Contains white pages, yellow pages, reverse phone and address searches, and area and zip code information.

A comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.

Contains 90 million white pages listings, 10 million yellow pages listings, reverse phone lookup, international directories, and a toll free number directory.

Electronic versions of American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Columbia Encyclopedia, and other online literature.

Collections of poetry, classic fiction works, nonfiction works, as well as reference works.

Contains 14 searchable and easily comparable versions of the Holy Bible.

Detailed career information profiles.

Business statistics, financial ratios, and more.

Budget, savings, paycheck planning, college, business, credit card and automobile calculators.

Offers resources for some of the most commonly used citation styles.

Search for common errors in the English language.

Formats your MLA citations for free.

William Strunk’s Elements of Style.

An encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend.

An encyclopedia on the history of Chicago.

Explanations of what words mean.

Weather, gardening, cooking, remedies, managing your household, preserving the earth, and more.

Use for hard-to-find and elusive information.

A database of secret phone numbers and codes that immediately get an actual, live person on the line for customer service.

Definitions of sentence parts, rules for comma usage and other punctuation marks, plurals, possessives, capitalization.

Editions of the U.S. Census Bureau publication from 1878 to the present.

Profiles for 179,000 cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.

Country codes and international area codes for calling abroad.

Vital statistics, population, health indicators, and more.

Search the contents of an encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary and both the TIME and ESPN almanacs.

Search for 800 or 888 phone numbers.

A collection of sites sorted into easy-to-use subjects.

Compares the value of an amount of money in the past with the present or with another time in the past.

Cooking, geometry, physics, engineering, or any kind of conversion you need.

Collection of geographic and other reference information.

Trends in American public opinion.

Contains data on 136 population, health, and environment variables for more than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, and the world as a whole.

Browse by author or topic.

Search by name, phone, or agency.

A nationwide residential and business phone directory.

An integrated site of white, yellow, trip planning and e-mail directories.

U.S. Census Bureau official site.

Access more than 6,000 images and see words visually.

Find anyone famous.

Which of the noted celebrities of our time are with us, and which ones have passed away.

Online encyclopedia written collaboratively by its users.

Guide to TV, Movies, and the Internet.

Zip code boundaries.

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