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General Reference Sources

Internet Public Library Reference Collection

A project run by librarians at the University of Michigan’s 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.

The Library Spot

This 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.

My Virtual Reference Desk

It’s easy to spend hours at this site which is packed with links to everything from Roget’s 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.

Ask Jeeves!

Ask Jeeves, named for P.G. Wodehouse’s 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 AG’s homepage.

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Last updated: 7/13/02
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