and telephone keypads are different.
Search for either businesses or people. For people searches, enter last name, first
name, city, and/or state to return name, address, and phone number of all people matching
the search criteria. For business searches, enter the company name, city, and/or state to
return the name, address, and phone number of all businesses matching the search criteria.
Registered users may also personalize and update their own listings.
Telephone Directories on the Web
List of links to telephone directories all over the world, plus one or two lines about
each directory detailing what it covers, what language it is in, and whether it is very
good or not. Also includes a few other phone-related links, plus a link to an art gallery
and a link for international television schedules.
What does your phone number spell?
Enter a 3-digit prefix, a 7-digit phone number, or some letters. Returns real words
(not just letter combinations) that match the given numbers; returns the phone number that
matches the letters if letters are given as the search criteria.
World Telecom Directories
Select country name from list, then type in company name. Returns list of companies and
corresponding fax numbers. This address is for locating fax numbers for Asian and Pacific
World Yellow Pages Network (wyp.net)
U.S. and Canadian businesses are searchable by company name and state, phone number, or
ZIP code. The white pages are searchable by name, phone number, or keyword. Searches
return all entries matching the search criteria, up to a maximum of 100 returns. The white
pages also contain search capabilities for locating e-mail addresses of individuals. In
addition to providing yellow and white pages searches, this site also allows businesses
and individuals to create their own home page for this site and to update it at their
Yellow Pages Online, Inc.
Searchable by heading keyword, company name, or brand name. Returns company name and
phone number for all entries that match the search criteria.
Searchable by geographic area (city, state, county), company name, and/or heading
keyword. Returns name, address, and phone number for all entries that match the search
Index is searchable by ZIP code or city name. Results returned include city, county,
state, country, and ZIP code. Latitude, longitude, population, and elevation are returned
if available. If more than one city matches the search criteria, then information on all
matching cities is returned.
National Address and ZIP+4 Browser
Searchable by company name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code. Returns closest
matches along with ZIP+4 code. After information is returned, option is given to browse
addresses in the same geographical location. Also includes list of state code
United States Postal Service
Includes information about stamp releases, pictures of stamps available, searchable
index for ZIP+4 codes, state and address abbreviations, preferred addressing methods, size
standards for mail, postage rates for both domestic and international mail delivery,
history of the USPS, news releases, calendar of events, and other postal-related
information. The business section of this Web site includes information both for the
mailing needs of businesses and for the business needs of the USPS. Businesses wishing to
sell products to the USPS will find a purchasing manual and information about selling
products to the USPS at this Web site.
Input a five-digit ZIP code to obtain the name, address, and phone number of either the
Congressional representative or Senators for that ZIP code. Search returns name,
Washington office address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address (if available) of
representative or Senator. A link to the representative's or Senator's home page is
provided if available. Also includes a couple of links to other sites for Congressional
Jef Richards, an Adverising Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has
collected here a set of quotations about the world of advertising. The Index includes over
60 subcategories, ranging from Advertising Is... to Wearout. Highlights along the way
include Billboards, Critics, Evil, Fantasy & Dreams, Honesty, Manipulation, Morality
& Ethics, Puffery, Sex, and Value.
Ash's Choice Quotations
A list of dozens of quotations sorted by last name.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
The Ninth Edition of John Bartlett's famous book, published in 1901, has been converted
to HTML format and posted to the Web by Project Bartleby, an extensive Web-based
literature library established by Columbia University.
The "Best of" Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the
This set of quotes, some quite lengthy, have been posted to the Web by Mark Zimmerman,
who finds Gibbon's work to be quite relevant to current events.
Bon Mots from the Supermodels
This witty site of quotations from the glamorous proves once again that you dont
need to be an intellectual to be internationally famous.
Conventional Wisdom: Selected Quotations Illustrating the Illusions
of Popular History
This set of quotations debunks popular notions about history and society. Among the
subjects are The Fall of the Roman Empire, Columbus and the Spanish Conquest, Pocahontas,
Our Founding Fathers, A Day That Will Live in Infamy, Lucky Lindy, and The March of
Science. For example, the page's author uses Abraham Lincoln's own quotations to prove
that he once supported slavery.
The Curmudgeon Quotelist
If a curmudgeon is a cantankerous person, as the dictionary says, then this site will
be a curmudgeon's dream. Be sure to check out the reasons the Web author found these
quotes worth including.
Dave's Searchable Quote Database
This forms-based database contains over 6,500 quotes. You can search them by
subject--say, death or taxes--or you can select to have the form randomly
draw a quote from the database.
Don's Doctor Who Interesting Quote Archive
This frames-based archive is accessible only on Netscape Navigator 2.0. The quotes
originated on the British low-tech science fiction show Doctor Who. Topics
include art, history, the human race, love, politics, and other pithy topics.
Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes
Read on as the master architect expounds on architecture, government, nature, and life.
This site is part of a larger Frank Lloyd Wright page offered by the Marin County
(California) Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Labor Quotes Page
LaborNet, a community of labor unions and activists using the Internet to communicate,
gathered together this compendium of quotes about labor-related issues. Subjects include
solidarity, strikes and other acts of civil disobedience, working conditions,
negotiations, hope, attitudes of the rich and famous, oppression, politics and
politicians, women in the labor movement, and class and inequality.
The Official Internet Quayle Quote List
Okay, maybe we should finally be leaving our former Vice-President alone, but when the
material he's provided is so funny, how can you refuse to enjoy it? This collection is
divided into a number of subcategories, making Quayle's comments on issues such as
International Affairs easy to locate. Ironically, though, the Webmaster here has
inadvertantly included some "Quayle-isms" of his own: In lamenting Quayle's
departure from public life, for example, the Webmaster consoles himself with, "We do
have his book to look forward to as well as his bid for the presidency in 1994."
Outriders of Reality Reference Manual & Travel Guide
According to David Harvie, the "Chief Scout" of Outriders of Reality, this
oddball listing of quotes "
is a collection of errant pieces of knowledge, quips
of non-conventional wisdom found in graffiti, e-mail taglines, bumperstickers, buttons,
and snatches of conversions heard while standing in fast-food checkout lines."
Subjects are covered with irreverent humor.
This collection of over 5,000 quotations is grouped into recent quotes, advice, great
leaders, proverbial wisdom, sarcasm, annoying proverbs, malapropisms, random visions,
poetry, aphorisms, definitions, miscellaneous or anonymous quotes, and selections from
William Shakespeare and comedian Steven Wright. This site also maintains an extensive
collection of links to other quotation pages.
Quotations About Libraries and Librarians
The International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions has put
together this selection of quotes from authors, statesmen, and celebrities regarding the
importance of libraries.
Quotations of William Blake
This page offers, in somewhat of a hodgepodge, a list of quotations by the radical
Quotes, Quotes, and More Quotes
Offering quotes from movies and song lyrics, this site also includes quotes about sex,
music, love, and God.
Welcome to the Introspect Library
Here are gathered quotes written to inspire and motivate. The page is billed as "a
place for quiet inspiration and meditation."
Zappa Quote of the Day
Offers a new random quote each day from one of the geniuses of rock music.