Thomas Ford Librarians have selected these online reference sources to help you answer your reference questions.
Abbreviations & Acronyms
Atlases, Maps, and Gazetteers
Calculators and Converters
Computer/Technology Information and Tips
About.com – Over 500 experts give advice on wide-ranging topics on this popular website.
Answers.com – Search a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, and other tools from a single box.
Bartleby.com – A collection of online reference books.
Illinois Clicks – Research links vetted by over 100 Illinois librarians.
Internet Public Library – Many useful links for students and researchers.
MeL Reference Desk – Links to hundreds of free reference sources.
Reference.com – Links to almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, directories, and other tools.
Health and Medical Resources
Choose My Plate – Nutrition and health advice.
Dietary Supplements Labels Database – Data from the National Library of Medicine.
Healthfinder.gov – Easy to use website with basic health information.
Human Body Maps
Mayo Clinic – Information on a variety of diseases and conditions, medical tests and drugs.
MedlinePlus – Health infomation from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to
Careerbuilder – Search for jobs by keyword, category and/or location.
Monster.com – Browse or search for jobs, post your resume, and save your searches.
Indeed.com – Searches listings from job websites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.
Linkedin – Network and make important connections, research companies or search for jobs.
USA Jobs – The federal government’s official job list.
Craigslist: Jobs – Job listings for the Chicago area from Craigslist.com
Village of Western Springs – Look for local jobs right here in town!
MasterFILE Premier – General magazine
Reading Advice and Literary Criticism
EPA.org: List of resources for recycling electronics
Earth911.com: Find nearby recycling centers
Dell Reconnect: Computer recycling program in conjunction with Goodwill
: Go Green at Home! For Kids & AdultsLinks to useful
Senior Web Resources
Statistics & Demographics
2010 U.S. Census
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Census Bureau: Economic Indicators
Compare 50: State Economic Comparisons
Pew Social and Demographic Trends
State of the World Population
Statistical Abstract of the United States
STATS: We Check the Numbers Behind the News
World Bank Open Knowledge Repository