Online References

Electronic Resources

  • ResearchIT CT – Connecticut’s digital library. A service of the Connecticut State Library, it provides access to various databases such as HeritageQuest and Wilson Biographies Online, plus full-text periodical access. To access ResearchIT CT from home, you will need your library card number.

Search Engines

Metasearch Engines

Not all search engines retrieve the same results. For example, try doing the same search in Google and in Yahoo — you might find that the search results differ dramatically. Metasearch engines search other search engines — they compile the information that many search engines find into a single list of results.

Ready Reference Sites

  • Refdesk Refdesk contains links to hundreds of other reference sites. The links in the columns on the left and right sides of the page are particularly helpful if you are looking for a quick answer to a question.
  • At Bartleby, you can search many classic reference sources, including the American Heritage Dictionary, the Columbia Encyclopedia, Roget’s Thesauri, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, the King James Bible, Gray’s Anatomy, Post’s Etiquette, Strunck’s Elements of Style, Bulfinch’s Mythology, the Oxford Shakespeare, and many more. Users can also search poetry anthologies and classic works of literature.


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Job Hunting and Career Information

Connecticut links:
General links:
Internships and student jobs:

Health, Medicine and Nutrition

General health information:
Drug information:

Small Business Resources

Miscellaneous Reference Sites

  • Project Gutenberg Full-text of more than 10,000 books, mainly older literary works that are no longer in copyright in the United States.
  • CIA World Factbook Comprehensive and up-to-date information on every country in the world, maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Biographical information on over 25,000 people from throughout history.
  • Online Conversion Conversion tables for various units of measurement.
  • Free, searchable dictionary and thesaurus. Also includes links to other reference sites.
  • The truth behind urban legends.
  • Flags of the World Pictures of and information about the flags of the world.
  • How Stuff Works Learn how everything works!
  • Internet Movie Database Everything you always wanted to know about movies.