Looking for some of the best of the web? Explore these sites hand-picked by library information experts.
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- CIA: The World Factbook
The U.S. government's complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags of all nations. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data.
- Fact Check
"a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases." A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
- Farmers Almanac
- Guinness World Records
Providing information on record holders for a variety of feats and accomplishments
An A to Z keyword index of general, entertainment, and sports almanacs.
- A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples
Definitions and examples of forty-five traditional rhetorical devices provided by the University of Kentucky Division of Classics.
- Acronym Finder
Searchable database containing thousands of acronyms and abbreviations
- Collins Dictionaries
The site is built upon ten dictionaries and two thesauri: a dictionary plus thesaurus for American English, and another for British/worldwide English, along with dictionary pairs for working between English and each of four other languages--French-to-English, English-to-French, and the same for German, Italian, and Spanish.
- Language Dictionaries and Translators
- Lycos RhymeZone
Locate rhymes, synonyms, definitions, and more.
- Merriam-Webster Online
Includes online version of the 10th edition (1994) collegiate dictionary and thesaurus.
- OneLook Dictionary Search
Use this site as a search engine for "more than 5 million words in more than 900 online dictionaries." You can define words, translate words, and find words by typing a pattern consisting of letters and the wildcards * and ? to retrieve a list of words matching your pattern. The asterisk (*) matches any number of letters or symbols. The question mark (?) matches exactly one letter or symbol.
- Roget's Thesaurus
Searchable 1911 edition hosted by the University of Chicago
- The Free Dictionary
- WriteExpress Online Rhyming Dictionary
Find rhyming words with five types of rhymes: beginning, ending, first syllable, last syllable, and double.
Reference sources including dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations and verse.
- Encyclopedia Mythica
An encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and legend.
Provides more than 17,000 short articles from the Concise Columbia Electronic Encylopedia, 3rd Edition.
- How Stuff Works
Series of articles that explore the workings of electronics, computers, autos, finances, health, and scientific and social phenomena. Be advised: site contains numerous ads and pop-ups.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Off-campus use restricted to RCC community
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language of foreign-language terms. Some links are to directories from
which you can connect to resources from a wide variety of external
Searchable versions of several quotation dictionaries, as well as other reference and literature resources.
- The Quotations Page
Features quotes collected by author and subject, discussion forums, quotes of the day, and random quotes.