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Subject-specific online resources, recommended websites and more. Last Updated: May 31, 2024 9:40 AM

General Reference

A selection of websites containing the following types of reference information and tools:

You may also be interested in Online Resources for General Reference provided by the Library.

Additional research resources provided by Fairfax County Public Library

Dictionaries and Thesauruses

You may also like Oxford English Dictionary Online.

Foundations and Grants

International Information

You may also like Exchange Rates, Maps, Newspapers, Statistics, Telephone Directories, Job Search Sites and Study Abroad (under the Choosing a College tab). For additional information, see the "Nation and World" publications in Gale eBooks database.

  • Holidays Worldwide
    Lists holidays and observances around the world.
  • International Travel
    Worldwide travel information and advisories from the U.S. Department of State.
    The official list of websites of U.S. embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions. From the U.S. Department of State.
  • World Clock
    Find out the current local time in countries and cities around the world.
  • World Factbook
    Detailed country profiles or one-page summaries, country comparisons, travel facts, regional and world maps, flags of the world and more. Provided by the CIA.


Newspapers, Magazines and Journals

You may also like to see current and historical issues of selected newspapers, magazines and journals in the library's Online Resources collection (check the library's Journal Locator to see if we provide online access to a specific title); find digital magazines on Overdrive Magazines; or find information about specific publications in Serials Directory database.

  • Chronicling America — Historic American Newspapers
    Search digitized copies of American newspapers from 1789-1963, or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published from 1690 to the present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
  • Directories


See may also like Economic Data and Virginia Statistics & Demographics.

  • NationMaster
    Use statistics compiled from various sources to compare countries or view international statistics on a variety of subjects.
  • Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web
    List of United States and international statistics sources. Compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • U.S. Data and Statistics
    Links to sources of demographics and statistics from federal and state government sources. Provided by

Style Guides and Resources for Writers

  • The Writing Center — Tips & Tools
    Information and videos to help write everything from book reviews and papers to business letters and resumes. Includes tips on the writing process and writing style, and provides citation tutorials and a Citation Builder to format citations using MLA, APA, CSE and Chicago styles. Provided by the Writing Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Telephone and Address Directories

You may also like AtoZdatabases, for residential and business directory information, or the Virginia Room's collection of historical city directories and telephone books.

  • International Calling Codes
    Select the country you are calling from and to, and any calling codes you need will display.
  • People and Business Finders
    • Infobel International Telephone Directories
      Search telephone directories for nearly 200 countries. Available in multiple languages.
    • Verizon Phone Books — Print Editions in Digital Format
      Digital images of Verizon business and residential (yellow & white) page listings for Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC and other states. For local directories, select Virginia to choose from the Northern Virginia East, West or South editions; or select a specific county region. Provided by
  • Zip Code Lookup
    Input an address to find a ZIP+4 Code, search for a ZIP Code using city and state, or find a location by its ZIP Code. Provided by the United States Postal Service.

Online Resources for General Reference

Fairfax County Public Library offers online resources for education and enjoyment. The resources below require a library card for use outside the library:

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