Reference Desk

Gale Virtual Reference Library  
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).
Access to this premium web-based content is one of the privileges of holding an OSL ( Ocean State Libraries) or Lincoln Public Library Card. The link goes directly to this paid database within the Library.

World Book Online Reference Center
World Book Online Reference Center includes over 45 excellent databases, including the World Book Reference Encyclopedia, Online Atlas, and Current Events.
Access to this premium web-based content is one of the privileges of holding an OSL ( Ocean State Libraries) or Lincoln Public Library Card. The link goes directly to this paid database within the Library.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

Britannica.com
Includes the entire Britannica Encyclopedia online.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
"The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals."

City Directories of the United States of America

County and City Data Book (U.S. Census Bureau)
Contains "official population and housing data from the 2000 Census plus business and other data for--
All U.S. counties, cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, and places of 2,500 or more inhabitants."

Encyclopedia Mythica
An encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend.

Holidays On the Net
Provides information on various holidays

Information Please Almanac
Allows users to search or browse categories for factual information

International Calling Codes

Internet Public Library's Reference Center
Click on subjects to find sites or ask the librarian a question.

Library Spot
Library Spot links to all kinds if great reference sites. Check out the reference site of the month.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus
"Merriam-Webster OnLine provides a free, searchable on-line dictionary and thesaurus, word games, a word of the day, and many other English language and vocabulary reference tools and resources."

National Atlas of the United States
"Delivers easy to use, map-like views of America's natural and sociocultural landscapes"

Obituary Daily Times
An index of published obituaries.

Old Farmer's Almanac
"The Old Farmer's Almanac is America's oldest source of weather, folklore, gardening and other information."

OneLook Dictionaries, The Faster Finder
Currently indexes 647 dictionaries

Presidents of the United States
In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included to enrich this site.

Rhode Island Building Codes
The links here are to electronic regulations that were filed by the Department of Administration Building Codes Standards Committee with the Secretary of State.  The regulations filed are only the Rhode Island portion of the building codes. 
For full compliance, consult the appropriate International Building Code.

The Web Concordance
This site allows you to search concordances by keyword on several major poets..

World Wide Holiday & Festival Site
Provides information on National and religious holidays

Yahoo's Reference
Yahoo groups together helpful sites by subject.

ZIP Code Lookup
From the United States Postal Service