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This guide to selected Web resources is provided to help answer general reference questions. It is not inclusive of the enormous amount of information available on the Web.

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Acronyms & Abbreviations Almanacs Associations Awards
Biographical Sources Book Reviews Calculators Calendars
Car Rentals Careers Citing Sources Colleges & Universities
Constitutions Consumer Information Dictionaries Directories
Edwardsville Elections & Voting Encyclopedias Forms of Address
Government & Politics Grammar Internet Search Tools Journals
Legal Maps News Postal Service
Reference Sites St. Louis Metro Area SIUE Tax Forms
Travel Weather SEE ALSO

Acronyms and Abbreviations

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  • Associations on the Net (AON) Includes listings of professional and trade associations, cultural and art organizations, political parties and advocacy groups, labor unions, academic societies, and research institutions.

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  • Academy Awards The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences database is searchable by keyword, year, or general category, from1927 to the present.

  • Emmy Awards The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences provides winner and nominee information, and is searchable by category, nominee, program, network and year.

  • Grammy Awards Listing of current and past of Grammy Award winners.

  • Nobel Prize The Nobel Foundation's site provides a lists of all award winners and winners in each category.

  • Pulitzer Prizes This database includes an archived and searchable listing of all prize winners since 1917.

  • Tony Awards The League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing provides history, information on nominees and award winners from 1947 to present and includes archives.

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Biographical Sources

  • Lives  Contains links to thousands of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives, and oral histories.

  • Biography: A Biographical Dictionary Includes biographies of 25,000 past and present personalities.

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Book Reviews

  • The New York Times on the Web Provides a searchable database of most of the book reviews that have appeared in the New York Times since 1996.

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  • Bank Rate Monitor Gives consumer rates on a variety of loans, credit cards, checking and savings accounts, and other online fees.

  • Inflation Calculator Adjusts any given amount of money for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index, dating from 1800 to 2000.

  • Online Conversion Lists over 8,000 conversions organized by type such as pints to ounces, Fahrenheit to Celsius, and hours to seconds.

  • What is a dollar worth? Allows users to access information for any year dating from 1913 to present. The calculator works forward and backward in time and provides an annual table of the CPI-All.

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Car Rentals

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  • Employment Resources and Career development Provides links to employment and career resources by vocation, locations and more.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook Career guide of occupations that include job descriptions, working conditions, training and educational expectations, earnings, and expected job prospects. This source also includes DOT numbers.

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Citing Sources (Style Manuals)

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Colleges and Universities

  • American Universities Provides an alphabetical listing of American and international college and universities catalogs and rankings. Also includes links to individual college pages.

  • CollegeSource Online Provides general information of over 19,000 colleges that can be searched alphabetical or geographically. Some colleges include the full text of their catalog.

  • World Universities Contains links to web sites for universities throughout the world.

  • Study Guide Zone Contains preparation and informational material on a variety of standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, etc.).
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Elections and Voting

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Forms of Address

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Government and Politics

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Internet Search Tools

  • FindSpot A collection of search tools on the Internet combined with the help and tips for using them.

  • Google A searchable engine providing relatively comprehensive coverage of the Internet with more than two billion sites indexed.

  • Librarians' Index to the Internet A searchable and annotated subject directory of more than 7,500 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians.

  • Library Spot Provides a mechanism for overview of the Web in order to bring the best library and reference sites together in one location.

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  • FindLaw A comprehensive resource to assist in locating legal information on the Internet.

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Postal Service

  • U. S. Postal Service Includes postage rate and fees, track and confirm delivery, and locate zip codes.

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Reference Sites

  • Argus Clearinghouse Contains a selective collection of subject oriented Internet guides.

  • Bartleby Includes listings for numerous scholarly reference books online.

  • Infomine Developed by librarians and contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

  • Internet Public Library Provides electronic access to standard and general reference tools.

  • Martindale's Reference Desk Contains a collection of links to reference resources including language centers, calculators, maps, science, and more.

  • U.S. Copyright Office Office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyright material. This site includes general information, publications and legislation.

  • Virtual Reference Desk Provides links to reference sources compiled by the Purdue University Libraries.

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St. Louis Metropolitan Area

  • Forest Park Includes detailed maps for the Park, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, the Muny, the Jewel Box, and the St. Louis Science Center.

  • Fox Theater Provides a virtual tour of the theater, coming events, and enables users to peruse the seating chart.

  • The Jewel Box This site is an Art Deco floral conservatory that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • MetroTix Allows users to order tickets online for many cultural events or get locations information where tickets can be purchased.

  • Missouri Botanical Garden Includes a calendar of events, gardening help, and more.

  • The Muny Contains information on the outdoor amphitheatre that produces and presents Broadway musicals such as grand operas, concerts, operettas and ballet troupes.

  • St. Louis Art Museum Provides information on this leading art museum with over 100 galleries. Site information includes museum hours, tours, directions, teacher resources, exhibitions and more.

  • St. Louis Blues (Hockey) History, statistics, calendar, tickets, and more.

  • St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball) Provides player information, schedules, ticket prices, and more.

  • St. Louis Fine Restaurants Includes information on fine dining in St. Louis (by geographical locations) and Southwestern Illinois including Fairview Heights, Illinois.

  • St. Louis Restaurants Provides a guide to various metropolitan restaurants and is categorized by cuisine.

  • St. Louis Rams (Football) Includes pre-season and regular season schedules and news.

  • St. Louis Science Center Provides information such as hours, admission, parking, directions and maps, teacher resources, special exhibitions, reservations, discovery room, planetarium, show times and ticket prices.

  • St. Louis Symphony Includes a concert calendar, ticket prices, and more.

  • St. Louis Zoo Provides information including a map, a virtual tour, links for planning visits, fun for kids, conservation and research news and details on coming events.

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  • Airlines Contains links to all airlines, with information on fares, tickets, travel and destinations.

  • Amtrak Provides schedules, rates, and ticket information.

  • Bi-State Development Agency Allows users to locate general information on schedules including buses and MetroLink.

  • Computraffic Provides a bulletin of continuous traffic conditions in the metropolitan area, construction and special events.

  • Fodor's Travel Guide Includes travel and recreational information, hotels accommodations, and other pertinent resources.

  • Greyhound Provides information on fares and schedules.

  • Internet Travel Network Provides a public reservation system, Internet access to air, car, and hotel information and reservations.

  • Madison County Transit Provides detailed bus routes including those to SIUE campus.

  • Travelocity Includes listings of travel resources on the net, including information about packages, destinations, prices, and more.

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  • National Weather Service The regional headquarters for weather information in Southern Illinois. Also, allows users to obtain hourly weather and road conditions.

  • The Weather Channel Provides detailed forecast and weather information.

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