Research

Information Please Almanac:  Brief facts on many topics, searchable by subject or keyword.

InfoPlease -This Day in History:  Significant events by date, searchable by month, date, and year.

Auto Repair Reference Center: Maintenance tips and troubleshooting guides.

Biography.com

Wisconsin History:  The dictionary gives brief lives of more than 2,000 famous Wisconsin people (and many not so famous).

Presidents of the United States:  Research your favorite President on the Internet.

 

Fast Food Facts: For fast food products.

The Inflation Calculator

MegaConverter2

Conversion of Anything:  Convert length, time, distance, weights and measures, and more.

Calendar Zone:  Links to hundreds of calendars, including celestial, event, cultural, daily, and interactive.

TimeandDate.com:  Offers a variety of calendars and clocks for reference or personal use.

World Time Server:  See current time and deviation from GMT for all countries and many large cities.

Global Road Warrior:  The Ultimate Guide to the World.  Use Library card number for access.

Economist.com Country Briefings:  Country Briefings section provides news, profiles, forecasts and statistics on 60 major countries.

Flags of the World:  Each country's flag is pictured in color, with a description of the significance of the colors and symbols, and a brief history.

Nationmaster.com:  NationMaster is a central data source to graphically compare facts about nations.

Portals To The World:  Offers selected links to 214 countries, chosen by LOC subject specialists.

Library of Congress American Historical Information:  Profiles of books on American politics, arts, culture, architecture, etc..

FSI Language Courses: This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain.

Acronym Finder

Bartleby.com:  Find quotations, poetry, English language style and usage, thesauri, encyclopedias and much more in this comprehensive reference resource.

Merriam Webster's Dictionary:  This easy-to-use dictionary includes multiple meanings (including British usage), as well as etymology and pronunciation of words.

Roget's Internet Thesaurus

Wordsmyth:  A dictionary/thesaurus with exceptional searching capabilities for hard-to-spell or frequently misspelled words and over 50,000 entries.

YourDictionary.com:  Links to 1,500 dictionaries covering 230 separate languages, from Afrikaans to Xhosa, plus specialized dictionaries, multilingual dictionaries, verb conjugators, translators, thesauri, synonyms and homonyms, quotations, etymology, and more.

American Rhetoric:  This site is a valuable resource for finding some of the most famous -- and infamous -- speeches ever made.

 

Encyclopedia Britannica:  Links to Encyclopedia Britannica articles and similar web sites, by general category or specific search topic.

Encyberpedia: The Living Encyclopedia:  A voluminous listing of online encyclopedias.

Vilas County Genealogy Project:  This site provides access to various genealogy projects in Vilas county.

EBSCOhost:  (BadgerLink Resource)  From home, search for newspaper and magazine articles. For those with ISPs not listed, such as AOL or Verizon DSL. Especially useful is Newspaper/Archive.com:  Try your ancestor's hometown as a search term!

ProQuest:  (BadgerLink Resource)  From home, search for recent newspaper articles (around 1998 - present).  Great for obituary lookups! For those with ISPs not listed, you must contact BadgerLink at to request a user name/password.

RootsWeb.com:  The oldest and largest free genealogy site.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet:  Categorized and cross-referenced links and more!

USGenWeb Project:  Search by state.

Ellis Island Historic records:  Records from the historic New York immigration portal are now available. View images of ship documents indicating where an individual came from, whom they were with at time of entry and who was meeting them at their destination.

 

Comcourse GED program The Comcourse's GED program is available for free for students seeking to enter college. The system provides a complete course of study in all of the subject areas. It is self-paced and requires only an Internet connection. It is open to anyone.

Wisconsin Historical Society: This organization preserves and promotes the cultural heritage of Wisconsin.

Historic Preservation: This is the primary state agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation, providing assistance in identifying and protecting historic properties, archaeological sites, burial places, and other cultural sites in the state. The staff includes preservation specialists (including historians, architectural historians, historic architects, and archaeologists).

Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ):  This resource is designed to assist you with information covering all aspects of the role of the Department – from legal services to consumer help for seniors to crime prevention and law enforcement services, victims rights and environmental enforcement.

Wisconsin Court System for the Public:  Wisconsin Court System designed this web site for use by people representing themselves in divorce/separation, complaints against judges, complaints against interpreters, lawyer regulation, and more.

Google Street Maps: Physical and geographic country maps.

Microsoft Live Maps:  Search for business, people, collections and places. Get directions. Add your own information about a place.

Atlapedia Online:  Physical and geographic country maps, complete with statistics and factoids.

MapQuest!:  Interactive street atlases of the continental United States gives you mileage, door-to-door or city-to-city, and street maps with driving directions.

Topozone:  Every USGS topographic 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map for the entire United States.

Google Earth:  Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information. Free program that must be downloaded but worth the effort. High speed internet access and a monitor resolution of at least 1024 by 768 is needed.

On-line Medical Dictionary

Kids Health:   If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.

Mayo Clinic:   More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health.

Noah Health:   Your link to quality-filtered consumer health information.

Medicine Plus:  Trusted health information sponsored by U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

Medscape Medical Search:  Articles, News, Conference coverage, Clinical overviews and drug reference.

RxWiki:  Drug reference information maintained by Pharmacists.

Clinical Trials:  ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals. Sponsored by U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Marshfield Clinic Health Information Center:  Marshfield Clinic's Health Information Center supports individuals in developing an approach to life that includes educated decisions and actions to create a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. There is a great deal of health and wellness information, including articles on nutrition, fitness, patient education, and mental and sexual health.

Eldercare Planning / Long Term Care Contained here are 34 in-depth chapters, totaling over 690 printable pages, from 9 experts and covering all areas of long-term care planning, or as it's more commonly called, elder care planning.

Science Daily:  ScienceDaily is one of the Internet's leading online magazines and Web portals devoted to science, technology, and medicine.

Wisconsin State Government:  Links to Wisconsin State offices, public services, state facts and more.

50 States and Capitals: Information for all fifty states and seven territories, including state flags (picture and description), state symbols, political and geographical information, and a direct link to the state's official web page.

Official City Sites:  Links to official state and city web pages in the U.S. and several European countries.

Sperling's Best Places:  Compare over 3,000 U.S. cities in housing, costs of living, crime, education, economy, health and climate.

Townhunter:  Compare over facts about U.S. cities.

 

Consumer Price Index:  Get the most current CPI press release, or look at an overview of CPIs from 1913-present.

 Nationmaster.com:  NationMaster is a central data source to graphically compare facts about nations.

United States Census Bureau:  Searchable site with many statistics for the U.S., including the State and Metropolitan Data Book and the Fact Finder: Contains, under "Other Official Statistics," links to state and international data centers, and the department of commerce. For the latest 1990 census reports see Census 2000 Gateway.

U.S. State Fact Sheets:  Basic and agricultural statistics on every state in the U.S., compiled by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

University of Michigan Documents Center's Statistical Resources on the Web:  Provides links to many of the same sources as the U.S. Census Bureau and FedStats.

 

Big Charts:  Provides interactive charts for stocks and mutual funds, as well as current and historical quotes.

 

Symbols.com:  Common symbols from a variety of cultures are searchable by graphic element or meaning.