Reference Resources

Acronyms

Acronym Finder
Common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.
Atlases
National Map
U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Biography
Credo Reference Restricted Resource
Over 700 reference books covering a variety of disciplines and including foreign language dictionaries. Includes a concept map, which provides related subjects and noted personalities to assist beginning research.


Gale Biography in Context Restricted Resource
Integrates GALE Cengage Learning reference works along with magazine and journal articles, images, videos, audio files, and website links. Search for current or historical people by name, occupation, nationality, and birth/death dates.  Use the advanced search feature for further search options.
Country Information
World Factbook
Provides country overview and information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, and more. Listed by country and information type. Prepared by the CIA, print updated annually, web site updated weekly.


See also the Country Information guide.
Dictionaries/Thesauri
American Heritage Roget's Thesaurus

Credo Reference: General Reference Restricted Resource

Dictionary.com


Oxford English Dictionary Restricted Resource
Searchable version of the 20-volume set. Defines and identifies earliest known examples of words in written English.
Encyclopedias
Catholic Encyclopedia
Volunteer project that provides many articles from the 15-volume print encyclopedia, published 1907-1912.
See also The New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., 2003.Restricted Resource

Credo Reference Restricted Resource
Over 700 reference books covering a variety of disciplines and including foreign language dictionaries. Includes a concept map, which provides related subjects and noted personalities to assist beginning research.


Britannica Academic Restricted Resource


Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted Resource
A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference resources for multidisciplinary research, including: fashion, film and filmmakers, pop culture, and multicultural issues. Includes the six-volume Beacham’s Guide to the Endangered Species of North America.


Encyclopedia.com
Online access to published reference works. Contains advertisements.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., 2003 Restricted Resource




See also the Subject-Specific Research Guides.
Government/Historical Documents
Congress.gov
"[T]he official website for U.S. federal legislative information." Search options include All Legislation, Committee Reports, and more. (See the About section for information about the source types.)


National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
U.S. Federal Government website providing access to Federal Government Records and more. Select the Research Our Records option at the top left and, then, Research a Specific Topic.
Population Information/Statistics
FastStats A to Z
National Center for Health Statistics.

National Center for Education Statistics
"The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education." 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Presents comparable statistics regarding economic, social and environmental data for the international community. Explore the statistics by selecting the Data tab from the top menu and, then, browse by Topic or Country.


Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1789 - 2012
Contains "statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States."

U.S. Census Bureau
Click on the Geography tab to find interactive maps and the Data tab to find data tools and visualizations.

U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics


United Nations Population Information Network
Zip Code/U.S. Postal Service
Post Office Locator
United States Postal Service.

Zip Code Lookup