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Phone Book & Directory Assistance


1-800 Toll-Free Directory on the Internet

The AmeriCom Long Distance Area Decoder

AnyWho: Internet Directory Assistance (from AT&T) Toll-Free Numbers, Maps, Directions, White & Yellow Pages, Reverse Directory

Canada 411 - On-line telephone directory for Canada.

Canada Yellow Pages

AT&T Local Call Lookup Find out which telephone prefix combinations are within your local calling area.

Switchboard: The People and Business Directory


Atlases & Maps


Atlas, New National New atlas from the government can show population density, transportation, wildlife habitation etc. Maps may be downloaded and printed.

Atlas, World Find maps of continents & countries. Customize to show land forms & cities. Maps may be printed.

(gazetteer) Hometown Locator One resource provides maps, population, Census 2000 info and more for U.S. locations.

How Far Is It? - Using data from the U.S. Census, find the longitude and latitude of two places and then calculate the distance between them.

U.S. Gazetteer (Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau)

Map Quest U.S., Canadian and World maps with driving directions.


Zip Codes

Canadian Postal Code Lookup

ZIP Code Lookup and Address Information


Dictionaries, Almanac & Thesaurus


Dictionaries, OneLook - Site offers access to over 460 dictionaries, general and specialized - including a dictionary of homophones.

Dictionaries - - Access more than 1,800 dictionaries in more than 250 languages. Selected as Reference Site of the year, 2000.

Information Please Almanacs Three almanacs (general, entertainment and sports) plus biographies, dictionary and an on-line encyclopedia.

Thesaurus on-line


Consumer Information


Complaints - Who to call in the state government for consumer complaints.

Consumer Price Indexes

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guides (new & used)

Foreclosure Help -  for those in Wayne County

Kelly Blue Book Site gives new and used car values as well as Blue Book values on motorcycles, dirt bikes, scotters, mopeds, personal watercraft and snowmobiles.

Lawyer Locator From Martindale-Hubbell


Calculators & Conversion Tables

Currency Converter by OANDA, Inc.

Math Calculators and Formulas

Measurements Converter

Measurements from Online Conversion Convert just about anything to anything else

Mortgage Calculator from

Savings Bonds Value Calculator


Foreign Language Translators

Foreign Language Translator Translates Spanish, French and German into English as well as English into six foreign languages.

(Foreign Language) Babel Fish Translator Yahoo's Babel Fish will help with foreign language text, web pages & e-mail.

Government Information


Census, U.S. Economic - for 2012 - Profiles the US economy, from the national to the local level. These are done every 5 years.

Census Tract Street Locator Look up street addresses by state or county or a specific address within a ZIP code.

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments (last updated 10/2007)

County and City Data Book (2007 edition)

FedStats - One stop shopping for Federal Statistics from more than 70 Government agencies

FirstGov - Official website for searching the U.S. Government

Government Printing Office - Links to information on many U.S. Government departments and agencies.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service - good for statistics on crime and punishment

Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2011

U.S. Census Bureau

World Factbook


Library Related

Dewey Decimal System, a guide to

Librarians' Index to the Internet More than 7,000 resources indexed on the Web in directory format.



Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

Citing Electronic References Format by the American Psychological Association.

Citing Sources - MLA Style from Purdue University

Literary Criticism Collection Online Browse by author's last name or Literary period or nationality - from the Internet Public Library.

NovelGuide Study guides for novels frequently assigned in school.

Poetry - A First-Line Index of Poems in Representative Poetry On-Line

Spark Notes - On-line Study Guides for literary works (similar to Cliff's Notes)


People and Names


Biography.Com Short biographies on 25,000 notable people

Dead People Server

Names - Behind the Name The meaning and history of first names.


Other Reference Sites


History - This Day in History - The History Channel shows events that happened on any day of the year you select.

How Stuff Works - This site offers clear explanations about the operation of a wide range of things such as car engines, television, radar and many more everyday things.

INTA Trademark Checklist from the International Trademark Association Listings for nearly 3,000 registered trademarks and service marks. Compare nations graphically using many different kinds of statistics.

(NAICS) North American Industry Classification System This system will be replacing the SIC system.

Perpetual Calendar

RefDesk.Com - "Facts and Reference: best source for facts on the net."

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes

TIP, a service of Detroit Public Library Community Information & Referral Service.

Traffic.Com - Find live traffic reports for major US Cities.

US States and Capitals Pages

Vital Records Information - United States
Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce records information for U.S. states and territories.

Weather Data, Historical for 2000 cities worldwide

Word - Search for a word in a dictionary, encyclopedia, an e-book, on the bed, or in a thesauras, all from one site.