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Research

Online resources; books, eBooks and eAudiobooks; recommended websites; business, education and job-seeker resources; and more.

Almanacs

Dictionaries and Thesauruses

See also Oxford English Dictionary Online.

Foundations and Grants

See also Scholarships.

International Information

See also Exchange Rates (tab), Maps and Place Names, Newspapers, Statistics, Telephone Directories, Jobs and Study Abroad (under the Choosing a College tab). For additional information, see Europa World database and the "Nation and World" publications in Gale Virtual Reference Library database.

Maps and Place Names

  • 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).

  • International Geographic Names Database
    For international geographic place and feature names, you can find location and geographic coordinates, or link to the feature on MapQuest or Google maps. Provided by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

  • United States Geographic Names Database
    For U.S. geographic place and feature names, search by or for location, longitude, latitude, elevation and more. Provided by the U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System.

Newspapers, Magazines and Journals

See also Serials Directory database; current and historical issues of selected newspapers, magazines and journals in the library's Online Resources collection; or check the library's Journal Locator to see if we provide online access to a specific title.

  • 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

Statistics

See also Economic Data, International Information and links to Virginia Statistics & Demographics.

  • NationMaster
    Use statistics compiled from various sources to generate graphs that 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 USA.gov.

Style Guides and Resources for Writers

Telephone and Address Directories

See also 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

    • Infobel International Telephone Directories
      Search telephone directories for nearly 200 countries. Available in multiple languages.

    • Verizon Phone Books Online
      DexPages.com provides digital images of Verizon business and residential (yellow & white) page listings for Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC and most other states. For local directories, click on a state then select a location.

  • 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.

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