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Each article at this site is enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles as well as pictures and maps. Interesting Today in History facts are also included on the main page.

Select a country to find information about its geography, people, economy, government and more. Maintained by the CIA.

CIA-The World Factbook

The Smithsonian Institution site contains all sorts of information on the Smithsonian's museums, exhibits, programs, staff and other resources. 

In addition to easy reference to everything you could ever want to know about the Smithsonian, this site hosts the Encyclopedia Smithsonian, a collection of excellent online exhibits based on several of the Smithsonian's real-world exhibitions.

It’s as easy a Google, but better! Also, automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA.

From the Univ. of Michigan School of Information. Many links for help with term papers, ideas for what to read; and questions about health and sexuality, money and work, career paths, sports, issues and conflicts.

Reference sites by subjects such as art, math, languages, maps, and religion. Homework help,homework, obtaining student loans, student credit cards, financial aid, Fafsa and student loan debt consolidation.

Accurate, official and up-to-date information and statistics regarding the countries of the world. UN news, webcasts, publications.

This site delivers easy-to-use, maplike views of America's natural and sociocultural landscapes, and provides a reliable summary of national-scale geographical information. There is also an interactive mapmaker.

This site provides shaded relief maps showing landforms of each U.S. state. Also includes satellite views of 48 states and maps from 1895.

Maintained by National Geographic, this site provides interactive maps. Also provided are atlas, street and historical maps, as well as other information.

Look up words online in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s American Heritage® Dictionary.

This classic thesaurus is invaluable when you're looking for a synonym.

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