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Subject-specific online resources, recommended websites and more.

General Reference

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

You may also be interested in the 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

Online Resource

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.


  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
    The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania. Over 105,000 of the the more than 150,000 maps in the collection have been digitized to date.
  • Library of Congress — Maps
    The digitized map collection of the Library of Congress.
  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
    This University of Texas website makes accessible thousands of modern and historical maps from their collections. Genealogists will appreciate the many city maps (search the links located under Historical).

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, 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, International Information and Virginia Statistics & Demographics.

  • NationMaster
    Use statistics compiled from various sources 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.

  • International Calling Codes
    Select the country you are calling from and to, and any calling codes you need will display.
  • People and Business Finders
  • Zip Code Lookup
    Input an address and the proper ZIP+4 Code is returned, 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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