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"Each of 10 topical menus, from Biographies to Weather, is supported by a selection of features, encyclopedia articles (more than 57,000) and related links. The site's atlas serves up easy-to-read country maps showing major cities and political boundaries. Specialized almanacs include a Daily Almanac and Facts Behind the News. Use the 20th Century Chronology to locate statistics, events, biographies, obituaries and more for each year of the past century. Younger students can visit Fact Monster, an almanac and encyclopedia created in partnership with the Learning Network".

"A free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information." Encyclopedias, maps, quotations, dictionaries and more.

ipl2: information you can trust

ipl2 is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment hosted by Drexel University's college of Information Science & Technology and merges the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library and the librarians' Internet Index websites.

The jam-packed is full of facts and figures, updated news, and links to sources from phone books to world clocks.

Martindale's The Reference Desk

Another one-stop facts and reference site with links to world clocks, boating knots, international copyright information, travel tips, and scientific libraries

Open Directory Project

A reference source assembled by volunteers, the site lists diverse categories of information and is ad-free.
the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit

Wikipedia's greatest strengths, weaknesses, and differences all arise because it is open to anyone, it has a large contributor base, and its articles are written by consensus, according to editorial guidelines and policies.

Yahoo Education

This site lets you search current reference titles, including world fact books and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, and it won't overwhelm young researchers.

Internet Sites for Books and Book Reviews is a site that sells books, music scores, electronics, gifts and apparel.
Barnes & Noble
This web site sells books, music, gifts and offers online courses.

Presented by the American Library Association, Booklist reviews the latest books. It also has a variety of featured articles including author interviews, bibliographies, book essays by well known writers and a selection of columns.

This online edition of BookPage provides many book reviews for new and not so new books.

A free resource center that simplifies the search for the best book-related content on the web. Featured sites are selected by the editors and organized into categories such as bestseller lists, genres, book reviews, electronic texts, book news and more.

The New York Review of Books
Electronic edition of the print journal; limited access without an electronic subscription.

Dealers of Out-of-Print Books


Library and Professional Sites:
American Library Association

This association "is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. ALA offers professional services and publications including online news stories from "American Libraries" and analysis of crucial issues from the "Washington Office."

Alabama Library Association

The ALLA site provides information about their News & Events, Membership, Governance, Resources and "Administrivia."

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Contains information and helpful references for the blind and physically handicapped.

BookWire is a comprehensive online portal into the book industry. Its mission is to"provide librarians, publishers, booksellers, authors and book enthusiasts with the resources that they need."
Copyright and Intellectual Property

Portal to copyright and intellectual property information.
Libdex - The Library Index

"Libdex is a worldwide directory of library homepages, web-based OPACs, Friends of the Library  pages and library e-commerce affiliate links".
Library Journal

The electronic edition containing library news, features and all manner of information for librarians.
The School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
The University of Alabama School Of Library and Information Studies' web site, providing information on degree programs, admissions, courses, resources, faculty and students.

Digital Librarian
This web site contains many links that are helpful for librarians. They include information on new and used books, repairing books, used book sales and access to the British, French and Canadian libraries.

Computer/Internet Terms:
NetLingo - The Internet Dictionary

A dictionary of Internet terms. "It contains thousands of words and definitions that describe the online world of business, technology, and communication."

An online dictionary and search engine for computer and technology definitions.

Definitions for thousands of the most current IT-related words.

The Foundation Center

The most comprehensive and current online source on foundations and their grants.
A rich treasure of online information, services and resources whatever you need from the U.S. government.

Newspapers/News Links:
Alabama Live

The latest Alabama news and classifieds.
The top stories in the news.

New York Times
Latest news and sports
Online Newspapers
Links to news from around the world; presented by the Internet Public Libary.
Washington Post
News, business, sports and editorials.



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