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Abbreviations & Acronyms
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
Biography in Context
Encyclopedia of World Biography
Biographical Memoirs of National Academy of Sciences
Nobel Prize Winners
Chicago Tribune Books
New York Review of Books
New York Times Book Reviews
Calculators and Converters
Martindale’s Calculators On-Line Center
10,000 Year Calendar
National Automobile Dealers Association
Kelley Blue Book
Computer/Technology Information and Tips
American Heritage Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus
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.
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!
Media on Demand/Libby – Read popular magazines online or download them to a tablet. Current and back issues available.
MasterFILE Premier – General magazine articles. You will need a library card number if outside the library.
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
Reading Advice and Literary Criticism
NoveList Plus (EBSCO) – You will need your library card number if outside the library.
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 & Adults Links to useful recycling information
Senior Web Resources
Administration on Aging
Aging Care Connections
Benefits Check Up
Family Caregiver Alliance
Interfaith Community Partners
Meals on Wheels
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
APA Style Guide
Citation Style for Research Papers
MLA Style Guide
Turabian Citation Guide
Area Code Locator