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This experiment in language and interface has been around for a few years, but its recent redesign merits the attention of word-lovers around the world. A "tool to explore, study, and analyze the structure of language," this dynamic thesaurus displays the interrelationships between words and meanings. After you type a word into the search box, the Visual Thesaurus displays the word at its center. This is where it gets good -- when you click on a word, you create an entirely new web of words. The updated site not only adds a visual component to the process of finding synonyms, it allows you to find 14 other categories of relationships. Although it might not be the most practical thesaurus on the Web, the amazing site presents a near-perfect combination of content and design.

Website for literary study, textual scholarship, and bibliographical analysis.

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Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts. Literature Book Notes, Author Biographies, Book Summaries and Reference Books. You can also read Classic Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Short Stories and Contemporary Articles and Interviews. There's a research section with Reference Books, Dictionaries, Quotations, Classic Non-fiction, Biographies and Religious Texts.

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A Federal Inter agency Council on Statistical Policy. Statistics of interest from more than 70 agencies in the U.S. Federal Government.

Current, in-depth data on every country in the world. Information available as of 1 January 2000 was used in the preparation of this edition. Country listings, reference maps, country profiles, history of the World Fact Book and more.

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This "database includes listings on over 500 economists from the 17th century to the present, many with portraits and biographical information. Each economist's entry includes a bibliography of their primary works and commentary. The site has an alphabetical index, as well as arranging economists by schools of thought and topics. Includes many links to related sites. Created by graduate students at the New School for Social Research" [from the Librarians Index to the Internet].

"The IPL General/Reference Collection is a collection of Internet resources gathered together with the needs of the Internet community in mind. It is not intended to be a comprehensive hotlist to all sites on every subject, but rather an annotated collection, chosen to help answer specific questions quickly and efficiently. Sources are selected according to ease of use, quality and quantity of information, frequency of updating, and authoritativeness".—[IPL's General Reference Page]

The Internet Public Library's Associations on the Net (AON) is a collection of over 2000 Internet sites providing information about a wide variety of professional and trade associations, cultural and art organizations, political parties and advocacy groups, labor unions, academic societies, and research institutions.

The Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 8,600 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. LII is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources. is the only Internet-based reference for over 150,000 domestic and international print and electronic publications including magazines, journals, e-journals, newsletters, and monographs.

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RAND, one of the nation's think tanks, sponsors and maintains this comprehensive web site on California public policy issues. The web site includes services and products in six areas with an extensive database on California and its cities and counties, ranging from the economy to crime rates to school test scores.

"This University of Michigan Documents Center site is a comprehensive portal to statistics. Statistical Resources on the Web includes information on agriculture, business and industry, consumers, cost of living, demographic's, economics, education, energy, environment, finance and currency, foreign economics, foreign governments, foreign trade, government finances, health, housing, labor, military, politics, science, sociology, transportation and weather. Frames and no-frames versions of the database are available. The arrangement of the site, with an alphabetical "quick jump" index and a prominent directory of topics under broad headings, makes it easily navigable. A site map is also provided and there is a choice of search engines."-sg[Electronics Resources Database]

As the National Data Book it contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included.

"Based on an official United Nations print publication, The World's Women 1995: Trends and Statistics, which was published for the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Includes selected text and excerpted statistical tables of national and regional data on women as compared to men in family, household, health, education, work, and politics. Most statistics and indicators have been updated since the original publication. International and detailed in scope. - sg" [from Librarian's Index to the Internet]

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