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The purpose of this page is to lead you to facts, statistics, and encyclopedia-style overview articles on a wide range of topis. Get short answers and unique formats or content online. For example, the sources listed on this web page will lead you to almanacs, associations, calculators and converters, telephone/address/email directories, quotations, encyclopedias, statistics, and more. If you do not find what you need in the lists below, use the Ask a Librarian link to get help from a librarian.




Specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries - in library research databases

The databases below provide access to credible specialized encyclopedias and related sources that provide brief explanations, in-depth encyclopedia articles, facts, and statistics.
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  • AtoZ The World Restricted - Provides economic, social, cultural information by country. Select a country, and then use the navigation menu to explore the wide range of content including customs, business etiquette, and more. Serves as an in-depth encyclopedia of nations.
  • CollegeSource Online Restricted - Search this source for information about colleges and universities in the United States, including college catalogs and links to university websites. The Advanced search tool allows you to search for universities that meet specific criteria (such as size, cost, majors, public or private, etc.)
  • CQ Researcher Restricted - Search this database for encyclopedia-style articles with statistics and graphs for information about a wide range of topics currently in the news.
  • Credo Reference Restricted - Search this large online collection of encyclopedias and other sources for information about topics in any subject.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted - Search this online collection of encyclopedias for information about topics in many subjects.
  • Oxford English Dictionary Restricted - Search this specialize online dictionary for definitions of English words,for the history of the words, and for their use in quotations over the course of time. "The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You'll still find these in the OED, but you'll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books."



South Dakota facts, statistics, and explanations - in free online resources

The following sources are free, credible sites on the open web that provide facts, statistics, and other information related to South Dakota. Examples include sources of statistics about South Dakota education and health, sources of South Dakota legal information (laws, court cases, etc), sources of information about South Dakota communities, and more.

south dakota: General

south dakota: Genealogy & History

south dakota: Government

south dakota: Higher Education

south dakota: Literature

  • South Dakota Literary Map -- The South Dakota Literary Map is a print poster available in many libraries in South Dakota. This accompanying website and the map were provided by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English in 1998.

south dakota: Roads & Weather

south dakota: Statistics and Population




Guides to free online sources of facts, statistics, and brief explanations


The sites below are highly selective in their choice of free web resources. They provide direct links to credible and valuable sources of facts, statistics, and brief explanations accessible online. Use the links below to find almanacs, calculators and converters, directories of addresses/telephone numbers/email addresses, quotations, statistics, and more.

  • Virtual Reference Shelf (Library of Congress) -- On the VRS homepage, select the category of information you want such as almanacs, directories, etc.
  • Ready Reference Collection (IPL2 - Internet Public Library) -- Navigate to the category of information you want by using the list on the left side of the IPL2 web page. Additional web resources may be found at IPL2 in Resources by Subject.

Last Updated: 1/30/14