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Almanac of Politics & Government Online

This website is home to the Almanac of Politics & Government, an annual compilation of a wealth of information about United States and World politics. The online version of the almanac provides political and governmental information and links to hundreds of other websites representing government legislatures, agencies, and parties in the U.S. and around the world. Sponsored by, Keynote Publishing Co.

The CIA World Factbook

Provides information (geographic, economic, political) on countries of the world. Also included information on the world’s oceans and reference maps.

U.S. Department of State - Countries & Regions

Provides information (geographic, economic, political) on countries of the world. 

Information Please

One of the largest free reference sites on the 'net, Information Please is an encyclopedia, almanac, dictionary, and homework helper...all in one! This site includes a comprehensive encyclopedia, general almanac, sports almanac, entertainment almanac, dictionary, and much more. Maintained by Information Please.

Old Farmer's Almanac

Fun and practical information for everyday life, including moon calendars, planting charts, recipes, weather predictions and more.


Bartlett’s Familar Quotations

A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature. By John Bartlett...

Glossaries and Dictionaries by Encyberpedia

An incredibly comprehensive listing of links to online dictionaries and glossaries...on every subject imagineable. Maintained by Monte Cristo Information Services.

The First Hypertext Edition of The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

This classic work of reference - described as a browser's joy - has been in popular demand since 1870. The Dictionary is extensively cross referenced, lending itself ideally, to the hypertext environment. This First Hypertext Edition is taken from Dr. Brewer's substantially revised and extended edition of 1894.


A large database of popular quotations...on a wide variety of topics. You can interactively search for quotations on anything, search for quotations by anyone, or use the table of contents. Maintained by David Bruce Borenstein.

Webster’s Dictionary

Includes full search dictionary and thesauras.

The WorldWideWeb Acronym and Abbreviation Server

This is the list of acronyms and abbreviations in the Network Acronym and Abbreviation Server at To look up the meaning of an acronym or abbreviation just type it in the panel and press Enter or Return.

Encyclopedias is a free knowledge and learning center - allowing users to simultaneously search the world's most respected encyclopedia (Encyclopedia Britannica), expert reviews of the Web's best sites, timely articles from leading magazines, and related books. Sponsored by  Cherokee H.S. only has access to the free version, hence the articles are abridged.

Encarta Online

Cherokee H.S. only has access to the free (concise) version of the Encarta Online Encyclopedia.  Information or citations to some articles may be shown but the free version will not necessarily provide access even to a concise version.  In this case, you must be a paying subscriber.  The concise version is your gateway to 16,000 abridged encyclopedia articles and a world atlas. Also available are links to Encarta's Challenge Game, Schoolhouse (lesson plans and more for teachers), special features, and the Encarta Learning Zone. Sponsored by Microsoft (MSN).


A free Internet encyclopedia provides more than 17,000 articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition. Find quick, useful information on almost any topic.

Encyclopedia Americana / Groliers Multimedia Encyclopedia / New Book of Knowledge

Encyclopedia Americana, based on the distinguished, long-standing print product, is geared to the sophisticated research needs of more advanced students. Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, based on the full text of the Academic American Encyclopedia, is a fact-filled reference resource, rich in multimedia content. The New Book of Knowledge provide reference and current events information for grades 3 and up.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Encyclopedia Smithsonian provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian Institution and links to Smithsonian pages addressing a variety of topics.

Encyberpedia - The Living Encyclopedia from Cyberspace

Provides links, catagorized by subject, to a plethora of online resources. Maintained by Monte Cristo Information Services.

Information Please

One of the largest free reference sites on the 'net, Information Please is an encyclopedia, almanac, dictionary, and homework helper...all in one! This site includes a comprehensive encyclopedia, general almanac, sports almanac, entertainment almanac, dictionary, and much more. Maintained by Information Please.


Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research (University of Iowa)

This compilation of Internet/WWW sites is intended to be an introductory guide to some of the map and reference resources available via the World Wide Web. They are categorized by geographical region although there are a couple of thematic categories such as Interactive Maps.

John R. Borchert Map Library - Maps in the News

Maps and graphics of key geographic locations in the news.  See before and after images from September 11th of the area surrounding the World Trade Center.  Also you can review maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Library of Congress Map Collection: 1544 - 1999

This comprehensive site provides access to map archives organized via topics such as: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Discovery and Exploration, Immigration and Settlement, Military Battles and Campaigns, Transportation and Communication, and General Maps. Maintained by the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.

MSN Maps

Obtain driving directions or utilize the quick links to traffic maps and city guides.  Under Quick Maps you'll find a world atlas and maps of the U.S., Mexico, Europe and more.


Explore interactive maps for over three million cities and towns worldwide, generate detailed door-to-door driving directions with TripQuest, and customize and save maps.

National Atlas of the United States

The National Atlas is designed to promote greater geographic awareness through the development and delivery of easy to use, map-like views of our natural and socio-cultural landscapes. The site includes a variety of interactive and multimedia maps...allowing you to download layers of features based on biology, geology, water, transportation, people, and state/county/municipal boundaries. The Map browser program requires Internet Explorer 6 or Netscape 7.

National Geographic Map Machine

The Map Machine lets you view a variety of atlas maps, dynamic maps, and world country flags and facts. The Map Machine also lets you track animal species across the U.S. and Canada, scan the night skies with their map of the heavens, and get an astronaut's-eye view of Earth through stunning satellite images. Sponsored by

Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection (A feature of UT Library Online)

The Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection (PCL 1.306) holds more than 230,000 maps covering every area of the world. Many items in the collection are listed in UTCAT, the UT Libraries Online Catalog. Maintained by the University of Texas at Austin.

Tiger Mapping Service (TMC) - U.S. Census Bureau

The TIGER Map Service, a project sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, is a public resource for generating high-quality, detailed maps of anywhere in the United States, using public geographic data. You can select a location by name or latitude/longitude…and produce a map outlining a variety of geographic, political, transportation, and other properties.


Crime Statistics and Data

This site provides a listing of links to crime-related statistics sources…from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United Nations, and more. Maintained by John Kane, SUNY Oswego.

FastFacts - Federal Statistics

This useful site provides links to government-generated economic, social, education and energy data sources.

Public Agenda Online

"The Inside Source for Public Opinion and Policy Analysis", this site offers a nonpartisan briefing on policy and polling -- including "red flags" where poll results may be misleading; a digest of news, legislation, and studies; research sources -- and much more. Maintained by Public Agenda.

Public Opinion Poll Question Database

The Institute for Research in Social Science maintains the country's third-largest archive of computer-readable social science data. Holdings include national and international economic, electoral, demographic, financial, health, public opinion and other types of data to meet a variety of research and teaching needs. Users can search the database via keyword and date (back to the 1970's and previous). Maintained by the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

"Where thinking people go to learn what people are thinking", the Roper Center is the largest library of public opinion data in the world. Users can search their comprehensive archive (1935-present), view General Social Surveys (1972-present), link to the Presidential Job Performance website, and more. Maintained by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut.

Social Sciences Data Collection

This site provides a search engine to locate social sciences data available via the Internet. Provided by the SSDC, University of California - San Diego.

Social Statistics Briefing Room (SSBR)

The purpose of this service is to provide easy access to current Federal social statistics…on Crime, Demographics, Education, and Health. The SSBR provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies. All the estimates for the indicators presented in the Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms are the most currently available values.

Statistical Resources on the Web

An excellent source for links to statistical resources. Accessible by subjects from Agriculture to Weather, the site provides annotated listings of sites which provide useful statistical information on all things quantifiable. Maintained by Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Center, University of Michigan Library.

United States Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau main page provides a variety of links to sources encompassing a broad range of census and statistical data. Links are provided for data on People, Business, Geography, Special Topics, Population Clocks, State and County Quick Facts, and the Latest Economic Indicators. If you are looking for data on a specific U.S. city, jump directly the Bureau's Gazetteer. If you are looking for quick facts or maps on states, counties, cities, or other areas in the U.S., jump directly to American FactFinder. Maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau - United States Department of Commerce.


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