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Virtual Reference Desks
Oxford Reference Online
Off-campus access available with your PETRELPASS barcode | Help

Virtual Reference Shelf
(Library of Congress)

Librarians' Index to the Internet
(Library of California)

Internet Public Library
(University of Michigan School of Information)

INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
INFOMINE is a librarian built "virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information."


American National Biography
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The successor to the Dictionary of American Biography, this resource profiles the lives of more than 18,000 men and women who have shaped American life. Only deceased individuals are included.

Biographical Dictionary
"This dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day. The dictionary can be searched by birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, achievements, and other keywords."

Biography Reference Bank sm_galileo (1K)
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Contains the profiles from Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, Biography Index, and full-text articles, page images, and abstracts from a complete range of Wilson databases, as well as other sources.

Country & Regional
Iraq Resources

Country Studies
(Library of Congress, Federal Research Division)
"This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program. Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 102 countries and regions are covered."

Economist.com: Country Briefings
(Economist Intelligence Unit)
News, country profiles, political and economic forecasts, and statistics. Note: some linked content is only available to subscribers.

Portals to the World
(Library of Congress)
"Portals to the World contain selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria."

The World Factbook
(Central Intelligence Agency)
An annual publication of CIA that provides information on the following topics for each country in the world: geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

Dictionaries & Thesauri
Merriam-Webster Online

Roget's II: The New Thesaurus

Oxford English Dictionary
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Babel Fish Translation

Language Dictionaries and Translators

netLibrary sm_galileo (1K)
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In order to check out a book from netLibrary, you will need to sign up for a (free) user account.)

Bartleby.com: Great Books Online

The Online Books Page
(University of Pennsylvania Library)

Encyclopedias & Almanacs
Encyclopaedia Britannica sm_galileo (1K)
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Fast Facts: Almanacs/Factbooks/Statistical Reports & Related Reference Tools
(Gary Price Research and Library Consulting)

Includes the Information Please Almanac, the Columbia Encyclopedia, an atlas, and a dictionary.

Government Information
The U.S. Government's official web portal -- find information from U.S. local, state and federal government agency websites.

GPO Access
GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides electronic access to official information from all three branches of the Federal Government.

The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.

Contemporary Authors
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Provides biographical and bibliographical information on over 100,000 U.S. and international authors.

Literary Criticism
The Internet Public Library's Literary Criticism Collection "contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period."

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

Xpeditions Atlas: Maps Made for Printing and Copying
(National Geographic)

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Ref. HA 202
A summary of U.S. social, political, and economic data selected from many statistical publications, both governmental and private.

Statistical Resources on the Web
(University of Michigan Documents Center)

The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.