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Encyclopedias and Handbooks | Dictionaries and Thesauruses | Atlases

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

MedlinePlus - Trusted Health Information for YouWill open new browser window or tab
Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information. A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Britannica Online EncyclopediaWill open new browser window or tab
Contains articles, images, illustrations, maps, charts and tables.

Occupational Outlook HandbookWill open new browser window or tab
Contains training, education, earnings, expected job prospects and working conditions on hundreds of different types of jobs.

ProCon.orgWill open new browser window or tab
Presents research on controversial topics in a non-partisan manner, includes a pro-con section with access to resources used in arguments.

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Dictionaries and Thesauruses

Merriam-Webster OnlineWill open new browser window or tab
An excellent Web dictionary and thesaurus free to anyone. Based on Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.

Internet Public Library's Dictionaries PageWill open new browser window or tab
This page has links to many types of dictionaries, including slang, rhyming, American Sign Language (ASL), etc.

Your Dictionary.comWill open new browser window or tab

ARTFL ProjectWill open new browser window or tab
French to English; English to French Dictionary.

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Atlases

MapquestWill open new browser window or tab
Allows users to input data, from general to specific, and see a map or written directions. Information on U.S. seems to be most thorough. Entertaining and well-designed although it is complex to use some aspects.

National Geographic Map MachineWill open new browser window or tab
Maps from the National Geographic web site. You can select country names from an alphabetical list by going to "Map Machine Atlas" and then to Index. Or there are "Political' or "Physical" maps of continents. "Map Resources" lists links to additional map resources on the web.

U.S. Census Bureau Maps and GazetteerWill open new browser window or tab
Official government maps and census information for U.S. A little tricky to use at first, but a lot of information is there. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all your options.

Yahoo's list of map linksWill open new browser window or tab
This is a list of Web links for Yahoo, which is also a search engine that lets you enter specific places, names, or topics and search several million web pages or limit the search to just the links being displayed. Be sure to scroll down the first page to see the list of links.

U.S. Geological Survey National Mapping InformationWill open new browser window or tab
Covers how to use maps and descriptions of different kinds of maps. Links to Geographic Names Information System, which searches for specific place names.

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