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Almanacs, Encyclopedias and General Information

Britannica Online Public Library Edition
Reference information from pre-kindergarten through university. Complete text of Encyclopedia Britannica, the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, Compton’s by Britannica®, and Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia. Also contains Merriam Webster dictionaries, Gateway to the Classics, Discover America, Important People, and Big Events, a world atlas, timelines, video and audio clips, a student center that offers help on research papers, book reviews, and magazine articles.

Search for magazines, journal and newspaper articles, many with with full-text.

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia   
Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.


Multiple reference sources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, language and writing sources.


Contains links to almanacs, factbooks, statistical reports and other reference tools.

Information Please Almanac  
Search or browse numerous topical almanacs.

Old Farmer's Almanac  

Venerable source of such subjects as astronomy, food, gardening, weather and more...

World Factbook  
Online version of a CIA publication, provides detailed information on each country of the world.

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Bibliographies/Citation style Guides

APA, MLA, Turabian,& Chicago Citation Styles (Long Island Univ.)

Citation guidelines for research papers.

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Research Guide 

Guide for starting a research paper. Includes the "big six" steps to research.

Citing Sources from Duke University Libraries  
Examples using the 4 most common citation styles.

Concordia University Libraries Citation and Style Guides 
Models for MLA, APA, and other citation styles.

Sources and Citations at Dartmouth College 
This document provides a broad overview of the practice of citing sources. Itcovers a wide range of scenarios relating to citing sources and plagiarism.

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Currency Converter - Yahoo! Finance  

View exchange rates for top currencies and convert currencies from over 100 countries.

XE.com Universal Currency Converter  
Convert currencies using current rates.

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Dictionaries, Thesauri, etc.

Acronym Finder  
Defines over 500,000 acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms.

Online dictionary & thesaurus. Includes foreign language tools.


Online dictionary and thesaurus.

Online Slang Dictionary  

A dictionary of American slang.

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Foreign Language Links

Babel Fish Translation (Yahoo)  

Translate a block of text or a web page to and from over ten languages.

CNN en Espanol  
News from CNN in Spanish

Google Language Tools  

Translate a block of text or a web page to and from over ten languages.  You can also find websites written in your choice of over 30 languages or located in your choice of over 30 countries.

Resources for English as a Second Language (ESL) 

UsingEnglish.com provides such resources for ESL as tests, English language reference (idioms, irregular verbs, etc.), discussion forums and more...

Transparent Language Online
Transparent Language Online is a language learning system that uses flashcards to teach you foreign language words or phrases. Many languages have additional learning tools such as an essential skills course, language reference information, and blogs written in the language. Transparent Language Online also has courses for native speakers of other languages who want to learn to speak English. It's personalized to allow you to track your progress and refresh your memory about items you may have forgotten.

YAHOO en Español  
Spanish version of Yahoo subject directory and search engine.

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General Law

Cornell Legal Information Institute  

Iintended for lawyers and non-lawyers, this is a good source of legal information. The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School.

A comprehensive legal site with resources arranged by subject. Includes easy access to U.S. Supreme Court Opinions and the U.S. Code.

Lawyer Directory from Martindale   
Nationwide directory of attorneys and law firms.

Free legal information, as well as a law store.

State Legal Sources on the Web (University of Michigan)  

Find codes, bills, laws, etc. for every state.

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New Hampshire Law

NH Family Law & Divorce Law   

A resource on divorce and family law for non-lawyers. Provides information on child custody and support, visitation law, divorce and more...

NH Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC)   

A private, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services to eligible low-income people anywhere in New Hampshire.

NH Legal Services  

Use the blue Get Legal Assistance button tolink to such areas of legal concern as housing, domestic violence, criminal law. You can get published information including court forms, downloadable pamphlets and links to other sites.


NH Revised Statutes Online   
Searchable full-text of New Hampshire statutes

NH Public Defender  

Provides information about the Public Defender Office in New Hampshire.

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Libraries/Library Catalogs/Library Science

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)  
Indexes more than 500 core journals, more than 50 priority journals, and 125 selective journals, as well as books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Directory of NH Libraries  
List by the NH State Library containing contact information & online catalogs for NH libraries.

OCLC catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide. Most are not held by Nashua Public Library, but many can be obtained through Inter-Library Loan (see or contact the Reference Desk).

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Maps & Driving Directions

Printable directions from point A to point B, with maps.

Google Maps  
Find a map or driving directions.

Yahoo Maps  
Find a map or driving directions.

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Nashua and New Hampshire Websites

City of Nashua  
Official website of the City of Nashua, NH.

State of New Hampshire   

Provides a multitude of information about New Hampshire.

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Find quotation sources through keyword searches of reference works, poetry, & literature.

Dictionary of Quotations  

"Famous and inspiring" quotations organized by subject and author.

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Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

NASA Images  
NASA Images is a service of Internet Archive ( www.archive.org ), a non-profit library, to offer public access to NASA's images, videos and audio collections

Physics Central  
Physics Central, a website published by the American Physical Society, helps high school and college physics students to learn about new research in the world of physics.

Physics Information from the American Physical Society    (available in library only) A database of Physics periodicals published by the American Physical Society.

A gateway to science information provided by U.S. Government agencies. Search by subject or keyword.

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Search Engines, Subject Directories and Metasearch Engines

Search Engines  (Search for information by keyword)

Allows searching using natural language questions.

A favorite, giving quick, accurate results. 



Subject Directories  (Find information by topic)

IPL2: Information You Can Trust     

Search by topic or click on the Ask an IPL Librarian button to send a question (available 24/7). This site was developed and is maintained by universities with programs in information science

Infomine   (University of California Irvine)     

Scholarly internet resource collections.

MetaSearch Engines (Find information from multiple search engines)


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Social Sciences

A current and comprehensive source of socio-demographic, cultural, historical, economic, political, environmental and corporate information, along with news, analysis, maps, data and statistics on all of the 192 countries of the world.

Daily Life through History   
A rich, authoritative database covering the history of daily life throughout history and across many cultures throughout the world. Organized by time period, region and topic, Daily Life Online combines information from numerous reference works, monographs, and primary documents and is a great resource for students from middle school all the way through college.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covers today’s hottest social issues, from offshore drilling to climate change, health care to immigration. This information helps you analyze and organize data for research, writing assignments, debates, and presentations. It includes pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies of social activists and reformers, articles, tables, graphs, podcasts, and more. Teachers can search the material by national and state curriculum standards, grade, and discipline. Aluka  

A digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.

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Telephone Directories

Reference USA 
Directory of U.S. business information (including contact names and estimated sales), residential telephone numbers and addresses, and U.S. and Canadian high-tech companies (CorpTech).

Free telephone directory with white pages, yellow pages and reverse lookups.

Free telephone directory with white pages, yellow pages, and reverse searching. You can search international listings and search in foreign languages.

Internet 800 Directory  

Directory of free toll free, 800, 888, 877, and 866 listings of businesses by company, number and type of industry.

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Time and Weather


Find the official U.S.. time in any of the U.S. time zones.


Find detailed forecasts by city, zip code or place.


Zip Codes

U.S. Postal Service Zip Code Lookup

Search by address, city, company or zip code.

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