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Best Free Reference Sites from the American Library Assocation
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2009 list from the Machine-Assisted Reference Section Committee of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. More
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One of the largest producers of original content on the Web with hand-crafted, original articles, recipes, product reviews, videos, tutorials and other practical applications to problem solving. More
American Associations Directory
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Search for an association by name, interest area, or geographic location. You also can search using a combination of fields. More
American Fact Finder
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U.S. Census economic, population, housing, data and surveys. More
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Combines traditional and new media to provide the most up-to-date, accurate definitions and explanations available. More World Wide Chamber of Commerce Guide
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The purpose is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

As a priority Open Government Initiative for Presi... More
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Links to over 6 million digital images, texts, sounds and videos from Europe's museums and galleries, archives, libraries and audio-visual collections. More
FDSys (Federal Digital System)
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Freely available materials. FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications which include Congressional, Presidential and Federal agency materials. Through FDsys, you ... More
Gale Virtual Reference Library
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Recommended for: General user. All full text. Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials ... More
Google Scholar
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Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. More
GovFresh - Government 2.0
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GovFresh is a live feed of official news from U.S. Government Twitter, YouTube, RSS, Facebook, Flickr accounts and more, all in one place. More
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HowStuffWorks, is a source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Founded by North Carolina State University Professor Marshall Brain in 1998, the ... More
Infoplease: all the knowledge you need
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Since 1998 the online content of Information Please has been distinguished by it's basis of time-tested reference tools geared toward providing the best educational data on the web. More
Internet Library for Librarians
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An information portal designed for librarians to locate Internet resources related to their profession providing links to more than 3,000 resources. More
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IPL2 is a combination of the Internet Public Library and Librarian's Internet Index. More
Kids Count Data Center
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Reliable data for states, cities, counties, and school districts concerning the general welfare, education, and economic conditions of children and families. More
Library of Congress Topics
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A new (2009) set of reference pages designed to make it easier to find the Library’s diverse and extensive online collections. More
Library Spot
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This award-winning site provides a simple, visually appealing guide to reference sources and library news. More
Library User Guides
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Library User Guides is a free service that explains how to use many electronic resources. It can be accessed anytime: in the library, at home, or a remote location. Visuals with audio narration make t... More
Michigan News Headlines and Sources -
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A state-wide collection of Michigan news sources along with constantly updated headlines aggregated from many of sources. Browse by city or by individual news source. More
Open Library
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The Open Library website was created by the Internet Archive to demonstrate a way that books can be represented online. The vision is to create free web access to important book collections from aroun... More
Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
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This non-profit promotes critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, pro-con format. More
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Since 1995, Refdesk is a free and family-friendly website that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current Web-based resources. More
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The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.  Founded by Barbara and David Mikkelson, a husband and wife team who live and work in the ... More
Wolfram/Alpha Computational Knowledge Engine
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Wolfram/Alpha uses simple language terms to provide data on almost any subject from addition to weather. More
WorldCat (free version)
I Like This lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're... More
Yahoo Reference
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Yahoo maintains this variety of commonly known reference categories that Internet users ask about from Acronyms and Abbreviations to Time. More

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