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Electronic Libraries

Library-Type Databases
Health and Medical
Encyclopedia, Books, and Collections
Research Databases--EBSCOhost and ProQuest
Colleges and Schools
Legal Resources--State and Federal
Miscellaneous (e.g., Domain Names, Area Codes, Postal Codes, etc.)
Find People and Businesses

Library-Type Databases

The Internet Public Library, U of MI The Internet Public Library (University of Michigan School of Information)
The IPL's mission is to: "serve the public by finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating quality information resources. …." This site includes a search option, and a browse-by-alphabet option for an author or title. The TeenSpace and KidSpace directories have many age-specific learning resources.

Search: Information Please (Family Education Network); ad-supported

Use double quotation marks (e.g., "rain forest") to narrow your search to specific words or names.

infoplease.com

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Notice: Infoplease.com and its search results include pop-up and pop-under adverts.

NYPL Digital Gallery (The New York Public Library)
Public domain images and manuscripts. Browse an alphabetical list of names, use the subjects or libraries directories, or the NYPL search systems to identify images and manuscripts. Over 275,000 public domain photographs and manuscripts are available within directories for: arts and literature, cities and building, culture and society, history and geography, industry and technology, nature and science, and printing and graphics.

University of Michigan Documents Center
Clear navigation and search options allow you to quickly find official statistical information for many broad and specific topics. An alphabetical index is especially useful for find information about contemporary topics and issues.

Statistical Resources on the Web (University of Michigan Documents Center)
Public access. Visitors can select from an alphabetical list of topics or broad categories to identify related documents and databases. An essential resource for information and data included within government documents, and research published by universities, research institutes, and public domain projects.

GALILEO (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online)-Public Databases (University System of Georgia)
The public databases of GALILEO provide a list of academic topics with links to Web sites, journals, databases, and other electronically published material. Public visitors (i.e., those without a Galileo password) are restricted from using Galileo’s licensed databases (e.g., EBSCO, ProQuest, and others); however, the publicly available databases provide researchers access to many documents, articles, and reference information.

Martindale's The Reference Desk
Do you need a calculator or computation option? If so, Martindale's Web site is likely to list a link to an online calculator or site that will allow you to analyze a statistical problem.

Facts for You (U.S. General Services Administration)
Federal statistics, reports, and other information are linked within directories for: Agriculture and Food, Business and Economy, Environment and Energy, Government, Healthy People, Home and Community, Learning and Jobs, Public Safety and Justice, Science and Technology, Travel and Transportation, and U.S. and the World.

Science.gov Science.gov or FirstGov for Science (United States Government Agencies)
Public Access. Use the search option or the directory of topics to access science-related information and research for: natural, biological, and applied sciences; health and medicine (including mental health and pharmacology); and additional topics. The documents and databases identified within Science.gov are relevant for science professionals, educators, learners, entrepreneurs, and individuals with an interest in scientific principles and their applications.

The Library of Congress (Washington, DC)
Links are provided to directories and catalogs that include online resources and information about items that are available at the library site. Marketed as the world's largest library, The Library of Congress continues digitize many historical and contemporary documents, photos, and multimedia items for online reading, viewing, and listening.

The World Factbook-updated annually (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
Public Domain. Use the drop-down menu, and "Select a Country" to review its profile. Each profile includes a map, and topics related to: Background, Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues. Refer to the Reference Maps directory for a display of geographical regions.

Background Notes--Country Pages (Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State)
Public access. As an alternative or adjunct to the CIA database, Background Notes provides a summary of multiple topics (e.g., people, geography, government, history, economy, travel, U.S.-country relations, etc.) about independent states, dependencies, and areas with special sovereignty.

ePodunk.com (ePodunk, Inc; Trumansburg, NY)
Public access ePodunk is an expansive database with approximately 46,000 demographic and community profiles in the United States. Core demographic data (e.g., population, gender, race and ethnicity, education, marital status, etc.) are based on the 2000 and 2003 U.S. Census Bureau reports. The primary demographic and profile site directories include cities (within identified states), counties, colleges, libraries airports, newspapers, cemeteries, and museums.

Health and Medical

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (Merck & Co., Inc.)
The 17 Edition (or April 1999 Centennial Edition) of the Merck Manual is available online in HTML format. Use the search option or link to information from within the chapters.

The Merck Manual of Medical Information--(Interactive) Home Edition (Merck & Co., Inc.)
Public access to the Merck Manual--the home version includes photos, videos, illustrations, animations, and pronunciations. A Web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Netscape), version at 4.x or later, and a RealPlayer plug-in are required for this interactive version.

Diseases & Conditions A-Z--MayoClinic.com (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
Use the alphabetical list or the Condition Centers directory to identify and access information about diseases and medical conditions. Information about diseases includes (but is not limited to): risk factors, prevention, symptoms, screening and diagnosis, treatment, and complications. Additionally, their Drug Information directory is linked from within this site.

National Center for Health Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Public access. A directory with multiple health reports, and summary research reports provided through Faststats and State and Territorial Data.

Encyclopedia, Books, and Collections

Britannica Online (Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., Chicago, IL)
Public access. The volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica are accessible via the Web. Other directories include current U.S. and World news, and links to many research-related sites. (Purchase options remain for the printed and CD-ROM versions.)

Wikipedia-The Free Encyclopedia (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.)
Public access--multilingual. Wiki--pronounced as "wicky" or "weekee" in English--is a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)-based project or collaborative software applications that include features similar to a Web-based forum. Wikipedia is unlike traditional printed encyclopedias (or almanacs) in that is it noncommercial, continually updated, and includes a feature, which allows account holders and "anonymous" (i.e., IP-referenced) visitors to edit articles. Most articles (including, statements, quotes, biographical sketches, etc.) include verifiable references.

Bartleby.com (Bartleby.com, Inc., New York, NY)
Public access. Search options are provided for the primary directories (i.e., Reference, Verse, Fiction, and Nonfiction). Links are provided to additional resources such as dictionaries, quotations, and other reference material.

TheFreeLibrary.com (Farlex, Inc., Huntingdon Valley, PA)
Public access. Use the author index or search options to access biographical sketches, links to additional information, and online text of published works that are in the public domain. (Many c
lassics in the public domain are available in HTML format, usually by chapter or section).

The Poets--Modern American Poets (MAPS) Cary Nelson, Editor; Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Public access. An index of 161 poets--a link to each provides a biographical sketch, information relevant to the work of each poet, and a sample of online poems. The Poets is a major directory within An Online Journal and Multimedia companion to [the] Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Oxford University Press (2000). 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (The Tech, MIT)
Shakespeare's plays and poetry in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format.

The New York Review of Books
Read the current reviews or use the search option to find other reviews and articles within their archives--indexes from 1963, and all full-text publications since November 1996.

The On-Line Books Page (John Mark Ockerbloom, University of Pennsylvania Library)
A directory of books that are available on the Internet and Web. Use the search option to find a book, or identify a book through the its directories.

ibiblio--the public's library (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
An online library and network of information services for: software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. Refer to the collection index and use the search option or directory system to identify links and documents.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (UT-Austin Online Library)
General and special interest maps with different variables (e.g., political, population, education, economic, etc.)--many have HTML and PDF options.

Research Databases--EBSCOhost and ProQuest

Note. Colleges, universities, institutes, and libraries provide access to databases for its researchers, learners, and patrons. Typically, access to these databases is managed through a valid username and password.

BadgerLink (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction--Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning)

BadgerLink provides direct access of state residents to multiple research databases. No username or password is needed. Web browser technologies (e.g., authentication Cookies) and server-managed protocols (e.g., IP range identification and resolution) are used to manage access to BadgerLink, which provides access to multiple databases that are supported by Wisconsin taxpayers. The most relevant databases for student and professional counselor research projects are:

EBSCOhost (EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA)

English and Spanish--research options include: all databases, Business and Corporate Databases, and Health Medical Databases.

ProQuest (ProQuest Information and Learning Company, Ann Arbor, MI)

Multilingual--standard and advanced query options--access full text newspaper articles from a specific date to the present, or archived articles from a specified period.

Wisconsin residents can refer to BadgerLink to access all taxpayer-supported databases.

Colleges and Schools

Postsecondary

U.S. Universities, by State (TeamWeb, UT-Austin)
Links to regionally accredited colleges and universities are provided within each state--an alphabetical list is available. Also, use the Web U.S. Community Colleges link to find two-year postsecondary institutions.

U.S. Colleges and Universities-BrainTrack University Index (FutureMeld, LLC, Newton, MA)
Public access. Links are provided to colleges and universities by state. In addition, an alphabetical index is available.

Index of American Universities (Mike Conlon, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
Public access. An alphabetical list of colleges and universities in the U.S. Links are provided for: international universities, Canadian universities, and the Maricopa Community College District's list of community colleges.

Best Colleges-[by year]-U.S. News (U.S. News & World Report, LP, Washington, DC)
Public access and ad-supported. Links are provided to baccalaureate and master's degree universities based on variables such as: regions (i.e., North, South, Midwest, and West); national, liberal arts, business, engineering, and specialty schools; historically Black colleges and universities; etc.

U.S. Two-Year Colleges (Engineering Technology Computing, University of Toledo)
(Last update, 1998) Use a clickable map or the directory systems to identify and link to community, technical, and other postsecondary institutions.

K-12

National Public School and School District Locator
This directory within the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides visitors with the search options to find public and private schools, and school districts and federal program information.

Yahoo Directory, K-12 Schools
Links to elementary, middle, and high schools lead to regional (and country) options for identifying and accessing their Web sites.

Peterson's College and University Channel
A no cost registration is required to take full advantage of the options within the directories: CollegeQuest, BestCollegePicks, and CollegesWantYou. The databases provide information for high school students, adult learners, and professionals within high schools and colleges.

IPEDS COOL (College Opportunities On-Line) of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Use the Search directory and its criteria to identify and link to over 9,000 colleges and universities in the U.S.

FreSch! (Information Services, LLC, Calhan, CO)
Information and advice for traditional and nontraditional students who want to research scholarship options for postsecondary education. Use the browse directory as an alternative to a lengthy PowerSearch registration form.

Legal Resources--State and Federal

Legal Information Institute-LLI (Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY)
Public access. A repository for accessing state and federal legal information, such as, statutes and administrative code, the U.S. Code, and judicial and legislative activities. Use the directory system or site- and directory-based search options to access the information you need.

Constitutions, Statutes, and Legislative Information-By State (Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY)
Public access. Links are provided to statutes and related information for 49 states (excluding Pennsylvania) and the District of Columbia. (Links are also provided for other federal and state-related legal and legislative resources.)

FindLaw--State Resources-- State Codes (FindLaw, Mountain View, CA; Thomson Corp.)
Public access--ad-supported. Select a state, and access the online version its constitution, statutes, administrative code, and information about legislative bills within each state. In addition, links are available for documents related to the administrative and judicial branches of state government. 

LawInfo.com (LawInfo Legal Resource Center, San Marcos, CA)
Public access, free and commercial products. FAQs and free legal forms arranged by practice area and state. An atypical service is the ability to create printable forms (e.g., business, consumer, family, purchase and sales, landlord-tenant, real estate, intellectual property, estate planning, etc.) via an online interface. Note: Visitors are reminded that the online information provided by LawInfo.com does not replace the services of a licensed attorney.

  • For online databases related to the U.S. Code, refer to the bookmark, U.S. Code, which is within the Federal Government directory of this portal.

WashLaw-Legal Research on the Web (Washburn University School of Law Library)
Public access. Links are provided to state statutes, administrative code, and judicial units. Additional links include federal resources such as the U.S. Code, judicial decision, regulations, Executive Orders, etc.

[Nolo's] Nolopedia (Nolo, Berkeley, CA)
Public access with commercial options. The ad-supported legal information includes directories for: business and human resources, patents and copyrights, wills and estate planning, property and money, family law and immigration, and rights and disputes.

[Nolo's] Everybody's Legal Glossary (Nolo, Berkeley, CA)
Public access--ad-supported. Use the alphabetical index or search field to access plain-English definitions for hundreds of common and atypical legal terms.

Miscellaneous (e.g., Domain Names, Area Codes, Postal Codes, etc.)

Google Web Search Features (Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA)
Google's main search box (or field) includes search-related services in addition to processing queries for Web sites. Several discrete features include: 

  • PhoneBook (type business or individual name, phone number, or address--review options for arranging these variable within the search box)

  • Calculator (refer to the common symbols and expressions use to solve math problems involving basic and complicated math, units of measure, conversions, etc.)

  • Dictionary Definitions (enter your query into the search box)

  • Site Search (query statement, site:sampledomain.com)

  • Street Maps (type or paste an address)

  • Stock Quotes (use the NYSE, NASDAQ, or AMEX ticker symbol)

  • Who links to you? (query statement, link:siteURL)

Yahoo Real Estate--Neighborhood Profiles (Yahoo Inc., Sunnyvale, CA)
Public access. Use the search fields to obtain information about a specific address--an exact Postal Code is recommended.

AIER Cost-of-Living Calculator (American Institute of Economic Research)
Identify the amount of money and the year, then, the calculator will determine the value in dollars for this year (or a past year).

Foreign Exchange (FX) Currency Converter (OANDA, Inc.)
Select the desired currencies and the amount and receive the computed conversion, or use the Quick Convert option to identify the standard conversion rates for 164 currencies within this database.

Acronyms and Abbreviations (University College, Cork, Ireland)
Enter an acronym into the search field, and find one or more phrases that are commonly associated with that acronym.

Postal Code

ZIP+4 Code Lookup (United States Postal Service [USPS])
Identify the ZIP (or Postal) Code for a business or household address. A link is provided to a directory with ZIP Codes for cities.

  • Official United States Postal Service Abbreviations (Including States)

zipinfo.com (CD Light, LLC)
Use the search field provided to enter a postal code, city, or city and state, and find one or more of the following: county name, FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) code; area code; time zone; latitude, longitude; MSA/PMSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area and Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area); and Congressional District.

Area Code

Area Codes-clickable map (Qwest Communications International, Inc.)

Area Code Maps--North American Numbering Plan--NANP (NeuStar, Inc.)

Telephone Area Code Finder--Numerical and Alphabetical (MMI World Communications)

InfoSpace-Reverse Lookup (InfoSpace, Inc., Bellevue, WA)
Enter Area Code to find a city, or enter city and state to find an Area Code.

Countries and Top Level Domain Names

Index by Top Level Domains, Country Codes (Internet Assigned Names Authority--IANA; The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers--ICANN)
TLD-to-Country: An alphabetical list of the top level domains for all countries.  

Worldwide Registry List of ccTLDs--Country Code Top Level Domains (DomainIT!)
Country-to-TLD: A commercial Web site with an alphabetical list of countries and their top level domains.

Find People and Businesses

Veromi (Veromi.net [People Search], Sacramento, CA)
Commercial (with no-cost preview information, which differentiates among same- or similarly-named individuals). Search by name, address, or phone number. Commercial options are: 1) one-time purchase--up to five reports; 2) 24-hour membership; and 3) comprehensive background report. No-cost identification information includes age, city, and state. In addition, no-cost reports include possible relatives and business relationships that assist with the identification of a specific individual prior to purchasing a commercial report (if needed).

Similar commercial people search services include:

Google Maps-Beta (Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA)
Public access. Use a known address or search term-and-area to identify maps and satellite photos in the United States and Canada. Images (maps and satellite images) are draggable, and driving directions can be obtained for business and residential addresses.

SuperPages.com (Verizon Directories Corp.)
Public access, search-related adverts. Use keyword and location variables to search for individuals and businesses. Additional search options include phone number, street address, state, and Zip Code. Affirmed search results include a map with various configuration options.

Yellowpages.com (Yellowpages.com, LLC/AT&T Knowledge Ventures, Pasadena, CA)
Public access and ad-supported services. Business search (Yellow Pages) options include: standard search, search by distance, and search by phone number (i.e., reverse lookup). People search (White Pages) options include: search by name, and reverse lookup with a phone number or residential address. (Additional services such as Maps and Directions, City Guides, and Consumer Guides are available.)

WhitePages.com (WhitePages.com, Inc., Seattle, WA)
Public access and ad-supported services. Search options are available for people and business search, reverse telephone and address lookup, and Postal Code and Area Code lookup. (Links are provided to related commercial services.) Note: WhitePages.com's People Search provides an age range to help searchers identify an individual.

DEX Official Directory--Qwest (Dex Media, Inc., Denver, CO)
Public access, ad-supported. Select a business, residential, or government information database, and search by keyword or name. Other services include: 1) local links--a community service, which provides links to businesses and organization within the Qwest states (i.e., AZ, CO, MN, NE, NM, OR, UT, and WA); 2) toll-free numbers within each or for all states; 3) maps; 4) driving directions; and 5) additional search services for registered users.

Switchboard.com (Switchboard, Inc., Westboro, MA; listings by Acxiom Corp., Little Rock, AR)
Public access, ad-supported. Find a person or business by selecting the appropriate directory and providing information for each search field. Use the search by phone number directory to complete a "reverse lookup." Additional services include Maps and Directions, and Town Directories--major towns in each state are included.

Find People (MSN White Pages)
Complete the search fields (first name or initial, last name, city, and state) to find the address and telephone number of individuals (if they are listed). An automated option is available to either download identity information as a vCard or import it into Microsoft Outlook. Additional services are included within directory links (e.g., e-mail search, yellow pages, and reverse lookup), and the drop-down menu (e.g., area code search, maps, etc.).

[Public access] America Online, Inc.

Yahoo, Inc. [Public access]

AnyWho (AT&T)
An ad-supported online look up service with search engines for yellow pages, white pages, reverse look up, and toll-free numbers. A Web portal search and directory structure is available.

Bigfoot.com (Find People)
Search by name, state, and city (with options for an email address and white pages)

CNET Search.com (Search People)
Options for: email addresses, instant messenger lookup, Web sites, phone numbers, reverse lookup, genealogy, and celebrities.

PeopleSearch.com
Commercial options--a range of price points for different do-it-yourself searches and professional background checks.

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