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Quick facts

  • World Almanac via FirstSearch
    A searchable database that contains more than 32,000 brief entries from Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia and four different almanacs, including the classic World Almanac and Book of Facts. Covers 1998 to present.
  • Infoplease
    Infoplease is a free Internet reference source that combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs containing statistics, facts, and historical records. A single search engine allows you to search all these sources at once, or you can search or browse each source individually.
  • CIA World Factbook
    An authoritative source for basic information about every U.S.-recognized country in the world. Produced and maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • The Old Farmer's Almanac online
    The classic source for historical information on weather and climate.
  • Area Codes
    Search for area codes for U.S. telephone numbers.
  • Zip Codes
    Search for zip codes for U.S. addresses.

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Telephone directories


United States

  • AT&T AnyWho
    Lists businesses and individuals. Toll-free number database.
  • InfoSpace
    Lists businesses and individuals. Supports reverse look-up and e-mail searches.
    Lists businesses and individuals.


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Web resource directories

  • Google
    Search and browse for web sites by subject.
  • Yahoo!
    Search and browse for web sites by subject.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    Provides a searchable database of free, full-text, peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journals available on the web. Search at the journal or article level.

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