Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Thomas Ford Librarians have selected these online reference sources to help you answer your reference questions.

Abbreviations & Acronyms

Abbreviations.com
Acronym Finder

Almanacs

Information Please Almanac
The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Atlases, Maps, and Gazetteers

Getty Thesaurus of Geographical Names
Old Maps Online
Perry-Castaneda Library of Map Collection
WorldAtlas.com

Biography

Biography in Context
Encyclopedia of World Biography
Biographical Memoirs of National Academy of Sciences
Nobel Prize Winners

Book Reviews

Chicago Tribune Books
Kirkus Reviews
NPR Books
New York Review of Books
New York Times Book Reviews

Calculators and Converters

Martindale’s Calculators On-Line Center
Measurements Converter

Calendars

10,000 Year Calendar
Calendar Converter

Car Prices

National Automobile Dealers Association
Kelley Blue Book
TrueCar

Charity Accountability

Charity Navigator

Computer/Technology Information and Tips

PC Magazine
CNET.com
Engadget

Dictionaries

American Heritage Dictionary
Dictionary.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Britannica (Away from Library)
Encyclopedia Britannica (Inside Library)
Encyclopedia.com
Gale Virtual Reference – Search many specialized encyclopedias simultaneously to find authoritative articles for many topics. Use your library card to log in from home.
Infoplease
Wikipedia

General

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.

Job Resources

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!

Magazine Articles

MasterFILE Premier – General magazine articles. You will need a library card number if outside the library.

Quotations

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
Quoteland
Respectfully Quoted

Reading Advice and Literary Criticism

Fantastic Fiction
NoveList Plus (EBSCO) – You will need your library card number if outside the library.

Recycling Information

EPA.org: List of resources for recycling electronics
Earth911.com: Find nearby recycling centers
Dell Reconnect: Computer recycling program in conjunction with Goodwill

Senior Web Resources

AARP
Administration on Aging
Benefits Check Up
Eldercare Locator
Family Caregiver Alliance
Meals on Wheels
Medicare
National Council on Aging
Senior & Assisted Living Map

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

Style Sheets

APA Style Guide
Citation Style for Research Papers
MLA Style Guide
Turabian Citation Guide

Telephone Directories

411.com
AnyWho
Area Code Locator
InfoBel
Toll-Free Directory