Encyclopedia Reference Desk

This virtual educational reference search guide (biography, dictionary, encyclopedia, Quran - English Translation, thesaurus, world records, etc.) was designed to break through the information overload of the Web. If you cannot find an answer here try 24/7 Reference a new service that lets you ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live reference staff.

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Health professionals and consumers can use MEDLINEplus for accurate, current, medical information. The highly regarded Mayo Clinic provides very comprehensive and accessible medical information, but the site currently lacks interactive tools (such as message boards). For a second online medical opinion and interactive tools try AllHealth dot com. For individuals on holiday, there are always some basic travel medicine issues.

Health and Medical Search
Drug SearchNLHnutrition.gov
Mayo HealthMedical Dictionary

AMA Physician Select provides information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its possessions, including more than 690,000 doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine (DO).

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA.ORG) Health Plan Report Card is an interactive tool designed to help you find the health plan that’s right for you. If there are issues with your health care plan, the Patient Advocate Foundation (PATIENTADVOCATE.ORG) is a nonprofit health organization that might be able to mediate disputes between consumers and insurers.

Nutrition.GOV is a national resource that makes obtaining government information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety, easily accessible in one place. The site which providing accurate scientific information on nutrition and dietary guidance is critical to the public’s ability to make the informed choices in the effort to curb obesity and other food related diseases.

An at·las is a bound collection of maps often including illustrations, informative tables, or textual matter. If you need accurate maps, TopoZone interactive topographic maps of the entire United States. The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School map collection is used for historical research, focusing primarily on military history and NSA studies. Another useful source of geographic information is the USGS National Mapping Information Query Form. Using maps, charts, reports, and relevant links, Ersys (Earth Resource System) covers over 2600 US cities with detailed information on demographics, environmental factors, economic indicators, housing stats, media (newspaper, television, and radio), schools, transportation, local contacts, and much more!

phaster world map

Map of a country or city

Maps by Latitude / Longitude
  degrees minutes seconds
Latitude(e.g.  45 30 19)  
Longitude(e.g. -74 26 57)

The Energy Information Administration (U.S. Dept. of Energy) has lots of interesting energy statistics, data, and analysis about individual countries and regions around the world.

Gross National Debt of the United States:

The Official Source of Time for the Department of Defense and the Standard of Time for the United States with the Master Clock facility at the Washington Naval Observatory.

Computer-based translation systems such as WorldLingo Translator will never replace human translators, but they are useful in getting across the basic gist of things like phrases for traveling.

Translate your own text or your favorite webpage.
Just type or paste in your text or, the URL of a web page.

LibrarySpot is a 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. If you need online writing tools designed to enhance the creative process check out the RhymeZone.

Whether you are researching astronomy or political science, theology or business, parenting or health, subject links provides learners and educators links to the best educational Web sites.

Online calculators to help you solve problems, answer questions and do unit conversions (using MegaConverter or OnlineConversion) at home, office, or school.

How Stuff Works is an extraordinary place to learn about how things work in the world around you. The goal of the How Stuff Works web site is to clearly explain technology, biology and the world in a way that is interesting and accessible to anyone who wants to learn.

Direct search and the librarians’ index to the internet is a growing compilation of links to the search interfaces of resources that contain data not easily or entirely searchable/accessible from general search tools like Alta Vista, Google, and Hotbot.

A Brand new service for students in the UK. HomeWork Elephant brings you the best of the web to assist you with your homework assignments.

TurnItIn.com has a fee based service that uses algorithms to compare writing samples to its vast database of papers from the Internet and past submissions (It’s sort of like a spell-checker, except this checks for student plagiarism). Other sites, such as integriguard.com and plagiarism.com, also check for academic dishonesty.

Think you have an original billion dollar idea? Delphion Intellectual Property Network, formerly IBM Intellectual Property Network, allows users to search and view over 30 million patents from around the world.

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