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
Encyclopedia Britannica (Away from Library)
Encyclopedia Britannica (Inside Library)
Gale Virtual Reference -
Search many specialized encyclopedias simultaneously to find authoritative articles for many topics. Use your library card to log in from home.
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 articles on 750 diseases, conditions, and wellness, there are medical dictionaries, drug profiles, and health alerts.
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 articles. You will need a library card number if outside the library.
Reading Advice and Literary Criticism
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