Background Checks

Citing Internet Resources

Colleges and Financial Aid Resources

Health & Medical Information

Online Encyclopedias:

  • from elibrary offers 5000 or so free articles, with plenty of ads asking you to subscribe to the premium service. Still, it's useful.
  • is an encyclopedia created by internet users. All facts should be double-checked against another source for veracity. has a lot of ads, but is incredibly useful for finding word spellings and definitions quickly. offers a number of quotation collections, including Bartlett's and Columbia.

Telephone Directories

  • The Ultimates offers a meta search of white pages, yellow pages, and even email addresses.
  • Switchboard is clean, easy to use, and popular with our reference librarians.
  • Whitepages also offers a cool reverse lookup feature for phone numbers & addresses.

Translation Services

  • Babelfish is one of the oldest and best-known. Offers Spanish, Portugese, Chinese, French, and many more translations.
  • Google offers language tools including translations

Ready Reference Collections of others:

  • offers some really useful full-text reference tools, including encyclopedias, thesaurii, writing style guides, and more.
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet--Reviewed, annotated, lists of links categorized by subject.
  • IPL Ready Reference Collection--From the Internet Public Library, links to useful resources such as encyclopedias, almanacs, style guides, and more!
  • collection of resources on any imaginable topic, as well as front ends to many popular search engines. Maintained by Bob Drudge.
  • Lakewood Public Library has an excellent, and quite comprehensive list of links, categorized by Dewey Decimal Number
  • Hennepin County Public Library's Fugitive Fact files contain a wealth of hard-to-find information