On-Line Reference Materials


Directories

Address/Phone

myTELUS phone book
Search by name, phone number (reverse look-up), proximity, etc. Links to other resources too. TELUS may be the major provider of telephone services in Western Canada, and therefore provides most of the information in this database to the other telephone listing databases below—but it provides by far the worst search engine in this collection. (9/09)
Canada411.ca
Similar search facilities, but fast—and presents business listings in the same useless format as myTELUS. Address is not shown in the initial hit list. The reverse address and proximity searches can be useful, though. (9/09)
Canpages
Used to be known as Yellow.ca. Provides similar search facilities, but presents the locations of the listings on a map, and offers directions to get there. The map can be a little slow to load, but it presents a lot of useful information. It can be suppressed in the business listings. Just look for the "listings only" button at the right above and below the map. (9/09)
Infobel
Your global telephone directory. Brought to you by Kapitol s.a., of Belgium. Provides links to resources such as the above—world-wide. Needs Javascript, but doesn't tell you that. Some of its listings may be a bit dated. (9/09)
Yellow Pages Group
Yup. It provides Canadian business listings—in the same useless format as myTELUS and Canada411. (9/09)
The following sites aren't really telephone directories. They collect and publish information concerning those unidentified numbers that keep turning up in your phone's Call Display. The information comes from other users of these sites. While this information can be useful in dealing with those telemarketers and others who use unlisted numbers or who block Caller ID, keep in mind that the info you get on these sites may not be accurate.
PhoneOwner.info
This site does not identify its provider, but it does at least provide a detailed "Terms of Service" page that makes the site look a little more professional. Registration is not required, and the interface is easier to use than WhoCalled.us. (9/09)
WhoCalled.us
This site also does not identify its provider; nor does it identify its Terms of Service. But you will have to register to use the site. Use at your own risk. (9/09)


Postal Codes

American Zip Code Lookup (9/09)
Canadian Postal Code Lookup
Lots of other tools too—postal rates, address format guides, etc. (9/09)


Misc.

Other Web Search Utilities
A large selection of web-based search pages on this site. (7/04)

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Reference Tools

Dictionaries, etc.

AF—The Acronym Finder
"With more than 750,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms." (9/09)
Dictionary .com
Not just a dictionary. Meanings and synonyms, sure—but also audio pronunciation and example sentences, and translations for 43 languages. (9/09)
Duhaime.org
A dictionary of legal terms, operated by a lawyer out of Victoria, BC. The FAQ is worth reading for itself—it seems that some lawyers do have a sense of humour. (9/09)
Forthright's Phrontistery
If you're looking for something really obscure, you could try this one. Over 15,500 words, some of which don't appear in current dictionaries. (9/09)
The Free Dictionary by Farlex
English, Medical, Legal, Financial, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one site. No kidding. It's all there, and rather well laid out too. (9/09)
Luciferous Logolepsy
"A collection of over 9,000 obscure English words." And links to several other reference sources like those on this page. (9/09)
Merriam-Webster OnLine
One of the standards. All of the Merriam-Websters, actually—dictionaries, and a thesaurus too. And you don't have to worry about dog-earing the pages. (9/09)
OneLook Dictionary Search
"13,587,880 words in 1024 dictionaries indexed." Give it a word, and it will show you the entries for that word in a dozen or so dictionaries. And that's not all—check the home page. (9/09)
Encyclopedia of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living
More a dictionary than an encyclopedia, "aimed at providing accurate information on living in harmony with our planet, particularly with regard to green energy and architecture." (9/09)
Tech Encyclopedia
"The Tech Encyclopedia has more than 18,000 definitions and explanations written in plain English on topics ranging from PCs, Macs, UNIX, networking, client/server, graphics, multimedia, Internet, World Wide Web, objects, major products and vendors, acronyms, buzzwords ... and much, much more."  Brought to you by The Globe and Mail and the Computer Language Company Inc. (9/09)
Thesaurus.com
Based on Roget’s II:The New Thesaurus, and is now part of Dictionary.com (9/09)
Webopedia
"The only online dictionary and search engine you need for computer and Internet technology." Need a definition for a computer or IT term? Here's where to get it. (9/09)
Webster's Online Dictionary
"Earth's largest dictionary with 90 modern and 10 ancestral languages." (9/09)
whatis.com
Information technology-related definitions and information — and other great stuff. Maybe Webopedia isn't the only one after all. (9/09)
yourDictionary.com
This isn't just a dictionary, even though it provides dictionaries in (almost) any language. Needs Javascript—without it, the search dialogue doesn't appear. You can find help with grammar, acronyms, synonyms and thesauri, phrase dictionaries, quotations—it's all here. There are some pretty abstruse research tools too. If you're a pedant, try the fun stuff too. Try it even if you're not. This site would be a linguist's delight. (9/09)

Arts & Letters

Artcyclopedia
"We have now indexed over 2,300 art sites, and offer over 95,000 links to an estimated 180,000 artworks by 8,200 renowned artists." And that was as of 2006. The site has indexed artists represented in museums, image archives, and other on-line resources. Specializes in painting and sculpture, but some photography is indexed. Searchable by artist, title, location, genre—and maybe other ways too. (9/09)
Bartleby.com - Great Books Online
It's all here—indexes, searchable encyclopaedia, dictionaries, thesaurii, quotes—even the Bible (King James Version), Robert's Rules of Order, and Gray's Anatomy. And some style and usage references.  And lots of classic English literature for your online reading pleasure. (9/09)
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Looking for that unforgettable quote that you can't quite remember? Here's the place. It's been around for 90 years, and is now part of Bartleby.com. (9/09)
BrainyQuote
Look for quotes by author, subject, or keywords. (9/09)
The Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide
Biblographic citations, with examples. CMOS has lots of other stuff too, but most of it isn't free. (9/09)
MLA Style Manual
The Modern Language Association's manual for bibliographic citations. Another of the recognised authorities on the topic. (9/09)
The Phrase Finder
What does a phrase mean? How did it originate? This site may help. And you could try the Phrase Thesaurus. (9/09)
Project Gutenberg
The result of a project begun in 1971 (and still ongoing) to put as many public-domain literary works as possible on-line and accessible without fee. There are now more than 30,000 titles available in a variety of formats, including formats for PDAs such as the Palm. (9/09)

Geophysical

City Population
Not just cities, either. Countries too, with maps. (9/09)
Google Maps
... has MapQuest beat hands-down. Specifying the location you want works well, often with minimal information. And you can choose between conventional maps, satellite imagery, or terrain maps that show contours. Even better: mark up a map, save it on Google Maps' site, and send the link to someone who needs directions. (9/09)
MapQuest
Provides mapping services which can locate an address or other point of interest -- on any scale. But inputting the location and getting MapQuest to understand it is quite iffy. (9/09)
The World Fact Book
A compendium of geographical data for nearly every country in the world. Brought to you by (gasp!) the CIA. (9/09)

Compendia

Answers.com
Fast facts, the easy way. Just give the search engine a word or phrase you want information on, and you'll get definitions and wikipedia articles. (9/09)
The Canadian Encyclopedia
Not detailed, but very Canadian, eh? And fairly comprehensive. And you could always try the Canucklehead Quiz. (9/09)
CEO Express
"Business portal for executives created by a CEO." Links to a huge variety of business publications and research tools. (7/04)
Eclectic Content
Almost a random collection of definitions/descriptions. A fun place to browse. (9/09)
Refdesk.com
"Reference, Facts, News. The Fact Checker for the Internet." A one-stop location for a bunch of search engines and other resources—almost as good as Opera's search bar. (9/09)
Top 10 Internet Research Tools
CNet Review's listing of 10 resources that will help you find what you need. (9/09)
Wikipedia
"The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." It's been going since 2001, and now contains over 3 million articles in English. It's huge, and very informative. "Open source" at its best—but that's the nature of a wiki. (9/09)
WiseGeek
"Clear answers for common questions." Over 50,000 articles answering all kinds of questions. (9/09)
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