Online Reference Shelf


Business and Finance

American Advertising – A Brief History
American Stock Exchange
Better Business Bureau The Biz Tech Network
Comparison Cost of Living Calculator
Cost of Living Calculator
Cost of Living Comparison Calculator
Global Edge International Business Resource Desk
Inflation Calculator
Inventor’s Handbook
Mortgage Calculator
NASDAQ Stock Market
North Carolina Department of Commerce
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center
Salary Comparison Calculator
Small Business Resource Center
Standard Industrial Classification System Search from OSHA
U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission Filings & Forms
United States Small Business Administration
The World Bank

Consumer Information

  Better Business Bureau
Consumer World: Everything Consumer
Edmunds Car Buying Guide
Kelley Blue Book
N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide Company
Product Reviews and Reports Real Estate Listings and Homes for Sale
Sperling’s Best Places

Country, County and Regional Information

Electronic Embassy Website
Embassy World Searchable Database of the World’s Embassies
French Culture
International Crisis Group
Library of Congress Country Studies
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Montgomery County Schools
North Carolina Division of Coastal Management
North Carolina Encyclopedia from the State Library
Official City Sites of Cities in the United States
Town Creek Indian Mound
Town of Biscoe
Town of Candor
Town of Mt. Gilead
Town of Star
Town of Troy
UNC School of Government
U.S. Census Bureau Selected Features from County and City Data Book
U.S. Department of State
U.S. State Department Archive
Yadkin-Pee Dee Lakes Project

Criminal Justice & Law

  American Bar Association
Amnesty International
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Centers for Disease Control: Violence Prevention
Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section United States Department of Justice
Computer Crime Research Center
CrimeMap Tutorial
The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
Cyber Criminals Most Wanted
Death Penalty Information
Death Penalty Information Center
FBI Cyber Investigations
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)
Federal Bureau of Prisons
FindLaw Legal Resources
Homeland Security Digital Library
Institute for Law and Justice
The International Association of Chiefs of Police
International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA)
International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) Dictionary
Law Forms
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Leadership Conference Education Fund
Library of Congress Legislative Information on the Internet
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
National Council on Crime & Delinquency
National Crime Prevention Council
National Criminal Justice Association
National Institute of Corrections
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - NOBLE
National Organization for Victim Assistance
National Sheriffs' Association
National Youth Gang Center
North Carolina Department of Corrections Offender Information
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
North Carolina Sex Offender Registry
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
The Police Foundation
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The Sentencing Project
Soros Foundation Network
The Southern Poverty Law Center
United States Secret Service
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U. S. Dept. of Justice
U. S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Almanacs, etc.

  Acronym Finder
Acronym Search
Biographical Dictionary
Encyclopedia Mythica
The Free Dictionary
Guinness World Records
Infoplease Almanac
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Medicine Net Online Medical Terms Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
North Carolina Encyclopedia
Old Farmer’s Almanac
One Look Dictionary
One Look Reverse Dictionary
The Quotations Page
Roget’s II: The New Thesarus Online Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms
Wikipedia Free Online Encyclopedia


Annie E. Casey Foundation
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature
Children’s Book Council
Children’s Literature Web Guide
Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature
Educator’s Reference Desk
Folktexts: A Library of Folktales, Folklore, Fairy Tales and Mythology
Foundation for Child Development
Idea Box: Early Childhood Education and Activity Resources
Literature for Children
National Center for Education Statistics
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
North Carolina Division of Child Development
PBS Teachers
Peterson’s Planner
Shen’s Books Source for Multicultural Literature
U.S. News Education Ratings
University of North Carolina System
Web U.S. Higher Education

E-Research Tools

  Basic Tutorial on Searching the Web
Evaluating Web Pages
Glossary of Internet and Web Jargon

Financial Aid

  College Foundation of North Carolina
Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid


The Bugwood Network
Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, and Surrounding Areas
Forest Landowners Association
NCSU College of Natural Resources
NCSU Forestry Extension
North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources
North Carolina Division of Forest Resources
North Carolina Forestry Association
North Carolina State Board of Registration for Foresters
Silvics of North America
Society of American Foresters
Southern Regional Extension Forestry
US Forest Service
USDA Plants database

General Reference & E-Books Great Books Online
Bibliomania Free Online Literature and Study Guides
Internet Public Library
Librarian’s Index to the Internet
Library Spot
Martindale’s Reference Desk
The National Academies
O’Keefe Library, St. Ambrose University
Virtual Reference Shelf compiled by Library of Congress

Government Information
The Democratic Party
Fed Stats
Federal Election Commission
Governments on the WWW: Political Parties
The Green Party
Legislative Information on the Internet
LINC North Carolina Statistical Data
National Libertarian Party
North Carolina General Assembly
Republican National Committee
Search the United States Code
State of North Carolina Official Website
U. S. Census Bureau
UNC School of Government
UNCG Library Government Information
United States House of Representatives
United States Postal Service
United States Senate
United States Supreme Court
The White House

Gunsmithing & Shooting Sports

American Gunsmithing Institute
Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners
Civilian Marksmanship Program
Forensic Firearm Identification
Gun Owners of America
International Shooting Sports Foundation
Keep and Bear
Midway USA
National Association of Shooting Sports Athletes
National Rifle Association
National Shooting Sports Foundation
Second Amendment Foundation
Smith & Wesson
USA Shooting
Women & Guns Magazine


Alzheimer's Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Professional Coders
American Association of Medical Assistants
American Cancer Society
American Medical Association - Adolescent Health Online
American Public Health Association
American Public Human Services Association
American School Health Association
Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity
The Blonz Guide to Nutrition, Food Science, and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Columbia University Medical Center
Emergency Medicine on the Web
Food and Nutrition Information Center
Health Finder from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Internet Mental Health
Mayo Clinic
Medical Assistants Program Guide
Medical Coding and Billing Training Guide
Medical Dictionary from Medicine Net
Medicine Net
Medline Plus
Merck Manual
National Hispanic Council on Aging
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
National Institute of Mental Health
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
North Carolina Health Atlas
North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance
Nutrient Data Laboratory
PDR Health
Rite Medical Coding Consultants
Sheppard Software Medical Terminology Games


  American Memory from Library of Congress
Best of History Web Sites
Biographical Dictionary
Documenting the American South
Eyewitness to History
The History Channel
History Net
The History Place
History Wiz
Internet History Sourcebooks
Making of America – Cornell University
Making of America – University of Michigan
National Women’s History Project
Timelines of History
  The Vietnam Center and Archive

Job Search/Careers

  America’s Career Info Net
Career Builder
County Salaries in North Carolina
Employment Security Commission of North Carolina
Inside Career Info
Job Hunter’s Bible
North Carolina Office of State Personnel
O*Net Online
Occupational Outlook Handbook
  USA Jobs
Vocational Information Center


  The British Library
Davidson College Library
Library of Congress
MIT Libraries Virtual Reference Collection
North Carolina State University Libraries
Pfeiffer University Library
State Library of North Carolina
UNC Chapel Hill Library
Wingate University Library


Book Spot Literary Criticism
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature
Children’s Literature
Children’s Literature Web Guide
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Encyclopedia Mythica
Feminist Literary Criticism and Theory
Internet Public Library Literary Criticism
Library Spot Literary Criticism
Literary Resources on the Net
Literature for Children
The Literature Network
London Review of Books
Midwest Book Review
Mystery Writers of America
New York Times Book Review
Nobel Prize in Literature
Online Literature Library
Reviews of
Sisters in Crime
Society of Biblical Literature
Stop, You’re Killing Me!
Today in Literature
What's Next™: Books in Series Database of Kent District Library

Maps & Atlases

  Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Community Crime Information System
Color Landform Atlas of the U. S.
Highway Safety Research
Historical Map Websites
National Geographic
NC One Map
NCSU Geospatial Data Services
U. S. Gazetteer
U.S. Geological Survey
World Time Zone Map

News & Current Events

  Asheboro Courier Tribune
Charlotte Observer
Christian Science Monitor
Montgomery Herald
National Public Radio
New York Times
The Pilot
Raleigh News & Observer
Stanly News & Press
Television News Archive
U.S. News Archives on the Web


North Carolina Pottery Center
University of Arkansas Collections
World Wide Arts Resources

Professional Development

  Class Central
  eLearning NC
  Harvard University Extension Courses
  Microsoft Virtual Academy
  OER Commons
  The Train Station: Webinars
  Training Magazine Network

Psychology & Sociology

  American Psychological Association
American Sociological Association
Classics in the History of Psychology
Current Topics in Psychology
Electronic Journal of Sociology
Encyclopedia of Psychology
Internet Mental Health
National Institute of Mental Health
Social Psychology Network
Sociology Online

American Baptist Churches USA
The Amish & The Plain People
Apologetics Research Resources on Religious Cults, Sects, Religions, Doctrines, Etc.
Association of Religion Data Archives
Avesta – Zoroastrianism Archives
BBC Guide to Religions of the World
Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
The Church of God
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Church of the Nazarene
Comparative (UK)
Conversion to Judaism Homepage
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Friends General Conference
Friends United Meeting
Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online
Hinduism Today Magazine
Hitchcock’s Bible Names Dictionary
International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church
Internet Sacred Text Archive
Islam Guide
Jehovah’s Witnesses
Judaism 101
Judaism and Jewish Resources
Mennonite Church USA
Moravian Church in North America
National and World Religion Statistics
Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Patheos Religion Comparison
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbyterian Church In America
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Review of Biblical Literature
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
The Shakers
Society of Biblical Literature
Southern Baptist Convention
Taoism Initiation Page
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Vatican: The Holy See
Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion
World Religions Index
World Religion Resources
World of Traditional Zoroastrianism

Search Engines
Scirus – For Scientific Information Only
Search Engine Colossus
Search Engine Showdown


  Advanced Public Speaking Institute
American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank
From Revolution to Reconstruction and Beyond – Speeches of the Presidents
Gifts of Speech – Women’s Speeches from Around the World
The History Place Great Speeches Collection
History and Politics Out Loud
Public Speaking and Speech Writing
Speeches on The History Channel
Websites for Political Speeches

Statistical Information

  2010 Statistical Abstract (U.S. Census Bureau)
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center
National Agricultural Statistics Service
National Center for Statistics and Analysis
U.S. Census State and County Quick Facts

Tax Information

IRS Forms and Publications
N.C. Department of Revenue Tax Forms and Instructions


  Taxidermy Net

Telephone & Postal Directories

Toll Free Directory
The Ultimates – White Pages, Yellow Pages, Email, Trip Planner
United States Post Office

Test Practice & Study Guides

  COMPASS Sample Questions
Review Questions for ASSET
Student Information for ASSET
Test Prep Review

Tools for Math & Science

  American Chemical Society
Cells Alive!
Guided Tour – The Visible Human
The Math Forum: Internet Mathematics Library
Martindale’s Calculators On-Line Center
MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheets
Periodic Table of the Elements
Unit Conversion and Day of the Week Calculator


  CNN Weather
National Weather Service
U.S. Interactive Climate Pages
The Weather Channel

Writer's Resources

  APA Style
Citation Machine
Citing Sources – from Duke University
Hot Paper Topics
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
Knight Cite from Calvin College
Online Writing Lab at Purdue
Research Guide for Students
Research Guides and Tutorial from Appalachian State
The Writing Center - UNC Chapel Hill
Writing Center – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Writing Tips – Essay Builder