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General Reference Sites

Web resourceAcronymFinder

Billed as "the Web's most comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms," this database includes more than 250,000 entries.

Web resourcedMarie Time Capsule

This database of "Time Capsules" includes headlines, famous birthdays, top songs, TV shows, top books, and top toys. Coverage includes any date in history from 1800 to 2001.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardGale Directory Library

Gale Directory Library provides access to the full content of 15 reference directories. Find information on business and media entities including consultants, distributors, tradeshows, brands, market share, and more.

Web resourceGuinness World Records

Browse the online version of the famous Guinness Book of World Records to find the biggest, fastest, largest, and more.

Web resourceRobert's Rules of Order

The complete text of the classic guide to parliamentary procedure.

Web resourceSYMBOLS

This online encyclopedia of graphic symbols provides the history, use, and meaning of various symbols and signs.

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Calculate different types of conversions with this easy-to-use unit converter that provides multiple conversions with one click. A "significant figures" switch is available for increased accuracy.

Web resourceConvertIt!

This collection of conversion tables will help you "convert just about anything to anything": volume, area, energy, length, mass, pressure, temperature, velocity, and more.


This site provides conversions for over five thousand different units in twenty-nine different categories.

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Web resourceOANDA Currency Converter

View any exchange rate among 164 currencies for any day from 1990 through today.

Web resourceThe Universal Currency Converter

Use this website to perform currency conversions for hundreds of different currencies.

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Web resourcetime and

This site allows easy searching of time zones around the world.

Web resourceTime Zone Converter

Use this website to check the time and calculate time differences for hundreds of locations around the world.

Web resourceWorld Time Server

Use this website to find the exact time for cities and countries around the globe. 

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Dates and Holidays

Web resourceCalendars through the Ages

This website describes the various calendars currently in use throughout the world and calendars that are no longer used. The site also provides answers to questions about leap years, daylight savings time, names of days of the week, and much more.

Web resourceDaily Almanac from

Use this website to find key events that occurred on particular dates in history including birthdates of significant people.

Web resourceEarth Calendar

A daybook that lists holidays and celebrations around the world by date, religion, and region.

Web resourceThis Day in History from

This site provides information about major historical events that occurred on specific dates. Subject areas include entertainment, crime, literature, technology, and more.

Web resourceThose Were The Days: Today in History

For given dates, this website lists significant events, birthdates, and chart-topping music.

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Dictionaries, Grammar, and Usage


Web resourceThe American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language from

The online version of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language includes illustrations, pronunciation guides, and etymology information.

Web resourceOneAcross

A crossword puzzle dictionary that allows you to search by meaning, word size, and individual letters within a word.

Web resourceOneLook® Dictionary Search

Search more than eight hundred regular and specialized online dictionaries with this dictionary search tool. More than four million words are indexed in the OneLook® search engine.

Web resourceOxford English Dictionary

The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary, which covers the language from the earliest times to present day, explains the current meanings of words and their development through time.


This website includes foreign language dictionaries for hundreds of languages; specialized dictionaries for science, industry, and slang; and various thesauri, acronym, and rhyming dictionaries.

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Foreign Language Dictionaries

Web resourceiLoveLanguages

This catalog of language-related resources includes online language dictionaries.


A searchable directory that "links to over 3500 bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet."

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Grammar and Style Guides

Web resourceThe American Heritage® Book of English Usage

With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups, and scientific forms, this reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians, and anybody concerned about proper writing style.

Web resourceCitation Style for Research Papers

This website includes color-coded examples of various citation styles (APA, Turabian, MLA, Chicago, and AMA) and a guide to citing Internet sources.

Web resourceEduFind: The Online English Grammar

Find free English grammar resources in this searchable Skokie Public Library's guide to this database.

Web resourceHow to Cite Electronic Sources from the Library of Congress

A citation guide to online resources such as films, law, maps, recorded sound, photographs and drawings, special presentations, and texts.

Web resourceLandmarks Citation Machine

This site will help you properly cite your sources using either MLA or APA format.

Web resourceONLINE! Citation Styles

A guide for citing online sources covering using the styles of MLA, APA, Chicago, CBE, and more. 

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Based on Roget's Interactive Thesaurus, this thesaurus provides a brief definition, synonyms, antonyms (where appropriate), and more. 

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Encyclopedias and Almanacs

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardBritannica Online

Retrieve content from Encyclopædia Britannica and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia as well as media, websites, and videos. Magazine articles are also available.


Part of the Family Education Network, this online version of Information Please almanac features a hodgepodge of interesting and valuable statistics and information.

Web resourceWikipedia

Wikipedia is a multilingual project to create a complete and accurate free content encyclopedia.  Entries are written collaboratively by the readers.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardWorld Book Online

The online version of the popular encyclopedia is good for students but also valuable as a general guide to all fields of learning. The articles provide cross-references and links to maps, charts, audio and visual clips, animations, Bubble Views (360-degree virtual tours), websites, magazine and newspaper articles, and other World Book articles and sections of articles related to the article topic.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

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Web resourceBabel Fish from Alta Vista

Type in text to translate words, phrases, and websites from one major European language to another.

Web resourceiLoveLanguages

This catalog of language-related resources includes online language dictionaries.


A searchable directory that "links to over 3500 bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet."

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMango Languages

Mango Languages provides access to a great variety of guided language learning programs, including foreign language and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Users can register to track their progress on the Mango site or simply select the “Start Learning” option to begin without registering. Use Mango to pick up a few phrases, or learn the basics of conversation in languages from Arabic to Vietnamese.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardRosetta Stone Library Solution

Rosetta Stone is a language learning resource that provides lessons in thirty languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese.
Please note: Only Level 1 lessons are available and a microphone is required.

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Libraries and Book Catalogs

Web resourceChicago Public Library

Browse the Chicago Public Library catalog or learn about Chicago at this website.

Web resourceEvanston Public Library Catalog

Search by keyword, author, title, or subject to find materials available at the Evanston Public Library.

Web resourceI-Share

Use the I-Share catalog to search university libraries throughout Illinois.

Web resourcelib-web-cats

Search this directory to visit over 4,700 library web pages from throughout the world.

Web resourceLibrary of Congress

This great collection of material includes downloadable sheet music and photographic exhibits.

Web resourceMorton Grove Public Library Online Catalog

Use this website to search the Morton Grove Public Library online catalog  and to find information about new and best-selling books.

Web resourceThe Newberry Library

Located in downtown Chicago, the Newberry Library is one of the leading humanities research libraries in the country. Resources include a large collection on local history and an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts.

Web resourceNUcatWeb: Northwestern University Libraries

Use this website to search the libraries of Northwestern University including the Galter Health Sciences, Pritzker Legal Research Center, and United Libraries; or link to special databases and other libraries in the Chicago area.

Web resourceSkokie Public Library Catalog

Search the complete holdings of Skokie Public Library including information on availability of books, magazines, videos, CDs, cassettes, CD-ROMs, and other items in the library's collection.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardStatewide Illinois Library Catalog

Illinois' first all inclusive statewide union catalog of library holdings, allowing users to scope to regional groups within Illinois such as "Chicago North Suburbs" or "Chicago and Suburbs," as well as by type of library.  Users are able to link directly to most of the individual library catalogs directly from the SILC interface, allowing them to check whether the item is actually available.


This electronic catalog contains more than 35 million books, sound recordings, videotapes, computer software titles, musical scores, and magazines owned by local libraries and libraries around the country and the world.

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Web resourceQuotations from

Search the collections of the classic quotation references: Familiar Quotations, The Columbia World of Quotations, and Simpson's Contemporary Quotations.

Web resourceQuotations and Proverbs Search

This page identifies and provides links to sites comprising sources of quotations and related items such as proverbs, sayings, maxims, aphorisms, slogans, clichés.


A collection of thousands of quotations arranged by author and subject, this website also features a forum for asking questions about difficult quotations.


This website includes a database of close to 14,000 quotations, a Quote of the Day, a discussion forum, and the text of original documents from which many quotations originate.

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Web resourceBureau of Justice Statistics

From the United States Department of Justice, this online source for crime statistics includes information about law enforcement, the courts, and a link to the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics.

Web resourceBureau of Labor Statistics

From the United States Department of Labor, this well-designed site offers key labor and employment statistics including the latest unemployment rate, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the Product Price Index (PPI), industry and wage data, and much more. Site visitors can create detailed tables of specific local data.

Web resourceChicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. The Data section of the website links to a variety of statistical resources in demographic, land use, and transportation categories. Also find a link to MetroPulse, a site created by CMAP which includes tables, charts, and maps on over 100 different regional indicators.

Web resourceFedStats

Use this site to find statistics from more than one hundred United States federal agencies. Information is searchable by agency, topic, or geography.

Web resourceOFFSTATS

Click on the name of a country and OFFSTATS will link to websites that offer free and easily accessible social, economic, and general data from official sources including those that provide both current data and time series. 

Web resourceUnited States Census Bureau

Find population statistics for areas around the country and links to the latest economic census information on this official website from the United States Department of Commerce.

Web resourceWorldmapper

Worldmapper is a collection of world maps where territories are resized on each map according to the subject of interest. There are now nearly 700 maps in all representing the size of countries statistically according to data in topic areas including income, health, education, and religion.

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Telephone Directories

Area Code and Prefix Searches

Web resourceAmeriCom Area Decoder

Use this directory to look up city, state, or country area codes.

Web resourceFoneFinder

Find the geographic location of any United States, Canadian, or international telephone number with this search engine.

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General Directories

Web resourceAnyWho

From AT&T, this online telephone directory allows you to search for toll-free, fax, international, and reverse-lookup numbers.

Web resourceInternet 800 Directory

Search by product, service, company name, or toll-free number at this site.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardReferenceUSA

This residential and business directory with listings from around the country allows searching by name, geographical area (including zip code, area code, and address), and by telephone number.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Web resourceReverse Lookup

Part of the InfoSpace Yellow Pages, use this search tool to find the name associated with residential and business phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses in the United States.


Search by surname or profession to quickly find residential and business names, phone numbers, and street addresses.

Web resourceThe Ultimate White Pages

Use this website to search multiple telephone directories simultaneously. Other resources include reverse searches and map searches.


Search for individuals and businesses at this site. Additional resources include area code, email, zip code, and reverse search.

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World Directories


Infobel provides white and yellow page information (when available) for countries around the world.

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Yellow Pages


Search "your online Yellow Pages" to find city or state business listings in various categories.


Search Yellow Page listings from across the country on this website. Other resources include a detailed search section that allows company searching by criteria such as zip code, area code, address, and more.

Web resourceYahoo! Yellow Pages

This Yellow Page directory is organized by category. Select a category and then search for business listings by address, city, state, or zip code.

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Virtual Libraries

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardGale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of more than two hundred full text reference sources for research. Areas covered include Arts, Biography, Business, History, Literature, Medicine, and more. At one time, these reference materials were accessible only in print form from within the Library, but are now available online.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Web resourceInternet Public Library (IPL)

This annotated directory of online reference resources has been developed by Internet Public Library staff to help answer specific questions quickly and efficiently. Sources are selected according to ease of use, quality and quantity of information, frequency of updating, and authoritativeness.


This excellent directory to general information on the Internet is arranged in an easy-to-read fashion.

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Zip Codes

Web resourceFrank's Compulsive Guide to Postal Addresses

This guide to world postal systems provides help in sorting out confusing postal rules, codes, and abbreviations.

Web resourceZip Code Lookup from the United States Postal Service

A zip code search engine that finds zip codes by address and lists cities by zip code or zip codes by city.

Web resourceZip Codes & Postal Codes of the World

A link to sites that provide information on international postal codes and addressing internationally bound letters and packages.

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