Virtual Reference Desk: Index

Gateways
Awards
Bed & Breakfasts
Biography
Books: Reviews & Information
Books Full-text Online
Bookstores Online
Business
Calendars
California
Career/Job Information
Cars
Cities
Companies
Consumer Info
Country Information
Dictionaries & Word Tools
Directories
Discussion/Usenet
Dissertations
Education
Encyclopedias
Food, Recipes, Restaurants
Foreign Languages
Fund Raising
Genealogy
Government
Grad School Info
Holidays
Legal Resources
Libraries
Maps
Medical Information
Miscellaneous
Movie Reviews
Music
News
Orange Co.
Periodicals
Photography & Images
Quotations
Scholarly Societies
Scholarships
Sign Language
Space
Speeches
State Information
Statistics
Symbols
Taxes
Travel
U.S. State Information
Weather

Gateways and Subject Directories

Awards

Bed and Breakfasts

Biography

  • Biographical Dictionary
    This site has brief information about 24,000 people. You can search the database in a variety of ways, including by name, date, discoveries, literary works, pseudonyms, etc.
  • Biography.com
    Information about 20,000 people. Search by name only. Entries range up to 200 words.

Books: Reviews and Information

Books Full-text Online

Bookstores and Catalogs Online

Business

  • BRINT: Business Technology Portal

Calendars

California

Career/Job Information

Cars

City Information

  • Official City Sites
    Links to cities in the US, Australia, Germany, Japan, Canada, France, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Companies

Consumer Information

Country Information

Dictionaries and Word Tools

Directories

Discussion Groups and Usenet Newsgroups

Dissertations

Education

Encyclopedias

Food, Recipes, and Restaurants

  • Top Secret Recipes
    Recipes that are clones of some of America’s favorite restaurant foods.
  • Zagat.com
    Over 20,000 restaurant reviews from 25 cities, including Paris and London. Registration is free.

Foreign Languages

Fund Raising

Genealogy

Government (US)

Graduate School Information

Holidays

Legal Resources

Libraries

Maps

Medical Information

Miscellaneous

  • How Stuff Works
  • eHow
    Instructions on how to do things and complete tasks.
  • This to That
    How do you glue plastic to wood? This site has a drop down menu to choose two items you want joined and then tells you which glue to use for the task.
  • Puzzlemaker
    Use this site to create mazes, crossword puzzles, and cryptograms.
  • Do it Yourself
    Tips, tricks, tutorials to help you repair appliances, take care of pets, etc.

Movie Reviews

Music

  • World Anthem Database
    Lyrics of the anthems of 85 countries. However, some aren’t translated into English, so the usefulness is limited.

Newspapers and Online News

  • NewsLink
  • BBC News
    Information from the British Broadcasting Company on British politics, culture, society. Another site offering British news isThe Times Internet Edition.
  • Daily Howler
    “Wherever the press corps falls into error, the Daily Howler pledges to be there.”
  • Newspaper Archives on the Web
    Provides links to Web versions of 62 U.S. newspapers and their full-text, online back files. Searching newspapers is usually free, but many charge to bring up full-text articles.
  • Newspapers Online
  • The Paperboy
    You can access over 2500 online newspapers from ths site.
  • PubList.com
    Excellent directory of information about more than 150,000 periodicals, including 8000 newspapers.

Orange County

Periodicals

  • PubList.com
    Excellent directory of 150,000 periodicals. Data comes from sources likeUlrich’s International PeriodicalsDirectory.

Photography and Images

  • AltaVista Photo Finder
    A comprehensive database of millions of images with excellent searching capability.
  • Google
    Search the web for images using this amazing search engine. Just click on Images on the Google search page.

Quotations

Scholarly Societies

Scholarship Information

  • fastwebcom: a free database of scholarships, though you must input your name, address, etc. before you can search it.
  • Mach25: a searchable database of 600,000 scholarships.

Sign Language

Space

Speeches

  • Douglass: Archives of American Public Address

State Information

Statistics

Study Guides and Strategies

Symbols

Tax Information

  • 1040.com
  • Government Performance Project: The Way We Tax: A 50 State Report
    Essays on each of the 50 states, giving a summary of sources for revenues, including property and sales taxes. From Congressional Quarterly’s Governing magazine.
  • Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms
    Replicas of official IRS forms. Most can be printed and filed with the IRS.
  • Tax Code On-Line
    Complete text of Title 26 of the U.S. Code. Keyword searching is possible.
  • Tax Resources on the Web
    An extensive list of links for tax information.
  • Tax World
    Maintained by a faculty member at the U of Illinois. Links have short annotations.

Travel

  • Mapping the National Parks
    Part of the Library of Congress American Memory Collection, this site describes the history, cultural aspects, and geological formations of four areas that became national parks: Acadia, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, and Yellowstone.
  • National Scenic Byways Online
    Want to find out a good scenic road for your next trip? This site grades routes according to cultural, historic, natural, and recreational qualities.
  • Directory of State Highway and Transportation Departments
    Provides access to Web sites of highway departments , with up-to-date reports on road and weather conditions.
  • Road Trip USA
    “Follow route numbers or names to access driving tours along more than 30,000 miles of classic blacktop. Lively mile-by-mile descriptions celebrate kitsch oddities, local history, and apple-pie diners distributed over 10 yards of clickable image maps.” Neat!
  • Mexico Online
    “The complete and independent resource center dedicated to Mexico, including Baja California, business, culture, history, NAFTA, real estate, and travel.”
  • Traffic Data: The World’s Busiest Airports
    Rankings of over 700 of the world’s airports by passengers, cargo, takeoffs and landings.
  • Travelocity
  • World Mountain Encyclopedia
    Index of ranges and peaks, plus climbing logs and photos.

Weather

  • Weather Channel
  • UM Weather
    World weather conditions and forecasts, plus daily historic weather records (but only as far back as 6 years). Also links to about 400 weather sites in North Amerca and weather cams that give live pictures of current weather in about 800 locations.