Quick Reference

Almanacs

  • Infoplease - This site includes contents of the Information Please Almanacs, a biography database, a dictionary, an atlas and articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia. You can search these ready reference works together or separately or browse the almanacs. There are feature stories each week covering topics in the news, with links to pertinent almanac content and other web resources.
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  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac - Fun and practical information for everyday life including moon calendars, planting charts, recipes, weather predictions and more.
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Calendars

  • Time and Date - Collection of clocks, calendars (including holidays and observances), countdowns, time zone information and related tools for different regions of the world.
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  • Time Capsule - Enables users to create printable time capsules for any date from 1800 to 2002, although data for the years 1800 to 1875 is probably spotty.
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Citation Tools

  • Citation Machine - Click the citation format you need and then the type of resource you wish to cite, complete the web form that appears with information from your source, and click Make Citations to generate standard bibliographic and in-text citations in MLA or PLA format.
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Conversion Tables / Calculators

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  • Convert It - Numeric formats, temperatures, time zones, measures and weights.
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  • Online Conversion - Online Conversion is a resource for weights, measures, calculators, converters.
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  • Currency Calculator - Currency exchange rates calculator. Convert any amount from one currency to another.
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Dictionaries

  • Bartelby.com - American Heritage Dictionary of the English language.
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  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary - The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary is based on the print version of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.
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Quotations

  • Bartleby - This site has a combined database of many respected reference works and several anthologies and individual works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. In addition to out-of-copyright editions of classic works such as Bartlett’s, Bulfinch, and the Cambridge History of English and American Literature the collection also includes recent editions of the Columbia Encyclopedia, The World Factbook, Roget’s II: the New Thesaurus, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language and much more.
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  • Quotations Page - Includes a quotation search engine, a database of book reviews with their own search engine and a forum for discussion of quotation-related topics as well as a quotes by subject section and a biographies section.
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Statistics

  • A - Z the USA - State, county, and city information along with maps, flags, photos, and facts. This is a library resource. A valid Newington Library card number is required for access.
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  • U.S. Census Bureau - Public resources from the U.S. Census Bureau including population, economic, industry and geography studies.
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Subject Guides

  • Answers.com - The answer engine, with quick dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, biographies, tech terms, news, sports, weather and much more.
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  • The Internet Public Library - Features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers and magazines; and the Ask A Question.
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  • Reference Desk.com - Refdesk is a free and family friendly website that indexes and reviews quality, credible and current web-based reference resources.
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Thesauri

  • Roget’s Thesaurus - Containing 35,000 synonyms and over 250,000 cross-references in an easy-to-use format, this thesaurus features succinct word definitions and a hyperlinked category index.
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  • Thesaurus.com - Thesaurus.com is produced by Dictionary.com, LLC, a provider of language reference products and services on the Internet. The Roget’s Thesaurus II is the thesaurus used.
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  • Babel Fish Translation - Machine translation of English from and into several European languages, plus Chinese and Japanese. You can enter text or a website address to be translated.
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Zip Codes

  • Zip Plus 4 Lookup - Search for zip codes by address, city, company and find all cities in a zip code.
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