Online Reference Resources

Libraries - Government Information - Consumer & Business
Science & Health - Education & Employment - Leisure Activities


Virtual Reference - Fact Subject Index: Lots of libraries online, plus other reference materials

The Internet Public Library - An online library, with special sections for teens and youth

Other library systems in Minnesota

Arrowhead Library System, Virginia, MN

East Central Regional Library, Cambridge, MN

Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, MN

Kitchigami Regional Library, Pine River, MN

Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Moorhead, MN

Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), St. Paul, MN

Northwest Regional Library, Thief River Falls, MN

Pioneerland Library System, Willmar, MN

Plum Creek Regional Library, Worthington, MN

Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO), Rochester, MN

Traverse des Sioux Library System, Mankato, MN

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Government Information

U.S./Minnesota - The U.S. Government has consolidated all of its web sites at one location. No matter what information you are looking for from the government, you can find it here.

THOMAS - U.S. Congress on the Internet: What Congress is up to

U.S.Census Bureau Statistical Abstract - Up-to-date statistics of the US

Minnesota North Star - Portal to official state sites; Click on "License Minnesota" to find out about getting various licenses on-line

MN Dept. of Transportation - Official MN State Highway Map and road information

The Minnesota Page - Information about Minnesota


United Nations

CIA World Factbook - CIA info on countries of the world

MapQuest Maps - Maps, Directions, Gas Prices   Business Directory

Rand McNally - Maps, Driving Directions, Travel Store

iLoveLanguages - Languages from around the world

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Consumer & Business

Business & Financial information - Ticker-based level links to all the information for the Stocks you own. Portal for Daytrading and Finance and Investing Web Sites - After Hours Trading, Pre-Market Trading - The Motley Fool: Stock Market Advice, Stock Investing Advice

U.S. Small Business Administration

Minnesota Inventor's Congress

Consumer information

University of Minnesota Extension Service - Topics: Community, Environment, Family, Farm, Garden, Living

Official Kelley Blue Book Site - New Car Prices, Used Car Values

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Science & Health


SciCentral - Gateway to the best scientific research news sources

The Weather Channel - National and Local Weather Forecast, Radar, Map and Report

Center for Science in the Public Interest - for information on foods that are good (and bad) for you, and other nutrition information

Health - accurate, up-to-date medical information from the U.S. government

MedlinePlus - Medline (plus health information for you and your family)

Allina Hospitals & Clinics home - offers reliable health and wellness information, physician referral and other health resources

InteliHealth - with information from Harvard Medical Schools

Mayo Clinic - medical information and tools for healthy living

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Education & Employment

Employment information - "What Color Is Your Parachute?" site

Job Bank USA - Employment, Job Search, Careers, Computer Jobs

ISEEK - Minnesota Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge


Peterson's - Search for Colleges and Universities, Graduate Schools, Online Degree, Private Schools

Genealogy - Family History and Genealogy Records from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Family Tree Searcher - Enter your ancestor information just once to search your ancestry at multiple online genealogy databases. The site also includes hints for searching family history online.

Free genealogy search advice online - Genealogy: Advice for Effective Searches. Answer a series of simple questions and get free, customized advice on the most effective next steps in your genealogy search.

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Leisure Activities

Art Museums

The Louvre in Paris, France

National Gallery of Art - Washington, DC

Walker Art Center - Minneapolis, MN


The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Movies, videos: old and new and yet-to-come - Movie reviews with an attitude


The Society For American Baseball Research - Major League Baseball Statistics and History

Baseball Think Factory

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