Quick Reference

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General Reference


  • CharityVillage - Canada's supersite for the nonprofit sector including news, jobs, information and resources for executives, staffers, donors, and volunteers.
  • Digital Librarian - A librarian's choice of the best of the Web arranged by subjects.
  • EHow.com - This site has 15,000 articles on common do-it-yourself projects, such as how to change your air filter, how to upgrade your computer's RAM.. Articles are organized under broad subjects, e.g. automotive, computers, careers/education, business/finance, games/hobbies.
  • Flags and Arms of Canada - Flags and coat of arms for Canada and provinces. Also includes flag and coat of arms of Nunavut.
  • Gray's Anatomy - Search Gray's Anatomy online at Yahoo! Reference and find in depth information on the anatomy of the human body.
  • How To Clean Anything - Thousands of tips.
  • HowStuffWorks - Find out how everyday objects and specialized equipment work.
  • Imagine Canada - Imagine Canada supports the work of charities, foundations, socially conscious corporations and fundraisers.
  • International Data Base (IDB) - From the U.S. Census Bureau, access several electronic databases which include population figures for the United States, and other countries.
  • Internet Archive - A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Its purpose is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format, and preserve the history of the Internet in collaboration with institutions such as ALA, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian.
  • IPL Literary Criticism - Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical web sites. This site can be browsed by author, title, or by literary period. Online Literary Criticism Guide has links to sites on literary criticism. The Pathfinder: Literary Criticism provides tips on how to find and prepare literary criticism.
  • Legal Line - Legal Line provides information covering Ontario and Canadian Federal Laws, not legal advice.
  • Ontario Architecture Website - A nonprofit educational Web site developed to help you appreciate architecture both in Ontario and the rest of the world.
  • Quotations - From Bartleby.com, search the electronic version of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the Columbus World of Quotations and Simpson's Contemporary Quotations.
  • Quoteland.com - Search for well-known quotations by topic or use their search engine.
  • Science.ca - A source for Canadian science including information on selected Canadian scientists. Suitable for school-age children.
  • Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - From Wikipedia, including the seven wonders of the ancient world, and links to seven 'other' wonders.
  • Southern Ontario Library Service - Search Tools - A listing of links to sites providing information on Internet searching as well as links to various types of Internet search tools, and databases.
  • Southern Ontario Library Service - Ready Reference Sources - A selection of links intended to serve as an on-line reference collection, including telephone directories, biographical information, and weather.
  • Virtual Perpetual Calendars -Display calendars for any year, and other utilities such as Zodiac dates, days between dates, seasons, holidays listed.
  • World Time Server - Determine the time in other cities and countries.
  • WorldTimeZone.com - World time and time zones, and maps with current times around the world. Includes daylight savings time and a sunclock map showing day and night regions.
  • Yahoo! - Reference: Calendars - Links to information on calendars of many kinds.
  • Yahoo! Flags - Links to other sites on flags. 


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias


  • Canadian Encyclopedia - Online access to the full text of the Canadian Encyclopedia presented by the Historica Foundation of Canada. You can also search the Youth Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, Macleans articles.
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online - An excellent site for Canadian biographical information from Library and Archives Canada. It includes people who died from 1000-1930.
  • The Free Dictionary - Multiple dictionaries including English, medical, legal, financial, computer dictionaries, thesaurus, acronyms - or try your luck at a spelling bee.
  • iTools - Database consisting of the following Internet tools: dictionaries, maps, quotation sources, telephone directories, translator programs, and financial tools.
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) - Dictionaries - Scroll down the page and look for the heading Ready Reference and Quick Facts and select Dictionaries. Link to English, foreign language and specialized subject dictionaries.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - SEP is a free online encyclopedia of philosophy run and maintained by Stanford University. A long term fundraising plan is in place to help preserve open access to the Encyclopedia, supported by many university libraries and library consortia.
  • Wikipedia - The content of Wikipedia is free, written collaboratively by people from all around the world. This website is a wiki, which means that anyone with access to an Internet-connected computer can edit, correct, or improve information throughout the encyclopedia, simply by clicking the edit this page link.
  • yourDictionary.com - The Bucknell University site has a search engine for English language terms based on "Webster's Collegiate Dictionary." It also links to over 400 dictionaries in 130 languages, and to specialized English and multilingual dictionaries. 


Geography & Country Info


  • Atlas of Canada - Formerly the National Atlas of Canada, this site provides maps incorporating data on a variety of topics, e.g. environment, people, climate change and economic. Check out the excellent new feature consisting of virtual topographic maps.
  • Canada e-Book - An electronic version of the Canada Year Book.
  • Canadian Atlas Online - Click on Explore the maps to use this interactive atlas from Canadian Geographic.
  • Community Profiles - Select by the Ontario community or region. The information is provided to the Ontario Investment Service by the communities listed on this site.
  • Countries and Regions: Background Notes - Published by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications, U.S. State Department, this site is an excellent resource for profile information on foreign countries. Each profile includes geographic, economic and political information, as well as general statistics.
  • Global Gazetteer - Search for latitude, longitude and other information for place names around the world.
  • WorldFactbook - The CIA's annual country information reference book, providing data for more than 260 countries of the world, including map and flag, geographic, population, government, economic, communication, transportation, military, and transnational issue information for the latest date available. 


Telephone Directories


  • 411.ca - This directory assistance site will help you find telephone numbers for people and businesses. It also has a reverse lookup.
  • Canada411 - Telephone directory for Canada, including both white and yellow pages.
  • Canada TollFree - This online directory is a great tool for helping you get to free information about products and services from anywhere in Canada. You can search for toll-free numbers connected with businesses or services by using regular words like "hotel", "fish", or "car". Or you can search by the name of the business as well.
  • Infobel World - Telephone Directories - Link to international phone books, both yellow and white pages. Use to find e-mail addresses and other useful links are here as well.
  • InfoSpace Canada - Contains links to Canadian business and people finder, reverse lookup sites.
  • InfoSpace - Yellow Pages & White Pages - U.S. telephone directories on the Web with yellow and white pages. You can also find area codes and ZIP code lookup, map and directions, e-mail search and world directories.
  • myTELUS Phone Book - White and yellow pages for Alberta and B.C. including reverse lookup.
  • Postal Code Look-up - From Canada Post, the electronic version of the postal code books.
  • Royal Mail's Online Postcode Finder - The postal code look up for Great Britain.
  • United States Postal Service - Zip Code Lookup - Find zip code and address information site for the U.S.
  • YellowPages.ca - Select Canadian listings by city, province, category or business name.
  • YellowPages.Com - Search for information on U.S. companies, products, associations. 



Maintained by Karen Young, Burlington Public Library

Updated December 2008


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