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Library Course Pages provide access to selected databases, suggested websites and style sheets for UW-FDL courses.

" offers millions of free articles, pictures, facts, and biographies along with information about topics like the arts, science, sports, medicine, accounting, and management."

General Reference "Desks"

Quick access to various Internet tools.

General Reference Sources Countries of the World
16 years of CIA World Fact Books Anyday Today-in-History Page
The who, what, when, and where for each date on the calendar Great Books Online
Including Bartlett's Quotations, Roget's Thesaurus, American Heritage Dictionary and Gray's Anatomy, among others

Information Please
By the publishers of Information Please Almanac. Find facts quickly as well as resources for current news events. Online Dictionary, Internet Encyclopedia, Atlas, and Almanac Reference.
Conversions for almost anything that you can think of and then some!

Old Farmer's Almanac

Quotations Page


Internet Acronym Server

OneLook Dictionaries
Over 722,000 words in 159 dictionaries indexed
Uses Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus
Also includes a link to and

Merriam-Webster Online
Has both dictionary and thesaurus searching available, as well as a word of the day which can be subscribed to by e-mail.

Evaluating Information Found on the Internet

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
From the UC Berkeley Library

Evaluating Web Sites
Published by the Libraries of Purdue University

How to Critically Analyze Information Sources
By the Reference Services Division of Cornell University Library

Fond du Lac Information

Fond du Lac Convention and Visitors Bureau
Fond du Lac local weather forecast
Fond du Lac Police Department
Fond du Lac Public Library
Fond du Lac Reporter (newspaper)

Library Skills

Library Research at Cornell
Very good information on how to go about doing library research including information on how to choose a topic, how to find the materials, and how to cite the sources.


Maps @
Many maps available for downloading, as well as many links for other sources of maps.

Research Papers

APlus Research & Writing for High School and College Students

Best Information on the Net - Hot Paper Topics
Published by the librarians at O'Keefe Library, St. Ambrose University in Iowa. The goal of this site is "to present accurate, objective information on controversial issues--statistics, full texts of laws and court decisions, articles, scholarly research, and equally reputable information". Many good links for popular speech and paper topics. Check it out!

Citation Styles Handbook : American Psychological Association (APA) format
Examples from the University of Illinois Writer's Workshop web site.

Citation Styles Handbook : Modern Language Association (MLA) format
Examples from the University of Illinois Writer's Workshop web site.

Documenting Electronic Sources
By the Purdue University On-Line Writing Lab A Guide to indispensable Writing Resources
"You'll find everything on and off the Net that you could possibly need in writing or researching a paper, including links to all sorts of reference material, links to writing labs, links to Web search engines, and links to writing-related Web sites."

Karla's Guide to Citation Style Guides
Annotated list of links covering many diverse styles, all covering the electronic citation.

UW-Madison Writing Center Writing Handbook
Good information including stages of the writing process, how to write different types of writing assignments, how to cite resources, and advice on grammar, punctuation, and style.

UW-Waukesha Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Search Engines

Choose the Best Search for your Information Needs by Debbie Abilock



Searches several engines at once, including Google, Yahoo!, MSN Search and Ask.

Yahoo! Search

Study Skills

Study Guides and Strategies for Students
Many links encompassing the full spectrum of skills including study skills, project management, reading skills, writing skills and test taking, to name a few.

Study Skills Help Page
From Middle Tennessee State University. See "Strategies for Success" and "Links to other Useful Sites".

Subject Directories

ipl2 - Resources by Subject
Searchable, annotated listing of web resources that have been selected and evaluated by librarians. Quality resources students can use with confidence.

The mother of all subject directories. Still one of the most popular sites on the Web.