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Additional Information Resources

The following tools provide free information on a variety of topics:

  • AnyWho Online Directory (AT&T)
    Locate telephone numbers and addresses for both businesses and people. Other notable features include maps, reverse lookups (enter the phone number and it will return the owner's name and address), a toll-free directory, and links to international directories.
  • Calculators & Converters
    Calculate the distance between two cities, perform metric conversions, calculate inflation, and more.
  • CIA World Factbook
    Unclassified since 1971, the Central Intelligence Agency's annual World Factbook provides a reliable resource for information on independent states, dependencies, areas of special sovereignty, uninhabitable regions, and oceans.
  • Information Please Almanac
    The online version contains all of the facts from the printed almanac, plus a dictionary and encyclopedia.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) 
    The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers over 200 free resources about writing, research, grammar, English as a Second Language, and professional writing.

               Note: The American Library Association (ALA) has a list of the  best free reference web sites.


Many other libraries and institutions have created lists of free databases.


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