Almanacs, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias
Dictionaries & Thesauri •
Other Reference Sources •
Almanacs & Fact Books
- Information Please Almanac
- The same category breakdowns as the print version. You can also search
the Columbia Encyclopedia, ©1993 and a dictionary here.
Old Farmer's Almanac
- Check out the predicted weather for the season and the other usual
Temperature and Precipitation
- Get a chart of temperature or precipitation levels from 1895 to present for the US,
a specific state, or a specific US climate region. From the National Climate Data Center (NCDC).
You can also download historic weather readings for rainfall, temperature, and more.
Sonoma County temperature statistics 1931-2012
- Formatted chart using data downloaded from
World Fact Book & Country Guides
- Up to date facts about the
countries' statistics, current political situation and good color
Dictionaries & Thesauri
Merriam Webster's Online
- Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Word Central for kids.
- English, French, German, and Spanish dictionaries. Also includes a thesaurus, translator, and more.
The Free Dictionary
- Dictionary, thesaurus, acronyms, specialty dictionaries for medical, legal, and financial terms. Over a dozen languages are covered. Also includes word games like Hangman, Spelling Bee, and Match Up.
Great site with many many foreign language
dictionaries, English dictionaries, thesaurae, and other fun web sites
for word oriented people. Created by Robert Beard at Bucknell
- Includes a translator, thesaurus, quotes, and other reference tools. Also a crossword solver and
- Reverse Dictionary
- Enter a definition and it will find words that match.
- Last supplemented July 1991. Search full
text as well as the headwords. From the University of Chicago.
- World Book Online
- Sonoma County Library card required for access from home.
- A popular online-only encyclopedia updated by volunteer editors.
17,000+ articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic
Encyclopedia, Third Edition with links to other sources. (The
Fifth edition of the same encyclopedia is available using the
Information Please interface
How Stuff Works
Entertaining and varied explanations of everything
from how chocolate affects your body to the inner workings of a jet engine. Good
explanations of computer and tech-related topics as well. Great for those
- is the comprehensive collection of links to quotations sites
maintained by Yahoo.
- is an Internet version of the 1901 edition of this standard reference
source. Good for references from "classic" literature; not so good for
anything said in our lifetimes. From the Bartleby Project.
- is a collection of quotations sporadically maintained by Michael Moncur,
a freelance writer. Good place to look for quotes to add to your
after-dinner lecture or conference paper.
- Search for
abbreviations and acroynms with a focus on computers, technology,
telecommunications, and the military.
- Online technology and computer dictionary.
Online dictionary and search engine (looks for articles on topics) for
computer and Internet topics.
- A technology
dictionary that will provide you with an explanation for many
Other Reference Sources
Internet Public Library:
- Links to almanacs, calendars, dictionaries, and other selected web sites for general reference
or quick look-up questions.
University at Albany Reference
- Links to dictionaries and other selected web sites for general reference
or quick look-up questions.
Other collections of general reference sources