General Reference Sources
Public Library Reference Collection
run by librarians at the University of Michigans School of Information
Science, this site provides links to an exhaustive array of general
reference sources. Links are included to almanacs, biographies, directories,
dictionaries, encyclopedias, calendars, quotation resources and calculators.
The Reference Collection also covers resources in specific subject
areas, including Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Social
Sciences, Health, etc. A unique service is provided which allows users
to send reference questions to the IPL via a reference form on the
Web or via email.
web site links to vast collections of reference materials, such as
maps, phone books, calculators, statistics, encyclopedias, and dictionaries
and also connects you to more than 3,500 newspapers around the world.
The Library Spot is a gateway to more than 2,500 libraries worldwide,
with links to law libraries and medical libraries, and also provides
more than 50,000 book reviews.
Virtual Reference Desk
easy to spend hours at this site which is packed with links to everything
from Rogets Thesaurus, stock quotes, People Search, the Yellow
Pages, to a calculator that converts distances, temperatures, etc.
There are links to news sources and weather sites. This is a busy
site receiving about 12,000 hits a day and is ranked among the top
favorite reference sites on the Internet.
named for P.G. Wodehouses ideal butler, is a great search engine
for pinning down specific bits of information residing on the web.
It allows you to type a question in natural language and click "ASK!"
There is no need for boolean logic or keywords. First, the search
engine checks the query against a large database of frequently asked
questions and allows the user to select from the responses that Jeeves
thinks come closest. It then translates the inquiry into search commands,
and runs a search through several search engines. Usually, one of
these two approaches provides a good response. For example, the query,
"Who is the Attorney General of Florida?" returns a link
to Florida s AGs homepage.