Reference Resources

E-REFERENCE COLLECTIONS
CREDO Reference
Collection of reference tools with over 240 titles from various publishers containing entries from every major subject, as well as multi-dimensional cross reference.

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia
Collection of authoritative encyclopedia articles covering all areas of information.

History Reference Center
Reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and journal articles; includes biographies of historical figures, photos, and maps.

Literary Reference Center
Plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, articles of literary criticism book reviews, poems, short stories, novels, interviews, and images concerning thousands of authors and their works.

Research Starters - Business
Comprehensive, yet concise summary articles on business topics.

Research Starters - Education
Comprehensive, yet concise summary articles on education topics.

Research Starters - Sociology
Comprehensive, yet concise summary articles on sociology topics.
 

Additional Web Resources

ACRONYMS & ABBREVIATIONS
Abbreviations.com
Browse by category, word, or abbreviation.

Acronym Finder
Offers extensive listing that can be searched by acronym, abbreviation or by keyword.

ALMANACS & FACTS
Creative Commons
A website dedicated to browsing the web for fair use materials with a range of options and sites.

Infoplease
Infoplease has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factural questions since 1938.

Guinness Book of World Records
Official site of Guinness World Records, the ultimate authority on record-breaking achievement, providing information about superlative facts and feats.

Old Farmer's Almanac
Traditional source since 1792 containing practical facts about everything from a sunrise table and best fishing days to planting charts and weather forecasts.

ATLASES & GAZETEERS
Mapquest
Online maps and driving directions.

U.S. Board on Geographic Names
National mapping information by the U.S. Geological Survey.

BIOGRAPHY
American Presidents
In-depth information reviewed by prominent scholars on each President and Administration.

Biographical Dictionary
Quick biographical information for over 28,000 people. Can be searched by profession, dates, works, and other keywords.

Find A Grave
Search engine for locating the graves of the famous and non-famous.

Mississippi People
A Wikipedia page that highlights the accomplishments of some of the extraordinary people of Mississippi.

Nobel Laureates - The Nobel Prize Internet Archive
This site maintains information on all winners in all categories.

People in the West
This interactive biographical dictionary provides concise profiles of the men and women featured in THE WEST, as well as information about many individuals who are mentioned only in passing.

Pulitzer Prizes
This site contains the complete list of Pulitzer Prize winners and nominated finalists from 1917 to the present. Site also contains the full text of winning entries in the Journalism categories from 1995 through the present.

CAREER & JOB INFORMATION
Job Hunter's Bible
Official site for the book 'What Color Is Your Parachute.'

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Lists hundreds of types of jobs and detailed information about them.

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
American Association of Community Colleges
Information about community colleges and the educational opportunities they provide.

Campus Security Data Analysis
Provides rapid customized reports for public inquiries relating to campus crime data.

FinAid
Comprehensive site offering financial aid assistance to the college student including loans, scholarships, grants, and military aid opportunities.

Measuring Up 2008
National Report on Higher Education

Peterson's College Guide
A search tool for some of the best colleges and universities, articles, and resources to help you find the right school, contact admissions officials instantly, excel on tests, and pay for college.

COUNTRIES
CIA World Factbook
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Country Studies
Presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

CURRENCY & CALCULATOR
Online Calculators, Conversion Tools, Measurements & Tools
Calculation & conversion tools, tide charts, and weight and measurement data.

Universal Currency Converter
Perform currency and foreign exchange calculations using live, mid-market rates.

DICTIONARIES
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Includes over 18,000 entries that reveal the etymologies, trace the origins and otherwise catalog “words with a tale to tell.”

Medical Dictionary
A goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus
An online dictionary for Merriam-Webster, America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works.

OneLook Dictionary Search
Searches 745 dictionaries on various subjects with one click.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS
Catholic Encyclopedia
The Catholic Encyclopedia, as its name implies, proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine.

E-How
eHow.com is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss instructional solutions that help complete day-to-day tasks and projects.

Encyclopedia Britannica
An online version of the famous Encylopedia Britannica.

Encyclopedia Mythica
An online encyclopedia dedicated to mythology, folklore, and religion in six major geographical regions.

Online Encyclopedia
Search over 40,000 articles from four encyclopedias, including the original, classic Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A wiki-style Encyclopedia on Philosophy kept up to date by leading experts in the field.

Symbols.com
Symbols.com contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.

Webopedia
The only online dictionary and search engine you need for computer and Internet technology definitions.

MISSISSIPPI
Census 2010 / Mississippi
Provides information for researchers interested in using Census data for administration, planning and decision making, or demographic research.

Mississippi Blue Book (2008-2016)
Mississippi Official & Statistical Register.

Mississippi Code
Laws and Statutes of the state of Mississippi.

Mississippi Department of Education
The Mississippi Department of Education web site.

Mississippi Department of Employment Security
Department dedicated to decreasing unemployment and offering training services.

Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority's mission is to foster a strong state economy and vibrant communities through innovation, use of talent and resources to improve our citizens' lives.

Mississippi.gov
Official state of Mississippi home page. Includes links to all state agencies.

Mississippi History Now
A new article is posted each month and previous articles are archived on the site. The web site continues to grow as a rich source of Mississippi history.

Mississippi Libraries
Founded by the Mississippi Library Commission to provide services to libraries, the government, and the general public.

Mississippi People
A Wikipedia page that highlights the accomplishments of some of the extraordinary people of Mississippi.

Mississippi State Agencies
Provides directories for State Departments and other aspects of the public service.

Mississippi State Tax Commission
This website provides access to online filing services and information about taxes in Mississippi.

Secretary of State of Mississippi
Includes Mississippi Code and constitution.

NEWS
ABC News
Breaking News, Politics, Online News, World News, Feature Stories, and Celebrity Interviews.

Clarion Ledger
The Clarion-Ledger Jackson, MS news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds.

CNN
Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment, and Video News.

Fox News
Breaking, Latest and Current News.

New York Times
Breaking News, World News, and Multimedia.

Washington Times
Politics, Breaking News, U.S. and World News.

QUOTATIONS
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in Ancient and Modern Literature.

Lib Quotes
A great collection of sourced quotations by philosophers, writers, politicians and many more. 100% sourced quotations.

Quotations Page
Over 26,000 quotations online from over 3,100 authors.

STATISTICS
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public.

FedStats
Gateway of statistical information divided by links to statistics and links to statistical agencies.

Historical Census Browser
Statistical data that describe the people and the economy of the United States for each state and county for the years 1790 to 1960.

National Center for Health Statistics
Includes all kinds of statistical health-related information.

OFFSTATS
Offers social, economic, and general data accessible by country, topic, and subject.

State & County Quick Facts
A Census website that provides data for the entire United States and the individual cities therein.

STATS
Non-partisan and non-profit which advocates scientific and statistical methods as the best way of analyzing and solving society's problems.

STYLE MANUALS
APA Format (OWL Writing Center - Purdue)

Chicago Manual of Style Q&A

Citing Electronic Information

Guide to Citation Style Guides

MLA Format (OWL Writing Center - Purdue)

Research & Documentation
An online version of the information in the print edition of Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age by Diana Hacker.

THESAURI
Roget’s International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases
A thesaurus of over 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references with each word being related to its neighbors and each part related to the whole.

TIME & CALENDARS
Daylight Saving Time
Its history and why we use it.

Official U.S. Time

Perpetual Calendar
A calendar that can be generated that is good for a span of many years.

This Day in History
Find out what happened this day in history.

Time Zone Converter
Time zone tools and time zone converter.

WEATHER
National Weather Service

WLBT Mississippi Weather

WEIGHTS & MEASURES
Common Equivalent Weights and Measures
Lists equivalents to common units of measurements, such as acres to kilometers and yards.

Conversion Factors
Gives conversion factors, including changing acres to hectares, Btu/hour to horsepower, centimeters to inches, degrees to radians, feet to miles, furlongs to feet, liters to gallons, and more.