Reference Resources


Ready Reference

  • Britannica Online - Contains full-text articles from Encyclopedia Britannica and Britannica Book of the Year plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition. Access limited to Duke University faculty, students and staff..
  • CIA World Factbook - Factual information on countries of the world.
  • - Includes several dictionaries, Roget's Thesaurus, Strunk's Elements of Style, and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.
  • Encyclopedias and Dictionaries - Collection of links to a variety of encyclopedias and dictionaries created by Duke University's Perkins/Bostock Library Reference Department.
  • Everybody's Legal Glossary and Law Encyclopedia - Plain English reference works on law for the public from Nolo Press.
  • Information Please - This site provides access to millions of facts, biographies, statistics and historical information combining almanacs, atlases, encyclopedias and dictionaries that can easily be searched and browsed.
  • IPL2 (Internet Public Library) - Maintains a searchable ready reference collection on a wide variety of topics, answers reference questions by e-mail.
  • Project Bartleby - Reference resources featuring searchable quotation books, and also including other reference works such as Oxford Shakespeare, King James Bible and Columbia Encyclopedia among others.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States - Compendium of national, regional, state, local, and selected international statistics based on the print edition.
  • STAT-USA Sources - A service formerly run by the U.S. Department of Commerce that provides access to government-sponsored business, economic, and trade information databases. This guide maintains the links which were provided on the STAT-USA site, which ceased operation in September 2010.
  • Webster Dictionary - Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition.

Travel, Weather & Recreation

  • Currency Exchange Rates - OANDA interactive currency converter allows coversion from one type of currency or precious metal to another and for any past date as well as today's date.
  • - Links to foreign embassies in Washington D.C. and Business Directories for companies serving this international community.
  • Fodors - Destination guides, hotels, restaurants, discussion forums, and other resources brought from the popular travel publisher.
  • MapQuest - Interactive Atlas: customizable USA road maps; Tripquest: charts driving routes.
  • Time Zones - Real time from around the world.
  • UM-Weather - University of Michigan's interactive weather information provides visibility, wind, heat index, wind chill, humidity, and dewpoint, as well as searching by city, zip code, or country.
  • WRAL-TV Weather - North Carolina weather and forecasts.

Last updated 09/2013 mpm