Virtual Reference Shelf

General Resources

Acronym Finder

Dipity don’t ask just go and click around.

Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.

Internet Public Library: Reference

Merriam-Webster Online aggregates reviews of films, video games, books, music and television shows.

Portland Maps has great graphical information about Portland.

Wordnik is like that teacher you had in grade school, that made you memorize tons of words. However, now it’s the future and you appreciate her wise teachings.

Wordsmith life’s wisdom can be found in anagrams. Anagrams never lie. Here is your chance to discover the wisdom of anagrams.

Addresses, Email and Telephone Numbers

AmeriCom Long Distance Area Decoder

AnyWho Directory Service


How Many of Me provides census data on names in the U.S. includes yellow, white pages, email addresses and fax listings from around the world directory for people, places and things. It also includes classifieds, e-shopping and city guides.

International Postal Codes

Pipl searches databases, contact details and other relevant information from personal profiles, member directories, scientific publications and court records

Reverse Directory Phone Book

Spock searches for information on biography pages, social networks, news sites, blogs and directories.


U.S. ZIP Code Information

Countries, States and Government

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Census Bureau

Classic 164 Currency Converter

Congress Votes Database

Congressional Research Service Reports

Constitutions of the World

Federal Consumer Information Center



Official Documents of the United Nations

The Official U.S. Time

Oregon Law Help

Population Clocks

Statistical Abstract of the United States

The World Factbook from the Central Intelligence Agency

Search Engines



Yahoo search



Multnomah County Library Resources

(only accessible with an MCL library card and PIN)

Elections & Voting

Encyclopedia Americana

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Nueva enciclopedia Cumbre en linea

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