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Dictionaries and writing tools
Free - Translate foreign languages phrases into English, or vice versa.

Bartleby - Free online version of dozens of reputable reference books, such as the American Heritage Dictionary, The Elements of Style, and the World Encyclopedia. You can also find many classic fiction and nonfiction works.
- In addition to a dictionary and thesaurus, this site also has a foreign language translator, a basic grammar usage guide, and daily puzzles. In addition, you can find links to numerous valuable reference sites.

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
This award winning site provides an outline and tips for writing a basic essay. Includes a sample essay and links to other writing and research sites.

General Reference
Information Please - One of the best places to go to settle a bar bet. Information Please provides factual and statistical information on a variety of topics. - an extensive collection of hundreds of thousands of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.

Acronym Finder - Find out what those acronyms and abbreviations stand for.

US Postal Service
- Find a zip code, calculate postage rates, even complete a change of address form online.
Area Code Locations -Provides a list of loctions for each area code in the U. S. , Canada and some Carribean Islands.
How Stuff Works - This site might not explain how EVERYTHING works, but they it comes close. From air craft carriers to zippers, you can discover the machanics of all sorts of stuff. Categories include Autos, Computers, Health, Entertainment, People, Money, Science, Electronics, and Travel.
Association Directory
This web site allows you to search for an association by name, interest area, or geographic location. You also can search using a combination of fields.

LIFE Photo Archive - hosted by Google, this site makes available millions of images, icluding many never seen before. Images range from the 1750s to the 2000s.
Nothing is impossible with This inventive how-to site covers the gamut of situations from learning the rudiments of poker to how to go about changing your gender.