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Internet Resources Recommended for LCU Learners

This page contains links to online reference resources such as atlases, dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias. These online resources are selected by LCU librarians using specific criteria including ease of navigation, stability, authority and reliability.

Dictionaries / Thesauri

Acronym Finder-- World's largest dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms -- millions of articles, pictures, facts, and biographies

Merriam-Webster Dictionary -- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

Online Dictionary -- Translation dictionaries

Thesaurus -- Synonyms and antonyms -- Definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation

Writing Helps

Bartleby's Literary Sources -- Unlimited access to books and information

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations -- Passages, phrases, and proverbs from ancient and modern literature

Citing Sources -- Guidelines for citing sources and avoiding plagiarism

Info Please -- Comprehensive reference loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records

iTools -- Quick access to the best Internet tools

Online Resources for Writers -- Help for writing academic papers

Plagiarism -- What It is and how to avoid It -- Quick reference / research

Research Strategies -- Identify a problem, then find and use information to address the problem

Virtual Reference Shelf -- Selected Web resources compiled by the Library of Congress


InfoMine -- Virtual library of scholarly Internet resources

International Telephone Directory

Internet Public Library -- Online reference service

List of Lists -- Ranked listings of companies, people and resources

Time -- Official time anywhere in the U.S.

World Cat -- Collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide

Government Resources

Congress -- See what Congress is doing

Food & Drug Administration (FDA) -- Consumer information about food and

Federal Citizen Information Center -- Federal government and everyday consumer issues

Library of Congress Thomas -- Legislative information from the Library of Congress

National Association of Counties -- National organization that represents county governments in the United States

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) -- Crime and justice-related research, policy, and practice

Occupational Outlook -- nationally recognized source of career information

Texas Continuing Education Portal -- Continuing Education for the Texas library community

U.S. Government Information -- Official information and services from the U.S. government

Vocational Information Center -- Career exploration, technical education, workforce development, technical schools


Maplandia -- Worldwide maps and geographical features
National Geographic Map Machine
-- World map, street and satellite maps

Rand McNally Online Maps -- Road maps and travel directions


Bureau of Justice Statistics -- Information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems -- Complete and interesting profiles of all U.S. cities

FBI Uniform Crime Reports -- Crime statistics for the nation

FedStats -- Official statistical information produced by the U.S. government

State Health Facts -- Up-to-date, easy-to-use health data on all 50 states

Statistical Resources -- Statistical information about any topic

United Nations Data -- Statistical information about the entire world

U.S. Census Bureau -- Statistics about places in the U.S.

U.S. Census Quick Facts -- Facts about people, business, and geography -- See how the US government spends its money
Worldmapper -- The World as You've Never Seen It

Internet Searches

Google Scholar -- Search for scholarly literature

Google Uncle Sam -- U.S. government search


CNN -- Current U.S. and world news

News Link -- Newspapers, magazines, television & radio stations
U.S. News & World Report